The complete Thrilling Adventure Stories("I Guess"), from Raw V. 2 # 3 -- This is Chris Ware's breakthrough story, where all the pieces first fell into place for him, and he started charting new terrain. High quality reproduction, actually larger than the size in which it originally appeared! Here's your chance to check it out. Read it now, it's a true classic.
The advances Ware achieved with "I Guess" led inexorably to his masterwork, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. The book has been lavishly praised and deservedly so. Here's a few reviews to help give anyone unfamiliar with the work an idea as to what all the hullabaloo is about:
Jimmy Corrigan Review 1 - The eloquent cultural validation
Jimmy Corrigan Review 2 - The Copacetic Take - introduction
Jimmy Corrigan has gone on to win many comics industry awards, but recently it broke out of the comics "ghetto" and won a literary prize: The 2001 Guardian Prize for Literature, which is sponsored by the British newspaper of the same name.
Here's The Guardian's own coverage of the announcement
And last but far from least, the Pantheon Books Chris Ware page. This fine page features links to visual excerpts from the book as well as plenty of other interesting links to Chris Ware pages from sites around the world. This page also links (at the bottom) to pages featuring the other books of Comics published by Pantheon, all of which are also available from The Copacetic Comics Company. If you should perchance decide that you are interested in purchasing one or more of these items, just let us know and we'll get back to you with the pertinent particulars.
Still not satiated? For even more on Chris Ware, check out the Chris Ware Resources Site.
More? We save the last word for Yakov's Chris Ware Page.
And, finally, in case your interest has been piqued enough to consider making a purchase, here we have...
Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth is a hefty 380 page graphic novel that retails for $29.95, but with a Copacetic Price of merely $25.47. Anyone truly serious about comics simply has to own it. Sorry, but that includes you. C'mon now, no trying to worm your way out of it. Just buy it and get it over with. You'll be glad that you did.
And now there's really no excuse as the softcover edition is now available.
retail price - $17.95
Copacetic Price - $15.25
The Acme Novelty Datebook 1986-1995
retail price - $39.95 - Copacetic Price $33.95
The Quimby Collection
Hardcover - retail price - $24.95 - Copacetic Price $23.75 (now o/p; few copies remaining)
Softcover - retail price - $14.95 - Copacetic Price $12.70
McSweeney's #13 - edited by Chris Ware
This awesome anthology pretty much sums up the state of the art of comics in 2004.
retail price - $24.00 - Copacetic Price $20.00
by Daniel Raeburn
On the off chance there was any lingering doubt about Chris Ware's status as a contemporary artist, with the release of this volume it can now be officially proclaimed dispelled. This 112 page monograph from Yale University Press provides an in-depth exploration of Ware's work by The Imp editor, Daniel Raeburn as well as a very generous sampling of Ware's work, much of rarely if ever seen before and sumptuously reproduced here. In case you were wondering, the answer is no, this essay is not the same essay that Raeburn wrote on Ware in The Imp #2, but an all new piece entitled, "Building a Language."
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95
The Acme Novelty Library
by Chris Ware
It's here! All we can say right now is that it's big (it won't fit on any of our shelves and sticks out of the top of our biggest bag)! It's a hardback published by Pantheon Books. It comes shrinkwrapped to insure that the deluxe package remains unscathed until its owner deigns to unwrap it. Read our feature listing to learn more.
retail price - $27.50 copacetic price - $24.00
ACME Novelty Library #16
by Chris Ware
This swellegant hardcover volume, the first produced solely under the auspices of Mr. Ware, is now comfortably nestled on our shelves. Through its pages, you can experience the 1970s childhoods of "Rusty" Brown and "Chalky" White, in all their pain filled and angst ridden glory. Produced in Ware's trademarked obsessive manner, this issue sees hints of new stylistic ironies as well as further classically based experimentation with the form. Not to be missed.
retail price - $15.95 copacetic price - $12.75
Prices and availability current as of 1 October 2005
and should still be correct now; contact us to be sure.