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New for February 2015


LR7

Love and Rockets: New Stories #7
by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
The wait is over!!!  The longest stretch yet between issues has ended and the new issue of Love and Rockets has arrived.   Is that Hopey and Maggie together there...?  No need to wait any longer to find out!
retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $11.99










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Ofelia
by Gilbert Hernandez
And if reading the new issue of Love and Rockets leaves you wanting more, you're in luck, as the latest installment of the Love and Rockets Library has also just been released.  248 more pages of the epic Luba saga are now available in this just released collection, the eleventh volume of the official Love and Rockets Library series.  This volume picks up where Luba and Her Family left off in the mid-90s, and contains work that was originally created and published in the late 1990s, also during the hiatus between the first and second volumes of Love and Rockets, collecting the comics that appeared in the pages of Luba #3 - 9, Luba's Comics & Stories #2 - 5 and Measles #3.  Dark impulses lead to violence and despair, are channelled through sex, role playing and other games, occasionally leading the players to the light of recognition and realization in these engrossing tales in the great sopa de la gran pena tradition.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $15.99




CCCorto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn
by Hugo Pratt
Originally published in 1970-71 in Europe, and partially published in translation in North America in the mid-1980s by NBM, the six stories collected here in Under the Sign of Capricorn mark the official return of Corto Maltese!  One of the great creations of European comics, the Corto Maltese saga -- along with it’s creator, Hugo Pratt -- have been justly celebrated for decades in Europe, and won many an adherent here in the states as well – including no less a luminary than Frank Miller, who praises Pratt as “one of the true masters of comic art.”  Series editor – and co-translator – former editor and publisher of Eclipse Comics, Dean Mullaney (who has here revived the Eclipse logo to serve anew, as the logo for a new IDW sub-imprint, Euro Comics, which is publishing this volume) has taken pains to present this work as it is meant to be seen and the reproduction of the art as well as the production values of the book itself – a large format edition with extra heavy paper stock and scored covers for ease in reading – are both sure to please.  Best of all is that there’s more to come, as this is only the first of twelve volumes in what, based on the evidence so far, seems likely to live up to the promise of being “the definitive English language edition.”  Take a quick look here.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $26.95

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Earthling

by Aisha Franz
Fantasy and reality blend in this delicately rendered 200 page graphic novel from Germany.  Two sisters and their mother are home together (along with the present absence of the [philandering] husand/father) – but also alone with their thoughts.  Past, present and future possibilities mesh to varying degrees for each of them, with the younger, pre-pubescent, sister looking forward, the mother looking back, and the older, adolescent, sister powering through the present.  A fable for our times.  Check it out in this PDF Preview.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77




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Displacement
by Lucy Knisley
Following fast on the heels of An Age of License, here's another travelogue in a matched edition.  This time around readers will follow Lucy to the Caribbean as she is recruited to chaperone her aging grandparents on a "getaway cruise." This trip leads indirectly to a multi-genrational micro-saga in miniature; role reversals are experienced, insights are gained and laughs are had, all delinieated in Knisley's multi-faceted and increasingly adept melange of drawing, journaling and cartooning; full color throughout. 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77






HSHappy Stories About Well-Adusted People
by Joe Ollmann
The work of Joe Ollmann has been flying below the radar for well over a decade now (Seth states in his blurb that he is “criminally under-appreciated”).  While there has long been a core cadre of Copacetic customers who have been hep to Ollmann’s unique brand of Canadian-inflected, sarcasm-filled, self-flagellating satire, these classic gems have had difficulty gaining traction with a wider audience.  It is the hope that this new Conundrum Press colllection wil go some way towards rectifying this situation and connecting new readers with this most deserving work.  Nothing is spared here in these tightly structured, fluently written tales that are drawn with a keenly expressive edge.  Ollmann is driven by a deep empathy for suffering; doubtless his own, but also very much so for that of others, sensing the pain that lurks below the surface in his fellow humans.  That said, it is clear that Ollmann’s core competency lies in delineating culture clashes and the psychological toll they take on those on the borders of their respective cultures, and especially those that are stuck right in the middle.  Here, he is in his element, and he delivers.  Happy Stories is a 242 page “omnibus” that contains “most” of his Doug Wright Award-winning collection, This Will All End in Tears, and “the best stories” from his other major and now-out-of-print collection, Chewing On Tinfoil, as well as two new stories, created "just for this book.”  Introduction by noted Canadian comics scholar, Jeet Heer.  What more do you need to know?  Recommended!
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $17.77



phPhotobooth: A Biography
by Meags Fitzgerald
Meags Fitzgerald, this quirky volume's creator, fell in love with the old school (read, employing the photochemical process, as opposed to digital) photobooth.  Realizing that the photobooth was fading out, due - as with so much else - to the unyielding economic imperative, she embarked on a journey to document the depth and breadth of the life and times of the photobooth.  Travelling through North America, Europe and Australia, sketchbook, notebook and camera in hand, she documented the photobooth in situ around the world.  She then proceeded to reach out to the global photobooth community (yes, there is such a thing; why should you be surprised?)  and received ample supporting materials including, most importantly, plenty of photobooth photos.  The result is this 276 page comics history that provides an in-depth look at what may be the sine qua non of  machine age ephemerality, a small room that sets up and then captures a fleeting instant in a life - often lives in tandem, as couples and friends were among the most frequent patrons of the photobooth, cementing a relationship in a strip of self-consciously posed photos that are among the classics of 20th century mementos.  Reading this book, you'll have a greater understanding of why.   According to one sestimate in the book, the supply of old school, photochemical-based, photobooth paper will run out this summer, so anyone inspired by this book to seek these out for a last hurrah, might want to start planning a trip to the photobooth of their choice now...
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

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The Portable Not My Small Diary
edited by Delaine Derry Green
You will simply not find a better selection of personal, independent, small press comics in one place for anywhere near this price point.  Here, for a measly $8, you will find 212 pages of personal diary form comics by a who’s who of 21st century small press and self-publishing comics creators including John Porcellino, Misun Oh, Dan Zettwoch, Ramsey Beyer, Dave Kiersh, Alec Longstreth, Sarah Oleksyk, Julia Wertz, (Pittsburgh’s own) Lizzee Solomon, Alixopulos, Hellen Jo, Kurt Wolfgang, Joel Orff, T Edward Bak, Donna Barr, Sam Spina, MariNaomi, Jeff Zenick, Lucy Knisley, Carrie McNinch, Liz Prince, and many, many more! Culled form the pages of Green's long running series of the same name, these comics take up-close and personal looks at a wide range of topics as only comics can; making for a simultaneously edifying and entertaining experience.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $8.00


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Cold Heat Special #10
by William Cardini
The pink and blue are back!  William Cardini has teamed up with Frank Santoro and Sacred Prism to show that there’s life in the old girl yet.  The “old girl” we’re referring to here is Castle™, the hero(ine) of the cult classic comic book series, Cold Heat that ran for either six or eight issues, depending on how you look at it (the last two issues were both double issues; 5/6 & 7/8), along with, now with this issue, ten stand alone Cold Heat Specials by ten different artists, each involving some (widely varying) degree of involvement with series co-creator, Frank Santoro.  This time out we have a 16 page two-color (pink & blue, ’natch) Risograph that has Castle meeting the minotaur in the maze, but, of course, there’s a hallucinatory twist along with Cold Heat specific plot elements.  Get it now before it vanishes into the haze of rarity along with all the other Cold Heat Specials...
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00





NHNow and Here
by Lale Westvind
Now and Here is a 16-page risograph with a wraparound cover, printed in blue on pink interior pages and cream cardstock for the cover.  The approach to comics on display in Now and Here provides evidence that Westvind is refining her sensibility and honing in on some specifics.  Her loose, angular artwork here might put some readers in mind of Yuichi Yokoyama, who wouldn’t be wrong to relate the two creators.  The concerns of the narrative – such as it is – can also be seen to inhabit the neighborhood of Ron Regé, Jr. and Theo Ellsworth in its persistent questioning and exploring of the nature of consciousness and the perception of time.  A stronger sense of frustration pervades the pages, however, and there an is almost antagonistic quality to its prodding of reality’s cage.  As have countless others before her, Westvind has created a “fantastic realm” of the imagination here – a psychic space within which to confront her frustration with the quotidian.  It is one that shares some structural similarities with the multiverses of superhero™ comics (such as The Marvel Universe™), yet hers is clearly personal.  Her comics precursors are more underground that mainstream – in as much as the remnants of attachment to specific fantasy are fetishes of the motorcycle outlaw and high-heels – and have been finely filtered to strain out as much as possible of extraneous attachment to contemporary popular power fantasies; in both script and art her approach is concerned with creating new and personal abstractions that share little with those typically found in comics that operate in this realm. With its staccato narration and total absence of dialogue, an entirely interior space is created that communicates the struggle of reaching towards an intentional agency in a world of dictated consequences. 
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


MrIMr. Incompleto
by Josh Bayer
When superhero sagas bore deep into the mind, they blend in with the surrounding grey matter and transmute what they find there, turning it to their own, ultimately unknowable ends.  Mr. Incompleto is a highly idiosyncratic (and that's putting mildly) take on comics space opera.  This 48 page black and white comics magazine contains a furious pen & ink foray into the history of comics that ferries the spirit of Fletcher Hanks in the vessel of 1970's era Guardians of the Galaxy™ adventures (NOT the team of the recent film).  And, while the narrative is very involved with time travel and its related paradoxes, the actual creation of this work is very much a work of time travel as it is currently practiced by our species, in which the "travel" involves immersing the mind in the past by employing a melange of  memory and preserved cultural artifacts, in this case old comic books and classic reprint collections thereof.  And then there is the iconography of the character of Mr. Incompleto himself, a hooded figure with a cigar-chomping face for a body and a swinging crucifix that is permanently aloft, suggesting roots in Christianity, Freudian psychology and, naturally, comics itself, as the clenched-jaw chomping on a cigar is a classic comics trope.  So, in a nutshell then, Mr. Incompleto is a comic book that is best approached with a dual frame of mind to simultaneously follow the progress of the narrative and decipher the embedded codes.  Not a comic book for everyone, certainly, but there is a fairly singular pleasure of the text to be had here.
retail price - $6.50  copacetic price - $5.85

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Titan #1
by François Vigneault
Sure you can read this comic online, as it is being serialized @ studygroupcomics.com (see below), but there's nothing like the real thing when it comes to comics. Titan #1 is a 32-page, duo-tone comic book, printed on nice newsprint, and staplebound into a full-color cardstock cover.  Nice.

http://studygroupcomics.com/main/titan-by-francois-vigneault/
http://studygroupcomics.com/main/titan-part-2-by-francois-vigneault/
http://studygroupcomics.com/main/titan-part-3-by-francois-vigneault/
http://studygroupcomics.com/main/titan-part-4-by-francois-vigneault/ (currently in progress)

retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44



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The Tiny Report: Micro-Press Yearbook 2013
by Robyn Chapman
On the 12 pages and massive double-sided fold-out center-fold data-table contined within the Charles Forsman rendered cover illustration of a confrontation of human and machine, Robyn Chapman has assembled a detailed report on the state of affairs in the "micro-press" community during the year 2013 that will make for engaging reading to anyone who considers themselves a part of this self-same community.  Text, photos, diagrams, charts and more!
retail price - $3.00  copacetic price - $3.00



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A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
by Eimear McBride
Accruing accolades and awards by the bushelful, McBride's novel employs a staccato, jump-cut prose style reminiscent of Samuel Beckett, and puts it to new and original uses in this harrowing coming of age tale.  Here's Anne Enright's review in the UK Guardian.  And, Here's James Woods in The New Yorker.
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $21.75




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Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to It's Own Past
by Simon Reynolds
We've been getting a lot of positive feedback from customers on the copies of this book we've sold here at the shop, so we've decided that it would be a good idea to offer it up on the site as well (and by doing so, perhaps indulging in a bit of "retromania", as this book was published three years ...).  To got some idea of what to expect here, check out this fairly lengthy interview with the author, that's illustrated with YouTube videos!
retail price - $16.00  copacetic price - $14.44






Items from our February 2015 listings may now be purchased online at our eComerce site, HERE.



New for January 2015


 
NBSam Zabel and the Magic Pen
by Dylan Horrocks
Many years in the making, this long awaited work is Horrocks’s first graphic novel since his epochal Hicksville, published way back in 1998. Sam Zabel is more or less Horrocks’s pen & ink alter ego, and The Magic Pen is, at its core, a roman á clef in comics, but, intriguingly, a roman á clef that is primarily concerned with the author’s fantasy life as lived through the consumption and creation of comics. As such, this work manages to cleverly function as both an escapist fantasy and a meta-comics commentary on the nature of this fantasy and the role which comics play. This is, of course, far from the first time that comics have been employed to comment on fantasy as a key component of the life of the mind. One can make an argument that it has been a central pillar in the edifice of comics since day one, beginning with Winsor McCay’s demonstration of comics’ ideal suitability for conveying dream and fantasy in Little Nemo in Slumberland (and Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend, as well), which marked the dawning of the comics era. The originality embodied in the Magic Pen lies in Horrocks bringing this tradition successfully into the age of the graphic novel. There is a hint of Dante’s Divine Comedy here; instead of wise Virgil leading Dante through the realms of Christian theology as informed by classical Greco-Roman philosophy, we have sexy manga/anime girl, Miki guiding Sam through the fantastic realms of comics – the historical as well as the creative processes that brought it into being through pen and ink on paper (which, given New Zealand’s relative proximity to Japan, both seems appropriate and adds another layer of significance). That the relationship(s) between the sexes and the nature and boundaries of gender are keys to most if not all fantasy – at least of the variety that makes its way into comics – is amply on display here, as repressed, oppressed and otherwise frustrated sexual energies are clearly sublimated in the the rituals and activities that take place in the comics fantasies of The King of Mars and The Queen of Venus which are the inner core of this work, created by the “magic pen” of the title, which here conflates the the pen’s symbolic value as a phallus with that of a metaphor for creativity (as in “the pen is mightier than the sword”). This magic pen both brings sexual fantasies to life and redeems the creator by doing so. Horrocks also cleverly integrates the act of collecting comics in such a way as to demonstrate the key role played by the comics collector/dealer ecosystem in the maintaining and transmitting comics history. This works especially well here in that Zabel, as Horrocks, is a New Zealander, and the history of New Zealand comics is relatively uncharted territory compared to that of the US, and certainly far less familiar to readers here. So, while the generic conventions on display will be familiar to most readers, it is easier to imagine the possibility of there being undiscovered comics in far off New Zealand. And, of course, there is the comics work itself. The art Horrocks has produced here is the finely crafted work of someone who has been honing their craft for twenty plus years. Not only is it uniformly fine throughout, it is also his first full color work of any significance, and while he acknowledges some “generous colouring help” from some peers, the coloring is perfectly suited for the work and belies Horrocks’s relative inexperience in this area. This is a graphic novel. You can dive right in now with this PDF preview.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75



NBNBNBNBMutual Paradise #1 - #4
by Lizzee Solomon
Adventurous comics readers looking to start 2015 with a bang should consider turning their attention to Lizzee Solomon’s self-published series, Mutual Paradise. Between the covers of the four issues published so far, they will encounter page after page of arresting – and diverting – comics and cartoons that will glom onto their brains and start rewiring them. Solomon is an artist who casts her mind’s eye in a very particular direction – and it should be stated at the outset that this is a direction that not all readers will want to themselves pursue – but those who are ready, willing and able to get a handle on the psychological states that are externalized onto finely wrought fleshiness and projected onto surreally distorted surroundings will find themselves both intrigued and informed. We have been selling these in the shop for awhile and are glad to at last have got our hands on enough copies of the first four digest-sized issues to offer them here. Each contains 32 black and white interior pages contained in a full color wraparound cover. Interested potential readers can preview much of her work at lizzeesolomon.com.

retail price - $5.00@  copacetic price - $5.00@


NBYouth Is Wasted
by Noah Van Sciver
Noah Van Sciver has been quietly making comics since 2006. Now, in 2015 he can look back on a solid body of work of ever increasing quality. Some of the very best has now been collected in this volume from AdHouse Books. The 100 pages of comics on offer here range from self-deprecating autobio to wryly ironic satire, and include forays into traditional genres such as folk tales and science fiction (with a sociological twist), but the core of his work are the deeply empathic tales of humble twenty-somethings trying to get by in our mixed up world. Well developed characters are presented with a pithy psychological verisimilitude that draws the reader in and holds them there. Van Sciver is working in the tradition of R. Crumb, David Collier, and middle-period Chester Brown, producing gritty, emotionally rich comics that ring true. Carve a moment out of your busy day to read the comics in this generous PDF preview. Keep up with Noah and check out some comics at The Little Blog.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.75




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UR
by Eric Haven
UR marks the return of Eric "Tales to Demolish" Haven. UR is a collection like no other, filled with 48 pages of pulse-pounding, full color comics bound together in a very stylish edition complete with silky smooth dust jacket. Here in these pages you will come face to face with Man Cat, Reptilica, Bed Man, Dream Lord of the Night Sky,and... The Equestrian! You will also have the opportunity to follow along with Havens alter-ego, Race Murdock in a series of increasingly unnerving four-panel adventures. Readers who are already familiar with Havens work will have some idea of what to expect, but to others who have yet to trod these strange pathways we can only say, Beware! After reading the comics contained in UR, you may never see things quite the same way again. An innocuous distraction can suddenly veer off in a most unexpected way. Check out this PDF preview of Man Cat to see what were talking about. Catch up with Mr. Haven by reading this recent interview with him, conducted by Tom Spurgeon.  
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $13.75





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Notebook Drawings: 2012 - 2014

by Jim Rugg
This is the second collection of Jim Rugg’s mind-bending, eye-poppin’ ballpoint pen drawings. It too is a cleverly formatted volume, resembling a spiral notebook, but this time around the notebook itself has gone a bit upscale, with a heavier stock and debossed title logo. The drawings themselves continue in the tradition established in the first volume, with the added twist that several are 3D drawings – using a red pen and a blue pen – that have been composed in 3D at the time of drawing, in other words drawn twice, once in red and once in blue, by hand in the notebook. Don’t try this at home! Only Jim Rugg could pull this off. To prevent impressionable minds from biting off more than they can chew, the PDF preview does not include any of these 3D drawings. Only 300 copies were printed, so don’t snooze on this one.
retail price - $35.00 copacetic price - $35.00


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First Year Healthy

by Michael DeForge
First Year Healthy is a bit of a departure for DeForge. This 32 page, full color, hardcover work employs the superficial structure of an illustrated children’s fable to none-to-subtly subvert this genre’s assumptions. The story starts out strange and, as this is a Michael DeForge story we’re talking about, of course gets stranger. Clean lines delineating a flattened perspective filled with lush, vibrant colors present a story that starts out in a fish market, involves sexual shenanigans and mental illness, and features an immigrant, a gun, a knife, a holiday dinner, a baby and a holy cat. We’ll let you see for yourself how they all fit together.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $13.75






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Frontier 5

by Sam Alden
The fifth issue of Youth in Decline’s artist showcase series, Frontier delivers up the latest release from the nimble hand and sharp eye of comics wunderkind, Sam Alden. An “outtake” from his ongoing work (and presumed future graphic novel release), Hollow, the 32 pages of comics on hand here employ a two-color palette to great effect. Set upon the backdrop of two sisters’ beach outing, the story deftly weaves an elegant pattern of memories and the emotional states they engender that will surely imprint itself on readers’ minds and linger there long enough to inspire re-readings designed to pick up on the nuances missed the first time around. Recommended.
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $8.00





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Cometbus 56: A Bestiary of Booksellers

by Aaron Cometbus
Hot off the press, the latest issue of Cometbus is a 112-page, squarebound ode to bookselling in NYC that is, as the title intimates, presented as alphabetized bestiary, running the gamut from "A Is for Adam" to "Z Is for Zoo." This one is a real treat for all those for whom books play a central role in their lives, and pretty much a must read for anyone who sells books for a living. Thanks, Aaron!
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00



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Cometbus 55 3/4: East Bay Only Mostly

by Aaron Cometbus
And there's more! This time around we have a double dose of Cometbus: Previously available exclusively at Pegasus Books in the East Bay (SF) area, Cometbus #55 3/4 has at last made its way east to The Copacetic Comics Company! A rag tag assemblage of pieces of widely varying lengths, this 60-page issue starts off with a section titled, "Obituaries and Appreciations", in which Aaron reflects on a few people (and one place) in his life, including the recently deceased founder of Sparkplug Comics, Dylan Williams. These are followed by a series of essays on the East Bay, a soap box speech on self-publishing and the "undergrond press", a reflection on music scenes, a couple reviews, and closes with a series of - gasp! - poems (or, at least, poetry-like musings), "The City Disappears."
retail price - $4.00  copacetic price - $4.00


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The Strange Library

by Haruki Murakami; designed by Chip Kidd
Haruki Murakami + Chip Kidd = The Strange Library: a unique blend of word and image.
retail price - $18.00 copacetic price - $15.95










Items from our January 2015 listings may now be purchased online at our eComerce site, HERE.




New for December 2014



K+SThe Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio
selected and edited by Mark Evanier

Any Kirby fan opening this book for the first time and realizing what they're holding in their hands will have the same reaction we did: "WOW!"  When we first heard about this book/project a year or so ago, we assumed it would be a coffee table type book more or less along the lines of Evanier's previous book titled simply Kirby, which was a swell tome offering an overview of the king's life and work along with a generous election of high quality scans of his original art and published work.  The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio is a different beast altogether.  Here we have assembled one of the largest selections of high quality scans of original art ever put between two covers.  This massive, oversize, hardcover tome opens with a fifteen page introduction by Evanier, which is then immediately followed by a mind-boggling 350 high-resolution scans of original art that emanated from the Simon and Kirby Studio from 1942 through 1959, with the vast majority of it from the '50s.  While other artists' work is on display here, most notably that of S&K Studio members, Mort Meskin and Bill Draut, most is by Jack Kirby.  Many complete stories are included along with covers, double-page splashes, unfinished pencils and unpublished pages.  Nearly 70 pages from Kirby's seminal Boys' Ranch are here, which is some of the strongest work of his career (although six of the pages are, sadly, incorrectly formatted, resulting in blurred/pixilated images).  Also, some amazing pages of Al Williamson inking Kirby that will knock the socks off even the most jaded seen-it-all.  Once again, we say, "WOW!
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tail price - $60.00
  copacetic price - $53.75


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Creeping Death from Neptune: The Life and Comics of Basil Wolverton, Volume One (1909 - 1941)
by Basil Wolverton
Basil Wolverton fans - and, for that matter, all students of comics art history - rejoice!  This long-awaited (it was originally scheduled for release something like two years ago) volume proves itself to be more than worth the wait by exceeding expectations (and so has simultaneously upped expectations for projected future volume[s]).  Editor, Greg Sadowski and his crack team of Wolverton aficionado-scholars, among their number, we presume, being Wolverton's descendents, as there is much heretofore unseen Wolvertonania on display in the copious archival essays accompanying the classic comics art.  A more full and rich picutre emerges here of Wolverton's early life and artistic development than has ever before been available, and, of course, the comics herein reproduced are tremendous and include some revelatory early works that few have ever laid eyes upon.  AMAZING!
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.75



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Understanding Monster, Book Two
by Theo Ellsworth
The second volume of Mr. Ellsworth's haunting, fascinating and absorbing interior journey has at last arrived!  Learn more about what to expect in the intricately detailed full color pages of this full-size hardcover tome at our review of the first volume.  It is worth noting that, according to Mr. Ellsworth, this time around we have improved color fidelity to the original art!
retail price - $21.99  copacetic price - $19.75









DDoctors
by Dash Shaw
Anyone on the lookout for intellectually stimulating, ćsthetically challenging work – regardless of the form it takes – should be sure to investigate the comics of Dash Shaw.  Shaw is a sophisticated visual thinker and natural experimenter unconstrained by generic conventions or audience expectations.  In Doctors, soap operatic melodrama mixes freely with science fiction concepts (Philip Jose Farmer / Philip K Dick) and both are together presented to the reader with a bold decisive formalism that simultaneously brings to mind painters such as Hans Hoffman and filmmakers like Jean Luc Godard.  The final product is in intriguing investigation on our evolving conception of where life begins and ends in our ever more media saturated world, as dreams, hallucinations, and manufactured artificial visions all vie for the attention of the neural pathways that connect our biological sensory apparatus to our conscious sense of self, in the process confusing our understanding of what is real.  This is an issue that philosophers have grappled with at least since Descartes, but it is only fairly recently, with the advent of the immersive artificial medias – beginning with film, and its subsequent progeny of television, video and now the ubiquitous interconnectivity of all electronic media – that what is experienced by our the senses is actually beginning to test the ability of our interpretive intellect to distinguish the real from the artificial to the extent that we are currently faced with the situation that we either have to redefine reality or reality will redefine us.  Will we be able to remain consciously distinct from the artificial realities that we are creating, or will we merge with them, our sense of selves no longer distinct from our creations.  Dash Shaw reveals that comics have the potential to effectively map our explorations of this new world
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retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00



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Here
by Richard McGuire

Twenty-five years ago, in Raw, Volume 2, Number 1, Richard McGuire published a six-page work, titled "Here"*, and comics have never been the same since.  Now, McGuire has expanded his revelation into a full length work, that, while it may be considered to fulfill the definition of graphic novel, is clearly something more besides.  Years in the making, Here is a meditation on time and its passage through place that employs the power of comics to concisely and powerfully convey their inextricable relation.  Reading Here, one is quickly gripped by a feeling of the uncanny.  The realization that the precise spatial coordinates occupied by the room which we are currently occupying as we sit reading has existed for billions of years and that our physical surroundings, which seem so concrete and fixed, are as fleeting and effervescent as clouds passing overhead, when subjected to the fullness of time, and, what's more, that somehow all these different moments that flow through this space, one after the other for as close to eternity as it is possible for us to imagine, as a result of the room's seeming fixity, must all exist together, linked in some way through their sharing of the space, delivers a knockout punch to many an unexamined assumption.  Thoughts of ghosts, spirits and haunting suddenly seem completely natural: "Of course!"   William Faulkner's dictum, "The past isn't dead.  It isn't even past," is now seen in a more clinical, immediate light.  Here; it is, now.  * [sample page]

retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $31.50




ASArsene Schrauwen
by Olivier Schrauwen



Olivier Schrauwen makes comics like no one else, so when he decides to do a piece of biographical comics about an adventure involving his grandfather, the only thing that you do know is that you don't know what to expect in the pages of this 250 page oversize hardcover volume printed primarily in blue and red inks...




retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $29.75





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Cochlea & Eustache
by Hans Rickheit
Another book filled with Rickheit's absurdly idiosyncratic, disturbingly twisted and more than a bit perverted nightmare visions, Cochlea & Eustache (names both related to connected parts of the ear, serving the functions of balance and hearing; perhaps he is trying to give us a hint here/hear)
is
clearly more than simply a pair of nubile identical twins romping around in their haltertop babydolls.  Beginning with its copper ink log and textured cover, this is a volume about the pleasures of the text-imbued-image/object that works to expose the latent voyeurism in all comics reading and has fun doing it.
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Loverboys
by Gilbert Hernandez

Another Gilbert Hernandez graphic novel!  Channeling the spirit of comics creators gone by, Beto out produces comics makers half his age.  No one handles the relations between the sexes (or within, for that matter) like him.  Here we have a series of jump cut staccato interactions deftly carrying the readers along on the weft through a complex weave of human cloth.  Parent, child, sibling, friend, teacher, boss; these are the core relationships that are explored to uncover their component of sexual connection, whether it be latent or manifest, strong or weak, hidden or out in the open, and how all relate to each one's place in the world.

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Best of Enemies – A History of US and Middle East Relations Part Two: 1953 - 1984
by David B. and Jean-Pierre Filiu

The inimitable David B. continues his partnership with Middle East scholar, Jean-Pierre Fililu.  Employing his amazing ability to visually render concepts in ways that illuminate the intellect and point the way towards    comprehension and understanding make this another truly educational read that will be sure to provide American readers with fresh perspectives on their own history.



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Second Avenue Caper
by Joyce Brabner & Mark Zingarelli
Long in the making (and right here in the Pittsburgh area, too, as that is where Mark Zingarelli has been hunched over his drawing table, converting Ms. Brabner's elegiac yet uplifting script into page after page of hard won comics), Second Avenue Caper takes readers back to the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic in NYC, when no one knew what was happening, what caused it, how it was spread, or how to stop it.  Many – perhaps most – Copacetic customers are too young to have experienced the early days of AIDS, and the fear, sorrow
, anger and, ultimately, hope-filled community building, that it engendered.  This 144 page hardcover graphic history of this era brings it to life for the younger generations that have grown up and come of age in its wake, and whose lives and behaviors have been shaped by it, without their necessarily realizing it. 
retail price - $22.00  copacetic price - $19.75




FF
Foolbert Funnies

by Frank Stack
This 200+ page volume presents a selection of the work of underground comics pioneer, early independent graphic novelist and University of Missouri Professor Emeritus, Frank Stack.  Stack's career now spans nearly half a century, and the work herein presented wa
s created between 1970 and 2007, with most emerging from Stack's post-1990 pen.  The comics originally appeared in a wide and sundry collection of publications, from his own, early underground comics like Feelgood Funnies and Jesus Meets the Armed Services, through classic anthologies like Weirdo, Rip Off Comix, and Blab!, to National Lampoon and Mineshaft.  Some of it is fantasy, some of it is fiction, some of it is folktale, and some of it is history, and it's all the work of a unique figure in the comics history of our times.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75



 



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Maple Key Comics 4

edited by Joyanna 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!  This time out we have the first installments of several new serials, making this issue a good jumping on point.
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.75




NLSNancy Loves Sluggo
by Ernie Bushmiller
What more can be said about Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy?  It is that it is: Nancy is Nancy is Nancy (and Sluggo, too, as evidenced by this volume's exegetical cover design, which serves to graphically enlighten us as to Bushmiller's essentialist credo).  Apparently quite a bit, as Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik have been laboring mightily for decades to complete what even then may not be the last word, the 240 page, How To Read Nancy (due out in 2015 [in theory; this one's been delayed so many times we've lost track]; for now, we direct readers to the short essay that started the whole thing).  So, anyways, what we have here is another three full years of Nancy Dailies that flowed from the mind and pen of Mr. Ernie Bushmiller and into countless millions of newspapers throughout America (and, surely, elsewhere around the world, as well) during the years 1949, 1950 and 1951.  This collection is preceded by an introduction by cartoonist, comics scholar and noted Nancyologist, Ivan Brunetti.  Enjoy!

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WINTER READS


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This Changes Everything
by Naomi Klein
The latest work by the game-changing No Logo, is a book that pulls no punches as it articulates the profound linkages between capitalism and climate change that is – or at least aims to be – a movement unto itself.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $27.00


Corruption in America
by Zephyr Teachout
Money does change everything... evidently, for the worse. Zephyr Teachout explores how the rise of big money politics has gone hand in hand with the degradation of politics here in the US of A.

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How to Build a Girl

by Caitlin Moran
A frank (i.e. sexually explicit in parts) rite of passage tale for today's girl/woman.
retail price - $26.99  copacetic price - $24.75


Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys
by Viv Albertine
Here's an concept-album formatted memoir of early UK Punk prime-mover, Viv Albertine, founding member of The Slits, whose life and work took place during a pivotal period in which women like herself pushed the boundaries of what women could do and be in the world of music, entertainment, taking ownership of female sexuality in a way that challenged preconceptions and the patriarchal in/de/con-scription of women's roles and so helped to redefine gender rules and relations.
retail price - $27.99  copacetic price - $25.00


Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence
by Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong is certainly one of, perhaps the, most knowledgeable persons writing on religion today.  Every one of her numerous books is worth reading; none more so than this, her latest, and perhaps most timely and needed.  The breadth and depth of her knowledge and the nearly superhuman empathy that she displays in her writing, will enlighten any one who reads her.  Nowhere is this better on display than in the fifteen page introduction to this volume.  We hereby invite any of our customers to grab a coffee at Lili's and then grab a copy of this book and plant yourself in one of our reading chairs and spend the time it takes to absorb this introduction.  Anyone who takes us up on this will surely feel much the wiser for it.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $25.75


Lila
by Marilynne Robinson
The third novel set in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa, Lila is a novel of spiritual redemption.

retail price - $26.00  copacetic price - $23.00



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New for November 2014


IWDHIncomplete Works
by Dylan Horrocks
Incomplete Works provides, indirectly, an intimate, informative, entertaining portrait of the artist as a young cartoonist – who goes on to age gracefully and productively – with a large degree of creative independence – into marriage, fatherhood and middle-age (which is no small feat).  It does so while simultaneously fulfilling its primary function of being a treasure trove of short comics of all stripes.  Auto-bio, fantasy, literary, historical, humorous, scientific, and meta-physical comics can each be found here, all handled
by Horrocks with dexterous aplomb.  That he has been able to accomplish all this may have something to due with his being a New Zealander, but we're not sure... This well-produced 192 page collection was, in any event, published by Victoria University Press, located in Wellington, New Zealand's capital (Horrocks resides in Auckland, New Zealand's major metropolis).  VUP is also Horrock's New Zealand publisher of his two major works, Hicksville (published in North America by Drawn & Quarterly) and Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen (forthcoming in North America, from Fantagraphics).  To the best of our knowledge, there are no plans to publish Incomplete Works in North America, but we were able to track down copies from a distributor who imported them.  And we're glad we did!  This excellent collection provides an excellent look at a quarter-century long (and counting!) career that takes a look at available career (and life) paths, approaches to to the medium, technical as well as stylistic and philosophical.  This feat is accomplished in part by the volume's well thought out, largely chronological, organization in combination with its providing concise, informative end notes, which serve to contextualize the contents.  RECOMMENDED!
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $19.99


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Syllabus
by Lynda Barry
The professor is back and class is now in session!  From the moment you lay eyes on this anti-professorial text book disguised as a student's composition book (which, of course, it also is; as Lynda Barry is nothing if not a life-long learner) you know you are going to be in for a treat.  You know this book is going to be different.  You know that you will gradually realize that you don't know. At the outset, Barry
(self-designated as Professor Long-Title) states that Syllabus is, "a book of notes, drawings, and syllabi I kept during my first three years of teaching in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The chronology is rough and mixed up in places but all kept by hand on pages of either legal pads or in standard black and white marbled composition notebooks."  Syllabus asks:  "What is an image?"  But Lynda Barry knows that no book can answer this question by itself, that it is up to the reader, and so she guides us through "the unthinkable mind" in order to discover "what it is" and so be able to "write what you see" and ultimately be at one with "making comics."  Not only will you see her lessons and observations, but also a judicious and seamlessly integrated selection of students' work and turned-in assignments. (check out these preview shots to rev up your anticipation another notch)   This facsimile is sure to inspire many an actual composition-book filling and what could be better than that?  And, as a supplement to her Syllabus, you might want to make a visit to Lynda Barry's Tumblr page, The Near Sighted Monkey, where, when class is in session (and even when it's not), you'll get the chance to learn along with Lynda as well as occasionally get a look at what her students are up to.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77


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Moonhead

by Andrew Rae
Another fabulously produced, full colour, hardcover NoBrow graphic novel is here, and it's designed with indy rock music fans – and, especially, the budding musicians among them – in mind.  It's about how being different – like, for example, having a moon for a head – makes life different and how that alters viewpoints and changes life paths – like, for example, becoming an indy rock musician.  Lush full color art depicts the development of Moonhead's person and career, and includes plenty of nods and references that will resonate with the initiated.  Here's a review (accompanied by a very generous preview) by Big Boing Boinger, internet writer (whose upcoming book, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, we'll have in soon) and comics scripter, Cory Doctorow (whose recent collaboration with Jen Wang, In Real Life, we'll be posting about here before long).

retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22
 


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The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
Wonder Woman appears to be undergoing a cultural renaissance at the moment, and this epic tome by Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer, Jill Lepore is right at the heart of the storm.  While much of what falls under the rubric of "secret history" has been common knowledge to old school comic fans for decades, Ms. Lepore does manage to uncover a few bits that will be news to all but the inner circle, and, more importantly, contextualizes the history of Wonder Woman within the overarching history of women in America, and American cultural history in general, and in the process provides keys that unlock hidden reserves of cultural and intellectual capital that have been residing in this costumed character all along.  There's a quite lengthy piece she wrote for the New Yorker which provides a distillation of some of the book's points, "The Last Amazon," which is certainly well worth the time of anyone interested in Wonder Woman's backstory.  Do yourself a favor and set aside a half hour to read it, and should you feel left wanting more at the end, you'll kneed to look no further.

retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75

 

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Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983 Gift Box Set
by Ed Piskor
OK, Hip Hop fans, here's the deal.  This item is a deluxe box-set, with a twist.  What we have here is a textured slip-case containing both of the volumes of Hip Hop Family Tree that have been released to date – BUT, while the contents of each volume contained in this box set is identical to the stand-alone volumes, each of the volumes has a new and completely different cover PLUS, this box also contains a 24-page comic book — Hip Hop Family Tree #300 — specifically made for this boxed set.  This is a mock Image Comics-era "ashcan" edition that deconstructs the comic book production process while presenting an epic Hip Hop / Comic Book crossover tale of the Rob Liefeld / Spike Lee team-up that occurred in the process of making a Levi Jeans TV commercial; with special appearance by Eazy E.  And we're offering a special price on this that works out to basically the same cost as the two stand alone volumes, making this a value-priced point of entry to the series.
retail price - $59.99  copacetic price - $49.99



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Cartozia Tales #1-6
edited by Isaac Cates
 

CT5An ambitious, well thought out and nicely produced and printed new (well, kind of) anthology title, Cartozia Tales features an ongoing series of related, sometimes interconnecting tales all set in the same fictional world.  It's a bit more complex than this cursory description allows, but readers will quickly discover this on their own.  There is a regular ongoing group of artists and writers who return each issue.  This group includes series editor, Cates, Shawn Cheng, Sarah Becan, Tom Motley, Jen Vaughn, Lupi McGinty, Lucy Bellwood and Mike Wenthe.  This core group is then joined each issue by special guest artists, which so far include Dylan Horrocks, James Kochalka, Corinne Mucha, Luke Pearson, Matt Weigle, Sally Madden, Kevin Cannon and many others.  Each 6" x 9" issue runs 40-44 pages and is printed on heavy off white stock with card stock covers.  Some issues include added bonuses such as cardboard cut-out "paper dolls" with their own cut-out paper outfits (#2), fold out maps (#5), a board game (#6).  This is a engaging and well done series that shows continued promise; it also stands to fill the vacancy left with the demise of the similarly excellent, but sadly erstwhile comics anthology, Papercutter.  Based on the infromation contained in the Kickstarter for this project, it seems as though the series will only run for ten issues... but we're hoping that they're having such a good time doing it that they decide to continue.  Regardless, this series is well worth a look!
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morganMorgan
by Frank Santoro
Out of the blue, it's an all new work by Frank Santoro!  Morgan is a nearly wordless, 32 page, horizontally formatted, 6.5" x 5" Risograph printed in royal purple.  Myth and symbol merge in a series of sensual images that link nature, sexuality and power within a framework that hinges on the inherently deceptive character of appearances. Once again, it's all about the spread.  The narrative of Morgan is biplanar in construction, grounded in two, alternating modes of perception – asserting any fixed view of "reality" (or history) as being inherently unstable, illusory and based on self-deception, willful or otherwise – and challenges the reader to synthesize the story's latent content in the collision at the center:  to read each image first individually and then in tandem, the spread as a single unit; to incorporate the basic principle of Eisensteinian montage in simultaneously reading both images to identify a new, synthetic meaning that rises out of their combination.  The uniform sensuality of both the drawings and the images serves to formally adhere the layers, while momentum is built through parallel storytelling occurring on two planes of reality, primarily – but not solely – represented across the spread, and the climax occurs at their intersection.  All this in 32 highly compacted images.  Needless to say, you'll want to read this one through multiple times.  Anyone unfamiliar with the Arthurian legend and/or Morgan Le Fay's role – which has been, over the centuries, highly mutable and often debated – is hereby directed to delve a bit deeper into this foundational legend that is a primogenitor for much in Western myth, including a significant swath of that underpinning the heroic fantasy genre, aka superheroes.  Britannia.com's Morgan Le Fay page is one good place to start as it includes a bibliography of sources for further reading.  Santoro's Morgan has been produced in an edition of a mere 200 copies, so don't snooze on this one!

retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.00
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The Complete Peanuts 1950-1954 (Vols. 1 - 2) Gift Box Set
Softcover
by Charles Schulz; w/ intros by Walter Cronkite and Garrison Keillor
Anyone who missed out on the initial hardcover iteration of Fantagraphics' Complete Collected Peanuts, now has a second chance to start in right at the beginning of the softcover edition of the series with the attractive and quite reasonably priced two-volume, slipcased set of the first four + years of Peanuts strips (dailies and Sundays!) just released in time for the holidays.

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Cringe
Cringe: An Anthology of Embarrassment
edited by by Peter S. Conrad
This is anthology is aptly titled. Within its 112 pages readers will encounter over two dozen tales of mortal embarrassment nearly all of which have at least one cringe-worthy moment.  Inadvertent insults, awkward and/or accidental sexualizations, plenty of dumb moves –major and minor, failed bowel control, errors of judgment galore – often due to drug and/or alcohol induced impairment, and plenty more are graphically detailed here by the likes of Cara Bean, Jeffrey Brown, Elijah Brubaker, Box Brown, Chad Essley, Shaenon Garrity, Julia Gfrörer, Victor Kerlow, Fred Noland, Adam Pasion, and many others.  The cringes will come hard and fast as readers make their way through this anthology, which perhaps begs the question, "why would anyone want to read this?"  The answer is, of course, that we've all had moments of terrible embarrassment, so it can come as a relief to know that, here, as in so many things, we're not alone, and as embarrassing as may have been for us, there's a good chance someone else had it worse.  And there's something to be said for the community building powers of sharing personal mistakes and errors in judgement.  Some might squirm and think TMI, but we'd guess that most would feel a little bit closer to their fellow human beings after reading something like this
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retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.25



WNWhat Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present
edited by Dan Nadel
Dan Nadel strikes again!  What Nerve! is a unique and original amalgamation of -- as the sub-title succinctly states -- alternative figures in American art, 1960 to the present.  Here together under one cover for the first time are a widely diverse, and, at least at first glance, wildly divergent artists.  Only in this collection will you find work by The Hairy Who's Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt and Karl Wirsum along side of Destroy All Monster's Mike Kelly, Niagara and Jim Shaw alongside Jack Kirby and H.C. Westermann, Gary Panter and Forcefield's Mat Brinkman, Ara Peterson, Jim Drain and Leif Goldberg... and many more besides!  What Nerve! accompanies an exhibit of the same name running at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum from 19 September 2014 thorugh 4 January 2015 that was put together with Judith Tannenbaum.  The book is dvided into ten sections, each devoted to a particular artist or group of artists, and each accompanied by an essay written by a diverse body of art scholars including Nicole Rudick, Robert Cozzolino, Naomi Fry and, of course, Nadel himself.  Check out publisher D.A.P.'s page on the book where you will be able to take in the rave reviews and links to further info.  Once you spend some time with this collection, the connections amidst the diversity become manifest and a fresh narrative emerges.

retail price - $40.00  copacetic price - $36.00



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