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New for July 2015


stroppyStroppy
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


dorflerDörfler
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


WB
"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



I1
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


TM
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



MelMelody
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


B1

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



IB


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



SK
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


CT

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:

AI
VitN
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


ON14
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



BB2

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




KC75

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



B812

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
KQ6
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!
retail price - $3.00@  copacetic price - $3.00@


oven

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



H1
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...
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


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


New for May 2015


F7Frontier #7
by Jillian Tamaki
The number seven yet again proves its potency as this issue is the fullest realization of the Frontier format yet.  It presents a single work by Tamaki, "Sexcoven."  A tautly through-composed work that carries readers to a heretofore undisclosed location in the symbolic realm in order to provide them with a new perspective on 21st century, internet-connected consciousness, "Sexcoven" is a tale that reveals a paradox whereby hyperconnectivity can lead to a dropping out.  Tamamki exposes a hole in the fabric of the web through which people can fall, landing in a desert both literal and figurative, yet shows that even in the desert, connection remains and true escape remains illusory, as the consumerist society maintains.  The systemic logic of capitalism emerges as hardwired in those who grew up amidst its plenty, who appear able to obtain sustenance only within its framework.  Frustration with limitations and the elusiveness of transcendence are the core themes.  Resignation seems the only sane response, but the mad search continues, out there, in the desert...
retail price - $7.95  copacetic price - $7.95

smma


Super Mutant Magic Academy
by Jillian Tamaki
It's a big month for Ms. Tamaki, as not only do we have her amazing issue of Frontier, but we now have the in print fruition of her long running web comic, Super Mutant Magic Academy.  225 one-page strips followed by an all-new 44-page epiloguical novelette, all by Jillian Tamaki, all in-print for the first time (well, not counting the FCBD preview). Anyone not hep to what this is all about is hereby encouraged to get up to speed by visiting mutantmagic.com.
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00



PH4
Pope Hats #4
by Ethan Rilly
Pope Hats #4 is a wow; different from the previous issue in almost every way.  This issue is oversize, full color (as well as monochrome) and filled with short stories rather than the ongoing saga of Frances and Vickie, which will resume next issue (yeah, it's going to be awhile...).  The deft characterization that we have come to associate with Rilly's work is here in spades.  Every story here is worthy of your attention, but the real standout is the centerpiece of the book, the harrowing tale of "The Nest."  A subtle yet devastating tale of urban alienation, mental illness, hope, despair, confusion, doubt and faith that centers on parenting and delivers insights one would not think possible in a creator of so few years.  All in a beautifully designed package of the kind you've come to expect from AdHouse Books.
retail price - $7.95  copacetic price - $7.50



GG
A Mysterious Process
by GG
A Mysterious Process is the latest from the mysterious Canadian comics creator, GG.  In page after page of tightly composed and rigorously rendered art, vertically formatted to resemble the scroll, this beautifully printed 36 page risograph guides the reader through a contemporary, Canadian dark night of the soul, comics style, in which the pain of identity confusion is carefully shaped through composition and clarified in line.  You may read this comic on the Comics Workbook Tumblr, for which it was originally created, but, of course, it's not the same as holding and reading the comic itself...
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $10.00



DF
Dream Fossil: The Complete Short Stories of Satoshi Kon
by Satoshi Kon
Over 400 pages of amazing manga by the brilliant mangaka and famed anime director Satoshi Kon, none of which -- to the best of our knowledge -- has appeared before in English translation in North America.  While Kon is best known in the west for his anime features, Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Millennium Actress and Perfect Blue, he started out in manga, and served as an assistant to Katsuhiro Otomo during his creation of the original Akira manga.  Anyone familiar with this acclaimed series will note many similarities to Akira in the artwork produced for the fifteen stories collected in this volume, which date from the same period.  Make sure to give this one the once over.  You won't be disappointed.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.75





Freak

Mr Arashi's Amazing Freak Show
by Suehiro Maruo
When Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show was first published in English in 1992 -- by the aptly named Blast Books  -- it blew many a mind; nothing like it had been seen before.  Originally published in Japan in 1984, it is one of Maruo's major works as well as being the first of them to make it to North American shores.  Simultaneously horrific, surreal and perverse, entirely drawn with a meticulous attention to detail it is a work of unrivaled strangeness.  Out of print for years, it has just been reprinted by Blast at an amazing inflation-free price!  
retail price - $10.95  copacetic price - $10.00





Pablo
Pablo
by Julie Birmant & Clement Oubrerie
It was bound to happen, and now the day has arrived.  A comics biography of Pablo Picasso.  This is doubtless only the first, as a life and career as prodigious as that of Picasso can hardly be exhausted at one go.  In fact, it appears that Birmant and Oubererie have limited the years covered in Pablo to Picasso's early years in Montmartre.  Nonetheless, these few years managed to inspire one of the lengthiest comics bios yet, as Pablo runs a whopping 342 full color pages.   Should there be a decision to continue, a comics bio of Picasso's full life could easily run in the thousands of pages!  This is likely a job in need of a massive cohort of comickers...  Oubererie, known to Copacetic regulars as the artist on the wonderful Aya series, has turned in another amazing work here.  Clearly demonstrating his understanding of color once again, in contrast to the stunning, saturated tones he employed in Aya to convey the magic and mystery of life in Côte d'Ivoire, here in Pablo, he has stuck with muted tones suffused with greys and browns to capture the mood of Montemartre.  Do yourself a favor and take a moment to leaf through and vicariously experience those days when art changed forever.
retail price - $27.50  copacetic price - $25.00

IN2

Incidents in the Night, Book Two
by David B.
Originally published in France in 2013, the second volume of this intriguing series by the inimitable David B. has now been translated by Brian and Sarah Evenson and published in the US courtesy of Tom Kaczynski's Uncivilized Books.  This volume of Incidents in the Night sports a cover featuring a character that long-time David B. fans will recognize as his brother as he appeared in the second half of his masterpiece, Epileptic, and marks somewhat of a return to the terrain explored there.  This time around, the author employs different sorts of narrative strategies, most notably that of detective story.  Don't expect the mystery to solved, however!
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77



P22

Palookaville #22
by Seth
We were initially blinded by the reflective green foil cover of this issue.  Once our eyes adjusted, it was possible to make out the details.  The latest issue of Palookaville shows Seth moving in an ever more design-centric direction. 
Highlights in this collection of all new work include continuity comics – more "Clyde Fans," the second chapter of his auto-bio comic, "Nothing Lasts,"  – as well as a photographic look at Seth-designed real world barbershop (!?!) run by his wife that is accompanied by an apocryphal quasi-comics history of of said barbershop (sort of).  Only Seth could pull something like this off...
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00



BR

Black River
by Josh Simmons
Another happy-go-lucky lark by that fun-loving cartoonist, Josh Simmons.  Join him as he brings to pen and ink life -- and then, in many cases, to a grimly delineated grisly death -- a rag-tag team of survivors -- but not for long! -- wandering through a post-apocalyptic landscape in search of some kind of meaning, which -- naturellement! -- they will never find, instead only suffering and death at the hands of a monstrous sadist or deranged psychopath.  Nice, green-edged pages in this softcover volume designed by Sammy Harkham.
retail price - $18.99  copacetic price - $17.00




NPNon Partum
by Rachel Masilamani
This 20 page, full color, magazine-size comic book is the first print edition of an ongoing work.  Non Partum is a multi-layered investigation in comics form that touches on many aspects of life but is centered on pregnancy in a way that reflects how a woman's life can also be so centered.  It  is part memoir, part sociological study, part cultural critique; all intelligently approached, skillfully explored, absorbingly told and beautifully rendered.   Non Partum is currently being serialized on Mutha Magazine.  A theme running through the episode presented here - which originally appeared as "The Subject" - is overcoming the inherent frustration of dealing with the often poorly designed, rule bound systems - and their occasionally less than thoughtful representatives - that govern our interactions with the institutions which we all must deal with in order to prevail.  This edition sports a new, original cover and a bonus pin-up page of the 40 weeks of pregnancy as represented by appropriately scaled herbs, grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits, both created specifically for this edition!
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


MP5Mutual Paradise #5
by Lizzee Solomon
Mutual Paradise is back with another fleshy, oozing, squirting and plopping issue!  12 stories in 36 pages, all contained in one monochrome wraparound cover.  Ranging from single panel cartoons like "Sad GIrls," "Doritos Locos," and "Two Boys, One Butt," up through short-stories and quasi-memoirs like "Lara's Shitty Day," "When Girls Like Boys," and "I Used to Work at a Gallery," this issue is filled with the kind of comics you won't find anywhere but in the pages of Mutual Paradise.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $5.00


EM
Eel Mansions
by Derek Van Gieson
Anyone who has been pining away all these years for another work along the lines of Dan Clowes's first full-length foray into the comics medium, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, which was originally serialized in the first 10(?) issues of Eightball, might find what they're looking for in Derek Van Gieson's supernatural soap opera noir. Situated in Mill City, a grimy place inhabited by new wave satanists, secret government agents, abducted family members, booze-hounds, record store clerks, conspiracy theorists, murders, and cartoonists, Eel Mansions is a trippy comics tale that assembles an eclectic menagerie of graphic tropes that range far and wide through the work's 224 pages.  Rendered for the most part in a chisled pen and ink style that is a mix of Georges Rouault, Ben Shahn, Tove Jansson and Dan Clowes; well, kind of...  Give it a look next time you're in, and see what you think.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77



MSMighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater
by Alex Degen
Alex Degen explodes on the scene with... Mighty Star!  What is the Cancatervater?  Why are there all these people with apple stems where their heads should be?  What's going on here?  Who knows!  We do know, however, that you'll have fun figuring it all out in these 172 pages of cleanly delineated, black & white, pen and ink, pantomime comics.  In an unusual twist, the "cover blurbs" for this book have been placed on the copyright page!  Perhaps Mr. Degen is being unduly modest.  In any event, as browsers might miss them, we'll share them here:  "Mighty Star is a psychedelic smear of an adventure epic:  a silent superhero tale bathed in the rays of early manga vocabulary, seemingly infinite narrative possibility and opaque philosophy.  This cute, cartoon homunculus looms menacingly!" -- Zack Soto    "Alex Degen is one of the smartest and funniest cartoonists in the game.  Every page in the book is filled with about two dozen triumphs and upsets in humor, design, pacing... A real pleasure to pore over."  -- Michael DeForge
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75




iTiTunes Terms and Conditions, Part A & Part B: The Unabridged Graphic Adaptation

by R. Sikoryak
If this isn't the unlikeliest comic book adaptation of all time, we don't know what is. R. "Masterpiece Comics" Sikoryak's iTunes Terms and Conditions, Part A & Part B: The Unabridged Graphic Adaptation is Just In @ Copacetic (And, yes, Part C is forthcoming).  Drawn -- semi-miraculously -- in four 24-hour bursts (and subsequently retouched), this 36 page comic adapts this cumbersome text employing 36 judiciously chosen classic comics templates by artist greats ranging from Steranko to Jack Kirby to Osamu Tezuka to Charles Schulz to Dan DeCarlo to Todd McFarlane to Frank Miller to... well, you get the idea. 
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.50


Mascu


Masculinities
by Cindy Crabb
This new 28 page zine by long time zinester of Doris fame, Cindy Crabb presents a collection of seven interviews she herself conducted on the subject of constructing an alternative, contemporary masculinity, not just expected, pro-feminist outlooks, but also "the subtle, overlooked things that are sometimes the very strongest of changes."   Cover by Icky!
retail price - $4.00  copacetic price - $4.00



   

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UnflatUnflattening
by Nick Sousanis
Believe it or not, it's been over twenty years since the publication of Understanding Comics, which established the breakthrough realization that the most effective way to truly explain how comics work is in comics form.    Now, at last, we have the next generational iteration of this understanding:  that the most effective way to explain how comics in specific - and consciously thinking in and making images in general - are changing the way we represent our world and understand ourselves is also in comics form.  Unflattening, just published by Harvard University Press, is the book form of Sousanis's Columbia University dissertation, "Unflattening: A Visual-Verbal Inquiry into Learning in Many Dimensions" -  the first ever presented at the university entirely in comics form.  This work challenges the primacy of words over images in Western culture and asks readers to view them as equal partners.  A book for our times, indeed.  Here is a thoughtful reaction to the original dissertation by Sydni Dunn at Chronicle Vitea.  Learn more about Unflattening, and catch up with Mr. Sousanis at his website, Spin, Weave & Cut
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


C4
Crickets #4

by Sammy Harkham
The Wait Is Over!  Crickets #4 is here.  48 pages; magazine size; cardstock cover; heavy newsprint interior.  Written and drawn by Mr. Harkham (w/ Kevin H. assists!).  This issue  is nearly entirely devoted to continuing the epic saga, "The Blood of the VIrgin," which began in #3.  This issue finds Seymour & Co. on the set and off, making the film, dealing with actors, directors and producers.  The home front is not neglected, as the reader is made privy to moments that Seymour is not.  "The Blood of the Virgin" is an omniscient third-person narrative in the classic tradition of the late-nineteenth century naturalistic novel, but set in Vietnam-war era Los Angeles and told in comics form; not something you encounter every day, to say the least.  This is a comic book to savor, enjoy, put away and then, when the time is right, pull out and read again, filled, as it is, with page after page of comics that make you glad you know the language.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.50


MKC6

Maple Key Comics #6
by Joyana McDiarmid & Co.
This issue wraps up most of the ongoing story lines, bringing to a (temporary) conclusion a run of six on time issues containing in toto over 1500 pages of engaging and enjoyable comics of every stripe  -- all in the course of a one year period.  Quite an accomplishment!
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.95



R1

Revenger #1
by Chuck Forsman
It's here: the first issue of PIX 2015 special guest, Charles (aka Chuck) Forsman's new, ongoing - "close to monthly" - full color action(violent)adventure comic book series.  Back cover by Ben Marra.  Look for #2 next month!
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.44


W1

The Weight #1
by Melissa Mendes
The first issue of PIX 2015 special guest, Melissa Mendes's ongoing serialization of a graphic novel inspired by a short memoir written by her grandfather that was written shortly before he passed away last year.  His life - and this comic - begins on a depression-era farm somewhere in America...
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.44





S19S20
2x S! + 4X Mini-Kus

by Teri Ekhebom, Amanda Vähämäki, Lala Albert & Marie Jacotey
Yes, we've just received our latest and most plentiful shipment of Latvian comics – via John Porcellino's Spit and a Half distro – and there's quite a variety on hand, with comics from around the world, most notably, Portugal, Finland, France and the Americas.  These pint-sized comics pack a full color punch and bring great comics to a wide readership, enabled in part by the publisher's outreach to and partnership with a variety of national European arts organizations.  Well worth a look next time you're in.
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BoxUrchinUnMPiggy4X Retrofit Comics

by Jack Teagle, Niv Bavarsky, Box Brown & Laura Knetzger
And, yes, here's another small press comics bonanza courtesy of a single publisher, this time around the Philadelphia-based Retrofit Comics, which also has been able to produce such an abundance of work through a partnership, in this case with the Washington, DC-based retailer Big Planet.  Both the quantity and even more importantly, the quality of the comics released under the Retrofit imprint have dramatically improved since they've teamed up with Big Planet, so it seems that partnering up has a lot to recommend it!
retail price - $4.00 - $12.00@  copacetic price - $3.60 - $10.00@

Gyo
Gyo
by Junji Ito
Here it is:  the complete collection of the horrific precursor to Junji Ito's cult classic, Uzumaki.  Gyo presents page after page of pen and ink terror, as nature runs amok, shocking and terrifying the population of this coastal community.  This volume also includes two bonus horror tales by Ito:  " The Sad Tale of Principal Post," and "The Enigma of the Amigara Fault," making for 400 pages of classic horror manga in all.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


DD-P
Donald Duck: "The Pixilated Parrot"
by Carl Barks
The greatness continues!  1950 was the year of Carl Barks.  Along with the title track this volume includes the mega-classics, "In Ancient Persia," "The Magic Hour Glass," "Big-Top Bedlam," the lesser know but nonetheless classic Christmas tale, "You Can't Guess," and perhaps the greatest summer vacation comic book story ever penned, "Vacation Time."  Also on hand are a lone ten-pager from WDC&S #117 and three low-profile tales that accompanied "Vacation Time" in the pages of Vacation Parade #1:  a one-page written but not drawn by Barks, and two tales that are drawn but, unusually, not written by Barks; one featuring Grandma Duck, and one Donald and his Nephews.  And, finally, there are the standard end notes about each of the tales, each penned by a noted Barks scholar.  A summer vacation read for the ages...
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75

HKB


Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad Magazine and Revolutionized Humor in America
by Bill Schelly
The life of one of Comics' indisputable geniuses finally gets the in-depth treatment it deserves in this illustrated - and illuminating - 640 page biography from comics historian, Bill Schelly, which we are currently offering at a special introductory special price.  Can't wait to dive right in?  No need to, you can start right now, with this PDF preview.
retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $29.75




HTBDHow To Be Drawn
by Terrance Hayes
How To Be Drawn has arrived!  The latest volume of poetry by Pittsburgh's own MacArthur Fellow, Terrance Hayes, this 100 page collection is divided into three parts, each composed of ten pieces (decalogues?) --Troubled Bodies; Invisible Souls; A Circling Mind -- followed by an epiloguical closer.  While firmly grounded in Hayes's own personal landscape, the thirty-one poems collected here roam the world, from "Russia's red-light districts" to New York's Chinatown, explore histories and cultures, and celebrate a cornucopia of creators and creative forms -- most abundantly, musicians and music; most succinctly, writers and writing; and, most centrally (and, from the vantage point here at The Copacetic Comics Company, most intriguingly) visual artists and drawing -- each and all in the service of constructing a suitable place for now, in which necessity will not be throttled, and compassion thrive.  This collection is unquestionably the most formally inventive of Hayes's career, yet despite its risk taking -- both playful and serious -- the attention to language never strays and every word is judiciously chosen and placed.  Each piece will be a delight to those who treasure the form.  Sample a poem -- one that coalesces some of the volume's themes --  now, HERE.
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $17.77



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