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New for August 2018

WeMeWe Are All Me
by Jordan Crane
Here it is, at last:  a cosmic consciousness primer for kids.  In these pages, Crane has stripped down his æsthetic to its core, crafting bold, optic nerve stimulating illustrations that leap scales from the macroscopic to microscopic and back again, in dynamic and wildly colorful images that are straight forward and immediately, intuitively comprehensible.  Taken together with the accompanying simple blocks of text, the series of sequential combinations of images that make up We Are All Me unlock a latent power strong enough to light up dormant neurons, leading to new connections, and stimulating speculations, revealing a sense of wonder at creation capable of carrying open and ready readers to another plane of consciousness.  "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together..."
retail price - $12.99  copacetic price - $11.75


Roly Poly
by Daniel Semanas
Daniel Semanas takes readers along on a wild ride through a neon jungle in his latest work.  Published by Fantagraphics, Roly Poly is a square format, full color, hardcover volume that is packaged inside of an open-ended slipcase.  Reading these comics featuring a avatar-esque kick-boxing, motorcycle-riding, partying, Instagrammer named Phanta, is a bit like being immersed in a very cool gaming environment, where you never know what's going to happen next.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


Coyote Doggirl
by Lisa Hanawalt
It appears that the new Lisa Hanawalt is a  > gasp! < graphic novel.  This 156 page full color hardcover just showed up, so we can't say more than confirm that it is drawn in the clean-black-line-with-lush-watercolor-fill style that Hanawalt fans will immediately recognize.  Here's the official party line:  "Coyote is a dreamer and a drama queen, brazen and brave, faithful yet fiercely independent. She beats her own drum and sews her own crop tops. A gifted equestrian, she’s half dog, half coyote, and all power. Together with her trusty steed Red, there’s not much that’s too big for her to bite off, chew up, and spit out right into your face, if you deserve it."
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00


by Tara Booth
The unconscious is a playground.  Dreaming and waking lives intertwine as desires ebb and flow against and between an air of midnight blue.
retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $13.75


Lost in the Fun Zone

by Leif Goldberg
Take a ride down a stream of (un)consciousness with Giorgio and Dimitrius as they explore every nook and cranny of the Fun Zone.  You won't ever know what's going to happen when you turn the page.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $16.75


The Fruit of Knowledge
by Liv Stromquist
Fruit of Knowledge: The Vulva vs. The Patriarchy
 has hit America's shores!  Employing a merciless onslaught of comics rhetoric, Liv Strömquist storms the patriarchal fortress with weapons readily at hand (including satire, sarcasm, synecdoche and more – all leavened with a healthy sense of humor).  Remember, not all Vikings were men. You have been warned.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


People Are Places Too

by Theo Ellsworth
Yes!  An all new self-published Theo Ellsworth zine!  39 never before published pen and ink drawings on the theme of the spatial nature of self-image and identity as only Theo Ellsworth can envision. A treat for the eyes – and the mind!
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $6.00


Comix Skool USA #12
by Kevin Huizenga
We're back to the digest size with this, the twelfth issue of Comix Skool.  This cardstock cover-wrapped issue contains a turbocharged take on select aspects of comics manufacturing.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


Three Sisters

by Gilbert Hernandez
 Gilbert H. comics – close to 300 pages! The comics collected here were originally published in the early-to-mid aughts, appearing in the second volume of Love and Rocketsas well as the concurrently published Luba's Comics & Stories.   Some of these comics have already been previously collected in Luba: Three Daughters and High Soft Lisp as well as the hardcover Luba omnibus. Now, here, they at last find their permanent home as the fourteenth volume in the affordable and attractive Fantagraphics uniform edition of Love and Rockets.  Luba, Fritz, Pipo, Doralis, Mila and the rest have more than their fair share of ups and downs in this heartbreak soup of comics tales.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $15.99


Slum Wolf
by Tadao Tsuge; edited and translated by Ryan Holmberg
The latest Garo-centric manga project from the (apparently, see below) indefatiguable Ryan Holmberg is this curated collection of nine classic tales of down-and-outers on the fringe of Japanese society by the legendary Tadao Tsuge.  All the works in Slum Wolf were created in the 1960s and '70s, with all but three originally running in Garo.  All works herein collected – including a bonus autobiographical essay by Tsuge, "Always a Tough Guy at Heart" – were translated and edited by Mr. Holmberg, who has also supplied a highly informative essay that closes out the collection, which runs 328 pages in total.  Anyone wanting to learn more, can read an illustrated excerpt of this essay on the NYRB site, HERE
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00


The Troublemakers
by Baron Yoshimoto; edited and translated by Ryan Holmberg
In yet another great manga collection edited and translated by Ryan Homberg, here we have six classic manga tales from the Gekiga master, Baron Yoshimoto whose hyperbolic observations of the social transformations taking place in the new post-WW II generation in Japan grab the reader's attention and don't let go.  The title's of this collection's stories will give you an idea of what's in store:  “Eriko’s Happiness”, “High School Brawler’s Ditty”, “Insect”, “The Gambling Stripper”, “Nostalgia”, and “The Girl and the Black Soldier”.  Totaling 225 pages, these tales were originally published in Japan between 1966 and 1974.  This volume also includes an 18-page illustrated essay by Holmberg, 'natch. 
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $17.75

The Winner
by Karl Stevens
Karl Stevens runs his victory lap in this collection of (mostly) full color short pieces that (to some degree, anyway) depict his struggles to live a life less dependent on sarcasm and irony.  A follow up to his previous collection, Failure, The Winner finds Karl recently espoused, newly sober and, as you may have already surmised from the cover illustration, working as a museum guard – but still residing in Boston and still an ace in the Pen & Ink Rendering of Reality (and, in one bit, Fantasy, as well) Department.  This time around Mr. Stevens fleshes out his drawing with plenty of color, employing a variety of methods, primarily watercolor.  Fans of his previous work will not be disappointed, and newcomers possessing the proper temperament and appropriately dry sense of humor may find themselves pleasantly surprised. 
retail price - $17.99  copacetic price - $15.75

Other People: Days of the Bagnold Summer & Driving Short Distances

by Joff Winterhart
As this has only just arrived, but as this double-dose of comics new-to-US-readers by Joff Winterhart has been previously published in the UK, where it garnered some impressive praise by some people whose opinions we pay attention to (see below), we dove right inSo far we can report that Days of Bagnold Summer consists of a narratively linked series of one-page comics, each of which stands on their own yet each one building on the previous to tell the story advertised by the title.  Days of Bagnold Summer doesn't blink in presenting the uncomfortable aspects of adolescence and adolescent parenting (Our blurb might read, "There's a cringe on every page!") "Beautifully drawn and exquisitely written... confirms Winterhart as one of the most talented graphic novelists in the UK."  – Zadie Smith on Driving Short Distances  "There is probably no truer portrait of teenage and parental angst." – Posy Simmonds 
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $20.00


Paprika Storyboard Book
by Satoshi Kon
And here's a hefty tome for students of animé and fans of Kon Satoshi – and a dream come true for those who are both!  This 700 page softcover from Japan contains over 3000 storyboard drawings – crisply printed in black & white with greytones, on off white paper – that break down the entire film. Yes, there is plenty of bonus material – but, as with the rest of the book, the text is almost entire in Japanese.  But, of course, it's the drawings that are the feature attraction here, and the column headers on the storyboards are in English, which is enough to guide students of the film through the process of breaking it down into its component drawings.  Import.
copacetic price - $55.75


Miyazaki World
by Susan Napier
And, while we're on the topic of animé here's an in-depth look at a master of the form.  Years in the making, Susan Napier's critical biography of the world's greatest living animator, Hayo Miyazaki is now available from Yale University Press, who state:  "Japanese culture and animation scholar Susan Napier explores the life and art of this extraordinary Japanese filmmaker to provide a definitive account of his oeuvre. Napier insightfully illuminates the multiple themes crisscrossing his work, from empowered women to environmental nightmares to utopian dreams, creating an unforgettable portrait of a man whose art challenged Hollywood dominance and ushered in a new chapter of global popular culture."  Miyazai World is a 300 page hardcover, illustrated in black & white, plus a 16-page section of full color plates.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $26.75

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New for July 2018


Blammo #10

by Noah Van Sciver
It's here! It took us a minute to get these in stock and up on the site, but the latest issue of Noah Van Sciver's Blammo – one of a tiny handful of outstanding single-creator anthology comics titles still being produced in North America – has at last arrived.  And, this time around, all 48 pages are in duo-tone and full color!  Historical, contemporary, short story, speculations, reminiscences, biographical, autobiographical, comedy, tragedy, pathos – it's all here, in pieces ranging in length from one to fourteen pages.  Don't miss it!
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.25


King-Cat Comics and Stories #78

by John Porcellino
And here's the latest from Noah's mentor, John Porcellino.  Lots more animal comics this time around:  cats, dogs, shrews, birds, butterflies – even aphids! – and, of course, a few fellow humans, for good measure. 40 pages of black and white comics and stories (and lists).
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


Comix Skool USA #11
by Kevin Huizenga
And, here's another new work by a Porcellino pal!  Kevin Huizenga's new issue of Comix Skool downshifts to mini-comics size.  Here's your chance to get familiar with what this power-packed pint-sized format is capable of delivering in the hands of a master.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00

by M.S. Harkness
In Tinderella, Minneapolis-based cartoonist, M. S. Harkness has produced her most accomplished work yet:  a graphic memoir of a Christmas Break past that, while it covers many aspects of her life including family, friends, school and work, places a special focus on her sex life, particularly her experiences on the contemporary online/phone-app dating/hookup scene.  Its 120 black and white pages give an up close and (very) personal look at this slice of her life.  She doesn't pull any punches or make any attempts to sugarcoat the events chronicled in these comics (quite the contrary, in fact), but also works to situate them in her overall life.  In addition to portraying her exterior life, Tinderella contains some excellent comics representations of her interior life as well, including mental images and flights of fancy, all rendered with a self-assured yet simultaneously self-deprecating sense of humor.  Her portrayal both of the strengths and weaknesses her own character and that of the milieu in which she finds herself together provide a portrait of the artist as a young woman that is a sign of the times.
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.75


Your Black Friend
by Ben Passmore
One of 2017's best selling small press comics here at Copacetic, Ben Passmore's Your Black Friend is now the "title track" in this 120 page full color, hardcover collection.  Within these pages readers will also find works previously published by The Nib, VICE, and the As You Were anthology, along with brand new and unreleased material.  Anyone not already familiar with Passmore and his work should take a moment to learn more about this New Orleans-based creator – and take a peep at his vibrantly colored comics  – on his "super-professional portfolio website", HERE.  Passmore's work strives to provide a much needed perspective on life in these United States and is well worth checking out.
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $16.75

But Is It... Comic Aht? #1
edited by Austin English
At last!  A new print publication focusing on comics, and edited by Austin English – whose Windy Corner Magazine is still (just barely) in stock here at Copacetic.  This initial issue runs 48 pages and includes original comics by David King, reviews, essays by comics makers Josh Bayer and Matthew Thurber, Inés Estrada's scene report, "So, What's the Comics Scene in Mexico Like?", a massive 20-page interview with Megan Kelso, and more!
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $5.75

Shit Is Real

by Aisha Franz
And now, we're off to Europe, as Berlin-based, Aisha Franz returns with a meditation on the porous border between dream, fantasy, and reality.  Shit Is Real posits that, contrary to normative conceptions, dreams and fantasies are real life – simply of a different order than what we consider as constituting reality.  In nearly 300 pages of crisp black and white comics, Franz delves into the subjective experiences of a young woman being out and about and within and without.  Consciousness is perceived in layers and conveyed in levels, making for a conception of living taking place simultaneously in/on different dimensions.  Experiences are had, decisions are made, and actions are taken – each on various planes of being, each interacting with the others, weaving a tapestry of temporality.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75


Vanishing Perspective
by Alexis Beauclair
And now we're off to France, where anyone searching for a formalist comics minimalism will find quest's end in the works of the aptly named Alexis Beauclair.  Here in this collection of four pieces, the longest of which, the title track, is in turn divided into eight parts, Beauclair explores the possibilities that inhere into arranging lines in sequence through time.  To get an idea of what this mean in practice,  just take a minute to scroll through a few choice spreads, HERE.
retail price - $20.95  copacetic price - $18.75


Arab of the Future 3
by Riad Sattouf
And now we head off to Syria via France where the highly acclaimed memoir of growing up in the Middle East  – primarily in Syria – and Europe – primarily in France – continues to be created.  We'll have more to add once we crack it open, but wanted to let  it be known that it's now in stock, and on sale at a copacetic price.  Here's the lowdown from the publisher:  In this third volume, (1985–1987), Riad’s mother, fed up with the grinding reality of daily life in the village, decides she cannot take it any longer. When she resolves to move back to France, young Riad sees his father torn between his wife’s aspirations and the weight of family traditions.
retail price - $27.00  copacetic price - $22.75


Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek
by Geof Darrow
And now we'll segue back to the states via Geof Darrow, who, while American, was influenced by Moebius at a critical juncture in his career, which resulted in some of his transformative works being published in France, which in turn granted him a certain perspective with which to skewer the land of the free with his over-the-top comics.  Finally, his long-out-of-print, original Shaolin Cowboy series published by the Wachowski sibling's Burlyman Comics a full decade ago have at last been collected in this deluxe, oversize hardcover volume, as part of the uniform edition of Geof Darrow works currently being published by Dark Horse Comics.  This one is an extra-chunky edition, as it collects a seven-issue series, compared to the four issues collected in earlier Shaolin Cowboy collections.  In addition, tnis one includes an amazing bonus gallery of pin-ups by an all-star lineup of artists including Moebius, Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan and John Severin. 
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75

The Best of Archie Americana: Silver Age

by Harry Lucey, Frank Doyle, Don DeCarlo, et al
And what could be more American than Archie?  And who more fully realized the Archie æsthetic than Harry Lucey? OK, then, here it is: the most Harry Lucey art for your hard earned dollar that you're likely to find.  This 416 page digest includes 18 great Lucey stories, most from his strongest period during the 60s, and most, if not all, scripted by Frank Doyle – plus a dozen classic Lucey covers to boot!  Not only that, the rest of the material on hand is well worth while as well, including close to a dozen DeCarlo stories.  These comics, in addition to being highly entertaining, offer a sociologically meaningful window through which to view the decades of the '60s and '70s, and, from an art history perspective, include many excellent examples of the short form of comics that can be quite instructive to comics creators of all stripes in their concise, compact conveyance of (occasionally calamitous) narrative content.  RECOMMENDED
retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $9.50


American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassination

by Terrance Hayes
The latest poetry collection by the National Book Award-winning MacArthur Fellow, Pittsburgh-based poet, Terrance Hayes features 70 poems sharing the same title, identical with that of the collection itself.  Prepare to be challenged.
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.75


Room to Dream
by David Lynch & Kristine McKenna
As with all things David Lynch, expect the unexpected.  Here we have not a biography or an autobiography, but instead, both.  The book is fairly evenly split between world-class interviewer and longtime Lynch intimate, Kristine McKenna's biography of Lynch – based on over 100 interviews with "surprisingly candid" ex-wives, family members and professional collaborators of all stripes – and Lynch's own personal reflections on his life and work, which – intriguingly – riff off of McKenna's work, making for a sort of auto/biographical jam session.  And then there is the copious selection of rare and previously unshared photographs, particularly noteworthy being those of the youthful, 1970s Lynch along with his (often equally youthful) cohorts, many of which are "oh, wow"-inducing.
retail price - $32.00  copacetic price - $28.75

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New for June 2018

by Frank Santoro
OK, all you comics aficionados and connoisseurs exhausting yourselves searching high and low for a comics work that will push the boundaries of the medium while stunning your senses and remaking your conception(s) of self, for a work that you can really sink your æsthetic, emotional and intellectual teeth into – you have reached quest’s end… almost.  Frank Santoro’s Pittsburgh is a 224 page, beautifully printed and bound (by master printers in Latvia), full color (and what color!) hardcover published by Éditions çà et là in Paris, France (et, oui, c'est en français*).  This book is comics like you’ve never seen them before.  Each spread in this work is a fully realized composition in-and-of-itself, and each is then carefully woven into a tapestric, non-linear narrative that manifests an intuitive mimesis of the emotional states triggered by memories, and – crucially – by the memories of others as they are shared and represented in turn, some of which are being recalled and recreated from second- and third-hand sources, showing how memories of others memories, and of yet others’ memories, are all located in adjoining spaces in one's own memory and when recalled come alive together in recreating and representing our subjective reality, aka life as we live it.  This is painting/drawing as comics as drawing/painting, a singular work, years in the making and a lifetime in the gestating. Will there be an English language edition?  Yes, certainly, but when, we do not know, and it is hard to imagine any edition surpassing this one in its production values.  

*(Translation:  and, yes, this book is in French [not English])
retail price - €28.00  copacetic price - $32.75


The Weaver Festival Phenomenon
by Ron Rege
The new Ron Rege, Jr. has arrived!  The Weaver Festival Phenomenon is a 64 page, full color, limited-edition hardcover graphic novella that shares a story of love, loss, recovery and the uncanny strangeness of being, in the inimitable Rege fashion.  The emotional volume is turned up to ten, and even silent, still moments are fraught with the sense of potential energies on the verge of kinetic conversion.  Life in the Rege-verse is lived in a state of constant becoming.
tail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $15.75


Love and Rockets: Volume IV #5
by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

It's here!  Concluding chapter to the Maggie and Hopey reunion saga!  Flashbacks!  More mediated multi-generational meta-fictional family saga!  'Nuff said. 
tail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.44


Grip #1
by Lale Westvind
Lale Westvind's latest – her first work done in collaboration with the fine folks at Perfectly Acceptable Press in Chicago – is a wow!  An amazing 68-page risograph extravaganza – with a 3-color, screen-printed cover – Grip is a pantomime graphic novel, of which this is the first part.  One work at a time, Westvind has been painstakingly developing a unique, personal and highly effective cartoon language, and Grip is a particularly outstanding instance.  Perceptions, emotions, fantasies and realities bend and blur and merge in Westvind's accomplished hands.  Taken together, it's all about the ways in which we "get a grip."  This is an edition of 600 copies.  Don't miss it!
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $23.75


by Jim Woodring
Another impeccably surreal pantomime graphic novel from the unparalleled pen of Jim Woodring that takes us once again to the uncanny world of Frank, Fran, Weathercraft and the Congress of the Animals.  Written, illustrated and designed by Woodring, this hardcover edition of Poochytown is a sensual delight, while the work it transmits is an enlightening entertainment. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.75


Copra: Round Five
by Michel Fiffe
Finally!  Round Five collects issues 26 through 31 of Michel Fiffe's epic revisioning of the superhero team.  NOTE:  We simultaneously received a restock of all four prior collections.  So, any latecomers to the Copra saga can now start at the beginning and take it from there (while supplies last!).
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $18.75


NoBrow #10
edited by Sam Arthur & Alex Spiro
NoBrow is back!  Volume 10 is subtitled Studio Dreams, and does double duty in also celebrating the publisher's tenth anniversary.  An international assemblage of 70 artists have delivered up their dreams, and they are all sumptuously printed here in full color, oversize, double page spreads in the trademarked NoBrow fashion. Make sure to take a look when you're in the shop!
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $21.75


Inside Moebius, Part 2
by Moebius 

Another 250+ pages of full color meta-Moebius comics as he continues his self-examination through comics.   First time in English!
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $33.75


The Hookah Girl, and Other True Stories

by Marguerite Dabaie
The Hookah Girl and Other True Stories
 collects 17 comics anecdotes relating to the life and thought of its author, a nus-nus (you'll learn what that is once you've read "The Stealth Arab") Palestinian-American Woman who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area.  Family, culture, history and identity are at the core of this engaging work, which is concisely written, smartly laid out and well drawn in a variety of modes and styles, that provide a refreshing diversity.  Readers will emerge from this alluringly priced collection with a broader understanding and deeper appreciation of Palestinian culture and, especially, the Palestinian-American experience.  Check it out!
retail price - $6.95  copacetic price - $6.75

by Blaise Larmee
2001 is a graphic novel that questions the validity of the form and probes its claims to narrative cohesion by breaking down the form of comics representation into its component parts of line and color, text, figuration, perspective.  The methods of presentation are unpacked:  printing, scanning, copying, screen vs. page.  The question of authorship is explored through the intermingling of found objects, found texts, found images, screen shots, image searches.  Other aims adhere to these formal concerns. Most obviously is the question of how can the experience of self be most effectively communicated in our current historical moment, and in which of the modes do  these visual representations of experience most successfully cohere.  Ultimately, cultural norms and their relation to identity are interrogated:  when is a child an adult? can an adult simultaneously be a child? Can a parent also be a peer? All these answers are expected to be supplied by readers themselves.  The book is intended to provide a framework that facilitates a receptive state of mind.  Finally, 2001 constitutes a diffusion of consciousness at the intersection of technology and pharmacology.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75



by David Sedaris
The new David Sedaris collection is here.  Calypso is yet another compendium of essays (21 by our count) filled with his trademarked wit and wisdom.  We will say that the wit has a distinct bittersweet flavor this time around, but is no less enjoyable a read because of it.
retail price - $28.00  copacetic price - $23.75

by Zora Neal Hurston
We'd heard tell that Hurston had something like this in her unpublished papers.  Now, at last, 90 years after these notes were first set down on paper, Hurston scholar, Deborah G. Plant has assembled them into this volume.  Barracoon is, as it's subtitle states, the story of the last "black cargo." We'll let the jacket notes take it from here:  In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama, to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey.  Illegally brought to the United States, Cudjo was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed.  At the time, Cudjo was the only person alive who could recount this integral part of the nation's history.  As a cultural anthropologist, Hurston was eager to hear about these experiences firsthand.  But the reticent elder didn't always speak when she came to visit.  Sometimes he would tend his garden, repair his fence, or appear lost in his thoughts.  Hurston persisted, though, and during an intense three-month period, she and Cudjo communed over her gifts of peaches and watermelon and gradually Cudjo, a poetic storyteller, began to share heartrending memories of his childhood in Africa; the attack by female warriors who slaughtered his townspeople; the terrors of being captured and held in the barracoons of Ouidah for selection by American traders; the harrowing ordeal of the Middle Passage aboard the Clotilda as "cargo" with more than one hundred other souls; the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War; and finally his role in the founding of Africatown.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22

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New for May 2018

LAAB0LAAB Magazine #0
by Ronald Wimberly, et al
Ronald Wimberly & Co.'s LAAB Magazine is here! This GIGANTIC broadsheet – spreads measure a whopping 23" x 32"!  and it is divided into three sections, just like a newspaper – unlocks social strictures and unpacks social structures employing Black/ness and (its) representation as key and signifier.  This issue presents readers with the LAAB manifesto and includes interviews with Alexandra Bell, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Saul Williams.  Then there are some excellent illuminated essays – primarily by Wimberly  –  that are both eye-opening and consciousness-expanding (don't allow yourself to be intimidated by the giant expanses of type; these essays are well worth your time and all efforts expended in their absorption will be amply rewarded).  And, last but far from least, a big pile of amazing GIANT-SIZE comics by Ron Wimberly!  RECOMMENDED!
retail price - $17.00  copacetic price - $15.25

by Nick Drnaso
The most critically lauded graphic novel of the year has arrived!  It's garnered so much praise from so much top talent, anything we might have to add would seem superfluous.  Chris Ware:  "Some middle-aged colleagues and I believe literary comics fiction is possible without resorting to fantastical heroics, however, and the youngest and finest exemplar, 28-year-old Nick Drnaso, offers a new book to possibly top us all: Sabrina, about a missing woman, a video and the unspeakable possibilities of our contemporary mitigated reality."  Zadie Smith:  "Nick Drnaso's Sabrina is the best book – in any medium – I have read about our current moment.  It is a masterpiece, beautifully written and drawn, possessing all the political power of polemic and yet simultaneously all the delicacy of truly great art.  It scared me,  I loved it."  Adrian Tomine:  "Nick Drnaso is one the most ambitious singular cartoonists to emerge in recent years, and his dedication to novelistic fiction is an inspiration.  Incisive, chilling, and completely unpredictable, Sabrina demonstrates the inexplicable power of comics at their best."  Jonathan Lethem:  "Sabrina is startling. Drnaso's formal ingenuity and confidence is matched by the acuity and depth of the story's awareness of who and where we are right now."  'Nuff said.
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $25.00

Here are the four latest titles to make their way across the pond (aka The Atlantic Ocean) from the London to Pittsburgh:
Forcefield     GB3     Escape 3     Fukushima

World in the Forcefield by Alexander Tucker  retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75
Generous Bosom #3
by Conor Stechschulte
retail price - $22.50  copacetic price - $20.00
Escape to the Unfinished #3 by Dash Shaw
retail price - $12.50  copacetic price - $10.75
Fukushima Devil Fish by Susumu Katsumata
 retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $33.75

A Western World

by Michael DeForge
A Western World
 is the latest collection from the unstoppable, indefatigable Michael DeForge that collects fifteen short comics, some of which previously appeared in recent issues of his one-man anthology, Lose and in Breakdown Press's two (instantly sold out) issues of On Topics, some in anthologies like Kramers Ergot and Island, some were self-published minis, and a few appear here for the first time (right?).  DeForge continues to explore his concerns with the Western paradigm that takes as a given the technological domination of nature.  These explorations are effected through a series of choreographed collisions between biological functions and scientific consciousness, alongside those between animal desires and political constructs – with human sexuality employed as the proscenium stage cum primary battlefield.  The work collected in this volume forges a comics consciousness for our times. 
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00



by Jessica Campbell
The creator of the witty (and popular! and fun!) Hot or Not returns with an equally witty (and fun!) 120 page saga of self discovery disguised as space exploration that we hope will turn out to be every bit as popular.
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.75


Soft X-Ray Mindhunters

by A. Degen
Finally, the massive oversize full color science fiction adventure by A. Degen that we've all been waiting for! Soft X-Ray Mindhunters will knock your socks off with it's page after page (392 in all!) of open, free-flowing, vibrantly colored comics that will take readers on a journey to the center of the mind.  And this is only part one!  Here's the lowdown from the publisher, Koyama Press: "The Mindhunters release prisoners from the shackles of others’ dreams.  The servants confined to the virtual mind palaces of despotic dreamers have found their furies in the form of the Mindhunters: masked vigilantes who burgle brainpower. Pop and ancient culture collide in searing colour in this melange of Astro Boy and Attic tragedy."
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75



by Fiona Smyth
 is a massive 368 page tome collecting over thirty year's worth of Fiona Smyth's unique, sexy, and hallucinatory comics ouevre.  Going all the way back to her days at the Ontario College of Art, through her '80s and '90s work published by Vortex and Drawn and Quarterly, in anthologies like D& Q's flagship title, jam-books like Diva with Ellen Forney and Dame Darcy, and Fabulous Babes with Maurice Vellekoop and Roxana Bikadoroff, and, of course, her solo title, Nocturnal Emissions.  But it doesn't stop there!  Somnabulance continues on through to the present, collecting plenty of new work, including some that even the Copacetic cognoscenti had never seen before!  Make sure to give this one the once over next time you're in the shop.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75

Winter's Cosmos
by Michael Comeau
Winter's Cosmos
 is a 300 page experimental hybrid work of photo-collage/comics.  It integrates a dizzying series of collages composed of posed, original photographs, found photos, historical/public domain book illustrations and newspaper and magazine clippings of all sorts into a hand drawn comics narrative complete with word balloons and narration employing a wide variety of mechanical fonts along with hand lettering.  In sort, this isn't your father's comic book.  As for the narrative it presents, Koyama states:  "In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space."
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $16.75


The Ideal Copy
by Ben Sears
Another Double+ Adventure from Ben Sears!  The Ideal Copy is an 88 page, full color, budget priced, all-ages romp in the tradition of TinTin:  "The fix is in as the Double+ gang try to counter crooked counterfeiters from the inside! Plus Man and Hank have been blacklisted and have replaced treasure hunting with job-hunting, before landing a catering job at a swank hotel. But trouble doesn’t wait for hors d’oeuvres as the boys find themselves with a main course of counterfeiting crooks to crack!"
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.75

AkissiAkissi: Tales of Mischief
by Marguerite Abouet & Mathieu Sapin
The sub-title does not lie:  this book is indeed chock full of tales of mischief.   In fact, there are 21 full color 6 page comics featuring Akissi & Co. getting into all sorts of trouble, both in their home stomping grounds in the Yopougon neighborhood of Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and out in the country at Akissi's nan and granpap's rural digs, where the natural world plays a larger part in the shenanigans.  These are kids comics par excellence; think Dennis the Menace without the hyperbole.  In Akissi, the world of childhood comes alive on the page:  the zany antics, the interactions of children with their parents and peers, the leaps of both faith and logic.  The childhood experiences represented here  – while full of wonderful details specific to time and place – is universal in its core essence.  RECOMMENDED!  (It is worth noting here that while this book is indeed "kid friendly" and the general tone and mode are entirely appropriate for children, the specifics of the childhood on display – which occasionally involve bodily parasites, children putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations, and at times seemingly lax parental oversight – may strike some parents as worrisome.  But, thinking back to the adventures of Dennis the Menace and, say, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, when kids roamed wild and occasionally entirely free of parental supervision, will remind readers that while the specifics of childhood vary both over time and from place to place, kids will be kids!
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.75


Mean Girls Club: Pink Dawn
by Ryan Heshka
Get out your nail polish, the Mean Girls Club graphic novel has arrived!  Pink Dawn is a 100 page hardcover (debossed, no less) printed (in Poland) in black and white and shocking pink (naturellement!), on flat off-white stock.  Hold onto your hats – it's going to be a wild ride.
retail price - $20.95  copacetic price - $17.75

Alack Sinner: The Age of Disenchantment
by Jose Munoz & Carlos Sampayo
It doesn't get any better than this, folks.  Over 300 pages of black and white comics intensity courtesy of the one-of-a-kind-pair of Argentines-in-exile, José Muñoz and Carolos Sampayo.  To the best of our knowledge, the stories that populate this volume had not been translated into English before appearing here; almost certainly not the two 21st century stories, the existence of which we were not even aware.  Alack Sinner: The Age of Disenchantment offers valuable perspectives on the United States, social, political and psychological, that you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere in comics.  And we don't even know where to begin on singing the praises of the art of José Muñoz, but we will say that the 300+ pages you'll find here include some of the very best work of his career.    Basically: buy this book!
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.00

The New World: Comics from Mauretania

by Chris Reynolds
The comics that the Welsh-born, England-based cartoonist, Chris Reynolds has been publishing, beginning in the mid-80s, as/in Mauretania Comics are a primary source of the rich but obscure tributary of self-consciously enigmatic work.  Stateside readers of the early issues of Eric Haven's Tales to Demolish and well as Michael Kupperberg's Tales to Thrizzle will immediately sense a kindred spirit when they encounter Reynolds's work in these pages, which predates most if not all of Haven and Kupperberg's comics work.  Now, at long last North American readers have an easily accessible – and sumptuously produced and designed (by Seth, no less) – hardcover collection of the key texts of the Reynolds oevure.  Ed Park (co-founder of Believer Magazine) gets readers up to speed with his perspicacious introductory essay.  Another fine volume from New York Review Comics!
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $29.75

And, here are a couple of potential summer reads...



by Mark Whitaker
Inspired by his discovery of the Teenie Harris Archives at the Carnegie Museum of Art, renowned journalist and media executive, Mark Whitaker – whose grandparents were Pittsburghers during the Teenie Harris era – delved deep into the history of Black Pittsburgh, and Smoketown is the result.  Get an idea of what to expect from the preface, available online here, courtesy of The Paris Review.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $26.75


Theory of Bastards
by Audrey Schulman
The Kirkus Reviews quote was enough to pique our interest: "Theory of Bastards is a deeply unusual, psychologically astute novel about technology and survival, sex and love,  If Philip K. Dick and Ann Patchett wrote a collaborative novel it might look like this.  Beguiling, irreverent, and full of heart."  Need more?  Here's Michael Dirda's review from The Washington Post.
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.75

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DSHCDSSCThe Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America
by Jaime Hernandez
In the 40 full-color pages of The Dragon Slayer, Jaime Hernandez puts his finely honed comics-making chops into service on behalf of transmitting three classic Latin American folktales to comics readers of all ages. Within these pages the reader will encounter a king, a prince, a mysterious old woman, a dragon, a giant, magic talismans, romantically inclined talking animals, a sleepy but clever boy, hard working ants, and, especially, smart, strong and savvy women (along with a few not so).  Together, these various casts of characters provide a window onto the wider world(s) of folktales and impart easily grasped moral lessons on the value of kindness, steadfastness, diligence, and cleverness (and more!) along with exposing the risks of vanity and literal mindedness (among others).  Something about the light airy drawings and full vibrant colors (along with the occasional talking animal) is reminiscent of classic cartoons of the 1940s and '50s. ToonBooks has posted a nice preview on their page for this book, HEREso you can get an idea of what we're talking about.  Available in both hardcover and softcover editions.  The editions are identical in content; the only differences are slightly different cover designs (the all yellow is the softcover), and the fact that the hardcover edition is sturdily constructed for years of use, and includes vibrant endpapers based on Aztec designs.  Either way, it's an all-new collection of comics by Jaime Hernandez!  What more do you need to know?  Let's hope that there's more to come!
hardcover - retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00
softcover - retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $9.50

Street Angel Mega-Pack-Special
by Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca
The first week in May brings a big FOUR Street Angel publications* by Rugg & Maruca, and we're selling them together as a single package – at a great price!  Street Angel Goes to Juvie hardcover original graphic novel ($19.99 retail price) <•> Image Firsts: Street Angel – After School Kung-Fu Special (signed copies!) <•> Image FCBD : Street Angel's Dog (all new – and, oh yeah: these will be signed copies) <•> Street Angel, Vol. 2 #1, Lineart Draft 01 - 01/02/15; 2nd Edition (2018) - exclusive!  (and also signed!) ||| This Street Angel Mega-Pack includes all four of the above, including the exclusive, Jim Rugg produced limited edition Lineart Draft.  All for one amazing price!  We've created a Mega-Pack Showcase Page HERE.  Check it out!  PLEASE NOTE:  There are only a limited number of these Mega-Packs available.  * (items are NOT shown at scale in the listing photo, where we gave extra emphasis to the Lineart Draft edition, which is, in actuality, roughly the same size as the FCBD comic book, which it was the first draft for.)
copacetic price - $28.75


Young Frances
by Hartley Lin (Ethan Rillly)
At long last, a book edition – and a swell hardcover, no less – collecting Ethan Rilly's excellent Pope Hats series.  Only, it turns out, Ethan Rilly is really... Hartley Lin*!  So, now we have Young Frances by Hartley Lin.  A finely crafted tale of young urbanites navigating the worlds of work and life as they come of age in 21st century North America.  Recommended.  Don't want to take our word for it?  Then how about these words from someone whose opinion is worth paying attention to:  "Young Frances is a meditation on work and meaning.  Its depiction of corporate culture and the finesse required to exist within it feels unlike anything I've read in comics." – Jillian Tamaki  •  Still not convinced? Then make your own mind up by checking out this PDF preview. || *(of which, Ethan Rilly is an anagram)
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $16.75


The Dangerous Journey
by Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson's 1970 picture book, The Dangerous Journey is back in print, courtesy of D & Q. In a departure, Jansson executed this work entirely in watercolor, not her accustomed medium. Perhaps deciding to make the creation of this particular work a bit of a dangerous (or, at least, challenging) journey for herself, as an artist, and so match form and content.
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00

Moebius Library: The Art of Edena
by Moebius
This 200 page, full size hardcover volume is primarily what the title indicates.  From thumbnail breakdowns to idea sketches and on through to profoundly beautiful fully realized illustrations of related to the themes and characters of the Edena Cycle, this book is filled with amazing art.  But there's more:  there are also comics that were not included in The World of Edena.  Some are variations on sequences that you've seen before (presuming that you've already read the aforementioned World of Edna [if not, what are you waiting for?]), others are new, and only tangentially related – but from the same period – such as two pieces related to visiting Naples.  Suffice it to say, if you're a Moebius fan, this is essential; if you're a fan of imaginative comics and illustration, this is recommended. Jean Giraud – aka Moebius – was in a class by himself.
retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $29.75


Blackbird Days
by Manuele Fior
Blackbird Days
 presents readers with ten short comics by Manuele Fior, reproduced full up in this 9" x 12" hardcover, translated into English (from the Italian original, by Jaime RIchards), and published for the first time in North America.  Fior dazzles with a virtuoso display of his talents in the wide range of styles and mediums that are on display here. 
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $18.75


Now #3
edited by Eric Reynolds; contributions by Noah Van Sciver, Ben Passmore, Dash Shaw, Eleanor Davis, Anne Simon, Jason T. Miles, Marcello Quintanilha, Anna Haifisch, Keren Katz, Roberta Scomparsa, et al
The latest Now is here and it looks like another winner!  120 pages of great comics from North America and Europe  – and perhaps elsewhere, as well (not sure) – all making their North American debuts, regardless.  Arguably the greatest value in comics going.  The fact that both of the first two issues have sold out is certainly a strong point in favor of this argument. Don't miss out on this one!
retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $8.75


Drew Friedman's Chosen People

by Drew Friedman
Drew Friedman's Chosen People has at last arrived!  Over 100 finely rendered new portraits by the master.  The alphabetized arrangement of the portraits makes for some interesting juxtapositions!  "Drew Friedman is the unchallenged living master of the art of caricature, pushing it far beyond the centuries-old trick of clever physiognomic exaggeration and social skewering into a new, almost biological realm; his portraits and drawings have a lucidity that's unsettlingly scientific, as if Honoré Daumier, Ivan Albright, and a forensic doctor were all guiding his hand." –– Chris Ware.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $16.75

IIThe Idiot
by Sami Alwani
When despair hits, when ennui gets you down, it's art to the rescue... or not.  Drawn employing an extreme clear line style throughout, in an unvarying 12-square-panel grid, in The Idiot  it is the art itself that is the ultimate embodiment (reflection?) of the central theme of the work, that of a detached, machine-like process of art creation.  Alwani, in so doing, has created a comics fable of Marx's dictum of the worker being alienated from their own labor under capitalism.  Alwani's protagonist artist struggles to reclaim his connection to his self and to regain control of the direction of his being... but is this even possible?  Yes, you can read this entire work online (here, if you must know), but that's not really the same, is it? And won't doing so further the reader's (you, perhaps, in this instance) alienation from their own self, by submitting to the über-capitalism of the increasingly omnipotent digital realm?  Whereas, by purchasing the physical work, the reader (again, perhaps, you) connects with the artist (by a mere one degree of separation, should you purchase it from Copacetic, as we received our copies directly from Alwani) and the physical world you both inhabit?  Think about it... and decide for yourself. 
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $8.00


Be Prepared
by Vera Brosgol
Finally, something new from Vera Brosgol!  Her Anya's Ghost has been a mainstay of the Copacetic comics for younger readers shelf since its 2011 release. Now we have Be Prepared, her memoir of being nine (almost ten!) years old at (a Russian Orthodox) summer camp.  256 duo-toned (in green, naturally; by Alec Longstreth, no less) pages filled with the challenges that come with the territory of being different – and thus often excluded; of being an immigrant transplant in America.  Readers will bond with Vera as she works to overcome obstacles as well as her feelings of awkwardness and assert herself and her talents.  Just in time for summer!
retail price - $12.99  copacetic price - $11.75


The King of Birds
by Alexander Utkin
The King of Birds
 is the first in what we hope will be a long running series of Gamayun Tales, based on traditional Russian Folk Tales.  Gamayun is a figure from Slavic mythology that embodies wisdom and knowledge, traditionally represented as a giant bird with a woman's head.  The King of Birds contains six interconnected tales, introduced by Gamayun in the mode of The Crypt Keeper – just more wise,  less scary.  Alexander Utkin's full color art is a wonder, and makes every page a pleasure to behold.  This is a volume that can – and will – be enjoyed by all ages.
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00


The Largesse of the Sea Maiden
by Denis Johnson
The final collection of stories from the literary champion of the down-and-out-but-still-worth-your-while.  Here's a Guardian review – by fellow traveler, Geoff Dyer, no less.  And, here's the title story, from its original appearance in The New Yorker.
retail price - $27.00  copacetic price - $23.75

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