Best of 2011

Here's a look back at the best of 2011.  Web customers may now purchase these items – along with the rest of our online offerings – directly, from our online gift catalogue at Copacetic 2.0, our 24/7 eCommerce site.

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Barks1Donald Duck: "Lost in the Andes"

by Carl Barks
Finally, you can give the gift of Carl Barks this holiday season!  Over the past decade, probably the single biggest frustration we've experienced here at The Copacetic Comics Company was the inability to offer customers the opportunity to experience the magic of Carl Barks in book form. This frustration was then exponentially magnified by the fact that at any given moment, nearly the entire body of work of the comics creator who was measurably the most widely read and putatively the most beloved in the history of American comic books was out of print!  The influence
on American culture of the Disney duck comic books Carl Barks wrote, penciled, inked and lettered for roughly a quarter century is incalculably large.  George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are just two of the literally millions of baby-boomers who grew up reading the comics of Carl Barks and who felt the imprint of Barks's wide-ranging spirit of adventure and pomposity-puncturing sense of humor; R. Crumb's entire sensibility is grounded in Barks; and this is just the tiniest tip of the iceberg – most of all was the influence that the millions upon millions of childhood hours spent reading works that were both wildly entertaining and subtly subversive had on the generation that came of age in the 60s.  Carl Barks is one of the true titans of comic books, one of the very few who can hold their own with the likes of Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman and R. Crumb.  Now, at last, well over a decade since Gladstone Publishing's incarnation of the Barks oeuvre went out of print, his collected works will once again become available for North American readers (his works have been in print in parts of Europe; elsewhere?) in what – based on the evidence of the first volume – is sure to be the most outstanding edition ever produced.  Rather than potentially put off novice Barks readers by starting the series right at the 1942 beginning of Barks's tenure on Donald Duck, Fantagraphics has launched the series – which is projected to encompass thirty volumes by the time it has completed collecting the entirety of Barks's duck work – with a period that is both one of the most popular and critically heralded (think Duke Ellington's Blanton-Webster era band):  the stretch in 1948 and 1949 that contains this volume's "title track," Lost in the Andes, as well as the equally classic March of Comics giveaway, Race to the South Seas, along with two other "feature length" tales, nine consecutive (and classic) 10-pagers, and a sizable helping of one-page gag strips, which, taken together, give a good idea of the tremendous range and quality of his work.  An eight page introduction by Donald Ault, the English-speaking world's foremost Barks authority, starts off the collection, and it concludes with twenty pages of notes on the stories by a bevy of Barks scholars including The Comics Journal's Rich Kreiner.  So, thank you Gary Groth, Kim Thompson and Eric Reynolds, for undertaking to edit and publish the The Carl Barks Library.  Thank you Jacob Covey and Tony Ong, for your excellent design.  Thank you Rich Tommaso and Paul Baresh, for, respectively, your superb coloring and production.  Thank you Donald Ault and the host of other fine Barks scholars for your thoughtful contributions to aid in the understanding of and provide context for the work presented here.  And, of course, most of all, thank you Carl Barks for producing one of the greatest bodies of work in the history of comics.  Doubters among you may want to take a moment to read this generous 17-page PDF preview, but bear in mind that the experience simply won't be nearly as satisfying as that provided by the print edition. 
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $19.99

BlabberEverything, Volume 1: Blabber Blabber Blabber Blabber
by Lynda Barry
Having, in What It Is and Picture This, given us her latest and greatest, Lynda Barry now takes us back to her (artistic) beginnings – the years 1978-1983 – and gives us a guided tour from her current, older and wiser vantage point.  It pretty much goes without saying that  all Lynda Barry fans will find this volume a treasure.  In addition to including the entirety of her first published (and looong out of print) book collection, Girls + Boys, Blabber Blabber collects over 100 pages worth of her earliest comics work
in book form for the first time!  The format of this, the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly's "Everything Lynda Barry" series, preserves that of What It Is and Picture This, and it seems likely that subsequent volumes of the series will continue to do so as well.  The archival work is presented here cocooned in a design that is a product of her current sensibility and that includes comics 'n' collage introductions and annotations produced specifically for this volume.  As a result, the entire feel of this book is very much a piece with those preceding it and allows new arrivals to the world of Lynda Barry to feel right at home.  And, in a moment of copacetic synchronicity, the opening epigraph to this work is taken from Gahan Wilson's classic of childhood angst, Nuts, the re-release of which we celebrated in last month's listing (see below).  To wit:  "The hardest part about growing up was trying to figure out what was growing up and what wasn't, and you were never sure at any point whether or not you got it right."
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.50

G4Ganges #4
by Kevin Huizenga
Here's the one Copacetic customers have been ringing the phone off the hook about.  And not without reason.  Each issue of Ganges has managed to make something new with the comics form.  Huizenga pretty much picks up here where #3 left off – it may very well be the very same evening, diegetically speaking – and continues exploring the twilight zone of consciousness that lies between waking and sleeping, where memory and fantasy mix with all kinds of thought:  this time around, from list-making to self-analysis to pondering the nature and meaning of being and time and space and... well, you get the idea.  Ever the innovator, Huizenga has here incorporated the unique Ignatz format into the body of the work by making the extended French-flaps serve as a novel form of "infinity cover" – using them to create a "hall of mirrors" effect that provides the sense that the work continues ad infinitum in either direction, both forward and backward, in time and space.  There are many major intellectual riffs being explored on these pages, which are more densely packed with ideas than any other comic book on the market.  Foremost among them here is the compositional dynamic created by playing off the innate tension between the utopianism of the collecting/hoarding impulse and the harsh reality of mortality.  This modulates seamlessly back and forth between rock solid ruminations on temporal scales – geological, historical and personal – and the human urge to collect and organize time itself in modular units.  All of which folds back in on itself in dealing with the quandaries presented by memory storage and retrieval systems, both organic and technical.  These are heady comics, but let there be no mistake, they are still comics,
and a sense playfulness suffuses all:  Huizenga is a master craftsman – all the aforementioned is made possible by the combination of his stone cold grasp of the fundamentals of the medium with his relentless explorative urge.  In keeping with the comics tradition, there are many lighthearted asides, comical juxtapositions and flat-out fun cartooning interwoven through the main themes that provide many a mirthful moment.  Notable are the various confusions and misconceptions that result from the semi-conscious state and, especially, the delicious yet not unfriendly skewering of the often overblown philosophizing of continental intellectuals of the 20th century, particularly Jean Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger and their intellectual progeny - Jean Baudrillard and Jacques Derrida come to mind.  A comic book to remember. 
retail price - $7.95  copacetic price - $7.50

Love and Rockets: New Stories #4

by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez
Yowza!  The new issue of Love and Rockets has arrived.  Last year's issue packed such a wallop that we are still thinking about it.  Even though more than a year has passed since then, we never felt like we were waiting for the next one.  It seems that the supernatural power that is imbued through the pen and ink on paper and reproduced in the pages of each issue of Love and Rockets is such that it is able to imprint its content on readers' minds to whatever degree is necessary to keep it thriving there until the next issue arrives.  And so, now that the new issue is here – and from what we've heard, it's another mind-blower – all we can do is hold onto our hats and dive in.  See you there!
retail price - $14.99  copacetic price - $11.99


by Craig Thompson
There are sure to be plenty of comics readers who are hoping to get their mitts on a copy of Craig Thompson's long awaited follow up to Blankets, as it was one of the most widely and loudly lauded graphic novels in history.  A sprawling, multi-layered, multi-faceted, multi-pronged work, Habibi is part history lesson, part tutorial, part travelogue, part anthro/socio/psychological study, part sermon, and all love story.  Thompson clearly had outsized ambitions for this work, likely necessitated by the high expectations surrounding any follow up to Blankets.  It's always an additional challenge for creators to follow up a highly praised work.  Should they try to compete with their big hit? should they use this moment of high regard to do their secret project that they had always wanted to do, but could never hope to get green lighted before? or should they just pretend that nothing's changed and just do what comes naturally?  In the creation of Habibi, it seems that Thompson took all three approaches and melded them into an organic whole.  In other words:  Habibi tries to have it all and do it all; at times it seems that its contents may overflow.  Learn more at our full page review.  In any event, if the length of the lines of those waiting to buy a copy of Habibi and get it signed by Craig Thompson at this year's SPX are any indication of the demand for this book, then it's safe to say that its publisher, Pantheon Books, will probably get over its grumpiness over how much longer it took Craig to finish the book than originally expected – 2007 – when they paid him his advance way back in 2005.  At least part of the reason it took him so much longer to finish the book is that it is another mammoth tome – weighing in at 674 pages, it's close to 100 pages longer than Blankets, which was, at the time of its publication, the longest, not-previously-serialized graphic novel ever published (at least in North America). 
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $31.50

BQBig Questions

by Anders Nilsen
This long awaited complete compendium of the decade spanning comic series by Anders Nilsen is another big book ideally suited for winter reading.  The tiny seed that was planted in the back of Mr. Nilsen's mind during the course of an artist workshop exercise that took place at the D.H. Lawrence Ranch in Taos, NM in 1996 has now at last reached its maturity in this sequoia-like 592 page tome that collects the entire continuity originally published in the (mostly) long out of print series.  The first six issues were self published before Drawn & Quarterly – the publisher of this collection – picked it up and added the series to their then burgeoning but now defunct series of regularly published pamphlet comics.  Big Questions defies easy categorization, and many have written much about the original issues  (including, in brief, us). We'll try to have something intelligent to say shortly on the event of its book publication, but for now will cede the floor to Anders himself in this interview posted on CBR on 12 August where he talks about his comics career and answers questions Big and small.  Intrigued?  Then continue on to read Douglas Wolk's review in The New York Times Book Review.
retail price - $44.95  copacetic price - $37.77

also available:  Deluxe, Signed and Numbered, Hardcover Edition (of 1000)
Please note that this edition – in addition to possessing a signed and numbered tipped-in plate – includes 3 appendices that comprise an additional 55 (or so) pages.  What you get is:  the extra, non-essential stories from Big Questions #1 & #2; all the covers of the original series – including an unseen (by us, at any rate), unused (to the best of our knowledge...) extra cover for #5; "bird strips" from other publications that did not appear in Big Questions.
retail price - $69.95  copacetic price - $69.95 (sorry, no discount – only a few copies available)

SFSomeday Funnies
edited by Michel Choquette; introduction by Robert Greenfield; foreword by Jeet Heer
Well, here's something you don't see everyday:  a comics anthology that has been completed but unable to find a publisher for nearly forty years, finally being published!  As readers of The Comics Journal #299 the cover feature of which was an in-depth article on the history of this volume – already know, this volume had reached a legendary/mythical status.  Robert Greenfield's introduction squarely situates the work contained in this volume as a document of "The Sixties," While comics critic/historian Jeet Heer's foreword provides ample context and background for the comics work the book contains as well as a chronology of its epic 40-year journey from inception to publication.  We've barely dipped out toes in this majorly oversize – 11" x 17" – 216 page, full color hardcover volume containing 120 comic strips by 169 creators, so we're not going to say much about the contents at this time, but we will provide you with some of the contributors, and let you do the math:  Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, C.C. Beck, Wallace Wood, Harvey Kurtzman, Arnold Roth, Don Martin, Gahan Wilson, Bobby London, Trina Robbins, Vaughn Bodé,
Steve Englehart, Archie Goodwin, Denny O'Neil, Ralph Reese, Alan Weiss, Herb Trimpe, Frank Zappa, Harlan Ellison, William S. Burroughs, Roy Thomas, Barry Smith (before he added Windsor) Guido Crepax, Ralph Steadman, Leo & Diane Dillon, Walter & Louise Simonson, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Red Grooms, Russ Heath, Jay Kinney, Denis Kitchen, (a very young) Art Spiegelman, (also very young) Stan Mack, Ever Meulen,  Joost Swarte, Tom Wolfe,  Federico Fellini, and many, many more!  Also included is a "92-drawing take on Choquette's travels by Michael Fog" that parallels and brackets the comics the volumes contains.  Surprisingly (at least to us), the intent to create an interweaving bracketing tale was a component of the original volume's conception, and blank spaces were deliberately left in many of the pages at Choquette's instruction. 
retail price - $55.00  copacetic price - $45.00

Color Engineering

by Yuichi Yokoyama
This one is a challenging excursion into the mental landscape, so you'll need some quality alone time, perhaps with some choice trance instrumentals blasting in your headphones blocking out any extraneous distractions, to take the trip that is Color Engineering.  We strongly recommend that you make your first run through solely focused on the visuals:  ignore the text and the translations – just take in the images as they build, one on the next; feel the rhythm.  Only after you have completed this journey, and have absorbed it, should you pay any attention to the text and notes.  Our quick formulaic take away is:
∫ f (Yuichi Yokoyama's Color Engineering) dx = F (Jennifer Bartlett's Rhapsody) - F (Jack Kirby's The Eternals).  In other words:  prepare yourself.  When you have finished the journey, you will doubtless come back with your own ideas.
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $29.75

18001-800 Mice
by Matthew Thurber
This swellegant hardcover volumes collects all five issues of the 1-800-Mice comic book series that has many longtime readers here at Copacetic; but that's not all!  Those lollygaggers among you who have been putting off their partaking of this fine work are rewarded for delaying your gratification with
an all-new, never-before-seen concluding chapter that appears here for the first time (the rest of us longtime devotees would have probably bought this book anyway, but now there's simply no getting around it).  We'd say more, but anything we might have to say seems superfluous after reading these testimonials:  "Mr. Thurber has invested everything in his demented opus, and the payoff is rich with big laughs and a palpable sense that his world of mice and man-tree love persists far beyond the borders of its panels." -- Daniel Clowes  • " Matthew Thurber uses the lowly conventions of the comic-book to express the narrative freedom of the unconscious mind.  He has singlehandedly revived the surrealist program of revolutionary politics through dreamwork.  What more can you ask for in a comic-book?" – Ben Katchor • Bonus:  comes complete with an illustrated dramatis personae, to help you keep track of the massive cast of characters!
retail price - $22.95     copacetic price - $19.75

Esperanza: A Love and Rockets Book
by Jaime Hernandez
This 248-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover is the fifth volume of Locas stories by Jaime Hernandez; and the eighth overall, the other three collecting Gilbert's Palomar stories.  Esperanza
picks up where 2010’s Penny Century collection left off in collecting the  the stories from the second volume of Love and Rockets – the comic book size series that ran from 2000 through 2007.  Together, the two volumes collect everything Locas up through #19, the second to last issue of the series (#20, the last issue, presents the full color story that originally ran in the New York Times, along with a second off-format story of Maggie's childhood, neither of which would work in this volume; completists take note).  Page after page of immortal classics fill this essential volume.  We know that all true believers already own the original issues, but, for all the rest of you:  It really doesn't get any better than Love and Rockets.  Really.
retail price - $18.99  copacetic price - $15.00

Zoo in WInterA Zoo in Winter
by Jiro Taniguchi
Fans of Taniguchi's singular work, from the now-out-of-print Walking Man (which the cover image at left meaningfully evokes) to his ongoing Summit of the Gods, can now rejoice with the release of this new hardcover release (which is, amazingly, priced less than his last few softcover releases!).  Originally released fairly recently (2008) in Japan, A Zoo in WInter's 231 pages amply display Tanuguchi's mature skills as he combines all of his interests - meditative scenes of walking outdoors, detailed urban landscapes, animals and snow, all in the service of a complex, deftly constructed narrative involving the intricacies of the human heart.  The story is an autobiographical roman á clef recounting Taniguchi's early years, beginning in the winter of 1966, at the point when he had recently moved to Kyoto to follow his dream of being a textile designer.  Events there lead to him taking up a friend's invitation to move to Tokyo to work as a mangaka assistant... but we don't want to give too much away here!  And as always with Taniguchi, that's just one layer of the complex weavings of the story, there's plenty more going on, in this skillfully rendered and deftly paced memoir.  An excellent and valuable counter example to Tatsumi's widely heralded manga memoir, A Drifting Life.  Recommended!
retail price - $23.00  copacetic price - $21.75

DRThe Death-Ray
by Daniel Clowes
2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award Winner, Daniel Clowes originally wrote and drew this work a few years back for what remains the last issue (#23) of his epoch-making comics book series, Eightball.  Here in this laminated, oversize, full color hardcover edition from Drawn & Quarterly it is represented in a "revised" version.  We have not yet had the opportunity to do a page by page comparison between the two versions of the story (sadly due to our inability to locate our copy of the issue of Eightball in question), but are confident that the story will continue to pack the same wallop that it did back when it first appeared – especially to those readers who are encountering it here for the first time.  We remember well when Clowes first announced that he was working on "a superhero story set in the 1970s" and he stated that his doing so was "a sure sign that I have lost my mind" (or something along those lines).  Yet, for all that, when it arrived on the stands, it was another Certified Clowes Classic™.  And here it is again for all those who weren't there the first time around – and for those who were, as well.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

BAC2011The Best American Comics 2011
edited by Alison Bechdel
This year's volume gets off to a good start with Bechdel's own illustrated introduction wherein, in addition to introducing the work that follows she meanders autobiographically and waxes philosophical in and about comics.  It must mean something that this year's volume is the first in which there was a substantial amount of work that we here at Copacetic were not previously familiar with.  It seems that we can no longer keep up with all the deserving work out there.  As it doesn't feel like we're reading any less, the only conclusion to draw is that there's even more good work out there than we can keep up with.  A good sign, indeed!  The contributor list includes the essential work by those key artists whose work over the past year it is the first and foremost responsibility annual "best of" collection to present: Jaime Hernandez, Chris Ware, Joe Sacco, three of the best cartoonists of our times, did some of the best work of their career over the past year, and it is duly represented by excerpts here.  Dash Shaw's Bodyworld also receives a massive excerpt here (second in length only to Sacco's), and there are about a half dozen additional excerpts, most notably from Kevin Huizenga, Jeff Smith and Ken Dahl.  Then there are the short pieces, from all over, many of which – for the first time, as we noted – were new to us.  Included under this category are David Lasky and Mairead Case's "Soixante Neuf," Michael DeForge's "Queen," (how did we miss this one?), cover artist Jillian Tamaki's "Domestic Men of Mystery," Eric Orner's "Weekends Abroad" and Angie Wang's sumptuous "Flower Mecha."  Other great short pieces that we had already read and were glad to see here, include stories by Gabrielle Bell, John Pham, Joey Alison Sayers (from Papercutter, our favorite comic book anthology series), Noah Van Sciver, the webcomics sensation Kate Beaton and Paul Pope.  And we can't leave without mentioning the six-page "Anatomy of a Pratfall" by Peter and Maria Hoey from their self-published comic book series, Coin-Op.  This is a strongly Joost Swarte-inflected piece that would have been at home in Raw Magazine back in the day; it also reminds us, in its complexity, of some of Michel Gondry's more adventurous music videos.  We weren't hep to Coin-Op before reading this year's Best American.  Now we are; that's the idea.

retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.75

Hark! A Vagrant

by Kate Beaton

Beaton's phenomenally popular webcomic series gets the deluxe Drawn & Quarterly treatment in this 166 page hardcover volume.  Beaton had previously self-published a chunk of earlier strips in Never Learn Anything from History, but this volume is quite an improvement both production quality-wise and value-wise.  The Nova Scotian Beaton gives history and literature (as well as popular culture of various eras) a fun, and feminist (post-feminist?), spin by situating it squarely in contemporary internet-connected consciousness and letting it rip.  Worlds collide as traditional linear temporality collapses in on itself when we project ourselves into the past and claim history for the present; and it's all good.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Lucey!The Best of Harry Lucey, Volume One
by Harry Lucey; introduction by (the one and only) Jaime Hernandez
This is a big fun book full of classic comics by one of the best.  Suitable for all ages, these comics can be appreciated on every level imaginable, by everyone who enjoys comics – from casual readers to connoisseurs. 
We'd like to nominate this book as the single most overdue volume in the history of comics.  It may not win, but it will certainly be a contender.  If there is one single artist that comics readers need to increase their consciousness of, it's Harry Lucey.  Any comic book reader over forty is almost certainly already familiar with Lucey's work as he pencilled hundreds of stories for Archie Comics, including the majority of its flagship title for fifteen years.  While this volume does not come close to presenting "The Best" of Lucey's work, the fact that it is subtitled "Volume One" fills us with hope that, when taken together with an ever expanding series of subsequent volumes, it will ultimately live up to it's title; but every single Harry Lucey story is worth reading, and can be considered among the best there is, so we don't hesitate to recommend this to one and all.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.75

by Gahan Wilson; introduction by (none other than) Gary Groth
Back in the day at the shop that was the precursor to The Copacetic Comics Company there was a book that was always out on the shelves bearing the label, "Funniest Book at BEM."  That book was the original Nuts collection that was published way back in 1979, and has been long out of print.  Now, thanks to the fine folks at Fantagraphics (aka Gary Groth and Kim Thompson) we now have this, the finest distillation of childhood angst, anxiety, fear, pain, suffering, disappointment, disillusion, fleeting joys, idle pleasures, and just about any other childhood emotion you can lay your finger on and draw, back in print in a hardcover "complete" collection.  Nuts originally ran in the glory days of National Lampoon.  We respectfully request that anyone not familiar with this work do themselves the favor of checking out this PDF preview
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

FreddyFreddy Stories
by Melissa Mendes
And while on the subject of comics about childhood, Ms. Mendes has, with Freddy Stories, produced a collection of vignettes of life as seen and experienced from a child's perspective which are simply spot on, and demonstrate an abundance of sympathy for the condition of child consciousness.  Accurately recreating a child's state of mind and world view is especially difficult to manage in any medium, but comics' formal qualities have seemed to have provided creators with a toolkit well adapted for exactly this job.  Even so, the vast majority of comics deptictions of childhood are mawkish, simpering, sentimental and just plain wrong.  Here, in what is – sadly – one of the last books that will be funded by the Xeric Foundation, Center for Cartoon Studies graduate Melissa Mendes gets it right, and has produced a work that truly captures one of the most elusive of artistic subjects – the child mind.  See what we're talking by taking a look at this excerpt of the first few pages.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $9.00

Anya's Ghost

by Vera Brosgol
Here's a great new graphic novel in the vein of Hope Larson that will be especially appreciated by girls in the first half of their teen years (11 - 15).  Brosgol is a native of Russia who moved to the US as a child and has spent most of her life here; and from the quality of the work on display in Anya's Ghost, we'd say that she has devoted quite a bit of her life to drawing.  She holds a degree in Classical Animation (who knew there even was such a degree?) and is a professional storyboarder.  While she has previously contributed to the annual Flight anthology, this is her first book length work, and it's well work checking out.  Weighing in at 221 pages printed in black and white and shades of mauve(?), this book is an impressive work that will provide a memorable reading experience.
softcover - retail price - $15.99  copacetic price - $14.75
hardcover - retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Nursery Rhyme Comics
edited by Chris Duffy
This 115 page, full-size, full color collection of 50 "timeless rhymes" includes all the favorites and then some.  What makes this one different?  What makes it stand out from the crowd?  What makes it mind-bogglingly amazing?  The list of artists who created the 50 works that fill this volumedoes, that's what.  It is practically a "who's who" of contemporary cartoonists that stretches around the block.  We're only going to give you a baker's dozen here, just to whet your appetite:  Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez (each contributing their own comics nursery rhyme), Theo Ellsworth, James Sturm, Jordan Crane, Eleanor Davis, Patrick McDonnell, Kate Beaton, Craig Thompson, Lilli Carré, Tony Millionaire, Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson... we think you get the idea. This is pretty much a guaranteed gift success story if a comics fan is involved in any capacity:  whether you're giving or getting, this one has it all.  And it is practically a Platonic ideal as a gift designed to sprout a love of comics in a new reader.          
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77


The Raven

by Lou Reed & Lorenzo Mattotti (and Edgar Allan Poe)
Lorenzo Mattotti!
Lou Reed!! 
Edgar Allan Poe!!!
The Raven!!!! 
Check it out in this sumptous PDF preview.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00


Pure Pajamas
by Marc Bell
There's a little bit of everything and something for everyone in this fulsome, full-size hardcover volume that collects odds and ends from the last ten years of Mr. Bell's illustrious Canadian comics career, in both black and white and full color.  Bell's comics strongly evoke the glory days of R. Crumb's early psychedelic comics as well as those of fellow Canadians Julie Doucet and Chester Brown.  But the comparisons stop there, as Bell's work is a wholly original synthesis of these sources and much more.  Anyone not already familiar with Marc's work should take a gander at some of his work here.  All the rest of us already know it's the cat's pajamas.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00

Reid!Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman
by David Boswell
A classic that is at one with both the form and the milieu of comics, Reid Fleming, The World's Toughest Milkman is a sui generis masterwork that belongs in every library.  When Reid Fleming first arrived on the scene, lo these thirty years ago (thirty years? how is that possible!?!), it existed at the cusp of the waning underground comix scene and the nascent direct market for alternative comics that was just starting to gain some traction.  It was just right there at the crossroads; if any comic book can be said to capture that moment, it's that first issue.  With Reid Fleming, David Boswell created a cartoon archetype that served – and continues to serve – as an anger fueled eulogy for the vanished world embodied by the figure of the milkman.  This massive hardcover volume collects the initial 1980 stand alone comic book – which was all that there was for the first five years of his existence, and that really says something about the character's staying power – along with what is arguably Boswell's masterpiece, Heartbreak Comics, which, naturally, stars Reid Fleming, and then the entirety of the Reid Fleming mini-series published by Eclipse Comics in the late '80s.  224 pages in all!  And there is a second volume in the works which will collect the remainder.  So, rejoice!
retail price - $29.95   copacetic price - $27.50

CBVThe Cardboard Valise
by Ben Katchor
Sound the trumpets and roll out the red carpet:  a new and long-awaited work – the first in almost eight years! – by MacArthur genius grant award-winning cartoonist, Ben Katchor is now on the Copacetic shelves.  Don your tux and come on down to participate in the gala unveiling of this hardcover volume that comes equipped with its own set of cardboard handles that make for both a witty Duchampian visual pun and an extension of Katchor's own aesthetic technique.  Despite his long absence form the realm of book publication, Katchor has not ceased
producing his deeply personal weekly strips that employ his patented combination of brusquely penned ink-lines and lushly brushed ink-washes, and The Cardboard Valise is simply the fruition of one of these.  Katchor's work has as its aim to combat the alienating tendencies of contemporary urban life.  Towards this end, he has developed a strategy of defamiliarizing the urban environment by projecting our quotidian surroundings through a psychological medium – one that engages comics' combination of image and text to guide and mutually reinforce readers' perceptions – to filter out the incessant demands placed on us by the interfering objects of capitalist consumerism that incessantly obscure the true nature of our own creations.  This provides his readers with an unobstructed view that reveals the heretofore hidden humanity that fills our surroundings to overflowing but which we had been prevented from previously grasping.  Paradoxically, these newly revealed vistas appear at first  unfamiliar and strange – everything seems slightly off-kilter: where are we, exactly?  It is only gradually, after long immersion in Katchor's world, that their meaning and significance becomes clear, and we are able, however fleetingly, to enter into communion with our own artifice.  Those interested in obtaining some specifics as to how this is realized in The Cardboard Valise are hereby reffered to Sean T. Collins's review at the new and improved Comics Journal, here; while those who just can't wait to get their hands on it, can plunge right in and start reading it now, here.
tail price - $25.95  copacetic price - $23.75

by Winshluss
In this massive, deluxe, 188 page, full color hardcover, the classic tale of Pinocchio, originally penned by Carlo Collodi towards the close of the 19th century, gets a 21st century makeover; which, we hasten to add, renders it unsuitable for children.  Winner of the 2009 Angoulême best book of the year prize it
is now published in English for the first time by Last Gasp in the US and Knockabout in the UK.  In the wake of its success, its creator, Winshluss (the pen name of French cartoonist, Vincent Paronnaud) has won many converts.  We now refer you to Ben Towle's infectiously enthusiastic write up that does its best to add you to their ranks.  Replete with illustrations and links, Towle does his best to convince you of this book's merits, which are many and various.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $26.95

Mr DLife with Mr. Dangerous
by Paul Hornschemeier
When it comes to artfully integrating book design into the form of a graphic novel in such a way as to enhance the expression of its content, Mr. Hornschemeier has few peers.  To our mind, only Clowes, Ware and Seth have been as successful in this department*, and it bears remarking that there seems to be a bit of trend in effect among these design-oriented comics craftsmen as the latest work by each of these three creators shares with Hornschemier's a strong biographical focus on the protagonist.  Wilson, Lint and George Sprott each present their eponymous protagonist's life story**, and
Life with Mr. Dangerous is solidly centered on its female protagonist, Amy Breis.  While, Mr. D shares many formal qualities with these works, it should not be seen as being derived from them as it has been under construction in MOME since 2005.  It is clearly an original work rather than a pastiche, and is unique in several respects.  First of all, Hornschemeier has clearly striven to create and maintain a woman's perspective throughout the diegesis of Life with Mr. D.  Secondly, in keeping with his relative youthfulness, his protagonist is squarely in her mid-twenties, and stays there for the duration.  Most of all, as we intimated at the outset, Life with Mr. Dangerous is a gift to biblio-æsthetes everywhere, as each line, letter and color on every surface from front to back of this hardcover edition has been thoughtfully designed, elegantly composed and carefully executed.  Not everyone will agree with every design decision he has made, but there is no arguing the the high level of craft on display here at each turn of the page, solidly bolstering this tale of a woman in her mid-twenties struggling to come into her own, accompanied by her mother, a cat, and the ongoing television adventures of "Mr. Dangerous."  *(although, as always, we have to credit Crumb for introducing this level of craft consciousness to the medium) **(It is additionally worth noting that Clowes's immediately previous work is the ironically titled, Mr. Wonderful, initially serialized in the NY Times.) 
retail price - $22.00  copacetic price - $20.00

by Yuichi Yokoyama
Yokoyama's newest – and longest, weighing in at 319 pages – work to be translated into English is now on our shelves.  Readers of Yokoyama's previous mind altering works, New Engineering and Travel, know what to expect:  monomaniacal manga
rife with lucid layouts, novel narratives, power-packed pen & ink, revelatory riffs and spectacular sound effects that taken together add up to a new way of seeing the world presented as only comics can.  Garden presents a group of Yokoyama-oids as they work their way into a "garden" that has been metamorphosized and is more technology than nature.  In doing so, Yokoyama holds up a transformational mirror that forces us to confront our preconceived notions of the natural world; from PictureBox, of course.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.75

CongressCongress of the Animals
by Jim Woodring
An all-new wordless graphic novel featuring Frank.  This 104 page hardcover is in the same format as 2009's Weathercraft, which was, in 2010, the first ever wordless novel to receive The Stranger Genius Award for literature.  Congress of the Animals takes long time readers (and everyone else, for that matter) into uncharted territory when Frank departs the realm of The Unifactor, "the closed system of moral algebra into which he was born" and which controlled his existence... until now!  This new work
propels Frank into a new world where he meets Quacky and sails on through a series of enigmatic scenarios that we feel comfortable labeling "Woodringian."  All lushly penned in ink employing Woodring's inimitable cartoon language, this book is a work that will reward repeated readings.  Bonus Fact:  Congress of Animals has a great full wraparound image printed directly on the hardcover itself that is a real treat (and that far surpasses the dustjacket image printed at left).
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

I will bite you
I Will Bite You
by Joseph Lambert
This Vermont resident (native?) has been quietly building an impressive body of hard-to-get-a-hold-of self-published works that are now, at last, herein collected in a single volume published by the fine folks at Secret Acres.  A Center for Cartoon Studies alum, Lambert has developed a strong, recognizable style.  He is not, however, content to play the same song over and over.  Rather, he has put his chops in the service of a restless intelligence and has produced so far a nice batch of formal and thematic explorations that will reward engaged comics readers everywhere.  Take a gander at his online comics work, here. 128 pages • 2-color throughout, except for 1 full-color signature.  Recommended.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

21"21":  The Story of Roberto Clemente
by Wilfred Santiago
The legendary Pittsburgh Pirate herein receives a respectful, full-length comics biography from the pen of fellow Puerto Rican, Wilfred Santiago.  Clemente was one of the all time baseball greats – perhaps the greatest Pirate after Honus Wagner – and was the first Latino to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but, as this work amply demonstrates, Clemente was more than just a baseball player.  He was a man with a big heart, who understood well Spider-Man's dictum that responsibility is a necessary accompaniment to power, fame and wealth, and thus his life story is an instructive tonic for our times, so pervaded as they are by selfishness and greed.  Santiago's work here rises to the occasion and, perhaps motivated by Clemente's example, reaches a clear career high.  Get an idea of what we're talking about with this PDF preview.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $20.00

Finder 1The Finder Library, Volume 1
by Carla Speed McNeil
OK:  any reader who enjoys both world-building science fiction and comics who has yet to experience the wonder that is Carla Speed McNeil's Finder should simply stop reading this now and go out and buy this 664 page mega-collection that collects the first 22 issues of this long running series.  These works were originally collected in four volumes – Sin-Eater 1 & 2, King of the Cats and Talisman – with a combined price of $69.80 and that was a great value, so, basically, this new volume is practically giving it away!  Do yourself a favor and head on over to this page, where you can learn more and read a 28-page excerpt from the early pages of this book that reveals a clear Dave Sim influence.  McNeil's work has constantly evolved over the years since the inception of Finder in 1996. McNeil has developed her own clear comics voice; she has absorbed a wide array of techniques and styles
that will be familiar to readers of Joe Sacco, Gilbert Hernandez, and Alison Bechdel.  And then there are the characters!  The series is anchored by a female-friendly (he'd better be, considering he was created by a woman) bad boy.  As it develops, he is brought into contact with a a wide array of fully formed characters that successfully combine realism and fantasy in delivering to the reader an intriguing host of aliens, humans, half-breeds and mutants. 
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.75

by Jim Ottaviani & Leland Myrick; coloring by Hilary Sycamore
Long the foremost popularizer of science in comics, Jim Ottaviani has here teamed up with the artist illustrator Leland Myrick – who is probably best known for his graphic novel, Missouri Boy, also published by First Second – and colorist Hilary Sycamore to present the story of the life and work of the Nobel-Prize winning physicist, Richard P. Feynman, in this 162 page full color, hardcover graphic biography.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $27.50

Tank Tankuro

Tank Tankuro

by Gajo Sakamoto
In releasing what they hope will be the first of an ongoing series of collections of unseen-in-the-west, pre-WWII manga,
publisher Press Pop has pulled out all the stops and released a super-deluxe, slip-covered, 256-page volume designed by Chris Ware which reproduces these never-before-published-in-America foundational manga classics employing a printing process that preserves their original 1935 duo-tone form.  Visit for an eight-page preview introduced by Dan Nadel and Press Pop president, Yasutaka Minegishi.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $27.50

crimeSimon & Kirby Crime
by Jack Kirby; w/ Joe Simon
Kirby fans (and everyone else, for that matter), hold onto your hats!  Kirby's work here is the most dynamic and powerful work of the first half of his career, the
two decades prior to his launching the Marvel Age of Comics – some might even say – of his entire career– and will knock your socks off!  Clear your mind of any preconceptions and prepare yourself for the dynamic action of Headline Comics, Justice Traps the Guilty and more.  While certainly not complete, Simon & Kirby Crime provides a very healthy portion of the classic crime comics produced by Jack Kirby with Joe Simon from 1947 through 1955.  These are great stories with art that really puts you back in the day, providing an uncanny sense of the seamy side of post-WWII life.  But most of all, it is the amazing daring of Kirby's art here that will impress.  The level of pure formal abstraction, the way he breaks down pages – splashes (and double-page splashes) as well as his riffs on the standard six-panel grid – and, especially, what he manages to accomplish within each panel – the incredible bravura compositions and black placements that are at times so intense as to seem to almost prefigure Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell – this is what astonishes.   Really, they're that good.  Do yourself a favor and get your mitts on this one.
tail price - $49.95  copacetic price - $44.44

KIRBYThe Jack Kirby Omnibus, Volume One
by Jack Kirby (of course); intro by Mark Evanier
As much as it pains us to endorse a work published by the corporate behemoth that is Time-Warner, this book is simply too good to pass by.  Perhaps the only one able to follow the genius of the Hernandez brothers without seeming puny by comparison, Jack Kirby was a juggernaut of creativity unsurpassed in the annals of art, and this volume presents a great selection of his work, much of which has not been available since its original publication over fifty years ago.  With the exception of eight pages of work culled from the pages of issues of Real Fact Comics that were released in the late 1940s, the entirety of the work in this 300 page hardcover volume are from the year's 1957, 1958 and 1959; in other words, the years immediately preceding those in which Kirby (with the able assist of Stan Lee & Co.) remade the world of comics forever:  The Marvel Age (aka the 1960s).  The production on this volume is surprisingly good, with Digikore and Harry Mendryk doing a great job of reconstructing the original art and colors, all of which are smartly printed in the state of Kentucky right here in the USA, on flat, clean newsprint of low-reflectivity, that, taken together, makes for a reading experience that is as close to reading the original comics as one could have any reason to hope for. 
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $44.44

PSmagP*S Magazine:  The Best of The Preventive Maintenance Monthly
by Will Eisner
It is rare indeed when our opinion completely agrees with that of publisher provided cover hype, but in this case it does.  The material that Will Eisner produced over a period of 20 years (!!!) for P*S Magazine is indeed, "the missing link between The Spirit and A Contract with God" as the cover states.  The work contained in this 272 page hardcover volume has the highest ratio of critical importance : critical awareness of any work we can think of.  It represents the single largest unified body of work of one of the most admired creators in the history of comics, yet very few have read much – if any – of it.  Now, thanks to Denis Kitchen, Ann Eisner, Eddie Campbell and Abrams ComicArts, we all have the opportunity to rectify this out-of-kilter relationship between material and critical appreciation.  Eisner spent twenty years focusing on creating clear concise communicative comics for the United States military.  Surely this is a factor that contributed to his development as an artist and the evolution of his mature style.  Both forcing him to hone his cartooning skills to meet the demands of the assignment and in holding back his own personal artistic goals for so long that they burst forth so spectacularly in his later years. 
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75

TOthSetting the Standard
by Alex Toth
edited by Greg Sadowski
WOW!  It's a dream come true for long suffering fans of the work of Alex Toth:  over 370 pages of full color comics all scanned directly  from the original 1950s comics published under the banner of Standard Comics in Toth's glory days of 1952 through 1954; and not only that, this 432 page softcover includes a heavily illustrated 30-page vintage interview with Toth from 1968; and, that's not all – there are also fourteen pages of notes by editor Sadowski (who, we must add, is also responsible for this volume's knock-out design and production) plus full color scans of the original black and white artwork for two complete stories (as well as a stray page or two)!  While this book is a total no-brainer for all Toth initiates, we feel confident, despite it's relatively hefty price tag, in unreservedly recommending this volume to any student, practitioner and/or aficionado of comics:  Toth is one of the few great masters of the comic book story, and Setting the Standard is – by far – the single best collection of his comic book work ever published. 
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00

Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth
by Bruce Canwell and Dean Mullaney
Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth is the first of a three-book set (!!!) that is quite likely to be the definitive statement on one of the most talented and influential artists in the history of comics.  Produced by the Eisner Award-winning team of Dean Mullaney and Bruce Canwell—who produced the amazing Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel SicklesGenius, Isolated is a massive tome packed with both classics and rarities that will have true believers poring over every page.  The scrupulously well-reproduced work is interwoven with what promises to be the first in-depth biography of this unparalleled comics master. Of critical importance is the fact that this book has been written as well as compiled with complete access to the family archives, and with the full cooperation of Toth's children.  Prepare to be wowed!
retail price - $49.95  copacetic price - $44.44


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PKD-EThe Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
by Philip K. Dick; edited by Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem
Philip Dick had a very certain kind of mind.  You either relate to him or you don't.  It was a mind that turned ever increasingly in on itself during a lengthy career that began in 1954 with turning out science fiction stories and novels at a frantic pace and ending with a sort of quasi-relgious mysticism attempting to ground itself in hard science. 
To say Dick lived life on the edge is putting it mildly, and in February and March of 1974 he experienced a multi-episode revelation that changed the course of his life for its remaining eight years, and The Exegesis is, more or less, his attempt to understand it.  The Exegesis is an investigation of the process of thought itself and so involves being self-aware and self-watching as the investigation proceeds knowing that the investigation ultimately transpires in the mind and so must itself be investigated at the same time that it proceeds.  Dick believed that it is precisely this delicate oroborosian, mobius strip highwire balancing act of consciousness watching itself which germinates the seed of discovery.  It is fascinating and frustrating in equal measure as Dick spent years pouring his thoughts out onto thousands upon thousands of pages (the introduction states that the unedited total length of The Exegesis is an estimated two million words).  Thus what we have in this published volume is only a sampling of the whole, but it is a sampling that is the result of (thirty!) years of work by the people best suited for the job, and so brings you, the reader, the best possible version that could be presented in under 1000 pages.  Hardy souls, prepare to venture forth!
retail price - $40.00  copacetic price - $35.00

ecstasyThe Ecstasy of Influence
by Jonathan Lethem
Lethem is alone among contemporary novelists in his devotion to writing long form essays and short form reviews that bring the full force of both his critical acumen and his phosphorescent prose stylings to bear on subjects that other writers of his stature might feel compelled to shed having at last reached the Empyrean heights of world class fame and critical renown that
a MacArthur prize-winning author such has Lethem has now reached.  But no!  Lethem remains ever true to his roots, and is the champion of the importance and lasting value of an intelligent American popular culture rooted in arts and literatures of all stripes, including comics and science fiction (foremost among which might be his devotion to Philip K. Dick; see immediately above), movies and music, novels and paintings, and more.  The Ecstasy of Influence is the collection of these writings that we've all been waiting for.  Seventy-nine engaging pieces of sterling prose celebrating culture and the individual's identity-forming interactions with it that will leave every one of its readers wiser and more self-aware.  
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $25.00


Add Toner

by Aaron Cometbus
And while we're talking about champions of a culture of the people and for the people, few have more street cred in this regard than Aaron Cometbus.  A sequel of sorts to his perennial collection, Despite EverythingAdd Toner picks up where that volume left off and collects the "highlights" (according to Aaron's introductory essay) of Cometbus issues #44 through #48 – which must be close to everything, as it's 368 pages.  It also contains, an addendum, "8 Out of 10 Days," which is "a conglomeration of books, that for one reason or another were never released," complete with an all new essay contextualizing them.
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $11.00

WOWe Others: New and Selected Stories
by Steven Millhauser
Long-time Copacetic customers are well aware of how highly esteemed Mr. Millhauser is within our walls.  Millhauser has painstakingly crafted a voice in writing, an approach to the material, and a fictional method that combined to create a new and potent force in literature that has produced truly remarkable works that have definitely shaped the post-'60s literature since first dawning in the 1972 novel Edwin Mullhouse.  Here we have seven new stories together with selections from four of his previously published story collections that we have been persistently touting here for the past decade.  We would like to assure anyone reading this who has yet to succumb to our persuasions that this fine volume will provide an excellent entry point to one of the most singular, pleasurable and uncanny bodies of work they are likely to ever come across.  Long-time readers of Millhauser will, of course, perhaps feel a slight irritation at having to buy stories they already own, but this irritation will pass away within moments of opening the pages of this book, replaced by thankfulness and wonder.
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $25.00



by Haruki Murakami
Yes, the "big book" of the year is here... and everywhere else, we know.  But we're not going to let that stop us from putting it out on the new arrivals table here at Copacetic.  The reviews are pouring in at such a torrential pace that we suspect that before all is said and done their combined word count will surpass even that of the novel itself, which is Murakami's most substantial yet, with the US edition clocking in at whoppin' 925 pages.  If you're looking for a book to get you through the long cold winter ahead, this may very well be your ticket.
retail price - $30.50  copacetic price - $25.00

AAThe Authentic Animal:
Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy
by Dave Madden
Ever find yourself wondering what possessed people to skin and stuff animals and then mount them on their walls or build dioramas based around them and install them in giant glass cases in museums?  Well, wonder no more!  University of Alabama professor and Copacetic customer Dave Madden has spent the last several years of his life putting together a book that answers this very question.  Beginning with the "father of modern taxidermy," Carl Akeley, who created the Akeley Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, Madden continues on a journey that brings him to the World Taxidermy Championships, a taxidermy academy, the garage workshops of taxidermy enthusiasts and many other taxidermy-related locales, as he spares no expense (affordable by someone living on a professor's salary) to bring his readers this "thought-provoking blend of history, biology and philosophy." 
retail price - $26.99  copacetic price - $25.00

HeatwavesHeat Waves in a Swamp:  The Paintings of Charles Burchfield
edited by
Cynthia Burlingham and Robert Gober
Charles Burchfield is an artist whom Copacetic customers, as a population, have a strong likelihood of connecting with.  He spent a fifty-year career – first in his native Ohio, after studying at the Cleveland Institue of Art, and then in upstate New York – forging a startlingly original visual language.  Working primarily in watercolors, Burchfield picked up where Van Gogh left off in creating artworks that manage to visually communicate non-visual perceptions.  Heat Waves In a Swamp is the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Hammer in LA, the Whitney in NYC and the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY in 2009 and 2010 that was put together by independent curator, Robert Gober along with the Hammer's Cynthia Burlingham.  This 184 page hardcover is edited by Burlingham and Gober, who both contribute essays along with a host of other Burchfield scholars that together work to heighten our appreciation and understanding of the artist and his work.  And, it is, of course, the sterling reproductions of Burchfield's works that are the feature attraction here. The selection and its presentation are both excellent.  One of the standout features of this catalogue is its inclusion of never before published notes and sketches taken from the voluminous Burchfield archives housed at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.  This catalogue is far and away the best single-volume introduction to Burchfield currently available and we heartily encourage all to explore the wonders within – especially practicing artists, comics and otherwise, who stand the most to gain.  Meanwhile, take a moment to explore a sample of his wide-ranging work online.
retail price - $49.95   copacetic price - $44.44

monkeyMonkey Portraits
by Jill Greenberg
What is there to say about a book like this?  You either get it, or you don't. Here at Copacetic, we feel that it would behoove one and all to get it, so, as a result of a special purchase, we're doing what we can to help by offering Monkey Portraits at 2/3 off its original price.   Looking at these full blown studio portraits of our fellow primates will open your eyes to the human condition in more ways than one; they're really quite
amazing. This hardcover collection of photographs documenting approximately two dozen species, with a special focus on orangutans – now evidently considered our closest relation, with their DNA having been shown through complete sequencing to be slightly closer to that of humans than that of chimpanzees, who were previously thought to be our closest kin – is quite well produced and the reproduction of the images are of uniformly excellent quality, providing you with a look at these simian souls which is of a different category altogether from that which you get at a zoo or even a wildlife preserve.  Our sole complaint about it is that the captions that accompany the photos are unnecessary and risk trivializing the images themselves, which are quite potent enough to stand on their own without any textual assistance. Thus, to most completely reap the rewards that this amazing collection of images provides, it is best to simply ignore the captions entirely and focus on the faces, which are eloquent enough.
retail price - $24.95   copacetic special price - $11.77

and speaking of more for less...

Here's a list of our under five dollar fiction -- ALL NEW!

and then there's this:

Dover Thrift Editions (in store only)
THE choice for anyone wanting to give the gift of classical learning for less.  We may be the last place in Pittsburgh where you can get these budget beacons of culture. From  Buddha and Confucius to Plato and Aristotle; from St. Augustine and St. John of the Crtoss to Emerson and Thoreau; from Austen and Dickens to Melville and Hawthorne; from Shakespeare to Blake to T.S. Eliot and so much more – all priced from as little as $1.00 (for, say, Hamlet) to, at most, $5.00 (for, say, Moby Dick).  Check out our (sadly, not up to date*) list, HERE, to get an idea of what you can choose from. *(
some are gone, but new, unlisted titles more than make up for the deletions)


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GW newThe Harrow & the Harvest
by Gillian Welch
Gillian Welch and her long time musical cohort, David Rawlings are back at last with their first new record since 2003's Soul Journey.  We've only had the chance to give this one listen so far, but we look forward to a long summer of replays and feel safe in saying it's going to fit quite comfortably along with the rest of their catalogue of works and that we'll be enjoying it for years to come.  In other words:  it's been worth the wait.  Catch up with Gillian and Dave as they talk about the creation of this record and more in this piece from American Songwriter.
retail price - $15.98  copacetic price - $13.75

Oud MusicOud Music for Snake Handlers (CD)
by Tom Moran
Can it be?  An all new full length CD by the one and only Tom Moran?  Yes!  Years in the making, Oud Music is exactly what the title states it is, and lets listeners in on the not-so-secret world of oud music that Mr. Moran has been inhabiting for quite a few years now.  One of the most adept stringed-instrument players around, he has more than mastered oud playing; an accomplished
luthier, he also designs and builds ouds, for himself and others.  He has, in fact, become the go-to-guy for local and touring belly-dancers in and travelling to Pittsburgh from the world over, an example of which can be found here.
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $12.00

TWBPaley & Francis (CD)
by Reid Paley and "Black Francis" (aka "Frank Black")
They Still Do Make 'Em Like They Used To Department: Exhibit B – Here it is:  Long time friends and collaborators Reid Paley and Frank Black/"Black Francis" have finally released a joint CD of solid senders.   Each of the pair has contributed half of the songs, and they are sequenced in strict alternating order, starting with Francis and ending with Paley.  The entire record has a great old school mix that allows all the performances – including those of the legendary Spooner Oldham, on a variety of acoustic and electric keyboards, on all tracks – to come through crisply and in complement with one another in a way that really enhances the listening experience.  The artistry in everyone's playing is evident while still clearly in service of the songs.
retail price - $15.98  copacetic price - $13.75

Proper Box 93: King LouisProper Box 93: Louis Armstrong - King Louis
99 Tracks of absolute greatness.  This is the music that defines the twentieth century, that once and for all distinguished the unique and original culture of The New World from that of its Old World forebears.  Louis Armstrong changed the face of music and the music he created changed history.  His career is
nothing short of miraculous.  No self-respecting American can be ignorant of the music contained on this set: it's the real declaration of independence.  Finally, this music gets the Proper Box treatment:  Five hours of music on four discs, each enclosed in their own LP-style jacket, accompanied by an informative 40-page illustrated booklet, all packed in a stylish, compact box for the copacetic price of only $29.75! 

You really should know all your options before making up your mind, however, so be sure to check out the rest of the Proper Boxes, where you'll find the best music, in the best package, at the best price.  Over 140 amazing boxes to choose from!

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Here are a few suggestions from among recent additions to the Criterion Collection:

vigoThe Complete Jean Vigo
Á Propos de Nice, Zéro de Conduite, L'Atlante, Taris – these era-defining classics of the 1930s are all here, along with a second disc bursting with bonuses. 
retail price - $39.98  copacetic price - $35.00

Still Walking

by Hirokazu Kore-eda
The latest by Ozu's heir apparent, the master of nuance and subtley, Kore-Eda, who here approaches the delicate mechanisms of the mysterious and all-encompassing "family dynamic" and nails it.
retail price - $29.98  copacetic price - $25.00

directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi
This is a true wonder.  A weird and one-of-a-kind film that is equal parts Hitchcock's Marnie and 1960s animé, and that is a bridge to future avant garde films, especially those of Guy Maddin, who had to have seen this during his formative years.House

tail price - $29.98  copacetic price - $25.00

The Darjeeling Limited

by Wes Anderson
The DL gets the Criterion treatment, with a disc full of bonuses including a behind-the-scenes documentary, extra on-set footage, a video essay, audition footage, deleted scenes and alternate takes!
retail price - $29.98  copacetic price - $25.00

gifts for less: our massive SALE selection of classic DVDs (in store only)
We have ranged far and wide over the past year to bring our customers the biggest and best selection of bargain priced DVDs in the history of the store:  we currently have in stock over 150 different movies that are all priced at $5.99
@ or 2/$9.98.  There are TONS of classics here!  CHECK OUT THIS (far from complete) LISTALL these great films – and more – are now on sale (in, need we add, limited quantities) for the amazing copacetic price of  $5.99@ or 2/$9.98!


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Crazy Deals

Gary Panter (The Book)Gary Panter (The Book)
Foreword by Mike Kelley. Text by Robert Storr, Doug Harvey, Edwin Pouncey, Richard Gehr, Dan Nadel, Karrie Jacobs, Byron Coley
Yes, you're right:  this one is a holdover from last year's catalogue; this is just such a great value on such a great book, that we can't help but feel morally obliged to offer it again this year as there are plenty of people out there who would be bowled over to receive this and it is just so affordable at this price – even lower than last year's!  While we certainly had some sympathy for those who felt that this amazing volume was simply too dear, there's no longer any excuse not to own this stunning two-volume box set.  The definitive career-spanning collection of the one and only Gary Panter is now available for a price so low that the mind simply boggles.  Now's your chance to experience the first and foremost fomenter of the fine-art/comics nexus in all his glory in this massive, oversized, two-volume hardcover – over 700 10" x 12" (and 12" x 10", as one volume is horizontally formatted) pages weighing in at over ten pounds! – for less than the price of a standard Marvel or DC trade collection. This book is so well designed that it is practically a work of art in itself!  And, needless to say, as a gift, this will impress the pants off just about anyone.
retail price - $95.00  copacetic crazy deal price - $25.00


Can't make up your mind?  Afraid they might already have it?  Not to worry, we offer a full complement of deluxe instore gift certificates:  currently available in $10, $20, $25, $50 & $100 denominations...

and, now, finally:  online gift certificates that can be redeemed at, so that you may spread Copacetic cheer worldwide.


And, yes, we do third-party shipments (i.e. we will ship direct to a recipient at a different address from the purchaser), and we will gift wrap for a nominal charge (it's free for in-store purchases).


Web customers may now purchase these items – and more – directly, from our online gift catalogue at Copacetic 2.0, our new 24/7 eCommerce site (payments through PayPal, now with no membership required – any credit card will do).



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Tried and true gift ideas may be found at:

Copacetic Gifts

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind classic collectible comic book, may we suggest perusing:

Copacetic Collections

Many bargain priced books may be found at:

Copacetic Specials

To learn more about some Copacetic favorites check out:

Copacetic Select 

Here's the latest:


And of course there's all the rest of the Copacetic Comics Company offerings to choose from:

Copacetic Commodities

Also, if you already have certain items and/or creators in mind and you want to see if we have it and/or what we have, just enter the appropriate info into Copacetic Search and go from there.

And, finally:  Can't find what you're looking for anywhere on the site, but aren't ready to give up?  Send  an email listing the item or items you're looking for, or any other question you may have, to:

prices and availability current as of 31 December 2011