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New for October 2014


LGBThe Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane
The long awaited follow up volume to Abandoned Cars has arrived.  The Lonesome Go is a giant oversize volume packed with more carefully placed ink lines than any book this side of Black HoleTaking a hint from the Legend of Duluoz, St. Louis resident and Washington University lecturer, Tim Lane takes a turn down a Lost Highway  on a Savage Night, where A Good Man Is Hard to Find and a sprawling chaos of comics ensues, recorded employing a visual lexicon that is part Charles Biro and part Charles Burns and shines a light on those parts of the American psyche that are usually left festering in the dark, all in the service of creating an acutely observed and fully realized vision that will knock your socks off.  The work contained in this volume – some of which has previously seen the light of day in Lane's self-published series, Happy Hour in America, some in other various and sundry publications, and some here for the first time – is suffused with the spirit of the 20th century – "The American Century":  Train engines, boxcars, tracks, yards, switches, signals; warehouses, factories, back alley hotels, bars and nightclubs constructed of bricks, wood beams, iron and steel, all connected by heavily riveted bridges that are mystically immune to rust; hobos, psychos, the helpless, the hopeless; coffee, cigarettes, booze of all stripes; guns, knives, truncheons, lead pipes.  This volume is not for the faint of heart.  Truly Hollow Men haunt these pages, where sadism mixes with the violence of a nonchalant misanthropy which is even more frightening.  Adventure and risk are here, as well – as one would expect from the Great American Mythological Drama that Lane is crafting here.  Yes, all is delineated with grim, determined care, to ensure the reader doesn't miss a thing, but there is also poetry here, of a decidedly romantic bent, that evokes – to simultaneously celebrate and mourn – the America that is no more...
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $33.75



AoLAn Age of License: A Travelogue
by Lucy Knisley

Here's an engaging tale of a young American woman abroad, 21st century comics style!  As opposed to the introverted tales of angst and woe that we have come to associate with the autobio comics genre, here we have an extroverted (and, as it turns out, exogamous) tale of European adventure wherein our heroine heads off to gain new experiences and fresh perspectives, in what is, after all, a travelogue.  Readers may vicariously share in her fun and far-ranging travels as well as her various interludes and escapade.  Knisley has done one previous travel memoir, 2008's French Milk,which we were only lukewarm about, but her cartooning abilities have vastly improved in the interim, and the story she has to tell this time around has a lot more going for it, so fans of travel comics, fans of autobio comics, and fans of Knisley's popular foodie comic, Relish, all have something to look forward to here in this 200 page book; a mix of black & white and full color.  Take a sneak peek at it, here in this PDF preview and see what you make of it.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77



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Hospital Suite

by John Porcellino

The first original, all new graphic memoir by John Porcellino is here.  Unlike previous books by Porcellino, which were all culled in  part or whole from issues of his long-running King-Cat Comics and Stories series, everything (except for four short pieces in the appendices, which most people will not have seen) in Hospital Suite appears here for the first time.  It is divided into three novella-ish sections, each of which confronts a health crisis in John's life.  The titular "Hospital Suite" provides an overview of John's first major health crisis, a mystery of pain and suffering that descended without warning; "1998" focuses on the events of this year where sounds become painful followed by the onset of OCD; and "True Anxiety" shows what happens when OCD collides with post-9/11 atmosphere of paranoia and fear.  This may sound like a giant bummer of a read, but it's not; in true King-Cat fashion, the silver lining in each cloud is revealed, and each crisis is transformed into a spiritual journey towards inner peace. 
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00




RHRoot Hog or Die (DVD)
a film by Dan Stafford
While we're on the subject of John Porcellino, now would be a good time to bring to your attention this documentary film which takes John P. as its subject.  Yes, you heard that correctly, Root Hog or Die is a feature length documentary film on the life and times of John Porcellino.  What's more it serves as a highly appropriate complements Hospital Suite as it too delves deeply into health issues - both physical and mental, and works to situate them in John's life story as well as contextualize them in relation to his work (although less the latter and more the former).  The film's maker, Dan Stafford – co-founder/owner/manager, with Luke James, of Kilgore Books & Comics of Denver, CO – spent years putting together this film, and roams far afield to interview both of John P.'s exes (the first of which is interviewed with John, as they sit together and reminisce about the bad old days) along with a host of other folk from Porcellino's past and present personal and professional life, including Noah van Sciver, here seemingly cast as John P.'s teen (not) sidekick, and Zack Sally, John's concerned peer.  Worthy of special note is the inclusion of a live musical performance by John with one the band's of his youth, playing at an outdoor festival; get ready to rock out with a young – and long-haired! – John P. & Co.

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tail price - $15.00
  copacetic price - $12.75



ISHI Saw Him
by Nate McDonough
Dante’s Divine Comedy begins, "In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood, where the direct way was lost,” establishing a narrative paradigm that has taken many twists and turns before arriving here in Pittsburgh, channeled through the ceaselessly drawing hand of Nate McDonough and taking the form of this work.  I Saw Him has been delivered to the Copacetic Made-in-Pittsburgh Table™ just in time to steep in the spirits of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, and is tailor-made to pre-chill your bones in preparation for the long winter to come.  Set in the proverbial Woods, I Saw Him communicates a mood of pervasive anxiety about mortality that may put some readers in mind of American progenitor of the tale of existential dread, Edgar Allan Poe (to whom, we can’t help but note, its protagonist bears a passing resemblance) while the setting and action may bring to mind Nathaniel Hawthorne and Jack London.  McDonough’s notes indicate that he was accessing this mode through the 20th century cinematic works of Tarkovsky and Bergman, which makes sense, but the feeling here, while arguably more old country than new world in flavor, is distinctly pre-modern.  Regardless of all precursors, the aim here has been to create a timeless sense of mortal fear, one that can plug right into our own contemporary dreads that make up the daily news.   Nate has striven to capture a wintry walk through a light snow that doubles as a metaphor for the isolating effect of mortality and delivers his strongest art yet, with subtle snow fall and cold wintery breaths exhaled in a leafless and bare forest of varying density boldly delineated in strong contrast to the surrounding whiteness and grey sky, creating an interplay of tones that together set the stage for the bringer of the terror:  the pack of roving wolves; each of which are drawn with such devotion that readers will find themselves squirming in their armchairs as they close in…  The plot is bare bones, but takes twists and turns as it moves through the woods of its theme; by the end, you too will be able to say, “I saw him.”

retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $6.95


SubCultures
edited by Whit Taylor
SCHere's a great new anthology published by 9th Art Press that features a whoppin' three dozen tales each focusing on a unique subculture.  It should come as no surprise that our civilization's growing trend towards ever-increasing specialization is accompanied by a parallel trend of ever-increasing social compartmentalization.  Aided and abetted – and in some cases entirely enabled – by all things internet, most notably, of course, the fertile soil of social media, subcultures are sprouting and thriving as never before.  This is not an unalloyed good, as some subcultures are possessed of varying degrees of toxicity, such as child porn devotees and violent extremists of all stripes up to and including "terrorists."  Yet, generally speaking, the phenomenon of subcultures is creating a new and vibrant ecosystem of human potential that will, in the long run, surely form the component bases for a spawning ground for the evolving of new and progressively adaptive ways of being that will assist humans in their braving of the new world they are in the midst of creating.  The SubCultures delved into in this anthology range from the relatively erudite circles of Esperanto speakers and ham radio operators to the freaky worlds of BIg foot enthusiasts and goth fetishists, but most revolve around varying permutations of pop culture.  This is an absorbing and intriguing anthology, and there is plenty to ponder while traversing the subcultural terrain mapped out in this volume's 200+ pages by 37 comics creators including Sam Alden, Box Brown, Andrew Greenstone, Dan Mazur, Hazel Newlevant, Liz Prince, Stevie Wilson and many other talented cartoonists. Recommended! 
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75


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BUMF, Volume 1
by Joe Sacco
After close to two decades of literally deadly serious comics, culminating in last years epic instant, the 24-foot wide drawing of the Battle of the Somme, Sacco has with BUMF made good on his long-standing threat to produce a humorous work.  BUMF seems, at least at first glance, closer in spirit to Sacco's earlier Yahoo work (the comic book series, not the company [guess which came first; right - no surprise there; it seems like a grand tradition to lift from comics with impunity]).  Upon closer examination, however, while clearly drawn in a looser more relaxed manner than the work for which he is best known, it is not a reversion to any mean, but has more of the feel of a long awaited and much deserved vacation from the world of journalism taken in the sunny climes of cartooning.

retail price - $14.99
  copacetic price - $12.75


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Jim
by Jim Woodring
Here we have it all together in one major hardcover:  the moment when Woodring burrowed deep within and discovered the teeming land of his unconscious.  Witness the transformation of his consciousness as these discoveries make their way into his drawing and, perhaps more importantly, his inked rendering of the forms of his imagination.  More than just a simple collection of comics, Jim presents readers with a quasi-scientific exploration of manifestations of mind in matter.

retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $26.75




WMThe Walking Man - hardcover reissue
by Jiro Taniguchi
FINALLY!  The long promised hardcover reissue of – believe it or not – the best-selling manga in Copacetic history has arrived.  The Walking Man is a sui generis work of pen and ink contemplation, a book filled with page after page of microcosmical meanderings that follow the whim of the moment, ungoverned by any societal dictate, yielding neither to appetite but only to impulse, following the life force in page after page of disciplined and reserved yet discreetly joyous artwork that sympathetically stimulates the senses in a work freed from consciously directed narrative to wander where the heart roams.  Here's what we wrote when the book was first released: "his 160-page french-flapped softcover volume collects eighteen zen-like tales of the "man who walks."  Reflective, insightful meditations on the modern, suburban condition, these stories embody the soul of manga.  While the landscape through which our hero walks is indisputably Japanese, the stories told and the lessons learned on his brief treks are indisputably universal.  Taniguchi has managed a unique feat here.  The comics work in The Walking Man is stripped of all extraneous elements.  There is a near total absence of narrative in the pieces collected in this volume.  With extraneous temporal distractions removed, the pure essence of comics remains and we are left face to face with a direct, graphic communication of the here and now.  These are comics that dig deep into the mind and trigger a panoply of sensations: the heat of the sun on one's back, a cool breeze along the side of one's face, the smell of flowers, the cold, creamy taste of ice-cream, the hard exertions of a fast run, the overall feel of the encroaching darkness, the sounds of children laughing, water flowing, a passing train... all these sensations and more are triggered by the series of images that the reader is presented with as the pages are turned and the walking man goes on his way.  To get a better idea, check out this preview.  Recommended.  And then, at any time before, during or after reading The Walking Man, we also recommend that you read the essay that laid the foundation for the philosophy (or, at the very least, its American branch) that suffuses this work, "Walking" by Henry David Thoreau.

retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22


You Can Did It #1
YCDIby Nils Balls with Mike Carretta
There were doubters, who said this day would never come – but they were wrong!  The yinzer beer lover's comic book has arrived.  You Can Did It is a paean to the potent powers of fermented hops and the life that goes with its consumption right here in tha 'Burgh.  Mitch and Ollie are a couple of regular guys who are also regulars at their local tavern.  In a twist on the mythical origin of many a super hero icon, the pair hit upon the secret formula for the ancient ur brew – the apotheosis of ale – and life takes a turn for the better – or at least it seems to; we'll have to wait and see what the rest of the story brings.  The real enjoyment here, however, is in soaking up the genuine Pittsburgh vibe that permeates every line.  Here is a pen and ink slice of life that you can almost taste.  And, to be clear, this is not just any old comic book.  As any beer connoisseur knows, the best beers tend to be made by small-scale, "micro-" and home-brewers such as Mitch and Ollie; the same holds true in comics.  You Can Did It is a finely crafted comics work that Nils and Mike took their time on to make sure they hit all the right notes; we're here to tell you that they did it.  Readers will savor every page and smack their lips with satisfaction as they close the cover and lay it back down on the bar.  The only downside here is waiting for a refill.  It's likely to be awhile before you'll be able to toss back the next issue.  But as we all know, you can't rush quality; as with the process of fermentation, you have to take your time to get it right; you'll know when it's done.

retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00




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Dog City 3
edited by Juan Fernandez
This third volume in the Dog City series of boxed comics collections is the first we've listed here for the simple reason that the others sold out before we had the chance to!  This time around we're making a point of getting the word right out with the hope that someone new will get a chance to lay their hands on one of these hand-made (in Pittsburgh and Vermont) box sets containing a baker's dozen books.  Contributors this time around are Amelia Onorato, Jenn Lisa, Allison Bannister, Tom O'Brien, Simon Reinhardt, Caitlyn Rose Boyle, Luke Healy, Sophie Goldstein, Iris Yan, Tom Dibble, Reilly Hadden, Laurel Lynn Leake, Steven Krall, Dan Rinylo and editor, Juan Fernandez.  Limited to 120 copies!

retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $20.00




SG3Study Group Magazine #3D
edited by Zack Soto
It was a long time coming, but the third  – and 3D! – issue of the one and only Study Group Magazine has arrived.  The centerpiece of the issue is a celebration of 3D comics, and one the form's prime progenitors, Ray Zone, who passed away in 2012.  The 3D comics start out with a celebrated Kim Deitch tale, "4-D", with separations by the only and only Ray Zone.  This is followed by a brief history of the 3D comics by Jason Little, who is responsible for all the 3D seps that follow on comics by Dan Zettwoch, Chris Cilla, Malachi Ward, and one drawn by Little himself.  But thats only the center section!  There are plenty more awesome 2D comics in full color, duo-tone and black white.  The highlight has to be the stunning twelve-page full color story by Conor Willumson, but there is plenty more to be looking forward to here, including work by Sean T Collins and Julia Gfrörer, Benjamin Urkowitz, Mia Schwartz, Trevor Alixopulos and Sophie Franz, plus engaging articles –  Rob Clough on the significance of
Ryan Sands, who has played a major but little recognized behind-the-scenes role in the development of 21st century comics as an editor (Electric Ant), publisher (Youth in Decline) and translator (of manga, such as Suehiro Maruo's The Strange Tale of Panorama Island); James Romberger on William Burroughs (which includes an excellent, short comics adaptation of Burroughs by Romberger himself, "Shits versus Johnsons"; and Sean Wittzke on Scud the Disposable Assassin.  Plus "a conversation" between Milo George and Ronald Wimberly about Wimberly's hip hop inflected adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which is follwed by a review of the same by Sarah Horrocks.  All wrapped in an amazing cover by Jim Rugg.  Bonus:  3D glasses are included with every issue! 
retail price - $16.00  copacetic price - $14.44



BAC2014Best American Comics 2014
edited by Scott McCloud; series editor Bill Kartalopoulos
Whether you've been buying this volume every year since its inception in 2006, or you've yet to give it a try, we think everyone interested in what's going on in comics should check out this volume.  After shepherding it through nearly a decade of great comics, the original series editors Jessica Abel and Matt Madden have put the series in the eminently capable hands of comics scholar  (and comics festival organizer), Bill Kartalopoulos, who has teamed up with this year's editor, the one and only Scott "Understanding Comics" McCloud to produce what we are going to go out on a limb and declare the best Best American Comics volume yet. Organized into ten thematically unified sections, each with its own introduction defining and justifying the theme and selections, the comics included in this volume range far and wide, from the recognized masters of the form such as Jaime Hernandez (whose work graces the cover), Chris Ware, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb to amazing work by the up and coming generation of cartoonists like, Theo Ellsworth, Michael DeForge, Lale Westvid and Sam Alden to boundary pushing works by the likes of Aidan Koch, Erin Curry, along with much more amazing work by many other creators of all stripes, including mainstream heroic fantasy, web comics, comics for young readers, newspaper strips, works of history in comics form (like an excerpt from Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree!), some particularly intense examples of the ever popular comics memoir, and more, including work by perennial Copacetic favorites like Ron Rege, Jr. and "C.F.".  We recognize that Copacetic customers are likely to already be familiar with if not already own many of the works found here, and so may be less inclined to consider it for themselves, but we all know someone who could greatly benefit being hepped to the dazzling spectrum of comics on hand here, so consider pointing them in this direction...
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.22



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Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World
edited by Monte Beauchamp
comics by Drew Friedman, Dan Zettwoch, Mark Alan Stamaty, et al
It's hard to gauge what's in store when you first espy a copy of
Masterful Marks, so we're going to let you know that, while in the world of comics you often can judge a book by it's cover,
this is one of those books that fits the old adage, as
between its staid and stolid covers is a riot of colorful comics homages to the giants of comics, by a great assemblage of currently working cartoonists.  Among the pieces you will find here are Mark Alan Stamaty on Jack Kirby, Beauchamp and Ryan Heshka on Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, Dan Zettwoch on Tezuka Osamu, Denis Kitchen on Dr. Seuss (and yes, for those of you who don't know, he started out doing comics), Peter Kuper on Harvey Kurtzman, and Drew Friedman turns in what may be the best comics work of his career with "R. Crumb & Me."  And there's plenty more.  While we would take issue with Beauchamp's decision to include comics-packagers/promoters like Walt Disney and Hugh Hefner in the collection, presumably for commercial reasons, given their greater name recognition with the general public, we're not going to let it detract from our enjoyment of the bulk of the book.  So, make sure to pry open this one when you see it, and take a look. 

retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22



HMHHey, Mister: Come Hell or Highwater Pants
by Pete Sickman-Garner
There's no need to despair: Pete Sickman-Garner has already done it for you!  The inherent absurdities of key aspects of the Judeo-Christian tradition, as manifested in popular religious literature, are herein literalized for laughs.  Witness the hi-jinx adventures of Satan, God, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, a horde of demons at various levels in a very "corporate America" sort of hell, and Teddy Roosevelt (don't ask) as they get in all sorts of mischief with Mister, Mary, Little Tim, a cartoon stand-in for the artist, and a cast of supporting characters composed primarily of working stiffs, misfits and social castoffs.  In many respects
HMFC, Pete Sickman-Garner's Hey, Mister clan are the southern Baptist cousins of Pete Bagge's Bradleys & Co., in their mutual revealing of the copious flies in the ointment of our American Lives, and having plenty of fun doing it.  While we are well aware that the humor on display on these pages is not for everyone, we feel that there are laughs here for those that have trouble finding them.  Downtrodden, depressed and dejected?  Look no further.  BONUS:  To add to the levitical levity, we are throwing in a FREE copy of the previous Hey, Mister volume, The Fall Collection, with every purchase of Come Hell or Highwater Pants
retail price - $14.95   copacetic price - $12.75




New for September 2014

SSSugar Skull
by Charles Burns
Charles Burns has been creating and publishing his own unique brand of finely polished comics of life on the edge of sanity for well over thirty years.  He forged an instantly recognizable pen and ink style from his earliest outings on, one that has influenced legions of comickers and illustrators (and writers and filmmakers) around the globe.  He was a key contributor to RAW Magazine and helped redefine, as well as expand the boundaries of, comics during the 1980s.  He has produced numerous genre-defying works such as El Borbah, Big Baby, and Black Hole – and he's still going strong!  Sugar Skull is the third and final volume in the trilogy that began with X'ed Out and continued in The HiveWhile this trilogy has taken Burns over five years to complete, that is just the tip of the iceberg, for it has spent almost a lifetime gestating.  Its earliest roots are in Burns's childhood love for / obsession with Hergé's classic series of TinTin albums.  This is the frame onto which Burns stretches his canvas and paints an elaborate, multifaceted and multidimensional (multiversal?) portrait of fantastic inner landscapes as seen through his mind's eye. Drug addled confusion mingles with late nights, odd ball performers, and punk rock femme fatales, precipitating failures in psychological integration which turn reality inside out, wherein comic book inspired dreams become real.  It doesn't get any better than this.
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75



MHMegahex

by Simon Hanselmann
Working under the radar of North American comics fans for years, this Tasmanian native currently residing in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, has at last crashed through the invisible barrier and has arrived on our shores with a big splash.  With his characters Megg, Mogg and Owl (along with a supporting cast foremost among whom is Werewolf Jones) Hanselmann has created the apotheosis of the Stoner Roommates Drama (SRD) that has a long and distinguished lineage dating back to Gilbert Shelton's The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, includes the denizens of Pete Bagge's Hate, and whose most direct precursors are to be found in the pages of Paper Rad (Ben Jones, particularly) and Matt Furie's Boys Club.  The comics here, along with those Simon has produced for 'Truth Zone' and elsewhere threaten to be the last word on the subject.  Get an idea of what we're going on about with this PDF preview, then, get up to speed with  Simon H. circa 2013, here and/or circa 2014, here.  The first printing has sold out – BUT, we still have copies on hand, for now...
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $29.95





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Lose #6

by Michael DeForge
Lose continues!  This is the first new issue since the release of The Body Beneath collection, and it's all new.  The bulk of this issue is taken up by a single epic of psychological exploration:  "Me As a Baby."  You'll need to read it twice; you'll likely want to read it a few more times, just for good measure.  Michael is currently touring with Simon (see above) and Patrick (see below) – so watch for them at a city near you.  Here's their tour schedule.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.25






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Distance Mover
by Patrick Kyle
Editor of comics anthology, Wowee Zonk and creator of Black Mass, north-of-the-border cartoonist, Patrick Kyle brings a heightened level of formalism to Distance Mover.  Printed entirely in blue and gold and dispensing entirely with panels and ruled borders, Kyle explores the interior space of the comic book page, tweaking and twisting temporal expectations and experiences with a morphing narrative that allows borders and gutters to organically emerge – or disappear, as forms and characters merge and overlap.  No less a formalist than Jordan Crane waxes, "Pure comics heartbreakingly swift in its speed and span, Distance Mover is heady and hilarious, high and low, a tightly wound breakneck paced science fictions epic, full of calmanity and beauty.  Quite literally this book will bend and blend your mind with tie and space.  Read it, and move great distances."

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tail price - $20.00
  copacetic price - $17.77



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Bumperhead
by Gilbert Hernandez
Gilbert's follow up to 2013's Marble Season, Bumperhead is another oversize hardcover graphic novel from
Drawn & Quarterly.  This time around, we have a work that effectively occupies rite of adolescent passage territory.  It is presented in a historical frame that roughly parallels that of Gilbert's own adolescence, with a focus on musical evolution that took place in the early to mid-seventies of prog and glam to punk rock and filled with band and LP references that will ring a bell in anyone conversant with Gilbert's own musical history and taste.  Like Marble Season, this is at most a semi-autobiographical work and most definitely not "the Gilbert Hernandez Story".  That said, it is nevertheless almost irresistible to attempt to tease out what is taken from Gilbert's own personal experiences and what is novelistic invention; in the process adding another layer of enjoyment for the long time fan.

retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75


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Luba and Her Family
by Gilbert Hernandez
Finally, another Gilbert volume in the updated format of the complete Love and Rockets collection.  Luba and Her Family marks the tenth volume in the series.  This 228 pages of comics in this volume encompass Gilbert's work from Measles #1 - 8, New Love #1 - 6, Luba #1 - 4 and Luba's Comics & Stories #1.  Savor and enjoy.

retail price - $18.88  copacetic price - $14.99






 SLShoplifter
by Michael Cho
Born in South Korea, but immigrating to Canada at age six and a current resident of Toronto, Michael Cho is a widely respected illustrator who moonlights as a comics creator.  Shoplifter is his first graphic novel, and an impressive debut it is. In its pages, Cho manages the feat of creating an elegant synthesis of contemporary Canadian cartooning.  Combining the deftly dynamic page layouts of Darwyn Cooke, J.Bone & Jay Stephens, the reflective ennui of Seth, the urban introversion of Chester Brown and the urbane sophistication of Ethan Rilly into finely nuanced work of life in that part of North America that continues to swear allegiance to the Queen.  The story told in Shoplifter is that of one young woman's lonely struggle to find her place in world.  The tale is solidly constructed, well balanced, filled with strongly delineated characters and likely to please the readers it is intended for.  Comparisons with the work of Adrian Tomine are, perhaps, inevitable.  While there are certainly numerous points of contact between the two artists' work, Cho's protagonist, Corrina Park, is cut from a different cloth than Tomine's superficially similar young working women, demonstrating a greater vulnerability, naivete and sincerity, in contrast to Tomine's generally more jaded and sarcastic heroines, and Shoplifter ends on a more upbeat and hopeful note than the typical Tomine narrative. There is one important quality shared by Cho and Tomine:  they are both top notch cartoonists who produce excellent work.

retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77




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Get Over It
by Corinne Mucha
Ms. Mucha is a prolific creator of comics, having produced work for a number of excellent anthologies such as Papercutter, along with stand alone works such as the Xeric funded My Alaskan Summer, the Ignatz award winning, "The Monkey in the Basement and Other Delusions" (Retrofit Comics), and the young adult graphic novel, Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations and Other Nonsense.   Here, in Get Over It, she delves into the pain and heartbreak of a failed relationship –  first d
iscovering, then confronting, and finally healing – in a graphic memoir that shows her continuing to grow as a cartoonist.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75


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Amulet, Book 6 - Escape from Lucien
by Kazuo Kibuishi
The hit series returns, after a two year hiatus. 

retail price - $12.99  copacetic price - $11.75

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Nightworld #2
by Paolo Leandri & Adam McGovern
Leandri and McGovern are back with their 21st Century take on the Kirby-Lee method of producing multi-level comics that edify while they entertain, as we travel together to Nightworld "In the Midnight Hour."

retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99





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Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #2
by Tom Scioli s/ John Barber
And the non-stop mega-action continues here in the latest installment from the Scioli-verse™; this time around you have your choice of covers by Scioli or "Edifying" Ed Piskor.

retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99







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Maple Key Comics 3

edited by Joyana McDiarmid
There's nothing else like Maple Key Comics currently on the US small press market, as it follows the Manga model of a big, fat – each issue is over 250 pages – regularly published book of ongoing comics serials.  Unique, hybrid comics abound in its pages:  Science fiction / Teen romance, nautical adventure/romance, funny animal / auto-bio – you won’t find these types of comics together under one cover anywhere else!  There are a baker's dozen continuing, serialized tales here, all that began in the first issue, and several of which conclude here, with most continuing on. There are also a few new, stand alone tales by newcomers including Rebecca Roher's "Primordial Soup" and Anna McGlynn's Lynda Barry-esque tale, "Like Water", which, respectively, open and close this issue.  Check it out! 

retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75



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Heroes of the Comics
by Drew Friedman
Years in the making, Drew Friedman's epic mash note to the bygone greats of comics has at last arrived, and what a treat it is.  Talent, not fame, is the key to entry here, so we have titans of the industry such as Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee rubbing shoulders with collector favorites like Ogden Whitney, Boody Rogers, Dick Briefer and Ramona Fradon – and many more inbetween.  Also included are industy figures such as Max Gaines and Harry Chesler, and with a nod to history, the book closes with Frederic Wertham!  Over 80 portraits in all – and what portraits they are!  Take a gander at Drew's meticulous renderings and heartfelt meanderings, HERE.

retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $29.75



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Witzend
by Wallace Wood & Co.
One of the classic old school greats of comic book illustration, Wallace Wood was also among the earliest champions of creator rights for cartoonists, and Witzend was perhaps his most important legacy in this regard.  Produced during the heyday of underground comics, Wood saw that "the kids" were taking control – and creative ownership – of their work.  As, of course, had his colleague, Harvey Kurtzman with Humbug & Help.  Witzend was Wood's contribution to evolving the commercial framework in which comics were made and sold, and the comics  and supporting material herein produced reflect these aims.  Fantagraphics has produced the definitive collection here in this full size, two-volume, slipcased edition.  And, realizing that they're going to have to go the extra mile to convince readers to part with the hefty chunk of change that is required to purchase this masterwork*, Fantagraphics has provided their biggest ever PDF preview.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.  *(
here at Copacetic, we've done our part to ease the pain by offering an extra hefty discount; see below).
retail price - $125.00  copacetic price - $93.75



BCThe Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks is a book into which Mitchell tries to squeeze in everything under the sun, and moon, and, especially, that which is under neither.  He
opens up literature's bag of tricks and grabs everything he can carry.  He starts with the framework of a classic 19th century British novel – think George Eliot – and works in the likes of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Twin Peaks, and Mai, the Psychic Girl, before delivering an action-packed, climactic denouement that is possibly the closest a work of prose has come to portraying a cosmic Marvel Comics superhero battle; roughly the equivalent of pitting Dr. Strange and the X-Men against Dormammu, Eternity and Magneto in the Dark Dimension (penciled by Steve Ditko in mid-60s but then shelved for twenty years and inked by Bill Sienkiewicz in the mid-80s).  The entire work is constructed in a series of Mitchell's trademarked, finely crafted first-person voices, each occupying their own temporal slot.  The overarching narrative is propulsive, but also meditative, and it is the meditative component that is the most compelling.  More than anything, The Bone Clocks is a work about the role of literature – all literatures:  secular, religious, fictive, scientific, mythological – in linking together mortal humans in an immortal chain of knowledge, wisdom and tradition that is made possible by the creation and implementation of symbolic systems, such as – one among many – the English language.  While each of us individually is destined to shuffle off this mortal coil, collectively we experience immortality through our interactions with the works of art and literature that withstand the tests of time, wherein we are immersed in a stream that is simultaneously connected to both the past and future.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $25.75

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The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning
by Marcelo Gleiser
A good book to read after finishing Bone Clocks?  Check in with this review on physics.about.com and/or this one at The Nation and/or  listen in on this conversation with Dr. Gleiser on KERA and see what you think.
retail price - $28.99  copacetic price - $25.75








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New for August 2014


HHFT2Hip Hop Family Tree
, Volume 2: 1981-1983
by Ed Piskor
The Hip Hop Family Tree Express has reached the next station in its epic, era-spanning journey, and so is ready to deliver up this second, Treasury Edition sized, flexi-bound, full color volume that collects another year of HHFT strips from Ed's weekly Brain Rot feature, hosted by BoingBoing, along with a pulse-pounding panoply of bonus pin-ups by Michel Fiffe, Ben Marra, Katie Skelly, Wilfred Santiago, Jasen Lex, Matt Bors, Jarrett Williams, Kagen McLeod, Scott Morse, and Tom Neely.  Highlights included in this volume:  the moment when
RUN-DMC takes the stage; the creation and unleashing of era-defining hits such as Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”; the filming of the crucial hip hop movie, Wild Style; and the arrivals of NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy.  Also included are cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and, sadly, New Kids on the Block.  The introduction to this volume was penned by Wild Style director, Charlie Ahearn, no less.  SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Copacetic is hosting the Release Party for Hip Hop Family Tree, Volume 2 this Saturday, August 23, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.  We hope to see you there!
retail price - $27.99  copacetic price - $24.75
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Street A
ngel
by Jim Rugg
The latest incarnation of the skateboarding ninja-fighter from Wilkesborough is a nifty 176 page hardcover that includes the complete five issue series, along with all the additional material from the earlier Slave Labor softcover, plus additional never-before-collected material such as short strips, full color front and back cover reproductions of all issues including the original mini, and more!  This edition is published by AdHouse Books, who have generously posted this PDF preview

retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77



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Forming II
by Jesse Moynihan
The wait is over.  The second full color, oversize, hardcover volume filled with cosmic, mind-altering comics adventures has arrived.  You can take a peek at what's in store in this preview slideshow over at NoBrow... Wow, right?

retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $25.75






B2Barnaby, Volume Two
by Crockett Johnson
Speaking of long-awaited follow-ups, here's the second volume of the complete collection of Crockett Johnson's one-of-a-kind comic strip masterpiece, Barnaby.  Covering the years 1944 and 1945, this volume also comes packed with bonus material, including a foreward by Jules Feiffer, and an afterword and appendix of allusions by Barnaby scholar, Philip Nel.  Art Spiegelman states that Barnaby, "radiates human warmth and whimsy... The artist's brilliantly written characters keep their feet planted in the all-too-real world of 1940s America while flying off on pink wings into one of the greatest fantasy strips ever made."  Cushlamachree!

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And, yes, Copacetic sells a few old school comics, now and then...


N1Nightworld
by Adam McGovern & Paolo Leandri
Here, at last, we have the first issue of this long-gestating series, drawn with diabolic dynamism by comics conceptualizer and Italian artist extraordinaire – the artist with the greatest Kirby flair – Paolo Leandri, and scripted by a comics professor with an erudition that encompasses not only the world of comics, but that of traditional art and culture as well; a knowledge that spans the centuries back to the classics of antiquity... and beyond – Adam McGovern.  This is the same team that, way back in 2006, brought us a black and white one-shot comic book scripted with panache and drawn with smashing vivacity – Dr. Id – about which we waxed rhapsodic, and we are excited that they have at last managed to reunite around this full color, four issue mini-series released by Image Comics.  Nightworld is a multi-layered meta-phantasmagoria in comic book form.  On the one hand, it is a fabulously entertaining traditional comic book yarn with page after page of eye-popping art that is very much the direct descendant of Jack Kirby's classic work in Black Magic, Strange World of Your Dreams, and, of course, The Demon, while on the other, it is a deconstruction of / meditation on the mythical infrastructure that underpins and links all these works to the Jungian collective unconscious we all share in, aware or not, and which guides our waking life through indirectives, which we could do worse than imagine originating in... Nightworld, a work that is perhaps best described by Mr. Leandri himself, in his succinct summing up, as being "pure comics for now people."
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99


TG1Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1
by Tom Scioli, w/John Barber
Once we start going on about comics in the grand Kirby tradition, it's hard to stop.  And, really, why should we?  Especially when we have our own certified Kirby Master right here in town. We presume that our local customers are all aware of "Titanium" Tom Scioli's status as a dimension-busting metacomics champ whose Myth of 8-Opus, American Barbarian and Final Frontier have challenged preconceptions and deepened appreciation of the capacity of traditional comics forms to carry weighty themes and confront contemporary concerns.  They will doubtless now be joined by the previously uninitiated as Scioli begins his run on Transformers vs. G.I. Joe:  Apparently, close to 200,000 comics readers have glommed onto a copy of #0 on Free Comic Book Day.  So, while we assume most readers of this space are already hep, just in case anyone needs reminding, here's another shout out for Tom's (re)visionary take on the respective Transformers™ and G.I. Joe™ mythoi, both individually and in tandem.  Be sure to check it out; anyone who has yet to do so so, may still pick up a copy of the FCBD #0 here at Copacetic, for no cost – just ask!
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Cap'n Dinosaur
by Shaky Kane & Kek W

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Cosplayers 2
by Dash Shaw
What happens when the life of the mind overwhelms the reality supporting it?  When the need for fantasy outstrips the requirements of survival?  Dash Shaw takes us behind the scenes, behind the masks, and into the minds of a select group of participants at this year's "Tezukon", an anime-centric gathering held to honor – with wildly varying degrees of awarness on the part of the participants – the life and work of "God of Manga" Tezuka Osamu.  Can you find yourself anywhere in this picture?
retail price - $4.99  copacetic price - $4.44





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DKW

by Sergio Ponchione
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Captain Victory #1

by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, Ulysses Farinas & Jim Rugg

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OM


Operation Margarine

by Katie Skelly
Girls night out cum epic adventure filled with motorcycles, thugs, drugs, guns and nuns, all drawn in Skelly's signature clean line style.

retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.75





KMM





Kill My Mother
by Jules Feiffer
Jules Feiffer is back, from Out of the Past, sporting a trenchcoat and packing heat as he revisits a half-century long career of cartooning in this comics noir tale that reveals that Mother is behind it all, in a work that Chris Ware states "stretches the long-form graphic novel into formidable textures of compact expression, daring to try things that film noir could only dream of."
retail price - $27.99  copacetic price - $25.00




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Gast

by Carol Swain
In Gast, a 171 page graphic novel – what we believe is her longest sustained work to date – Swain sticks to the grid (9 panel) to deliver the stillness and steady rhythms of rural Welsh life as perceived and experienced by an isolated teen trying to find her place in the scheme of things by sifting through the life of another.  Swain's trademarked pencil art has never been sharper, and it has been employed here to delineate just enough detail to describe the arc of  the protagonist, Helen's personal journey of self-discovery, aided by neighbors and local animals, with whom she is able to matter-of-factly converse. Check it out in this pdf preview.

retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00






W3World War 3 Illustrated: 1979 - 2014
edited by Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman
The longest running, politically active, North American comicszine anthology of our time, World War 3 was (and still is!) unabashedly radical left and NYC-centric in its outlook.  Shepherded for over three decades by Kuper and Tobocman, who in addition to editing and publishing WWIII, produced a substantial percentage of the work that graced its pages, the best of which is reproduced here – in black and white and full color – along side that of a diverse group made up of many other contributors, including leftist luminaries like Sue Coe, Eric Drooker, Spain Rodriguez, Art Spiegelman, Tom Tomorrow and many others whose work is not as widely known and whose presence here is perhaps the greatest attraction of this hefty 300+ page hardcover volume, as readers encounter their work for the first time.

retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $27.50




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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

by Haruki Murakami
The wait is over!
  Patti Smith reviews it! 
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New for July 2014



HtBHHow to Be Happy
by Eleanor Davis
Eleanor Davis has been producing comics of all sorts and sizes, employing a dazzling array of techniques and styles, for over a decade.  In addition, she is an accomplished and widely published illustrator who also engages in a personal art practice.  These multiple disciplines have continually informed and reinforced each other, leading to the rich and varied nature of the work that she continues to create.  The work collected between the covers of How to Be Happy – much of it previously published in MOME – amply demonstrates the quality and range of her work, with a special focus on her most recent watercolor comics work, most notably "In Our Eden" and "Nita Goes Home", both of which are real standouts. Also on hand are plenty of pen & ink and mixed-media comics, which together demonstrate Davis's range and stylistic evolution.  While a disclaimer at the start states, "This is not actually a book about how to be happy," we would beg to differ, for there is evident joy in the work printed on these pages, and, while the narratives presented by the work do not
(nor pretend to) provide guides to the pursuit of happiness, it is clear that Ms. Davis herself has found, if not happiness itself, then consolation, certainly, in its production and that the contents of this work promises to bring a similar contentment to its readers.  Take a moment out of your hectic schedule to get a taste in this PDF preview
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75


12GTwelve Gems
by Lane Milburn
Four years in the making, Twelve Gems jolts the science fiction adventure comic book back to life.  An important classic form of comics, the science fiction adventure goes back to the very beginning of comics – think Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers – and had its heyday during the "Atomic Age" of comics (1946 - 1955), most notably in the comics that were part of the EC SF line, particularly Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, where artists like Wallace Wood, Al Williamson, Joe Orlando and Al Feldstein apotheosized the genre.  Lane Milburn comes out of the Baltimore-area independent comics scene, where he first rose to prominence as a member of Closed Caption Comics, an informal group of comickers that clustered together in the orbit of the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art (aka MICA), that also included Ryan Cecil Smith, Noel Freibert, Molly O'Connell and Conor Stechschulte.  This group was notably attentive to the craft element in comics production, and produced many treasures, among them Milburn's own The Mage's Tower, which was a big hit here at Copacetic after we picked it up for the shop at the 2008 SPX.  In Twelve Gems, Milburn has created a playful homage to the genre that also incorporates some of the "Marvel-isms" that were injected into the form in the '60s and '70s by Jack Kirby (primarily in The Fantastic Four and Thor) and Jim Starlin (during his stints on Captain Marvel and Warlock).  The result is a work that can be enjoyed by a diverse body of comics readers, ranging from old school fans of the form all the way through to newbies who just saw the Guardians of the Galaxy.  Fantagraphics has kindly posted a hefty 23 page PDF preview to allow readers to test the waters.  We're confident that many will subsequently decide to take the plunge.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77



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God and the Devil at War in the Garden

by Anders Nilsen
This is a self-published, limited-edition, saddle-stiched, black & white, oversize edition collecting recent miscellaneous works by the inimitable Mr. Nilsen.  The mainstay of the collection is the 16-page "An Angel of Heaven," executed employing the silhouette technique of Rage of Poseidon.  The accompanying pieces – along with the massive wraparound cover – are rendered in the detailed stipple and line technique of Big Questions.  All of the works in GatDaWitG are both visually pleasing and intellectually stimulating.  In other words:  what are you waiting for ?  Every copy of our initial stock comes with a BONUS: a copy of his dialectical allegory in mini-comic form that takes on Amazon.com, Conversation Gardening.; rendered in a rough approximation of the cartooning style of the Monologuist books.
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FW
While a Soft Fog Wanders
by Andrew White
This new work by Comics Workbook Magazine editor and pioneering comics formalist, Andrew White presents six sections, each consisting of four spreads of four uniform-sized (1/2-page) images, each divided from the other by a blackened two-page spread at which the author suggests that the reader, "take a slight pause" and "hesitate before moving forward."  This nature of the narrative is impressionistic; associative rather than linear.  There is a proto-surrealist aspect to it, in that the flow of images do not appear to be consciously structured with a specific aim in mind, but rather flow, directed by the sub-conscious, like "a soft fog wanders."  This puts it in (a perhaps more staid corner) of the neighborhood in which you would find the paintings of Giorgio DeChirico and the films of Maya Deren.  Upon completion, the reader is left with a feeling somewhat analogous to waking from a dream; the fog of sleep lifts and you try to put together the image fragments that you struggle to recollect before they fade away.  Each copy includes an original, signed black marker sketch on the last page!

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MK2Maple Key Comics 2
edited by Joyanna McDiarmid
There's nothing else like Maple Key Comics currently on the market.   Unique, hybrid comics abound in its pages:  Science fiction / Teen romance, nautical adventure/romance, funny animal / auto-bio – you won’t find these types of comics together under one cover anywhere else!  And, of course, there’s plenty more on hand in the 250+ pages of the right-on-schedule second issue of Maple Key Comics:  Mystery, intergenerational saga, fantasy adventure, work place gaffs, domestic drama, straight-up auto-bio, a historicized mythological tale, as well as several other variations of science fiction; plus a “Star Artist Interview" with Nicole Georges.  Whew!  The bulk of these are the second chapter of serials begun in the first issue, but there are several that are self-contained stories as well.  A regularly published, big, fat book of engaging, personal, unique, innovative long and short form comics created by practiced, trained cartoonists doing what they love.  Contributors are too numerous to list here, but include Carl Antonowicz, Sophie Goldstein, Billage and many more.  Check it out! 

retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75



UD


U.D.W.F.G.
(Under Dark Weird Fantasy Ground), Vol. 1
edited by Michele Nitri
This is the first in a projected six-volume series of – as the title suggests – dark fantasy comics.  Published by Hollow Press of Italy,
U.D.W.F.G. is an international effort with creators hailing from Europe and America, including, morst notably for Copacetic customers, Mat Brinkman, along with Tetsunori Tawaraya, Miguel Angel Martin, Paolo Massagli, and Ratigher!  It's an over-sezed, French-flapped edition printed in black & white (with a heavy emphasis on black).  This first volume of U.D.W.F.G. has been published in a hand-numbered limited edition of 700 copies, so it's probably a good idea to leave your dungeon and come on up to Copacetic before they're all gone. 
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $25.00



Sec
Seconds

by Bryan Lee O'Malley
It's here:  the all new, full color, hardcover graphic novel from Scott Pilgrim creator, Bryan Lee O'Malley.  As might be expected, this one features characters a bit older than those found in the Scott Pilgrim, allowing for the aging of the original demographic of readers of that amazingly popular series (the indicia of our latest reorder of the first volume showed it to be the 30th printing!).  Seconds centers on the character of Katie, a 29-year old chef and would be restauranteur.  A current fling, an Ex-boyfriend, a boss, a partner, and  batch of co-workers round out the cast.  Oh yeah – and a house spirit with the power to grant the wish of a second chance to do things over.  This dash of fantasy spices up the already lively goings on. 
And, while O'Malley currently makes his home in Los Angeles, the setting of Seconds is clearly his native Canada.  An entertaining and fun read that is sure to enjoyed by the first generation of Scott Pilgrim fans, and is likely to click with anyone looking for a little magic in graphic novel form...
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.50



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Escapo
by Paul Pope
One of Paul Pope's late '90s classics gets a second lease on life – this time in full color, courtesy of Shay Plummer.  Also included are bonus extras that include heretofore unpublished layouts and sketches as well as a pin-ups section with all new art and a "Coda" afterword penned by Pope especially for this edition.  And, of course, a new cover as well.  Pope's work from this period was hugely influential on the then up-an-coming generation of cartoonists and would-be comic book artists.  Boldly expressive ink work splashed across the pages forming compelling imagery in unique layouts on oversize pages in books self-published by Pope himself shone a light on a path to the future of comics that many strove to follow.  Anyone who missed this the first time around should do themselves a favor and take a look now. 

retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22



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Because You're a Robot
by Shaky Kane & David Quantick
Why should you read this 32 page full color comic book that delivers
a heretofore-presumed-impossible compound of previously unbonded elements – part Tales to Thrizzle, part Flaming Carrot and part Judge Dredd?  Because you're a robot, that's why.
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99







CG

Comics:  A Global History, 1968 to the Present
by Dan Mazur & Alexander Danner
Comics provides a much needed corrective to the USA-centric comics histories (as well as it's cousins, the Euro-centric and manga-centric histories), by providing a look at what was going on in each of these areas simultaneously, readers are better able to see the relative progressions made in each region's respective scene as well as their relative strengths, focuses, trends, and reciprocities.  Comics/manga/bandes dessinées/et al each take their turn on the stage of this global history.  Mazur and Danner know their stuff, choosing the primary creators and pivotal works that define each era and area, and providing a rich, broad and detailed tapestry in the process.  Anyone searching for an introduction to the world of comics, need look no further.  Recommended.
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00




2014 Summer Reading Part Two



TnTTomorrow and Tomorrow
by Thomas Sweterlitsch
John Dominic Blaxton is an insurance investigator, a cross between Walter Neff (née Huff, in the novel) and Philip Marlowe, a hard luck case whose pregnant wife was killed, and he feels he should have been as well, and so is barely able to drown his sorrows.  While working on a claim, he stumbles on a dead body and finds himself caught up in a complex web of money, power, sex, religion and guerrilla art.  Except... this is happening some thirty years or so in future, and nothing is what it seems.  The central irony of Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Pittsburgh author, Tom Sweterlitsch's debut novel, is that
in order to "put Pittsburgh on the map" of literary locales, he had to completely annihilate it:  before the novel opens, Pittsburgh has been vaporized by a nuclear blast.  Then, through the course of the novel, and Blaxton's mission, a simulacra of the non-existent city is gradually (re)assembled out of "The Archive," the massive digital storage which, in the future posited here, contains the records of a nearly – but, crucially, not completely – total surveillance of every instant at every location in which every action of every person at every place at every time is recorded and stored.  Through this particular device, Sweterlitsch hits on a vital metaphor for the literary imagination itself.  For what is writing but a replacing of reality with an imaginative construct built out of the materials of memory (this applies to film-making as well, and it will come as   no surprise to anyone who reads this work that it has been optioned for a film, as the imaginative reconstruction that takes place in the pages of Tomorrow and Tomorrow is of a highly visual nature).  The plot of the novel turns on the twist that the memory out of which reality is recalled here is man-made:  The Archive.  As it is man-made, it can be man-unmade as well, and this is precisely what happens as the murder mystery at the core of the plot involves a hacking of The Archive that attempts to rewrite memory and hide the crime(s), echoing concepts explored in William Gibson's Neuromancer and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (based on Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep), which are now thirty years old and very much in need of the updating which they get here.  But there's more!  The digital recollection and subsequent reconstitution of the entire population of the annihilated city of Pittsburgh adds another – allegorical – layer.  Although unstated in the novel, employing the parlance of the present, The Archive storing the virtual afterlives of the dead would be located in "the cloud," which repository then becomes the simultaneous locus of both history and heaven, wherein the facts of the past can be accessed and lost loved ones revisited, and wrongs righted; or not.  Current and former residents of Pittsburgh will have the added bonus of finding aspects of their current (or former) environments reconstituted in these pages, as the human memory powering the novel draws on its own recollections of the city and its people.  
retail price - $26.99  copacetic price - $24.00


CPSQ
Capital in the Twenty First Century

by Thomas Piketty
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00

The Society of Equals
by Pierre Rosanvallon

retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $32.50

The French have come to save us from our own animal spirits (and the "invisible hand" that guides them), under the ægis of Harvard University Press and via the translations of Arthur Goldhammer (what a great name for a translator of economic texts!).  Ignore at your own – and our entire society's – peril...  You can actually start right in reading The Society of Equals on GoogleBooks.



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