Best of Copacetic 2013

The 2013 holiday shopping season is now behind us, but we're keeping up our holiday list as a way to look back at some of the most copacetic items of 2013. 

Web customers may now purchase these items – along with the rest of our online offerings – directly, from our online gift catalogue at Copacetic 3.0, our 24/7 eCommerce site. 

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This year, there have been so many outstanding works produced right here in Pittsburgh that we're starting out our Christmas 2013 Gift Catalogue highlighting these amazing comics made in our hometown.  This year, it's easy to give local!

HHFT1Hip Hop Family Tree, Volume 1
by Ed Piskor
A propulsive page-turner, this premiere edition of Hip Hop Family Tree is but the first of five planned volumes chronicling the rise of Hip Hop from a low-budget entertainment staple of mid-1970s social gatherings in the Bronx to a globally embraced manifestation of the vitality of US culture.  This is the real deal as only a comic book can bring it.  HHFT has been serialized on BoingBoing since the beginning of 2012, but we are here to tell you that its crucial essence only arises in the physical form that has now been unleashed on the world.  Turning down the chance to cash in with a New York publishing house and risk having his vision compromised, Piskor chose instead to sign with visionary comics publisher, Fantagraphics Books, who promised him Total Artistic Control™, allowing him the free reign necessary to put together this perfect package.  Taking a page out of the Afrodisiac playbook by employing the formal qualities and  production values of the era depicted and, in typical Piskor fashion, amping it up to the next level,  Hip Hop Family Tree is packaged in the form of a deluxe Marvel Treasury Edition, the gigantic 100 page comic books published primarily during the mid and late 1970s – precisely the time period in which Hip Hop was born – and so providing a perfect match of form and content.  The parallels between the comic books of the era and Hip Hop are concisely chronicled in a four-page comics-essay appended to the conclusion of the volume's story that can stand as the formal thesis statement for the series.  While there very well may be "no business like show business," it's equally true that there's no history like Hip Hop history and Hip Hop Family Tree is here to announce this fact in a work that is as edifying as it is entertaining.  And, finally, anyone who has yet to do so is encouraged to invest six minutes in the watching of this short film made for Time.com
that provides an in situ portrait of Ed P and was directed by fellow-Pittsburgher, Julie Sokolow.  
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75

by Frank Santoro
Principles derived in classical antiquity and then revived during the renaissance are given a new lease on life in comics (Renaissance II: Comics?) through the work of Frank Santoro.  The Golden Section, Dynamic Symmetry, and plenty more are all incorporated into the underlying structure of his work, and nowhere more so than here.  The complete Pompeii graphic novel premiered at this year's SPX, a year after its first chapter had appeared as a limited edition risograph at last year's SPX (and which went on to sell out in the blink of an eye).  The book's look and feel transmits an æsthetic charge even before it is opened to reveal a 144 page work, printed in a Mediterranean brown on just the right paper stock, that tells a tale that is at once ancient and modern.  At last we have the fully fleshed out vision of Santoro's long gestated meditation on the axes of art: artists and patrons; money, sex, power and love; subject and object; the eternal recurrence of archetypes; and, of course, comics and geometry.  Continuing on the same course that he set in the first chapter, Santoro here maintains and further strengthens his compositional manifesto proclaiming the centrality of "the spread" – the two pages that lay open before the reader and are simultaneously taken in as a compositional whole and scanned/read as a narrative text.  This is a work that must be carefully and deliberately studied in order to extract the multiple layers of signification and meaning that are encoded within the art.  The parallel positioning of people, places and objects within the respective grids of the left and right pages of each spread invites analogical synthesis on the part of the reader, and it is within this synthesis that the real drama unfolds. 
This synthesis is facilitated by the use of rough gestural drawings throughout much of the narrative, providing a sense of immediacy to the characters' actions and giving a "living in the moment" feel to the drama that together serve to draw the reader in and so more viscerally experience the last days of Pompeii.  The ease with which we note parallels to our own times leads to pondering what may or may not lie ahead, and to wonder if there is anything any of us can do about it.  COPACETIC EXCLUSIVE:  Through the holiday season, we will be including a copy of Santoro's 2011 prelude to Pompeii, Blast Furnace Funnies, with all orders of Pompeii - at no extra charge; in the shop and online.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

edited by Jeremy Baum
This 186 page anthology of comics and illustration based (to varying degrees) on the theme of human memory is the brainchild of Pittsburgh-based artist and publisher, Jeremy Baum.  Made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign, this project was steadily piloted through the self-publishing obstacle course by Captain Baum, who made the trip from conception to publication in very good time.  Memory contains full color, duotone and black & white work of 50 creators from Pittsburgh and beyond and is notable for containing the work of many international contributors, including  Jelena Dordevic (Serbia),  Nicolò Pellizon & Daniele Giardini (Italy), Diego Tripodi & Diego Simone (Argentina),  Tim Molloy (Australia), Sara Skogsberg (Sweden) and César Sebastián Diaz (Spain).  Numbering among the contributors as well are household names (well, among hardcore indy-comics households, anyway) such as Eric "Tales to Demolish" Haven, Hans "Chrome Fetus" Rickheit.  Pittsburgh is very much in the house in Memory, represented most notably by Jim Rugg, who provided the cover illustration, along with too many to mention here, including Shawn Atkins, Jessica Heberle, Nick Marino, Nate McDonough, Steph Neary, Tom Scioli, Nils Skeletonballs, Julie Sokolow (whose 10-page contribution is the most formally inventive of the collection and a real stand out), Brenna Sydel, Copacetic's own Bill Boichel, and, of course, Jeremy Baum himself, whose 14 page collaboration with Morgan Ritchie-Baum, "Creation Story", a tale of SF-tinged occult mysticism executed in detailed pen & ink with pantone colors, is the collection's longest.  The work in Memory really runs the gamut in style and story, ranging from oblique and abstract to straightforward and traditional.  Visit the Kickstarter page for more info, and be sure to check out the 9 updates, which provide additional information as well as tons of artwork by the contributors.  In addition, the contributor listing at the back of the book includes URLs for each, so readers can easily further engage in the work of any and all involved in this project. 
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.00


Final Frontier
by Tom Scioli
Tom Scioli's latest publication is a far-out and funky comics blast featuring the fabtastic four, Final Frontier!  Once again channelling his patented Kirby-Vibe®, Scioli delivers another absorbing page-turner in Final Frontier. Format fiends will fill with wonder while contemplating this hand-assembled, saddle-stapled, full color, 100 page comic book that fits snugly in the hands. Make sure to pick up a copy next time you're in. You won't want to put it down.  Made in Pittsburgh!
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75

SoSDShip of Soiled Doves
by Nils Balls, with Erin Colby Griffin
Over three years in the making,
Ship of Soiled Doves is the debut graphic novel of Pittsburgh's Nils Balls, known around town for his long running Skeleton Balls strip.  Catalyzed by co-conspirator Erin Griffin, this 148 page (very) graphic novel relates a tale that the promoters of the civil war's sesquicentennial might have preferred he hadn't.  As a result of the chaos and confusion produced by the Civil War, prostitution boomed in urban areas at the center of the conflict.  Women desperate to survive descended on the Nashville encampments filled with Union soldiers and their pay packets.  This combination led, unsurprisingly, to an outbreak of veneral disease, which the powers that be in the Union Army soon realized must be addressed.  But how? A certain Major General William Rosecrans issued an order to George Spalding, provost marshal of Nashville, to “without loss of time seize and transSD2port to Louisville all prostitutes found in the city or known to be here.”  While falling far short of this order, toward this end Spalding commandeered the steamer Idahoe, under the command of one Captain Newcomb, and the rest is history.  Here, however, we have "herstory" as readers are provided with the perspective sorely lacking from the history books:  that of the (not so) "frail sisterhood" themselves, as they were set upon the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers in the summer of 1863.  Ship of Soiled Doves is unique in several respects, starting with it's vertically formatted cover which serves to display a horizontally formatted interior; a combination which provides retailers with their preferred orientation while giving readers a chance to get horizontal and immerse themselves in the lazy river meanderings.  The work itself merges form with content as Mr. Balls employs a fearlessly inventive approach to indicating changes in the narrative's emotional register through a variety of shifting page layouts that include anarchical inserts into the comics diagesis of diagrams, casts of characters, formal portraits, and, most importantlly, actual period newspapers filled with apocryphal (yet nonetheless believable) articles.  The narrative we are given here doubtless incorporates a healthy dose of fantasy, but this is all to the good as the result is a heady comics stew that drops the reader right down into the thick of a significant, yet little explored aspect of the war between the states.  Made in Pittsburgh!
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $12.00



by Jeremy Baum
Heathen delivers on the promise of its subtitle –
"The Sequential and Graphic Art of Jeremy Baum" – and provides a generous 150+ pages of lush, full color (although with a decided favoring of blues and greys) comics and illustration work.  Included here are the the short pieces, "Diner", "Someting About Feet", "A Greater Hell Beyond", "Creation Story" (written by Morgan Ritchie-Baum), "Murmur" and the complete 38 page "Extravagant Traveler" (plus cover), along with dozens of full page illustrations.  Primarily employing ink pen and pantone markers, Baum's work focuses on the borderlands:  between waking and dreaming; fantasy and reality; hallucination and perception; sex and mystery.  Heathen is a great deal and the clear first choice for anyone ready to take the plunge into BaumWorld™.  Made in Pittsburgh!
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $10.00

MFMade Fun
by Nate McDonough
And as we're on the subject of Made in Pittsburgh graphic novels, now would be a good time to draw your attention to the latest – and greatest (so far) – from Pittsburgh-cartoonist-about-town and Copacetic stalwart, Nate McDonough.  Made Fun is a full-size, 92 page descent into the maelstrom.  Two intertwining narratives lock the reader in a spiral between two worlds.  Whether the division can or should be perceived as being between the conscious and unconscious, between waking and dreaming, or between something else altogether is, ultimately, immaterial to the appreciation of the drama delineated here, which is of the existential struggle of making sense of an absurd universe.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.88



Love and Rockets:  The Covers
by Jaime, GIlbert and Mario Hernandez.
Well, this one has "GIFT" written all over it!  Los Bros arrive in style in this massive oversize deluxe hardcover coffee-table book offering up an eye-popping collection of covers from the original magazine run:  front and back covers of all fifty issues; plus the new covers executed for the original trade collections, along with a couple done for UK editions, and, as a special bonus, the cover to the original self-published first issue!  Not only that, the original art of several of the most famous covers – including for #1 and #2 – is also reproduced.  Sit back and enjoy this trip down memory lane, while getting to see these covers reproduced bigger and better than ever before.  Get a bit of an idea of what's in store with this PDF preview
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $29.75

LRCThe Love and Rockets Companion:  30 Years (and Counting)
edited by Marc Sobel and Kristy Valenti
And why stop at only one Love and Rockets anniversary tome?  For some, that simply won't do.  The feature attraction of this chunky softcover are the extensively researched timelines and character bios for both the Locas and Palomar universes; long time L & R readers will be reminded of characters and events that they had forgotten all about or at least hadn't thought about in years – and relative newcomers will be clued in to the depths and riches that await them in the pages of Love and Rockets.  In a way, The Love and Rockets Companion is a bit like a family album, one in which readers can immerse themselves and discover their place in and connection to the comics family built around Love and Rockets that has thrived for over thirty years
now.  In addition this volume includes extensive interviews with los hermanos Hernandez – including two new major interviews conducted specifically for this volume and appearing here for the first time! The wraparound dustjacket is printed on extra heavy stock and folds out into a poster (the sticker is removable), while the reverse side depicts the Locas and Luba family trees.  This jam-packed volume is a Love and Rockets collector's bonanza!  Get a feel for what to expect with this generous 32 page PDF preview.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.00

The Daniel Clowes Reader
edited by Ken Parille
And while we're on the topic of revisting the canon of classic independent creator-powered comics, here's this handsomely designed 360 page flexi-cover volume, which is billed as being "a critical edition of Ghost World and other stories, with essays, interviews and annotations."  Prefaced by an appetizer consisting of a brief yet wide-ranging sampling of epigrammatic excerpts of concise Clowes commentary, the main course of this volume is the complete Ghost World  accompanied by a generous serving of side dishes consisiting of many if not most of Clowes's best short stories from the late teen issues of Eightball, including "Blue Italian Shit", "Black Nylon", "Like a Weed, Joe", "The Party" and "Art School Confidential", garnished with a siginificant selection of obscurities and rarities, the most substantial of which is the twenty page "manifesto" Modern Cartoonist, which originally appeared as an insert in Eightball #18 (17?).  All are well reproduced in black and white, duo-tone and/or full color on high grade white stock.  Accompanying these are a dozen or so essays by a bevy of Clowes scholars, which provide a wide range of perspectives on Clowes's work and career.  The volume closes with a Clowes chronology and recommendations for further reading.  Teachers and professors (and reading group organizers, too, what the heck) with an interest in Clowes, take note:  this is the book for you.  Students signed up for Clowes 101 can get a headstart taking notes now, with this 31 page PDF preview.
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $29.75

Aya: Love in Yop City
by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Ouberie
This 360 page, full color volume is the follow-up to last year's omnibus collection Aya: Life in Yop City, which collected the first three, previously published, volumes in the series, Aya, Aya of Yop CIty and Aya, the Secrets Come Out.  This time around we get to go straight to the omnibus collection and the fantastic value if offers.  The three volumes are contained in Aya: Love in Yop City are published here for the first time in English, and represent the conclusion to this exuberantly written and lushly illustrated series of life in the Côte d'Ivoire during the 1970s.  Written by
Ivoirian native, Abouet and illustrated by her French husband, Ouberie, the Aya books have met with great success in their homeland of France, including taking home an award from the Angoulême Festival, and there are plans for a film version.  Anyone not yet familiar with this series would do well to take a taste via this PDF preview.  A highly enjoyable read for all, especially those who have the first omnibus already (or go crazy and get both!).
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

MSMarble Season
by Gilbert Hernandez
What's this?  Another new graphic novel by Gilbert Hernandez, a mere month after Julio's Day?  Believe it or not, yes! Billed as a "semi-autobiographical" tale, Marble Season takes readers back to the 1960s for a look at a pop culture immersed California childhood based in part – or at least strongly informed by – Beto's (and, of course, that of his siblings) tender years.  Pop tunes on radio and record, TV shows, and, of course, comic books are here, along with neighborhood kids and their marbles.  This book is also notable in being the first book by either Hernandez hermano published by D & Q (although it is not the first to be released by a Canadian publisher, that honor going to the first four issues of Mr. X, published, and then collected, by Vortex, nearly thirty years ago).  In creating Marble Season, Gilbert has worked with subtlety and care to capture a wide spectrum of childhood dynamics:  how one interaction leads to another, often seemingly unrelated, which in turn leads to another in a haphazard fashion to which there is no apparent rhyme nor reason, yet which irrevocably forms the adult the child grows into.  While Marble Season is very much a boys' tale,
there are plenty of girls in evidence, and even as there is no denying that the girls of Marble Season are seen primarily in their relation to boys, Gilbert is a master of feminine nuance, and in his revelatory lines on paper, as much significance can be conveyed in a girl's fleeting glance as in a boy's epic battle. 
tail price - $21.99  copacetic price - $19.75


The Children of Palomar
by Gilbert Hernandez
Clearly, this is The Year of Gilbert Hernandez.  This volume collects the complete three issue "Ignatz" series, New Tales of Old Palomar, originally published in 2006-08.  These stories display Beto's talent for
up close and personal stories set amidst deftly rendered landscapes that are by turn haunting and enchanting.  These stories marked the long-awaited return to the the land of "Heartbreak Soup" and readers will once again get the chance to spend time with their pen and ink pals, Pipo, Carmen, sheriff Chelo, Heraclio, Israel, Vicente, Jesús, Satch and more as they walk the dusty streets of Palomar...
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $18.88

GDGood Dog
by Graham Chaffee
A nostalgic tale of days gone by (early/mid-1950s, by our reckoning), told through the eyes of a dog might sound like a risky proposition, liable to veer off the rails into rank sentimentality at the slightest emotional lurch, but we are here to tell you that Mr. Chaffee totally pulls it off.  Good Dog is a rare treat, a thoroughly enjoyable read from cover to cover.  Great characters – canine and human – in an appealing industrial town setting and rollicking adventure combine to create a classic tale with more than one moral.  And this full size, hardcover volume is a deal to boot! 
The story and art are universal in their appeal and and you'd be right in guessing that this is a volume that is fully capable of holding the interest and attention of younger readers, but anhyone considering this for a pre-adolescent reader should know that there are more than a few hearty expletives that make an appearance in these pages that need to be taken into account before placing this book in the hands of any potentially innocent readers.  Recommended regardless!
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.00

RoPThe Rage of Poseidon
by Anders Nilsen
At last we have a substantial all new work by the creator of Big Questions.  Never one to rest on his laurels, Mr. Nilsen has taken a novel approach to the graphic novel in The Rage of Poseidon by RoP2presenting it in an accordian/concertina format that allows the reader the standard option of paging through the work as in any graphic novel as well as the unique opportunity to "hang" the work across a surface of their choosing:  a floor (providing it's long enough), around the walls of a room (providing it's big enough), between trees (well, that might be a stretch); or any other way might conceive of doing so.  This second option is, we would surmise, enabled to allow the work to be viewed - think gallery - as well as read.  This dual aspect of comics - their ability to be simultaneously viewed and read - is one of the unique features of the form, and as such has yet to be adequately studied.  Nilsen, with this elegantly simple production decision, has given readers, viewers, and comics scholars an excellent opportunity to explore this dichotomy (among other things) in The Rage of Poseidon
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.75

cmby Art Spiegelman
It's here: the last piece of the Spiegelman puzzle. Co-Mix publishes an vast career-spanning array of Spiegelmania; taken together with the recently (re)published Breakdowns, it brings (back) into print the vast majority of Art's miscellanea: short pieces, comix, prints, New Yorker covers, etc.  While the wide world knows him almost solely through his perennial best-seller, Maus, within the world of comics his influence has been felt more through the works contained here.  This book serves double duty as the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name that was produced by 9eArt+ for the 2012 Angoulême comics festival, and which, after travelling to Paris, Cologne and Vancouver, will be at the Jewish Museum in NYC from 8 November 2013 through 23 March 2014.  Co-Mix takes readers all the way back to Spiegelman's early days with juvenilia from 1958 to 1964.  These are followed by a healthy helping of his comix work from/for the NYC/SF underground scene in the sixties and seventies, along with a sidebar on his Topps work – Wacky Packs and Garbage Pail Kids  – which is arguably his most well known work, when you think of their ubiquity among two generations of American youth.  Then we are taken through the eighties when his pioneering work with Raw – including Maus – is highlighted along with looks at some rare cover illustrations for a German publisher never (?) before seen in the USA.  His copious work for The New Yorker, primarily executed in during the nineties, gets ample coverage; included here are many covers that were rejected – apparently for skirting a bit too close to the edge.  The volume takes us all the way forward to the present, through his graphic adaptation of The Wild Party to his post-9/11 work and including plenty of never-before-collected pieces ranging from a stained glass installation to comic strips.  The book closes with an essay by noted art scholar Robert Storr and an illustrated timeline of Spiegelman's life and career. The book itself is a superbly designed and produced, massive, oversized, hardcover volume that is an aesthetic treat in and of itself.  Put together by the team of Tom Devlin, Jeet Heer, Chris Oliveros, Philippe Ghielmetti and John Kuramoto, Co-Mix is essential for any appreciation and understanding of Spiegelman's work. 
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00

BK-HDHand-Drying in America and Other Stories
by Ben Katchor
Pulses raced throughout the shop as these meticulously designed and printed 11 5/8" x 12 1/4" hardcover books emerged from the box they were shipped in.  This book is cover to cover fabulosity; not a square inch of wasted space is to be found.  What we have on hand here are the more than 150 (!) full color – and what color!  Katchor is revealed here to be a colorist par excellence (think Pierre Bonnard) –  full page strips Katchor has been producing
since 1988 for Metropolis, the excellent and, crucially for our enjoyment of these Katchor strips, oversize magazine devoted to architecture, design and, as the name suggests, urban living.   Rather than struggle to find the words to adequately describe this gem, we are going to refer you to the ever insightful and always articulate Jeet Heer's review in The Globe and Mail.  Is this Katchor's best book yet?  It's too soon to say, but the answer may very well be yes.  Regardless of the verdict, what's certain is that Hand-Drying in America is an æsthetically delightful and intellectually stimulating work that will leave its readers with a truer understanding and better appreciation of city life than they had before cracking its covers.  Recommended!
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.95



by Rutu Modan
An all new, full color, hardcover graphic novel from the foremost Israeli practitioner of the form.  This time around Ms. Modan delves into history through a trip to the "old country", in this case Warsaw, Poland, where an elderly woman and her granddaughter try to reclaim family property lost during World War II.  A clash of both generations and cultures ensues.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22



by Nick Bertozzi and Boaz Yakin
Jerusalem may be the first city to have two graphic novels named after it.  Sub-titled, "A Family Portrait," this one is a multi-generational saga drawn by Nick Bertozzi based on a script by Boaz Yakin that was "inspired by stories told to him by his father."  Perhaps more Persepolis than Palestine, Jerusalem focuses on the founding of the Jewish homeland in Israel in the years following the Second World War. 
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22



by Julie Delporte
Koyama Press presents the first English language translation of Canadian cartoonist diarist, Julie Delporte.  184 pages of full color diary-form comics delineate her life from February 2011 through October 2012.  Koyoama states that "Delporte’s organic and immediate drawings ... utilize an uncanny sense of colour and composition to illustrate their intimate, diarist narratives. Cataloguing an emotional breakup, an artist’s residency at CCS and the anxieties and joys of everyday life..."
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $17.77

New School

by Dash Shaw
Three years in the making, Dash Shaw's latest formally inventive epic is here - but only five copies worth.  One of the boxes of New School that was shipped to us direct from China for Dash's appearance at Drawing Power has arrived after the fact, and so we're putting the copies it contained up here.  We will receive more copies along with everyone else in June, but five of you will able to read it now!  Read our full review of New School and then take a few minutes to  scope out this 18 page PDF preview (which only provides the barest foretaste of what is to come). 
retail price - $39.99 copacetic price - $35.99

VCVery Casual
by Michael DeForge
Here at last under one cover are the widely scattered (and often hard to find) short pieces that DeForge has produced over the last few years, all to wide acclaim, as well as the now-out-of-print stand alone comics, Spotting Deer and Incinerator.  Michael DeForge is well on his way to forging a genuinely original body of comics work that focuses on the expressive relationship between line and the human form, and explores the porous border between perception and delineation, always pushing the limits of the capacity of pen and ink to express attitudes towards flesh and blood (and gore and ooze) and sex and death, as in deceptively simple cartoons he captures complex concepts.  Very Casual is the most substantial collection of his work yet published, and as such immediately assumes the mantle of being the go to book for anyone interested in his work.  As always, Koyama Press does a fine job in both printing and presentation.  All works are here as they originally appeared (with some minor reformatting) in both black and white and full color.  Fifteen pieces in all, including our personal favorite, "Riders" from the first issue of Study Group Magazine.   152 pages total.  The small press comics collection of the year?  Probably.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75


The Treasury of Mini Comics

edited by Michael Dowers
This recently released chunky hardcover containing 848 pages of mini comics by Copacetic stalwarts Ron Rege, Jr., Marc Bell and John Porcellino along with Leonard Rifas, Justin Green, Gary Arlington, Mark Connery, Jim Siergey, Larry Rippee, Richard Krauss, Bob Vojtko, Par Holman & Clark Dissmeyer, Matt Feazell, Matt Howarth, Steve Willis, Ronald Russell Roach, Edd Vick, Bruce Chrislip, Brad Johnson, Tim Corrigan, Macedonio Garcia, David Miller, Colin Upton, Robert Pasternak, David Lee Ingersoll, Roberta Gregory, Dylan Williams, Eric Reynolds, Molly Keily, Blair Wilson, Jim Blanchard, Chris Cilla, David Lasky & Jim Woodring, Leela Corman, David Heatley, Laura Wady, Fiona Smyth, Karl Wills, Onsmith, Travis Millard, Mark Campos, Nate Beaty, Peter Thompson, Carrie McNinch, Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, Andy Singer, Noah Van Sciver, Kelly Froh, Aaron Norhanian, Max Clotfelter, Marc J. Palm and more is a potential Holiday Bonanza for the pining small press collecter on your list.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.00


The Big Feminist But: Comics About Women, Men and the Ifs, Ands & Buts of Feminism

edited by Shannon O'Leary and Joan Reilly
This is a comics anthology that quite successfully marries
education and entertainment in the nearly three dozen pieces – all original! – conveyed by its one hundred and ninety-six 8" x 11" pages.  Each of the stories in this volume address the issue of feminism from its own unique perspective, providing the reader with a well-rounded view that is by turns incisive and kaleidoscopic.  There are some really great comics here by many a Copacetic fave, including Gabrielle Bell, Sarah Oleksyk, Jeffrey Brown, Corinne Mucha, Ron Rege (who is working here in his new "utopian" manner), Justin Hall, Jesse Reklaw and Andrice Arp, as well as surprising new discoveries such as Virginia Paine, Shaenon Garrity, Ulli Lust & Kai Pfeiffer.  Co-editor Joan Reilly gave a presentation at Drawing Power here in Pittsburgh, so anyone whose interest was piqued but was unable to pick up a copy at the time, may do so now.
retail price - $20.00  copacetic price - $17.77

LDToday Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
by Ulli Lust
A massive  450 page graphic novel from Germany written and drawn by a 40-something Austrian.  The recipient of several major European awards, including the Revelation Award at the 2011 Angoulême Festival, Today Is the Last Day was originally published as Heute Ist Der Letzte Tag Vom Rest Dienes Leben by Avant-Verlag, Berlin, Germany in 2009.  It is presented here in an edition edited and translated by - surprise! - Kim Thompson (who else?).  Set in 1984, Ulli Lust's tale chronicles the eventful journey the then 17 year-old author takes with her best friend from her home in Vienna to the island of Sicily.  Sex & drugs & rock 'n' roll and more are here for the reader's enjoyment.  Take a moment to savor this generous PDF preview provided by Fantagraphics.  This work has accumulated much critical acclaim in Europe, but we'll leave you with this quote from someone whose opinion we know you'll respect:  "Ulli Lust really nails my favorite part of storytelling.  Bumming cigarettes, learning how to hitchhike – the small details that create great character." – Jaime Hernandez   => AND - Winner of the 2013 Ignatz Award for Best Original Graphic Novel.
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $29.75

FSFreddie Stories
by Lynda Barry
You know there's someone who would like to receive the latest installment of Drawn and Quarterly's Complete Comics of Lynda Barry project.  It is the first to mimic the horizontal format of the majority of previous collections of Barry's work, although, of course, unlike the previous
(pre-D&Q) editions, this one is a deluxe hardcover – no cheap, flimsy paperback here.  And, also unlike the previous edition of Freddie Stories, this comes with a large number of heretofore unpublished strips!
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack
by Tom Gauld
This horizontally formatted hardcover collects several years worth of Tom Gauld's weekly strip from The Guardian UK.  Clean, crisp lines deliver understated humor, part Edward Gorey, part Jason; plenty of fun, in a droll sort of way...  Can't quite picture it?  No worries; just check out these five preview strips and then you will be in the know.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

CC1CC2Copra Compendium 1 & 2
by Michel Fiffe
Here's the independent, self--published comic book series to introduce the more traditional comic book reader to.  With these two compendiums they can jump right in and get half of this twleve issue series that will be wrapping up around the holidays; giving them the chance to finish it up on their own.  The first compendium collects issues one, two and three, with the second collecting issues four, five and six; both are printed on the same stock and at the same size as the original issues, so the experience will be nearly identical.  Once you've absorbed this heaping helping of Copra, then you'll have to wait for the next issue along with everyone else hooked on this frenzied, fun, full color, self-published (monthly!), science fiction, super hero comic book series that is generating a lot of excitement in the global village that is the wide world of comics. (#1 is now currently out of stock. Sorry!)

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by Lucy Knisley
Here's book for the comics foodie in your life.  In Relish, Ms. Knisley takes a giant leap forward in her artistic development.  With shades of Alison Bechdel and Ruto Modan, Knisley tackles her lifelong involvement with food - cooking, dining and eating.  Growing up in a family filled with food professionals provided her with plenty of food for thought – and comics.
retail price - $17.99  copacetic price - $16.25

The Graphic Canon, volume 3

edited by Russ Kick
Trying to introduce a lit major to the pleasure of comics?  This might be the ticket.  The mammoth sized (542 pages) third and final volume of the Graphic Canon has arrived; chock-a-block with comics adaptations, illustrations and illuminations of 20th classics of literature. Highlights among the dozens of featured teamings of artists and writers are:  Milton Knight & Zora Neale Hurston; Mardou & Anaïs Nin; R. Crumb & Jean Paul Sartre; R. Sikoryak & Franz Kafka; Ted Rall & Sherwood Anderson; Lauren Weinstein & W.B. Yeats; Onsmith & J.G. Ballard; Aidan Koch & Ben Okri; Jeremy Eaton & Flannery O'Connor; Robert Goodin & William Faulkner; Lance Tooks & Somerset Maugha; Dame Darcy & Cormac McCarthy; CMU alum, Juliacks & Hubert Selby, Jr.; and many more!
retail price - $44.95  copacetic price - $39.75


March: Book One
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
We're a bit late in bringing to your attention this graphic memoir that was released to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the March on WashingtonMarch brings readers a vivid comics account of Lewis's "lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation... Book One spans Lewis's youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins."  Some readers may be curious as to why Lewis chose to tell his story in comics form.  It seems that his decision to do so is rooted – at least in part – in the inspiration he and other student activists drew from the 1958 comic book Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (This is the same comic book that was the subject of an exhibit at The Toonseum in 2010). 
retail price - $14.95 copacetic SPECIAL price - $9.95
hardcover editionretail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $20.00

by Karl Stevens
that special someone who "enjoys" wallowing in the misery of the holidays, consider giving the gift of Failure.  Life in Allston-Brighton, a side of metropolitan Boston that lurks in the shadows between the movers and shakers of the Brahmin-class axis and the rough and tumble of the headline-grabbing mobsters is portrayed here in page after page of skillfully rendered comics that come closer to qualifying as photorealism than any others that have crossed our desk, save those of Toc Fetch.  Surprisingly, Mr. Stevens managed to produce this detailed strip on a weekly basis, for the now-defunct Boston Phoenix.  So, while clearly this book collects a successful comicstrip, it nonetheless manages to live up (down?) to the promise of its title.  Between the covers of Failure, readers will find page after page of expert renderings of drinkers (alcoholics? you decide), druggies (addicts? ditto), and others struggling with their personal, financial and relationship issues and other woes (losers? too soon to tell), most notably the artist himself, who, despite his obvious and amazing talent, never seems to get anywhere...
retail price - $21.99  copacetic price - $19.75

SBSo Long, Silver Screen
by Blutch
Originally published in France as Pour en finir avec le cinéma, So Long, Silver Screen is, amazingly, the first full-length work by Blutch to be translated into English.  Blutch began his professional comics career 25 years ago and has published over a dozen books, all to wide acclaim, so it is hard to greet this volume with anything other than, "It's about time!"  Our thanks – and doubtless that of many others – goes out to PictureBox for at last bringing this artist to the English speaking world.  Blutch is a gifted tale spinner and delineator, whose legendary comics work has inspired and influenced many artists, notably Craig Thompson, who, by way of introducing him to American audiences, has interviewed Blutch, hereSo Long, Silver Screen combines a knowledge of European visual art and literary culture with a love of movies to forge a meditation on the place of cinéma in our lives.  This is a work that is, unsurprisingly, highly French in character, and so will, naturally, be especially enjoyed by Franophiles, and likely disdained by Francophobes.  We feel confident that those who enjoy fine comics and whose leanings are neither one way or another on the issue of la culture française will be swayed by the uniformly high quality of this fine volume.
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00

The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: The Master of Gay Erotic Manga
by Gengoroh Tagame
produced, designed & edited by Anne Ishii, Chip Kidd & Graham Kolbeins
A risky choice for a holiday gift?  Yes!  But perhaps there's someone on your list who would appreciate this.  It is difficult to view the work of Gengoroh Tagame as other than pornography, but it is worth the effort. Yes, there are (extremely) graphic images of sexual activity depicted in these pages, and plenty of it, including – but certainly not limited to – graphic S & M imagery, but there is more to this work that what at first meets the eye.  These are nuanced comics by an internationally recognized manga master that, on the one hand, provide a highly charged reading experience, while, on the other, offer up interpretive insights when parsed by those who choose to engage the work in this capacity.  Starting out with a light-hearted send-up of the psychic cop genre in "Hairy Oracle", the stories range from the bucolic humor of "Country Doctor" (is that Archie?) to the historicized Samurai drama of "Exorcism" to what is clearly the core of Tagame's passion, the violent S & M fantasies of "Arena", "Standing Ovations" and "Missing" which double as critiques of the nexus of international politics, the media and the military that strive to delineate the ideology undergirding the highly militarized global capitalism of our times, albeit in terms that many may experience difficulty in decoding.   A common thread running through all the works is the erotic charge carried by humiliation.  Any long time comics reader who dares to venture forth into these pages will likely be given pause when confronted with page after page of muscle-bound men beating the crap out of each other in the context of gay erotica.  Needless to say, this item is only available for purchase by those aged 21 and older.

retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $27.50

PIThe Strange Tale of Panorama Island
by Suehiro Maruo
Much delayed, but now at last released here in the USA, The Strange Tale of Panorama Island is an adaptation of a novella by Edogawa Rampo (actually a nom de plume of Hirai Taro, and a rough transliteration of the Japanese pronunciation of Edgar Allan Poe) – widely considered the godfather of Japanese detective fiction – that runs to 272 pages.  It was originally serialized in Japanese in Comic Beam from 2007 to 2008, and so, despite its delay, is relatively fresh.  This edition presents a translation by Ryan Sands and Kyoko Nitta in a book beautifully designed  by Evan Hayden - who also provided the English lettering.  Maruo and Rampo's Panorama Island is a morbid mashup of Poe's  "Masque of the Red Death" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" as filtered through his "Murders of the Rue Morge" and Fellini's Toby Dammit (which, intriguingly, is itself an adaptation of Poe's "Never Bet the Devil Your Head") as well as Satyricon and Roma, blending all together in a creepily lush ode to decadence.  In these pages, death is the alchemical key that transforms fiction into fact.  Maruo's spectacular artwork is well suited for this period piece set immediately after the close of the Taisho era in late 1920s Japan
involving a wealthy industrialist, death, impersonation, hedonism and, above all, secrets and mysteries – Suehiro Maruo's forte.  Strong Art Deco derived design elements mix with elaborate compositions which finally culminate in a tour de force presentation of the realized dream of the titular Panorama Island.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $23.75



by Shigeru Mizuki
Fans of Mizuki's late work, recently published in North America, also by D & Q – i.e., Onward to Our Noble Deaths and NonNonBa – will be pleased to have this opportunity (at long last!) to get their hands on a meaty volume of English translations from the manga series that made Mizuki a household name in Japan.  Begun in 1959, Kitaro, along with his cast of cohorts, presented a long-running series of yokai tales to a receptive and responsive audience in Japan, where these tales of shape shifters have been an integral component of Japanese mythology for centuries.  The stories that make up this 400 page volume are all from the the late 1960s and are considered to be among the best in the series.  Find out for yourself by checking out this online preview courtesy of CBR.  We are thankful that D & Q has provided an introduction, page notes and a character glossary to help readers coming fresh to the series to get situated. 
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $21.75

MUGThe Mysterious Underground Men
by Osamu Tezuka; edited by Ryan Holmberg
the second volume in PictureBox’s “Ten Cent Manga” series designed to reveal and articulate the links between American and Japanese culture in the post-WW II years.  This full color, 176 page hardcover reproduces the original two-tone color scheme for an authentic reading experience.  PictureBox sez:    "Originally published in Osaka in 1948, The Mysterious Underground Men tells the story of Mimio the talking rabbit, as he struggles to prove his humanity while helping his friends save earth from an invasion of angry humanoid ants. While Tezuka’s New Treasure Island (1946-47) was the first major hit for the 'god of manga,' the artist himself regarded this later book the first of his signature 'story manga'.  Inspired by Bernhard Kellermann’s Der Tunnel (1913) and drawing widely on European and American science fiction, as well as Milt Gross’ own pioneering 'graphic novel,' He Done Her Wrong (1930), this full-color edition of The Mysterious Underground Men will not only introduce to English-language readers a founding monument in modern Japanese comics. It will also offer a rare glimpse at the wide-ranging Western cultural sources that made up young Tezuka’s world."  This edition is special treat for all of Tezuka's American fans. 
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.50

GPGold Pollen and Other Stories
by Seiichi Hayashi
Yes!  Here's an archival manga collection done right.  Publisher, PictureBox and Series Editor, Ryan Holmberg have teamed up to produce a exemplary edition that
sets a new standard which we can only hope others will heed.  Art and editorial direction mesh perfectly as paper stock, reproduction, layout, introduction, editorial essays and overall book design all come together to deliver an æsthetically sumptuous, editorially excellent and academically rigorous 176 page hardcover volume focusing on the life and work of manga auteur, Seiichi Hayashi. PictureBox states, "Seiichi Hayashi (b. 1945) was a leading figure in Tokyo's hotbed of avant-garde artistic production in the 1960s and '70s. He is best known for his lyrical and experimental manga for Garo, the famous alternative comics magazine. The present volume collects a handful of Hayashi’s most important manga from this period, including “Red Dragonfly” (1968), “Yamauba’s Lullaby (1968), and “Gold Pollen” (1971). Published here in their original full color, these stories mix traditional Japanese aesthetics with Pop Art sensibilities, and range in topic from the legacies of Japanese rightwing nationalism and World War II, to the shadow of America over 60s Japanese youth culture. "  This is the first volume in their series, Masters of Alternative Manga.  They're certainly off to a good start.  Recommended!
retail price - $27.50  copacetic price - $24.75


The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook
by Shaun Tan
A sketch book cum idea file by the author of The Arrival, this is an attractively produced clothbound hardcover printed in full color and black and white.  See the creative mind in action, exploring visual concepts and ideas.  This guy can draw! 
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice
by Ivan Brunetti
And, for anyone interested in learning the basics of cartooning, here's this slim tome containing the essence of Brunetti's course in cartooning at Chicago's Columbia College.  It was initially packaged together with Comic Art #9, the last issue of this fabled magazine, which was a best seller here at Copacetic (and which we still have in stock).  It was subsequently issued as a stand alone volume by Yale University Press, publisher of the two Brunetti-edited anthologies of comics and graphic fiction that are our go-to volumes for introducing new readers to the splendors of the form.  Erudite, entertaining, and, of course, educational, Brunetti's Cartooning is well worth the while of anyone interested in learning how comics are constructed.  Get a taste from this Chicago Mag preview.
retail price - $13.00  copacetic price - $11.75

and, for the æsthetes on your list:


NoBrow #8

by various
Another amazing 2-in-1 volume of comics and illustration. This time around the theme is hysteria and it's the biggest issue yet (a sign of the times?) It is another sumptuously designed and printed volume in which each page is a pleasure.  Featuring covers by Max and Karine Bernadou, comics by – among others – Luke Pearson, Dustin Harbin, Jose Domingo, Philippa Rice, Zack Soto and the aforementioned Ms. Bernadou, and illustrations by Rebecca Dart, Sam Chivers, Kenard Pak, Jim Rugg, and many, many others, this is a book to savor one page at a time.  Feast your eyes on these pics of a few select spreads.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22


Map of Days

by Robert Hunter
Another beautiful book from the presses at NoBrow!  Mr. Hunter, heretofore best known here at Copacetic as the creator of The New Ghost, has taken his art to new heights here in Map of Days.  This hardcover book with an accent on the vertical is stunningly laid out and beautifully colored.  You don't have to take our word for it; just check out this series of preview photos on the NoBrow site.
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $17.00

m13Monster 2013
edited by Paul Lyons
Anyone searching for a unique item for Mr. – or Ms. – Already-Has-It-All, might want to consider this hand printed limited edition of all original comics.  Printed by Paul Lyons and Roby Newton for Hidden Fortress Press of Providence, RI, this year's incarnation of Monster is comprised of three volumes, each printed in blue and red and each sporting engraved, heavy-stock covers, and all wrapped together in a silk screened slipcase.  All three covers and the slipcase art are by Heather Benjamin.  The three volumes run 64 pages each – for a total of nearly 200 pages of comics – and include work by Lale Westvind, Jordan Crane (amazing!), Brian Ralph, Mollie Goldstrom, Paul Lyons, Mat Brinkman, Roby Newton, Walker Mettling, Andy Neal, Kevin Hooyman, Thomas Toye, Edie Fake, Brittany Hague, Jon Vermilyea (nice!), Leif Goldberg, Mike Taylor, Sam Dollenmayer, Michael DeForge, Keith Jones, Mickey Zacchilli, Marc Bell, Molly O'Connell, Seth Cooper and Devin Flynn.  Limited to 500 copies.  These always sell out, so don't snooze on this one...
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $27.50


Heads Collider

by Mat Brinkman
Or perhaps this, also limited (to 1000 copies), international co-production of PictureBox and Le Dernier Cri. Unified perception dissolves into a series of overlapping fields.  Mat Brinkman asks the question, "What if you could make mixable (and remixable), multi-track recordings of vision, the way you can with sound?" Mat has spent some time in his unique, personal visual "recording studio" producing this series of multi-track harmonies of sight that will reorient your perceptions.
retail price - $23.00  copacetic price - $20.00

BJ1Men's Group: The Video
by Ben Jones
And, if all else fails, there's this:  Best known to Copacetic customers as 1/3 of the comics/art/animation/music/performance group Paper Rad, Ben Jones has been using that part of his day not spent devoted to his animation work establishing
himself in the international fine arts community with exhibits at museums and galleries around the world, including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Loyal Gallery, Malmö – at which three institutions much of the work to be found here was shown.   Men's Group: The Video is a unique book, BJ2edited by Dan Nadel, designed by Norman Hathaway and published by PictureBox (of course). Bound together in a slick cardstock ringbinder that evokes a vague space somewhere between high school locker and corporate business meeting are eight distinct sections, each defined by a specific combination of page dimensions and paper stock:  a collection of InstaGram™ photos taken by visitors to Jones's installation for the exhibit TransmissionLA at MOCA LA; a collections of writings on Jones, his work and the concept of manhood by Joe Bradley, Byron Coley, Phil Grauer, Dacid Kramer, Keith McColluch, Gary Panter, Nicole Rudick and Peter Saul and an interview/conversation between Dan Nadel and Ben Jones; and a series of separate selections of paintings, video paintings, drawings, comics, manufactured products and "Black Math".   We have a (very) few signed copies that come with a BJ/PB tote bag that will enable you to leave Whole Foods in style.  First come first served. (still a couple left!)
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $31.75

Classic Comics Collections

Strange Worlds of Your Dreams

by Jack Kirby, with Joe Simon, Mort Meskin, Bill Draut & others
They bought our dreams... and turned them into comics. Sixty years ago, Jack Kirby, Joe Simon and their cohorts at Prize Comics, asked readers to send them their dreams. Readers did and they were turned into comics. The Strange World of Your Dreams only lasted four issues, but that was enough to fill this book. Sporting a soft, spongy cover, it embodies a bit of visual punning in that it could be considered a surrealistic pillow, of sorts. Comics have been linked to dreams from their very beginnings, but the comics collected here might be the most explicit connection made between the trade-off between individual/personal dreaming and mass/popular entertainment ever made. "WE WILL BUY YOUR DREAMS!" Indeed.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic price - $25.75


Simon & Kirby Science Fiction

by Jack Kirby, with Joe Simon, Wally Wood, Al Williamson & Reed Crandall
More Kirby! Under appreciated "Atom Age" classics from the master. Ideas that Kirby explored in the sixties and - especially - the seventies were first explored in the short story comics collected here in this oversize full color hardcover collection. 
On hand here are a hefty chunk of rarely seen classic science fiction comics from the late 1940s and through the 1950s by Kirby, with or without Simon, along more than a few stories by other greats, including Wally Wood, Al Williamson and Reed Crandall; many reprinted for the first time in decades - or ever!
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $44.44

AoJThe Adventures of Jodelle
by Guy Peellaert
Here's another book that has "gift" written all over it.  Anyone wanting to get a feel for the "60s" art scene in Europe and how it intersected with the pop/camp axis emerging in the US, need look no further that this spectacular retrospective edition of Guy Peellaert's one-of-a-kind comics masterwork, The Adventures of Jodelle.  Landing at an intersection of the lines emerging from Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's epic collaborations of the FF and Thor, the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and Jean Luc Godard's take on American culture, The Adventures of Jodelle was an instant smash on the continent that reverberated to the shores of the US as well, with its influence here most largely felt in poster and advertising art.   While its impact on American comic books was limited – Vaughn Bodé and Steranko were likely fans, along with a few in the underground comics world – it made a major impact on the shape of the following two decades of European comics, influencing both the SF stylings of Moebius and the lush feminine forms of Milo Manara.  Influence aside, this is a work bursting with energy and vision, and this massive, oversize hardcover edition that comes complete with an 80-page "visual supplement" that serves both to contextualize the work and follow Peellaert's career presents it to full effect, as this pdf preview and flickr slideshow make amply clear.
retail price - $45.00  copacetic price - $39.75

Bazooka Joe and His Gang: 60th Anniversary Collection

by The Topps Company, Inc.
Featuring a preface by Talley Morse, an introduction by Nancy Morse and Kirk Taylor, essays by Len Brown, R. Sikoryak, and Bhob Stewart, and an afterword by Jay Lynch, Bazooka Joe and his Gang is a celebration of 60 years of chewing gum fun that fills 220 pages with fabulous full color reproductions selected by ace Bazooka Joe collector, Jeff Shepherd from his own collection.  Includes a bonus package containing trading card format reproductions of the first four Bazooka Joe comics;  the first time these comics have been reprinted in sixty years!  For the gum fanatic in your life.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

M&McCThe Best of Milligan & McCarthy
by Brendan McCarthy and Peter Milligan
This book is a real wow!  Even though the comics here are less than 30 years old, they still qualify for Copacetic Classic status as they were era defining and are primed and ready to be shared with a new generation (or re-experienced by the old).  It could probably be titled simply Milligan and McCarthy, as it is pretty much all here in this Revolver-sized hardcover; and it's all good.  Dark Horse has done a real favor to those comics readers under 30 who may not have had the chance to encounter this work due to almost all of it being out of print for over 20 years and most of it being published in relatively small print runs.  McCarthy has long been a dazzling comics artist with a pyrotechnic style, pioneering a psychedelic vocabulary that ranges from clever mash-ups of pre-existent imagery to the forging of a boldly original synthetic  – and occasionally synæsthetic – comics language which he employs to match Milligan's emphasis on difficult states of mind, ranging from the fantastic to the occult and religious through to mentally ill.  The complete Paradax and Freak Wave and their masterpiece, Rogan Gosh are all here, along with odds and ends.  Also included is their highly unusual collaboration with Carol Swain, Skin
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.50

N1Nexus Omnibus, Volume 1
by Mike Baron and Steve Rude
And here's another certified classic of relatively recent vintage.  One of the very few notable achievements made during the 1980 & 90s in heroic fantasy comics, in Nexus Baron & Rude created a wholly original concept and proceeded to put together one of the most elaborate and fully fleshed out comics universes, one that is both fully engaging on its own terms, but that also allegorically corresponds to the history of the twentieth century in many instances – particularly where totalitarianism is concerned.  This 424 page edition collects the rare three issue original black & white run published by the short-lived Capital Comics Imprint, and then the first eleven issues of the full color series, the first six issues of which were published by Capital Comics, before handing the series off to the (then) newly formed First Comics, who published the remainder of the original 80 issue run, after which point Dark Horse Comics took over.   Volumes 2 & 3 of the Nexus Omnibus are also now available!
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22

Fall Guy for Murder and Other Stories

by Johnny Craig
Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories
by Al Feldstein
Here they are, the latest two volumes in the EC "auteur" series published by Fantagraphics.  Each volume is a 200+ page, clothbound hardcover collecting work by a single artist (also, as with the Feldstein volume, including a small group associated with the central creator).  Each volume includes and introduction and notes and the art is impeccably reproduced in black and white on heavy white matte stock.  You pretty much can't go wrong with these...
retail price - $28.99@  copacetic price - $25.00@

B1Barnaby, Volume 1
by Crockett Johnson
And for the urban comics sophisticate, the long-awaited first volume of the complete collected Barnaby!  Many years in the making, the first volume of what has been called, by no less an authority than Chris Ware, "the last great comic strip" that has yet to be collected is at last available.  Every effort has been made to produce an edition that is worthy of the material it presents.  This splendiferous volume – designed by Daniel Clowes, no less – starts off with a rhapsodic foreword by Chris Ware that is followed by an introductory essay by Jeet Heer that leads into 270 pages of impeccably reproduced Crockett Johnson art representing the first 20 months of Barnaby that originally ran from 20 April 1942 through the end of 1943 (and  you can check out the first 20 pages in this PDF preview).  This is then followed by a 35 page appendix written and assembled by Philip Nel, that begins with an afterword by Nel detailing the origin of Barnaby and which includes "A Mash Note to Crockett Johnson" by Dorothy Parker among other contemporaneous appreciations, photos and illustrations.  Bravo!
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $29.75


Pogo, Volume 2 – 1951-1952: Bona Fide Balderdash

by Walt Kelly; forward by Stan Freberg
Anyone who received the first volume in this series would surely be happy to discover the second.  Two more complete years of Pogo dailies and full color Sundays, in the ongoing Fantagraphics project to collect the complete edition of this undisputed comics masterwork by Walt Kelly in annotated, lushly produced, 12" x 9", horizontally formatted, clothbound editions. 
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00

BB1Baron Bean, Volume 1: 1916  
by George Herriman
Here's the book for the George Herriman devotee and/or acolyte on your list.   While the Fantagraphical collecting of the famed Krazy Kat Sunday pages has been now at long last completed, there remains plenty of uncollected Herriman work to keep us busy reading for years to come.  The first volume of Baron Bean dailies is another great volume from IDW, reproducing each strip in its full, original, 4" x 11" size on high grade newsprint for a truly authentic reading experience.  And, lest anyone think otherwise, let us state here that the reproductions in this volume are uniformly excellent
(in fact, amazingly so) – a real treat!   It starts out with a 16 page illustrated introduction by Jared Gardner that reproduces (at the same full size as the Baron Bean strips) the last Dingbat Family strip  – which, it is noted, ran the day before Baron Bean began; demonstrating that Herriman simply switched gears and kept driving; no vacations for this guy – before heading on into the full first year of Baron Bean strips, starting off right at the beginning, with the very firstAnd remember:  while these strips were being executed Herriman was also writing and drawing Krazy Kat seven days a week at the same time!  Long live the genius of George Herriman!
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Comics (and Books) for Younger Readers

Providing the perfect segue from classic comics to comics for younger readers (of all ages) are two new volumes in the Fantagraphics series collecting the timeless classics from Carl Barks!

DD-OCDonald Duck: The Old Castle's Secret & Other Tales
by Carl Barks
What more can be said about the genius of Carl Barks?  It towers over the landscape of comics history like the statue of Duckburg's founder, Cornelius Coot (erected by Uncle Scrooge in "Statuesque Spendthrifts" from
Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #138; collected in A Christmas for Shacktown), towers over that fair city.  The title tale of this latest volume in the 15 year project to collect the entirety of Barks's Disney oeuvre, "The Old Castle's Secret" is a classic book-length tale of eerie mystery that was originally presented in Four Color #189, published in the summer of 1948, that provides the first fleshed out iteration of Uncle Scrooge (get a headstart on this tale by checking out this 20 page PDF preview).  Also on hand in this volume is the equally classic "Sheriff of Bullet Valley" from Four Color #199 along with eleven Walt Disney Comics and Stories ten-pagers, each and every one a gem.  In addition, this volume is especially noteworthy for including the first ever English language reprint of the original 1948 version of "Darkest Africa" which was published as the twentieth issue in the "giveaway" series, March of Comics.  Only the 1982 version, redrawn by Dutch artists Daan Jippes and Dick Vlottes, that had been altered at the request of American editors to tone down the degree of racial caricature present in the original has seen print in the intervening 65 years.  While present in only a handful of panels, the images of African natives that are on display here are harshly stereotypical and will doubtless be offensive to many – especially those of the cannibals, that, mercifully, appear in only two panels.  That said, as always in the highly moral Barksian universe, the narrative portrayal of these same African natives shows them in a relatively positive light.  Barks shows one group of natives sending news via the "jungle telegraph" of the talking drums, providing long distance communication that would otherwise be unavailable to Donald and his nephews (preceding James Gleick's characterization of the talking drums as the oldest form of telecommunication in his latest book, The Information, by over six decades).  Even the frightening cannibals are merely pawns in the evil machinations of the villainous Professor McFiendy, a character that Barks uses to demonstrate the illusory nature of the respectability conferred merely by education and position, showing here – as he has elsewhere – that such "respectability" in no way assures behavior deserved of the respect supposedly so conferred; a corollary in the true moral of the tale, which is that real respect can only be earned by responsible behavior. 
retail price - $28.99  copacetic price - $25.00

BBMDonald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain
by Carl Barks
No one has ever created better Christmas comics than Carl Barks.  "Christmas on Bear Mountain" is more than just another Barks Christmas Classic, however:  it has the added historical significance of being the story for which Barks created his most famous character:  Scrooge McDuck – Uncle Scrooge to Donald and his nephews.  Scrooge – obviously patterned after the character of the same name form Charles Dickens's A Chrismas Carol – was originally created simply as the dramatic foil for Donald and his nephews in this particular story that was originally released for Christmas in 1947, and that was supposed to be that... but Barks quickly realized that Scrooge had a lot more to offer, and he gradually grew to be second only to Donald himself in the Disney Duck Pantheon.  In addition, this volume contains three more full length classic full length Donald Duck adventures by Barks:  "Volcano Valley", "Adventure Down Under,"  and "Ghost of the BB1Grotto, as well as seven more of his inimitable ten-pagers from Walt Disney's Comics & Stories.  All works in this volume were created in 1947.  As always when it comes to comics by Carl Barks, this one is... Recommended!
retail price - $28.99  copacetic price - $25.00

Walt Disney's Donald Duck Christmas Treasury Gift Box Set
by Carl Barks
And is there a better way to confer the Christmas spirit than with a specially priced box set containing both the aforementioned Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain and last year's Donald Duck: Christmas for Shacktown?  No!  So here it is, look no further.
retail price - $49.99  copacetic price - $44.44

BSBSBBoxers / Saints
by Gene Yang
The Return of Gene Yang! Anyone wondering what Mr. Yang's been up to since he caused a sensation with American Born Chinese now has the answer: He's been keeping very busy creating this epic bipartite work dealing with the Boxer Rebellion, Boxers/Saints.  Available in individual volumes or as a box set.  This work is a true tour de force of comics making, and incorporates a stroke of genius in Yang's insightful decision to tell the story of this war in two separate volumes encompassing the same time frame, but told from the respective points of view of each opposing side.  It's intense!  He talks about the "making of" in a CBR interview, here.
Boxers -
retail price - $18.99  copacetic price - $17.17
Saints - retail price - $15.99  copacetic price - $14.44
Box Set containing both  - retail price - $34.99  copacetic price - $29.75

BBBattling Boy
by Paul Pope
Well, here it is... finally.  Announced in 2007 for a fall 2008 release, finishing Battling Boy has clearly been a a personal battle for Pope himself.  Published by First Second, Battling Boy is the first volume in a series clearly aimed at pre- and early adolescent readers, with a slant towards the male of the species.  While this is bound to be a disappointment for that segment of Pope's readers who have primarily connected with those aspects of his previous work which have dealt with more mature themes involving drugs and sexuality,
long-time readers who were primarily attracted to his bold art and vividly expressive inking will find much to engage them here.  The commercial considerations of this project demanded a full color work with standard book dimensions, and while we here at Copacetic have generally favored Pope's work reproduced in such a way so as to play to his native strengths – on a larger scale and in black and white –  the coloring job turned in by Hilary Sycamore is finely nuanced and highly sympathetic to Pope's æsthetic (far more so than the coloring of Pope's work in the recent Image Comics collection).  The story told in Battling Boy is a shuffled deck of interlocking narratives that center on a boy descended from a godlike realm (think Asgard) who is the son of their champion (think Thor) who must prove himself in a rite of passage that takes place in the city of Arcopolis, a mythological urban center along the lines of an amalgamation of South American capital cities (think La Paz and Lima) that was formerly under the protection of the famed hero, Haggard West.  Also figuring prominently in the plot is West's daughter, Aurora.  The foes beseting Arcopolis are a bevy of monsters, rendered with clear relish and applomb by Pope as he expertly channels his childhood joy in drawing scary creatures (and by doing so recapitulates one of the book's central themes).  While there are narrative twists and turns aplenty, Pope sticks pretty closely to the standard young-adult-novel, rite-of-passage playbook. As a result, there won't be many surprises for seasoned readers well-acquainted with the genre, but the younger readers for whom this book was designed are sure to have a great time reading this highly engaging graphic novel that was created to connect with their still vital sense of wonder.  We hope for the sake of these same young readers that Pope has at last found firm footing for his continued work on this series, so that subsequent volumes arrive before they're too old to enjoy them.  
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $13.95

R12Reggie 12
by Brian Ralph
The first thing the reader notices upon picking up this sprightly, oversize hardcover volume, is the nearly translucent embossing representing the innards of Reggie 12 (innards which, intriguingly, from an interpretive standpoint, extend into the book's title logo; indicating, what?:  that the word and image are consubstantial? that, as consumer good, the title logo and the visual representation of the [imaginary] titular character are equally undergirded by their artistic rendering?  Points worth pondering...), a clever maneuver that leads the reader to pause contemplatively before diving in to swim through the cover-to-cover black and white and sky-blue comics.  The roughly two dozen pieces that make up this collection embody an energetic cartoon synthesis of Felix the Cat and Astro Boy (sort of).  While one-pagers predominate – many of which originally in Giant Robot Magazine – the pieces range in length through two, four and six pages, all the way up to an eight page origin sequence.  These include new (at least to us) stories which all flow together with the old, making for a relatively seamless reading experience.  Power-packed fun for all ages, from a founding member of Fort Thunder, who can currently be found teaching at SCAD.

retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75


Cursed Pirate Girl

by Jeremy Bastian
This all-ages fantasy tale of a girl pirate in search of her father is packaged in a ragged-edge edition with
an embossed hardcover upon which it is billed as a "nautical fairy tale of strange creatures, whimsical characters, swashbuckling danger and the the most bizarre pirates you could hope for."  In addition to the appeal offered by this description, we will also offer the fact that fans of detailed pen and ink rendering will be sure to find what they're looking for here.  Take a gander of some of what is in store for readers with this full-screen preview.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22


"When Did You See Her Last?" (All the Wrong Questions #2)
by Lemony Snicket, with Seth
We suspect that the long delay in the release of Palookaville 21 was due at least in part to the fact that Seth was busy working on this second volume of the All the Wrong Questions Series, "When Did You See Her Last?", with best-selling juvenile fiction author, Lemony Snicket. This bargain-priced hardcover features series design, cover and numerous interior illustrations by Seth.  Nice!
retail price - $16.00  copacetic price - $14.75


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YCWYou Can't Win

by Jack Black
Finally, a new edition of the seminal novel, You Can't Win by Jack Black.  Here's a book that that can lay claim - if any can - to having launched the "outlaw" literary counterculture, way back in 1926.  Do your duty and save someone on your holiday list from potentially leading a life doomed to being unhep to this classic that shows how it all began.  This edition sports an intense black and white cover drawn by Joe Coleman, taken from his set of illustrations of this novel originally published in Blab! (#3?); also included is a full color reproduction of the Coleman painting that graced the 1988 Amok Press republication of this classic.  The foreword by William Burroughs written for that edition is also here (although we recommend that this be read as an afterword, as it gives away some plot particulars).  NEW to this edition are the  (first ever?) republication of two fairly lengthy articles written by Mr. Black for Harpers Magazine in 1929 & 1930 and a biographical essay on Black by Donald Kennison. ESSENTIAL!

retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.25

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief
by Lawrence Wright
Here's our pick for the most engrossing non-fiction read of 2013.  A propulsive, engaging read that will answer many of the questions curious readers may have about the history and tenets of Scientology, its basis in Dianetics, and, especially, the life and times of Scientology's founder and the author of Dianetics, L. Ron Hubbard, which is where the book is strongest (and craziest!).  Going Clear is far from the last word on Scientology, however, for with every question it answers it raises another, and it is a bit on the breezy side, to be sure, but interested readers will find themselves engrossed and will discover that they have every reason to be thankful for what it does provide, as Scientology is legendary for giving those who attempt to dig into it a (very) hard time, as this book details among its many revelations.  And then, after reading this book, watch Wild Palms.
retail price - $28.95  copacetic price - $25.00

MBThe Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage
edited by J. David Spurlock & Stephen D. Kershak
And speaking of important women from the early 20th century whose life and work intersected with early comic books, here's a book that is likely to be the definitive single volume work on Margaret Brundage.  Ms. Brundage created a slew of iconic Weird Tales covers during her stint as the magazine's premiere illustrator during the 1930s, such as the 1933 "Bat Girl" that graces this collection's cover.  Weird Tales was the horror pulp, providing original publication to classic works by
H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Robert E. Howard – among many others – that went on to define contemporary American horror and fantasy; it was in its pages that the genre of Sword and Sorcery was born.  The Alluring Art of Margaret Brundage is a revelation in more ways than one.  While its sumptuous presentation of what may be the most substantial selection of her classic pulp illustration yet collected is reason enough to celebrate, what makes this book a real standout is its historical and biographical component.  Preceding the central art section are a half dozen short essays introducing Brundage, along with a 1973 interview with the artist.  Following the art is the book's highlight:  "The Secret Life of Margaret Brundage," a heavily illustrated, sixty page essay written by the book's editor, J. David Spurlock which chronicles her fascinating personal life which includes a lengthy involvement with the American political left and the civil rights movement.  Who knew?  Now everyone can get hep to this intriguing individual.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.75

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
This massive 771 page book has certainly hit the ground running, with gushing reviews galore.  "Dickensian" seems to be the general consensus,
but before checking in with the reviewers, let's head to this brief chat about the novel with Tartt at the NYTimes. Since we're at the Times, here's Stephen King's take on The Goldfinch, from their pages.  NPRGeoff Nicholson in the LATimes.  And, lest one get the wrong impression that there is utter unanimity, here's a dissenting view in the UK Guardian
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $25.00


Daily Rituals

by Mason Currey
The ideal book for the striving creative type on your list?  Yes!  Learn all about it HERE.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.75


The Circle

by Dave Eggers
One of the most anticipated books of the fall 2013 line up is waiting for interested readers on the Copacetic new arrivals table.  Learn more here, here and here is a brief Q&A with Eggers that is focused on this work.
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $25.00



by Andrea Barrett
Ms. Barrett has yet to disapppoint. 
Here are some specifics as to what to expect from her latest.
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22


Dissident Gardens
by Jonathan Lethem
Here's the book that has readers saying that he's finally grown up.  So, of course, it's contentious.  Jonathan Strikes Back, on Slate
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $24.75

Claire of the Sea Light

by Edwidge Danticat
Learn more HERE.
retail price - $25.95 copacetic price - $23.75

by Alice McDermott

Read and/or listen to Susan Jane Gilman's review on NPR.
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.50


Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
by David Sedaris
Help someone out with some laughs, courtesy of the new David Sedaris.  You probably don't need to know anything else, but you can read more about it, here: 

retail price - $25.99  copacetic price - $23.35


Who Owns the Future

by Jaron Lanier
Who, indeed?  Perhaps someone you know would be interested in finding out...  Read more about it here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/feb/27/who-owns-future-lanier-review
retail price - $28.00  copacetic price - $25.00


A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond:
Captain Beefheart interviews and texts 1966 – 2001
by Lester Bangs, et al
And for anyone with a Captain Beefheart fan on their list, voila! 300 pages of classic and obscure writings on and interviews with Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart; now all together in one place.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.75

David Bowie Is: The V & A Museum Exhibition Catalogue
by Camille Paglia, Jon Savage, et al
And, any hardcore Bowie fan will get a lot of mileage out of this massive hardcover exhibition catalogue of the exhibit currently on display at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.  Fashionistas too may rejoice in the startling breadth of Bowie's concert costumes.  Of interest to any and all students of late twentieth century culture will be the excellent essays that are interspersed throughout the luxurious display Bowiana, most notably that by Camille Paglia.  In Ms. Paglia Bowie has found an intellect that is not only equal to the task of unpacking the multilevelled – and  multi-valent – complexities of his work, but also
possessed of the requisite cultural sophistication to assign each to it's proper place and context in the history of art and culture, and correctly connect him to his influences, precursors and acolytes.  The NY Times offers a brief video tour / interview with the exhibition's co-curator Victoria Broackes that can be accessed from this review of the exhibit.
retail price - $55.00  copacetic price - $48.75

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Ready to Die - CD
by Iggy and the Stooges
Miraculously, after two decades of less than stellar recordings, Iggy has managed a return to form here on this album, produced at age 65 and released close on the heels of his 66th birthday.  This is doubtless due in no small measure to the return of James Williamson on the heels of the multi-year reunion of Iggy with the (almost) original Stooges line-up. The presence of the Ron and Scott Asheton was not enough to save The Weirdness.  Ready to Die is another story, however.  Backed by James Williamson on multiple-tracked guitars, Scott Asheton on Drums, Mike Watt on Bass and Steve Mackay on Sax (of which there is plenty) as well as a number of guest appearances, including one by Scott Thurston, Iggy delivers up his best new material and performances in over two decades on this ten track album.  Anyone so inclined can check out the recent live performance courtesy of NPR (The Stooges and NPR?  Who knew?)
copacetic price - $12.97

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We've put in a solid stock of a far reaching variety of quality cinema on DVD  and Blu-Ray with gift giving in mind.  Here's a look at just a few:

G     M     RB     LS

SF     H     B     Q         

And, of course, we continue to offer our excellent selection of  DVDs
bargain priced at $5.99 2/$9.98 as well as plenty more, including box sets of all stripes, from Looney Tunes to Werner Herzog.


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Crazy Deals

Nothing here at the moment as we've returned to sanity for the time being...


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 www.copaceticcomics.com, 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).


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and a Happy Holidays to all!

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