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New for August 2015

AGRGAvant-Garde Graphics in Russia
by Hiroshi Unno and Reiko Harajo
We've been chomping at the bit for years now looking for a nice anthology of Soviet-era graphics produced in Russia during the magic decade 1917-1927.  At last we've found one, but we had to go all the way to Japan to find it!  This elegantly produced 320-page softcover is overflowing with excellent full color reproductions of the glorious works that emanated from the hands, hearts and minds of the true believers that gave their all to the revolution, before being so cruelly betrayed.  Anyone with a passion for works of visual art cannot fail to be energized by the works collected here.  Rodchenko, Stepanova, Kandinsky, Malevich, El Lissitzky, Popova, Goncharova, the Stenberg brothers, and many, many others created works that remain vital today. We posted a propagandistic preview on Ello, HERE.  It is a (semi)bi-lingual edition: yes, most of the book is in Japanese, but there is enough English text to guide readers, and, really, you're here for the images. Once we sell out, who knows when -- or even if -- we'll get more... Don't miss this one!
copacetic price - $39.95

BB17Baron Bean, Year Two: 1917
by George Herriman
And speaking of 1917, year two of Baron Bean picks up right where year one left off, on New Year's Day, 1917.  After a year on Baron Bean, Herriman clearly felt more at home with the characters and set-up that he had established.  Here in the strips collected in this volume he confidently tackles serious questions concerning the relationship of social status to race, ethnicity, religion, career, habitual behavior and many other variables the social worth and merit of which the society of the day takes for granted but which Herriman clearly believes are open to question.  He demonstrates here that so much of what is "taken as given" is merely a façade, and one that is often, if not ususally, poorly constructed, at that.  Herriman takes great joy in knocking these over with with clear cut cartoon gags.  In strip after strip he punctures pomposities of European "airs" of social status and class, revealing them to indeed be built upon the thin air of imaginary ethnic and racial superiorities that time and again are shown to be empty assumptions carrying no weight in the new world of America that he is working to make manifest.  This volume opens with another insightful essay by Jared Gardner, which touches on these themes and places them within the proper historical context.  Great reproduction makes this oversize horizontal volume another treat. 
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $27.50

Hip Hop Family Tree, Volume 3

by Ed Piskor
The third volume of Hip Hop Family Tree has arrived!  Ed P has stepped up his game to keep it in line with the improved fortunes of the rappers and hip hoppers whose lives and careers he is chroincling here, in page after massive, Treasury Edition sized page of full color comics rendered in what might, in another era, have been referred to as "The Mighty Marvel Manner!"  Here, in our present day, we will instead say that these pages are suffused with the dynamism that is rooted in the comics of Jack Kirby and those who followed in his wake.  And this dynamism is exactly what is called for in describing and depicting the titanic tales of the Golden Age of Hip Hop that unfold here, featuring the rise of Run DMC, the the founding of Def Jam, the seret origin on LL Cool J and much more!
retail price - $27.99  copacetic price - $23.75


Hip Hop Family Tree #1
by Ed Piskor
What's this?  More Hip Hop Family Tree!? Yes!, the HHFT juggernaut has expanded into the realm of the monthly comic book and is invading comics shops everywhere.   Here we have 24 pages of the classic HHFT strips from the first volume of the book series, repackaged together with an all new Kirbyesque splash page and seven -- count 'em -- pages of detailed notes on the genesis of the series and on the individual strips themselves.  This is, needless to say, a perfect jumping on point for anyone who has yet to sample this epochal series.  As to those of you who have been down since day one, well, we leave it up to you if you want to revisit these strips in their new form and context.  And don't forget:  these comics are Made in Pittsburgh™!
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99

L7Lose #7
by Michael DeForge
It's a double dose of DeForge!  FIrst up, we have 52 pages of all new comics.  This issue has Lose moving to color for the first time  -- although it is sparingly embraced for much of the issue, giving it the feeling of a transition.  This issue also marks a departure in other ways.  The bulk of the issue is taken up by the 35 page "Movie Star" which shows DeForge working in an almost Waresian mode.  This story consists of an involved narrative centered on a post-modern urban family drama with plenty of twists.  It features characters and situations which, while far from normative, are recognizably plausible, as opposed to the more hallucinatory mode which the other two, shorter pieces that bookend "Movie Star" adopt and which we have come to associate with DeForge in the past.  It's possible that "Movie Star" may be a bridge piece to his upcoming graphic novel from D & Q, Big Kids (due in January 2016) which is being billed as DeForge's "most straightforward narrative and his most complex work to date."  As always, there is much to engage the mind and senses; plenty of food for thought.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00


by Michael DeForge
And then, with Dressing, we have 14 all NEW stories, presented here for the first time in this hardcover collection.  Full color, black and white and duo-tone.  Alienation in all its forms is the common thread running through these stories.  It is herein employed in satires of social relations, corporate affairs, and government policy, as well as in -- and sometimes simultaneously with -- explorations of the biological underpinnings of human and animal nature(s).
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Spectral Worlds
by Lane Milburn
Spectral Worlds is Lane Milburn's latest foray into genre mash-up comics.  This full color, 24 page, magazine-size comic book blends occult horror with noir/crime seasoned with a dash of science fiction/fantasy comics to serve up a spicy blend.  Readers may at first wonder what they've stumbled into, as the cover and initial splash pages seem at best tangentially related, but the plural noun of the magazine's title is the key here:  when it comes to the imagination, there is quite clearly more than one world.  In this issue, we pass through several neighboring worlds en route to the final destination, "Organized Grime."  Set in Rotville -- a burg that lives up to its name, in spades! -- and featuring a cast that includes Madame Hellbender, Boss Dross, The Irruminator, Slopjob and the one and only Miverva Mach -- and plenty more besides -- this "creepy crime thriller" is packed with grotesqueries and violent action that lie further down the sleazy alleys explored by the likes of Dick Tracy, Sin City and Street Angel. 
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $8.00

by Andy Burkholder
Qviet is a collection of doodlesque, single-page comics primarily focused on imaginings of the body.  Works of this nature are normally of brief duration, and take a unified approach.  Burkholder has held out for a grander vision in Qviet; its voluminous container allowing for experimentation.  Within the 248 pages of this softcover collection just published by Minneapolis-based 2D Cloud, A. (aka Andy/Andrew) Burkholder has applied a widely (and wildly) inventive series of approaches to depicting and delineating human sexual relations, responses, fantasies, daydreams, compulsions, delusions and other imaginings.  Linking all these -- often explicit -- renderings is their implicit relationship to the autonomous drawing impulse.  As such, all the comics on display here can be classified as surrealist in their basis and aims.  Many of Burkholder's strips particularly bring to mind the absurd spirit of René Magritte --  but, here allowed a sexual explicity unimaginable to the 20th century Belgian surrealist.  There is humor here; visual puns and slapstick sequences.  There are also disturbing and unsettling juxtopositions; clean line and dirty line.  Metamorphoses of sexual objects is the dominant trope.  Expect the unexpected.  In sum, readers will emerge from Qviet to likely find themselves seeing, thinking and imagining in unexpected ways and new combinations; in the process re-evaluting their assumptions about the relationship between the pen and the penis... 
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00

3 Books
by Blaise Larmee
The inherent voyeurism of the internet age permeates the three books collected here in this 288 page omnibus volume.  Nudes reads like a series of visits to a life drawing class where the models are engaging in sex.  Amateurs is a 21st century fumetti; a series of print-outs from a Skype session with a naked "18 year old on her birthday," with a hand written recording of the thoughts the session inspired scrawled atop the images.  Ice Cream Kisses is a series of narrative, comics-style paintings (some of which are derived from the drawings in Nudes), done somewhat after the manner of Gerhard Richter’s figurative grey paintings, arrayed to create a narrative of incessant desire, in which the text describes the sights that the painting obscures, where looking is at the root of desire and speaking of it is a requisite for both its expression and fulfillment.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75



by Eleanor Davis
Described by Davis as "a goofball battle porn comic" that is intended for an adult audience, Fuckwizards takes the gender-bending of Gilbert Hernandez's Birdland comics splices it together with Jaime's wrestling comics -- like Whoa, Nellie! -- adds a dash of Kevin Huizenga's Fight or Run comics, and then puts her own unmistakable stamp on it all to create a unique 24 page, pencil drawn mini-comic that takes the reader to an internal picture plane in the mind's eye to see what's going on there while the body is engaged in fulfilling sexual desires...
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


My Hot Date
by Noah Van Sciver
Here it is, just in time for the end of summer.   Noah Van Sciver's My Hot Date is 40 full color pages of red hot Arizona angst -- teenage angst, that is.  Set in the Mesa, AZ of the summer of 1998, this comic provides readers with a front row seat to the adventures of 14-year old Noah as he stumbles blindly into life while the adult Noah agonizes offstage.  Embarassment ensues...
retail price - $7.00  copacetic price - $6.30


Derring Do: The True Crime / False Crime Issue

by Josh Bayer, Whit Taylor, Sarah Lautman, et al
This 68 page black and white comix anthology is devoted to all things criminal and provides a wide variety of perspectives in stories ranging from Josh Bayer's "Nixon" to "Stupid Crimes, Stupider Crimnals," by Jeff Weiner to Whit Taylor's "Bad Vibrations" and then back again to Matthew Phelan's "Junk Bond King."  There are plenty more comic book tales of criminality here, twenty in all!  And at this price, it's a steal!
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.50


Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream #4
by Laura Park
Ms. Park's latest is a 24 page, 2-color risograph filled with a scattered selection of energetic pen and ink comics and cartoons that have been carefully crafted to elicit knowing chuckles as they deliver their finely calibrated doses of bitter-tinged, mordant humor to those on the other side of the page.  Laughing through the pain, with a little help from imaginary lemurs.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00

IYSIf You Steal

by Jason
The latest by the King of Norwegian comics is here!  Jason has been residing in the south of France for the last eight years or so -- and, really, who can blame him?  It gets cold -- and dark! -- up there in Norway.  But, we here at Copacetic are worried about him.  You can take the cartoonist out of Norway, but, from the looks of things, you can't take the Norway out of the cartoonist, and the strain is starting to show.  Jason's comics here are as crisp and clean as ever; he certainly hasn't lost his chops.  But the consciousness that he is laconically delineating in the stories collected in this full color, hardcover volume -- all new to North American readers -- is fragmented and jumbled, occasionally to the point of incoherence.  It's not a coincidence that you can only say ennui in French.  Jason fans -- which we here at Copacetic stalwartly remain -- will nevertheless want to pick up this volume for the sheer cartooning majesty; there's still nobody who can do it like Jason.  Perhaps it's just time for Jason to move on, geographically; perhaps give Barcelona a try...
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75


Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
This has fuelled quite a bit of discussion, and deservedly so.  Perhaps you'd like to join in the conversation....  Prior to the publication of this work, Coates was perhaps best known for his lengthy article in The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations," which can be read in its entirety, HERE.
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $20.00


The Art of Asking
by Amanda Palmer
The opposite pole from Ta-Nahesi Coates may be occupied by Amanda Palmer, who herein morphs her 15 minute TED talk of the same title into a book length memoir to make an in-depth reiteration of her case that the world is her oyster.  Her work too inspires much discussion, but of a decidely different bent...
retail price - $27.00  copacetic price - $24.25

Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

by Barry Gifford & Lawrence Lee
With Jack's Book, Gifford and Lee launched the oral biography as a valid form, and arguably created what remains the gold standard of the form.  Here you have a portrait in the round of the central figure of "the beat generation" (who hated that label) provided by all the other players who were in his circle during the two decades of his writing career.  William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Carolyn Cassady, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Felinghetti, Gary Snyder and many more herein provide thoughtful, forthright recollections of Kerouac, his scene and the times in which they mixed.  Gifford and Lee weave them together into a brilliant pattern and in the process provide an indelible portrait.  This import edition is now available at a special price.  Don't miss it!
retail price - £12.99  copacetic price - $7.77

Items from our August 2015 listings may now be purchased online at our eCommerce site, HERE.

New for July 2015

by Marc Bell
An ALL NEW, self-contained whole by Canadian cartoonist extraordinaire, Marc Bell, Stroppy is a giant-size, full-colour, underground comix classic presented to an unsuspecting [well, not for long] public in the guise of a hardcover graphic novella.  It channels the vigorous populist cartooning energy that can trace its roots back to the classic comics strips – especially the depression-era Popeye by E.C. Segar.  With the advent of the war economy in the late-1930s, this populist energy was sublimated into the national war effort.  While this populist strain of comics did reemerge to a varying degree in some of the post-war, “Atomic Age” comic books, it was not fully reawakened until the disillusionment of the Vietnam War era.  It was then, during the heyday of the underground comix era (roughly 1966-1975), that this same populism reemerged from its generation-long cocoon, metamorphosed and reenergized, and found fresh voice with improved techniques and expanded visual vocabulary.  While much of the work of that period  was  undirected and diffuse, in aggregate there were many discoveries made in the area of organizing information and concepts visually, much of which has failed to be subsequently sustained, and has failed to be successfully incorporated into comics usage.     Enter Marc Bell.  This Ontarian cartoonist/illustrator/collagist/painter has been gradually developing his own unique brand of surrealist/psychedelic comics (aka psychedooolia) over the last two decades.  Bell’s work is notably influenced by the early underground comix  work of R. Crumb, as well as by the Hairy Who and Philip Guston, all of whom also flourished during the same era.  It also has some strong roots in the homegrown Canadian soil of Julie Doucet’s 1980s Dirty Plotte comics, and includes nods to Kim Deitch’s mature works such as Shadowland and Boulevard of Broken Dreams.  These influences (and many more, including those of his contemporary comrades in cartooning, most notably Amy Lockhart and Peter Thompson) have all been fully digested and synthesized into Bell’s mature style.  He has slowly but surely developed and accumulated an original cartoon lexicon in works like Shrimpy and Paul, Hot Potatoe! and Pure Pajamas. These and many other works were undertaken in the spirit of experimentation, allowing Bell to follow his often inscrutable muse and giving his unconscious free reign in constructing a pen and ink world so overflowing with visual stimuli that it makes Richard Scarry’s Busytown books seem positively sluggish by comparison.     Now, at last, in Stroppy, Bell has employed his idiosyncratic arsenal of cartoon creations in the service of a cohesive long form narrative that opens with an incensed populist sentiment that ruthlessly ironizes the blatant inequities imposed by unbridled capitalism, ridiculing both those directing it and those in its thrall.  As the narrative progresses, Bell navigates – and, somewhat surprisingly, mitigates – this antagonistic stance through a zany series of nuanced negotiations between Stroppy & Co. and the agents — and lackeys -- of capitalism and popular culture, creating in the process a work that is very much in the spirit offered by the best of the underground comics era, evinced particularly by Bell’s supreme visual anarchy.     Anyone reading this who is completely unfamiliar with Marc Bell’s work has probably been having difficulty following the discourse here (but we applaud you for sticking with it!).  Any of those so uninitiated, yet finding themselves intrigued by the preceding is encouraged to search out examples online, starting here:  marc bell comics.
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75

by Jeremy Baum
Dörfler shows artist and writer Jeremy Baum playing to his strengths in his first work for Fantagraphics Books.  This 96 page oversize hardcover is filled with lush, full color pen and marker drawings which largely hew to the blue and grey spectrum, only occasionally allowing for a dash of red, and entirely eschewing the yellowed bands of the spectrum, from orange to green; making for a cool world, indeed.  And this cool world oscillates between technology and nature (but a nature that may be illusory and/or artificial, a possibility hinted at by the limited color spectrum employed), the controlled ego and the libidinous id, male and female, and in which the latter dominates the depicted diegesis while the former dominates the narrative direction.  While the visual tropes employed here are largely those of science fiction and fantasy – futuristic cityscapes, mysterious technical apparatus, robots, wizards, elves, etc. –  and they are immediately engaged in the service of SF concepts such as inter-dimensional travel that appears to transpire on a physical plane, readers are likely to eventually find themselves immersed in a sensation of having entered into a dream world, where borders between levels of consciousness – subconscious, unconscious, dream-states both night and day, induced or not – are entirely porous and lead to a maze of sexual desires and fantasies and their relations to social power structures' imposition of will through technology.   Jungian / mythological archetypes, nature symbology and more are deployed in strategies of coercion as well as in its resistance.  Manufactured illusions of community which can be – and are –subverted to create actual communities, “mind control” and its usurpation, are encoded in a manner that intimates William Burroughs more than H.P. Lovecraft.  All this is accomplished primarily through visuals.  The text here is minimal and map-like; primarily employed to keep the reader properly oriented.  Dörfler has no real beginning, middle or end, there is no closure, no exit.  It is a souvenir of a visit to a state of mind, one that is very engaged in seeing and being seen, looking and drawing, capturing the fleeting sensation, the stray thought, as it scampers through the mind, and holding onto it long enough to send the necessary signals to the hand to record it  in lines on paper, in comics form.  SPECIAL NOTEA book release party for Dörfler will be held at Copacetic on Saturday, August 8, from 7pm to 9pm.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00

"Worst Behaviour"

by Simon Hanselmann
The hotly awaited TCAF hit, by the Tasmanian Devil, Simon Hanselmann has at last made it to the Copacetic new arrivals table.  Published by Alvin Buenaventura’s Pigeon Press, “Worst Behaviour” is a 56-page graphic novella printed in blue ink on pink paper (shades of the Street Angel “Pink Paper Edition”).  Featuring Hanselmann’s now-iconic antiheroes Megg, Mogg & Owl in a night that begins with bong hits and pizza, moves on to a “creepy fancy” French restaurant to celebrate Owl’s birthday, and then spirals down and out from there, "Worst Behaviour" leaves the reader with the looming question:  is this a night to remember, or a night to forget?
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $12.00

Island #1
edited by Brandon Graham
Brandon Graham & Co. have a go at reviving the original spirit of Heavy Metal magazine and splicing in a bit of Manga DNA (Young Magazine, Shonen Jump, etc.).  This hefty -- 112 pages! -- anthology, filled with science fiction comics, some complete in one issue, some continuing, is being published on a monthly schedule, so anyone who finds themselves engaged will have a steady stream of material by to look forward to by a cadre of creators including Michael DeForge, Farel Dalrymple, Malachi Ward and plenty more.  Get a sneak preview in this heavily illustrated interview with Brandon Graham and Emma Ríos, courtesy of the AV Club.  To get the ball rolling, we're offering an into special price on the first issue!
retail price - $7.99  copacetic price - $5.99

FoHFragments of Horror
by Junji Ito
The web image doesnt do justice to the cover of this hardcover collection of Ito's ghoulish and shocking short horror manga, his first in eight years.  The dust jacket incorporates the single best use of spot varnish that we've ever come across.  When you stare at the cover head on, it appears as it does online, but as you lift it up and the light glances it at various angles, a series of ghostly images dance across the cover that fleetingly depict horrific hallucinations -- doubtless those that the cover's central figure -- a clear homage to Munch's "The Scream" -- is helplessly experiencing.  As for the material this cover so cleverly and appropriately contains:  the eight pieces here have all been penned since 2006.  All but the first tale -- a brief eight-pager -- run thirty pages or more.  The stories range from a classic haunted house tale, to a high school biology class gone horribly wrong, to erotic/horrific metamorphoses and plenty more creepiness from the creator of the classics Uzumaki and Gyo
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.25

Trash Market
by Tadao Tsuge; translated and edited by Ryan Holmberg
Tadeo Tsuge’s Trash Market is the latest volume in the series of classic manga curated by Ryan Holmberg, and the first to be published by Drawn & Quarterly since the untimely demise of PictureBox, the series’ original publisher.  This softcover volume presents six classic Tsuge works from the late-‘60s and early-‘70s all but one originally published in Garo, all appearing here in English translations for the first time: “Up on the Hilltop, Vincent Van Gogh”; “Song of Showa”; “Manhunt”; “Gently Goes the Night”; “ A Tale of Absolute and Utter Nonsense”; and closing out with the title track, “Trash Market”; each story runs approximately 40 pages.  These are followed by a selection of Tsuge’s autobiographical essays of the late-‘90s (also translated by Holmberg).  The volume concludes with an original biographical essay by Holmberg on Tsuge’s life and career, “Portrait of the Artist as a Working Man.” Haunting tales by an outsider survivor. 
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00

by Sylvie Rancourt
Written (en français), drawn and self-published by Rancourt in 1985 & 1986, the seven issues collected here in this 352 page softcover edition were originally released in Quebec as Mélody, Danseuse Nue.  An autobiographical tale of her days as a nude dancer five years before, they were created, at least in part, to help her gain both perspective and distance from the events depicted.  The comics both sold respectably on the Quebecois newsstands and garnered positive responses form members of the comics cognoscenti on both sides of the Atlantic, abetted by a mini-comics edition of an English language translation by Jaques Boivin, which led to a subsequent collaboration between Boivin and Rancourt on an English language Melody series published by Kitchen Sink from 1988 to 1995.  Now, at last, for the first time the entire original Melody series has been translated into English (by the widely esteemed Helge Dascher) and is available throughout North America, courtesy of Montreal-based Drawn Quarterly.  Chris Ware introduces this volume with a thoroughly engaging essay that is simultaneously heartfelt and analytical; guiding readers to excellent vantage points from which to view Rancourt’s work in historical, sociological and artistic contexts.  Melody is both an affecting memoir and unique resource, one that serves as a counterpoint to Chester Brown’s Paying for It, also from D & Q.  It won’t be long before we’ll see this pair of works being employed in a university setting; the only question is where:  gender studies? urban studies? sociology? all of the above? 
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00

PiUPoetry Is Uselss
by Anders Nilsen
Poetry Is Useless has arrived! Anders Nilsen's new 200+ page hardcover is chock-a-block with plenty of beautiful sketchbook scans mixed together with miscellanea in this sumptuous æsthetic free-for-all. We've only just taken our copies out of the box, and so don't have much to say yet besides, "Wow, nice!", but want to let people know that it's here.  We put together a quick preview, iuncluding eight full spreads, HERE.  Take a moment to feast your eyes...
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75


Blubber #1
by Gilbert Hernandez
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, Beto-style!  We're definitely not in Kansas anymore in this twisted, SF take on life in the wild and evolutionary perogatives.  Oh, the absurdity of it all!
retail price - $3.99  copacetic price - $3.99


Infinite Bowman

Pat Aulisio
Years in the making, Infinite Bowman is here!  176 pages of scratchy, scrawly, inky, alien-filled space opera that operates in æsthetic space somewhere on the continuum between Josh Bayer and Brian Chippendale.  Also on hand are a down and out 20-something, Black Bart™, jungle warfare, drug use, porno filmmaking, space travel, and even more aliens.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $12.75

The Shark King
by R. Kikuo Johnson
R. Kikuo Johnson is a natural born comicker, if ever there was one.  Every page he draws seems a perfect balance of line, form and color.  It's uncanny.  He seems incapable of putting a line out of place or making a stray mark.  While this Toon Book has been created specifcally for younger readers, the sheer quality of the work on display on each of this work's 36 page's will thrill the perceptual apparatus of any fan of comics and visual story-telling, regardless of their age.  Comics geek note:  There's a bit of a Jesse Marsh / Alex Toth via Steve Rude / Darwyn Cooke hybrid quality here.  Now that this is available in a low-price softcover editoin, there's really no excuse not to check this out (and then perhaps pass it on to a younger reader, and share the joys of good comics).
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.95


Creepy presents Alex Toth
by Alex Toth
And, speaking of Alex Toth, Creepy presents ALEX TOTH is a magazine size hardcover volume that presents 21 classic Toth tales of terror from the pages of the Warren horror mags, Creepy and Eerie.  Most of this work originates from the 1970s, but there are few earlier pieces from the '60s and later pieces from the '80s to bookend them.  Both was one of the undisputed masters of comics story-telling.  Most of what he drew was intended for color printing, but the work collected here was created for black & white printing, and so provided Toth with the opportunity to create all spatial and shading effects in the original black and white art.  A must for students of the form we say!  Check out what we're talking about by taking a look at these spreads from the book.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

And here are our top two short story collections for this year's summer reading:

Voices in the Night
by Steven Millhauser
The latest collection of stories by Copacetic fave, Steven Millhauser has arrived.  Not sure what to expect?  Can't wait?  Dive right in now and read the title track, courtesy of The New Yorker Magazine. 
retail price - $25.95  copacetic price - $22.22

American Innovations
by Rivka Galchen
A collection of amazing short stories by the author of Atmospheric Disturbances.  She just keeps getting better...
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $20.00

Items from our July 2015 listings may now be purchased online at our eCommerce site, HERE.

New for June 2015

DQ25Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-FIve Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels
edited by Tom Devlin
Can you say, "Embarrassment of Riches?" Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-FIve Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels is a 776 page hardcover overflowing with rare and hard-to-find comics published in out of the way nooks and crannies by some of the world's finest cartoonists, comickers and mangakas, including
Chester Brown, Kevin Huizenga, Seth , Julie Doucet, Jillian Tamaki, Joe Sacco, Joe Matt, Kate Beaton, Adrian Tomine, Seiichi Hayashi, Shigeru Mizuki, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Tove Jansson and plenty more – pretty much everyone who published with D &Q during their first quarter century. It is also filled with family-album-style photos of these self-same creators side-by-side with each other as well as with D&Q staff, and more interviews and appreciations – by the likes of Jonathan Lethem and Margaret Atwood, no less –  than can shake a stick at (not that you would want to).  Here are some pics to give an idea of what's in store.  Quite a treat!
retail price - $49.95  copacetic price - $41.75

8BallThe Complete Eightball (#1-18)
by Daniel Clowes
This month's new arrivals also includes another mega-massive tome that – at least as originally scheduled (it arrived six months late) – also celebrates s 25th Anniversary.  Fantagraphics has collected the long out-of-print first eighteen "comic book" issues* of the series that saved Dan Clowes's life while entertaining and enlightening a generation of comics readers (and creators!).  This slipcased set of two hardcover volumes, reproduces each issue in facsimile form exactly as they were originally published between 1989 and 1997.  There are over 450 pages of classic Clowes comics here, along with a smattering of new material in the form of notes, cover images and a tad more.  While we can't say this won't put a big dent in your wallet, we have done our part here at Copacetic by offering it at a hefty discount which works out to a per-issue cost of just over $5.  (* Issues 19 through 21 comprise David Boring, which has been long available in book form from Pantheon; #22 became Ice Haven, ditto; #23 became The Death-Ray, available from D & Q; all three graphic novels are in print as of this writing.)
retail price - $119.99  copacetic price - $93.49

Optic Nerve #14
by Adrian Tomine
Another issue in the low key anti-comics/business-report cover format ("the business of comics is business, and the best business is business as usual") continues to present Tomine's disenchanting comics.  Empathic readers will cringe with embarrassment at the painful reveals of the fully fleshed characters that populate the two stories here.  The first, of suburban middle class pathos, recorded in fine full color detail in Tomine's mature style; the second, of PTSD alienation, is dedicated to Yoshihiro Tatsumi, and is rendered in a more gritty black and white that bears obvious marks of Tatsumi's influence, while remaining clearly Tomine's own. 
retail price - $6.95  copacetic price - $6.25


Blobby Boys Two

by Alex Schubert
The second volume of the Clowesian isolate comic strip world created by Alex Schubert.  Blobby Boys are those whose hearts have been crushed and broken from the start and so figure it's up to them to help others achieve the same.  Here are their latest adventures in bringing ennui to the world.  Introduction by Frank Santoro!
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00


King-Cat Comics & Stories #75
by John Porcellino
It's here:  The long-awaited 75th issue of John Porcellino's long-running (20+ years, and counting), self-published, my-life-in-comics-project, King-Cat Comics and Stories!  This extra-big, 44-page issue is devoted to the life and times of the central fixture of John's life that he has chronicled in the pages of King-Cat, his feline companion from 1992 to 2007, Maisie Kukoc.  This may be Porcellino's most affecting work yet.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


Blammo #8 1/2
by Noah Van Sciver
27 pages of comics in full color, monochrome, duotone and black & white cover violent fantasies, hopes, dreams, dejections, diary entries, comics mash-ups of personal and popular, American history and more; by the cartoonist Seth has called, "probably the next Clowes or Crumb or (Chester) Brown."  Bonus extra:  includes one-page strip of Noah VS. talking to John P. on the phone... and John is driving!
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $5.40

KQ5Kilgore Quarterly #5 & #6
edited by Dan Stafford
We are happy to add fellow retailer Kilgore Books' own in-house comics anthology to the Copacetic offerings.  This is a series where the reader really gets their money's worth.  #5's "handwritten" interview with Anders Nilsen -- which could just as easily be described as "hand-drawn", as images abound -- is worth the price of admission alone and then there are plenty of comics in the 28 pages on hand here, including work by JT Yost, John Kuebler, Mister V, Sam Spina, Katrin Davis, Noah Van Sciver, Alex Nall, and William VanDenBerg. #6 is the biggest – and may be the best – issue yet.  On hand in this issue's 36 pages we have an amazing and enlightening hand-drawn interview with Eleanor Davis along with all new work by Alex Graham,  Susan Choi, Meg Golding, Amara Leipzig, Sarah Lenten, Joe Leonard, Alex Nall, Rich Sparks, Matias San Juan, Ryan the Truck, and Noah Van Sciver. Kilgore Books & Comics only prints a few hundred of these so grab these before theyre gone!
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The Oven

by Sophie Goldstein
A science fiction take on a contemporary dilemma.  Staying in a mainstream society that controls and limits your life choices, or heading "outside" to a zone of increased personal freedom but commensurately increased personal responsibility and decreased creature comforts.  All cleanly and precisely delineated in what is fast becoming Ms. Goldstein's trademarked style.  This story was originally serialized over the first six issues of Maple Key Comics, in black and white.  Here it takes on an entirely new life with a judiciously æsthetic use of bright orange spot color that permeates the entire design.  Check it out here.  Nice, right?
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.75

Howard #1
by Bill Wehmann
In twelve full color pages, Bill Wehmann employs line and -- crucially -- color to explore the quantum mechanics of consciousness.  Following Dash Shaw, in Howard Wehmann uses color in an extradiagetic fashion, to provide an additional, commentarial layer analogous to that of a film's musical soundtrack.  The quandary explored in these pages is that constituted by the necessity of relying on one's own natural sensory apparatus in processing perceptions and the difficulty this can entail when confronted with sensory input that conflicts with the constructs and expectations of "reality" in the person experiencing them.  In our increasingly mediated world, in which our experiences are ever more artificial, created, manufactured, assembled, programmed, computer-generated, electronically-transmitted, etc. the natural reality that the human sensory apparatus has evolved to perceive and interpret is altered and distorted in innumerable ways that inevitably confuse and disturb ages old neural pathways.  The sequence and arrangement of the visual data provided in these pages serve to communicate that Howard is just beginning to figure this out...
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