3Q 2004 ARRIVALS

New for September 2004

Peanuts Gift Boxs 1950 - 54The Complete Peanuts Gift Box: 1950 - 1954
What this is, exactly, is an illustrated and quite sturdy slip-cover containing both volume one and volume two of the Fantagraphics edition of the Complete Peanuts.  Make no mistake:  these are the exact same books that you would purchase indivudually and that are priced at $28.95 each.  So, if you had been meaning to get started with this series, but hadn't managed to get around to it, you're in luck:  Now you can get the first two volumes and a snazzy slipcase and save on the bargain, to boot.  And, of course, this item is pretty much a guaranteed success story as a holiday gift -- as it is obviously intended to be.  If, however, you already purchased the first volume, and are now experiencing angst-ridden envy at the thought of missing out on this cool slipcase -- don't!  You can still buy this, place your old copy of the first volume in the slipcase,  and then give the first volume as a gift; thereby creating a win-win situation. 
retail price - $49.95  copacetic price - $39.95

La Dolce Vita DVD
by Federico Fellini (1960)
w/ Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Anita Ekberg & Roma

At last!  It's here:  Indisputably one of the greatest films of all time, the film that captured what was supposed to be a fleeting moment in time and yet defined not only an era but a state of mind while forging a (self-fulfilling?) prophecy of today's culture of celebrity, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita is now available on DVD from (surprisingly, not Criterion, but) Koch Lorber.  This Deluxe 2-Disc set features an excellent transfer of a flawless, beautiful new print of the film, and includes many bonus features such as a collection of "never-before-seen" Fellini shorts, interviews with Fellini, Mastroianni and Ekberg, and a "musical montage" of Cinecetta, Fellini's studio.  Watching this film today, it's hard to believe it's over forty years old...

retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $28.75

Here's some other notable recent DVD arrivals:

•>I Vitelloni (1953; also by Fellini; his classic coming-of-age drama) criterion
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.47

•>Mamma Roma (1962; Pasolini; 2-Disc set includes La Ricotta w/Orson Welles & more) criterion
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $33.97

•>The Lower Depths -- A 2-Disc, 2-Film set:  Les Bas-fonds  (Jean Renoir; 1936; 89 min) & Donzoko (Akira Kurosawa; 1957; 125 min) both adapting the Maxim Gorky play, The Lower Depthscriterion
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $33.97

•>Videodrome (1983; Cronenberg; 2-Disc set w/documentaries and shorts) criterion
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $33.97

•>A Woman Is a Woman (Une Femme Est une Femme) (1961; Godard; w/early Godard short) criterion
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.47

•>John Cassavetes: Five Films (8-DVD box featuring Shadows, Faces, A Woman Under the Influence; The Killing of a Chinese Bookie; Opening Night; A Constant Forge - The Life and Art of John Cassavetes; and many, many bonus extras including another, and totally different -- and 27 minutes longer -- version of Chinese Bookie, two hours of new video interviews, rare footage from the Cassavetes-Lane Drama Workshop from which Shadows emerged and much more! criterion
retail price - $124.95  copacetic price - $99.50

•>The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964; Demy; w/Catherine Deneuve; beaut. new print!)
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.21

•>The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004; Larry Blamire; filmed in "Skeletorama")
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $23.95

•>High School Confidential (1959; Arnold; prod. by Zugsmith) The secret source of David Lynch's Twin Peaks (Don't believe us? Watch it and see for yourself!)
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.77

In the Shadow of No Towers
by Art Spiegelman
Pulling this volume out of the box was a rare surprise: It is printed -- cover to cover -- entirely on heavy, glossy board; just like those board books for children, except much, much bigger.  This volume measures over 10" x 14", yes, but each page is twice as large -- 20" x 14"!  Spiegelman's hope is to evoke the glory days of the Sunday comics pages, but in a durable (nigh indestructible) edition; and to drive this point home, he includes some prime examples --
along with a brief, eloquent introduction -- from the earliest days of the newspaper era of comics in a very nicely done appendix.  This is a one of a kind piece, not only of comics, but of 9/11 catharsis. 
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

City of Glass: The Graphic Novel
by Paul Auster & David Mazzucchelli
back in print, at last!  Originally published in 1994, the most requested out-of-print volume in the history of the Copacetic Comics Company -- and for good reason:  it's a classic -- is now back in print:  in a nice new edition (with a nice new cover, to boot) that is superior to the original; and that includes a new introduction by Art Spiegelman (see above) that lays out the genesis of this particular work, helping to place it in the proper historical context.  Recommended!
retail price - $14.00  copacetic price - $12.60

B. Krigstein Comics
by Berni Krigstein
edited by Greg Sandowski
colored by Marie Severin
While we're on the subject of classics, now seems like the right time to point out that this long awaited follow-up to Sandowski's 2002 critical biography of Krigstein is finally on our shelves.  While the bio was a tough sell, this one one sells itself.  Weighing in at 240 9" x 12" bright-white flat uncoated pages, this deluxe hardcover edition presents thirty-four -- that's right 34 -- complete, uninterrupted Krigstein Klassics, all in full-color (except for one, which was originally produced for a 3-D comic, that is reproduced from an original silverprint).  One for your wish list.
retail price - $49.95  copacetic price - $39.95

Talk To Her
interviews conducted by Kristine McKenna
In her much anticipated follow-up to Copacetic favorite, Book of Changes, McKenna delivers the goods in once again getting together with an amazing amalgamation of personalities, and prying out a wagonload of insights from their veiled thoughts.  Subjects interviewed this time around include:  Robert Altman, Elvis Costello, Jacques Derrida, Allen Ginsberg, Richard Hell, Chrissie Hynde, Rickie Lee Jones, John Lydon, Guy Maddin, Russ Meyer, Joni Mitchell, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, Lou Reed, Eve-Marie Saint, Joe Strummer, Tom Verlaine and... Orson Welles!  And as if this isn;t enough already, each interview is accomapnied by a full page illustration of the subject rendered by cool comics cats such as Megan Kelso, Charles Burns, Tony Millionaire, Rick Geary, Dan Clowes, Mary Fleener, and many others.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $14.40

by Andy Runton
Owly finally finds a permanent home in the first Owly trade paperback from Top Shelf.  This 160 page volume offers newcomers a chance to find out what buyers of the self-published (and Top Shelf distributed) Owly minis have been discovering over the last year:  Owly is one of the cutest and most endearing characters existing in that ephemeral reality constructed in lines on paper.  The two Owly adventures herein collected -- The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer -- are related entirely in pictures; but while the characters that populate the similarly pantomimic work of Jason and Kriek (see below) tend to delve a bit into the shadows of the human psyche, Runton's Owly -- ironically, considering the animal that is his name sake -- is of an indefatigably bright disposition and never fails to direct his feet to the sunny side of the street.  This is one strip that is guaranteed to chase those blues away.  It's only a matter of time until the Owly plush dolls start rolling off the production lines.   Hmm,  wonder where we'll put ours...
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.50

GutsmanGutsman Comics: Volume 1
by Erik Kriek
For some years now, Dutchman Erik Kriek has been producing an excellent series of pantomime (i.e. -- "silent"; no words; like those of fellow European, Jason) comics.  Way hep Dutch publisher Oog & Blik is the responsible party for this fine collection of the first five issues of Gutsman Comics.  What's Gutsman all about?  Well, it's kind of hard to explain, but it's pretty much about the interior life of it's creator, a middle-aged, urban, bourgeois male living in Amsterdam, in which his family life, love life and fantasy life all get jumbled together.  It's fun, well done and worth a look.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70

Flight: Volume One
This full color anthology was one of the hits of this year's San Diego Con.  It presents 24 brand new stories, all in full color and all dealing in one way or another with flight.  A host of writers and artists are show off their strengths here, including current and former Pittsburghers, Neil Babra and Bill Mudron, along with many other fine talents.  The highlights are the submissions of Derek Kirk Kim, Jen Wang, Kazu Kibuishi and Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, all of whom turn in excellent, original pieces.  The surprise here is that this book is published by Image.  Our hats are off to them:  this book should go a long way towards bridging the gap between the traditional heroic fantasy comics that still dominate the racks of most comics shops and the growing ranks of more creatively adventurous comics work that is seeping in from the edges, in traditional book stores as well as comics shops.  Not only that, it is international in scope as well, linking Asian, European and American styles and traditions. This book offers up a well-rounded snapshot of this historical moment in comics history.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

A1: Big Issue 0
Here's a blast from the past.  Perhaps serving as an example for Image in their efforts today, publisher A1 was attempting to bridge the gap between the edges and the middle of comics a decade or so ago, and while it didn't manage to publish a whole lot, what it did put out there was actually pretty much all A1.  This issue revisits some of its former glory, in gearing up for the future.  The feature attraction here is the complete original Bojeffries Saga episode by Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse, but there's plenty more including, Survivor, one of the first and best comics commentaries on what Superman would "really" be like by Dave Gibbons and Ted McKeever, and Copacetic favorite: A Flaming Carrot Unsolved Mystery: The Bandit Moons, which features the first (and only?) appearance of Sponge Boy (inspiration for Sponge Bob Square Pants?).  Well worth the cost of admission.
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.45

The Fortress of Solitude
by Jonathan Lethem
now in paperback!  OK, now there's no excuse:  read this book of the meeting of the meeting of the minds; of the cross fertilization of complementary (if nevertheless antagonistic) sub-cultures; of the baby steps that lead to cultural evolution; of how the margins of the 1970s erupted into the mainstream a generation later; of Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude; of comic books and hip-hop.  A note to Pittsburghers:  Jonathan Lethem will visit Pittsburgh and give a lecture on (we believe) Thursday, October 28, 2004 at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland.  Don't hesitate to contact us for details.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70

The Believer No. 17
We haven't mentioned The Believer in awhile, and we thought we'd just remind you that it's still managing to successfully maintain a monthly schedule while continuing to present some of the most interesting and engaging writing and interviews (and now, comics, too: The Scaredy Kids
by Michael Kupperman: a full-color, one-page continuity-strip that runs every issue) anywhere.  This issue features some fascinating and timely looks at monomania and leadership.
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $7.20

New for August 2004

Persepolis 2Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return
by Marjane Satrapi
It's here: the most awaited comics sequel of 2004.  Find out what happens after Marjane left Iran in 1984, and upon her later return to Iran (as the title tells us) in this modestly priced hardcover that's hot off the press.  "Persepolis 2 is much more than the chronicle of a young woman’s struggle into adulthood; it’s a brilliant, painful, rendering of the contrast between East and West, between the repression of wartime Iran and the social, political, and sexual freedoms of 1980’s Austria. There’s something universal about Satrapi’s search for self-definition, but her experiences in Vienna and Tehran are rendered with such witty particularity, and such heartbreaking honesty, that by the end of this book you’ll feel you’ve gained an intimate friend." -- Julie Orringer, author of How To Breathe Underwater
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $15.25

The Future Dictionary of America
"A brilliant, acerbic and provocative imagining of the American language sometime in the future, when all or most of our country's problems are solved and the present administration is a distant memory.  An unprecedented Book-CD package to benefit progressive causes featuring over 200 of America's best writers, artists & musicians.   Every cent of the proceeds will go directly to groups working for the public good in the 2004 election."  Put together by the folks at McSweeney's -- with a little bit of help from their friends over at Barsuk Records -- this item is about as good as it gets:  a wholesome treat for the eyes and ears that provides quality sustenance for the mind while the money spent upon its purchase goes towards benfitting a more progressive world.  The book features hundreds of witty and insightful neologisms alongside of (hopefully) ironic definitions for present terms by an amazing agglomeration of writers including Diane Ackerman, Paul Auster, Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon, Michael Cunningham, David Eggers, Rick Moody, ZZ Packer, Katha Pollitt, Richard Powers, Simon Schama, Art Spiegelman, and Kurt Vonnegut, whose sobering essay, "Cold Turkey," concludes the collection.  This compendium is accompanied by hundreds of cartoon illustrations and a 12-page full color center section featuring a five-page Chris Ware piece along with work by Michael Kupperman and others.  The 22-track CD that handily and snugly rests inside the back cover presents musical rarities and other work by the likes of Tom Waits, R.E.M, Sleator-Kinney, They Might Be Giants and Nada Surf, and closes with a haunting Elliot Smith tune.  We encourage you to participate in this publishing event.  In keeping with the spirit of the project, we are offering this item at an especially copacetic price.
retail price - $28.00  copacetic price - $20.00

Fats Waller - Handful of KeysProper Box 71: "Fats" Waller - Handful of Keys
YES!!!  At last it has come to pass:  Fats Waller gets the Proper treatment.  Of all the great personalities of jazz, Fats is the greatest (laying aside Louis Armstrong, of course, who transcends mere personality). Fats would be a legend just for his mastery of the keyboard with which he launched his career,  but he has so much more to offer.  He crafted a true persona which he then donned for each and every performance.  And what performances!  Fats was the very embodiment of entertainment.  And finally, there's the songs themselves.  Fats Waller is one of the greatest song writers of all times.  He brought a jazz sensibility to show tunes and a show tune sensibility to jazz.  Some, like Ain't Misbehavin',  have become standards, interpreted over and over again by cats of all colors, able to be made fresh each time.  Others, like My Very Good Friend the Milkman, belong to Fats alone.  The people of Proper Records really had their work cut out for them with this one:  how do you bring the whole of Fats when you have a mere four CDs?  It's painful to leave out even one timeless classic! Handful of Keys proves once again why Proper Records is the reigning champion of classic jazz packages:  Fats is here in all his glory, from his early days as keyboard prodigy to his final blazing days of songmanship.  This is a set that will bring a lifetime of  enjoyment.  If Fats isn't part of your life, then, man, you ain't livin'!  Here's the complete track listing and discography.
copacetic price - $22.50

other new Proper Boxes just in:
PROPERBOX75  Various Artists   Swinging Hollywood Hillbilly Cowboys ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX74  Ella Fitzgerald   Romance and Rhythm ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX73  Mel Torme   Jazz and Velvet ¡NEW!
PROPERBOX72  Various Artists   Kings of Komedy ¡NEW!
all only $22.50@

Jimbo in PurgatoryJimbo in Purgatory
by Gary Panter
It may be a year late, but it's here:  The biggest (literally it's a 12" x 18" harcover monstrosity) comic book of the year.  As the title suggests, it's an adaptation (of sorts) of the middle book of Dante's Divine Comedy.  Much awaited, this book is being touted as Panter's "Big Book."  We'll have to take a look and see...
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.47

Created in DarknessCreated in Darkness by Troubled Americans:
The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category
Forty-nine humorous essays, all culled from the McSweeney's internet archives, are herein collected in this mid-size hardcover volume with a dustjacket illustrated by Charles Burns.  Plus:  thirty pages of lists!
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $14.40

Last Mountain Dancer
Hard-Earned Lessons in Love, Loss and Honky-Tonk Outlaw Life
by Chuck Kinder
The latest by local legend and University of Pittsburgh professor (who is currently the directror of their writing program) is now available.  The publishers state that this 457 page hardcover, "confronts the regrets and heartaches of Kinder's past, present, and future in funny and bawdy family stories, lies, legends and history that reside in West Virginia's haunted hills and the hollows of his memory."  Jayne Anne Phillips says, "Holy Moly!"  Added Bonus Fact:  The cover illustration of this book is by local stringed instrument master and Deliberate Stranger, Tom Moran.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.25

Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic In One Volume
by Jeff Smith
They say all things come to those who wait, and here's proof:  The complete Bone -- all 55 issues, which were heretofore collected in 9 volumes, retailing for a total of well over $100.00 -- in one 1344-page volume for one amazingly low price.
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $33.95

Spider-Man: The '67 Collection (DVD)
Talk about a long wait!  34 years after the series completed it's 4 year run, it's finally available to own.  This 6-Disc box set contains all 52 episodes and runs 1,144 minutes.
"Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can..." ad infinitum.   Our favorite  super-hero cartoon series of all time is here.
retail price - $59.95  copacetic price - $53.95

Sidewalk Bump
edited by Dan Moynihan
This new anthology edited by the creator of Mreow Comics classics such as Why I Like Bugs and The Moon Catching is entirely devoted to stories about skateboarding!!!  This hand-made mini featuring a full-color cover on textured stock ans B&W interior is a true small press edition and is limited supply.  Contributors include John Porcellino, Dave Kiersh, Leslie Kleinberg and, of course, Moynihan himself.  Get it before it's gone!
copacetic price - $5.00

Oxford Color Dictionary & Thesarus
It's all here in one pocket-size package.  100,000 words (each printed in a bold stand-out blue to aid the eye, with the following definition printed in standard black) along with quick concise definitions and their definition-mates (i.e synonyms).  Add it all up and it makes for fast, quick and easy vocabulary building.  Oxford has done it again!
retail price - $8.95  copacetic back-to-school specialprice - $4.95

Rosetta 2:  A Comics Anthology
edited by Ng Suat Tong
For readers of McSweeney's 13 looking to cast a wider net, this might be the ticket; and to lure you in, we're offering a super-low, take-a-chance, introductory-incentive-price on this great 264 page anthology (with 48 pages in full color).  There are some exceptional new works premiering here, including a beautifully rendered mythological fable by Craig Thompson; a very interesting (think early Spiegelman) Matt Madden that is quite probably his most challenging work to date; a Jason Lutes piece that is his first non-Berlin work in quite awhile (and it's quite good); R. Sikoryak's take on the funny pages (which is very, very funny); two short pieces by Paul Pope; a nifty Jason; and a truly amazing breakthrough piece from Michael Kupperman.  In addition to this, there's a great deal of work from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  All between covers by Peter Kuper and Megan Kelso.  Check it out!
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $14.95

And don't forget:   Rosetta 1(also $19.95 retail) is still available.
copacetic price - $16.95

You Can't Get ThereYou Can't Get There From Here
by Jason
The latest from America's favorite Norwegian is another two-color job.  It is a single tale broken into three parts, with two pantomime chapters bracketing a middle "talkie."  As for the story:  it's pretty much a Jasonesque take on Bride of Frankenstein; but one involving a weirdly bipolar sructure in which all the characters are mirored by other characters, and vice versa; sort of.  I guess you'll have to read it to understand....
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.00

Kyle Baker Cartoonist - Volume 2
More essential knowledge in cartoon form from the master himself.  No one does Mad Magazine style humor better than Kyle Baker.  Mad itself hasn't been this good in over thirty years!  This guy has it down.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70

Comic Art 6
It's been a long wait, but now it's over.  This issue features a visit to Seth's studio, an interview with the Imp's Daniel Raeburn, a look at the early life and work of the one and only Virgil Partch, an essay comparing fictional Minnesota natives Jay Gatsby and Charlie Brown, and plenty more; all accompanied by the highest quality reproductions in the industry.
retail price - $9.00  copacetic price - $8.10

Clyde Fans:  Book 1
by Seth
Speaking of Seth, here is his first book length volume since It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken.  This opening volume of Clyde Fans presents the story of two brothers' five decades of life as small-time businessmen.  Loneliness and depression are the watch words here, but don't let that deter you:  This is another beautifully designed and superbly produced hardcover volume from Drawn & Quarterly; featuring high quality duotone printing throughout, it's truly a wonder how they do it for such a reasonable price.  You gotta hand it to these Canadians!
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

DC: The New Frontier #5 (of 6)
by Darwyn Cooke
Five down and one to go.  Boy, is this book good!
retail price - $6.95  copacetic price - $5.90

Love and Rockets v.2 #11
by Los Hermanos Hernandez
It's here already!  The latest issue of the greatest comic book series of our times.  Jaime continues his descent into the underbelly of LA with a Ray D. mini-epic that really comes on like a 1950s film noir; somehow managing to pack it all into a mere five pages, a feat that he alone could pull off.  Beto ponders on the consequences of treating women as commodities and marriage as a consumer choice.  And plenty more.
retail price - $4.50  copacetic price - $3.60

New for July 2004

Eightball #23Eightball #23
by Daniel Clowes
Yes, believe it or not, it's been three years since Eightball #22.  Is #23 worth the wait?  We'll leave that for you to decide.  Suffice it to say that Mr. Clowes is a singular talent and that he has put this talent in the service of his generation (i.e. the tail-end of the baby boom) in telling this particular tale; a tale that it is deleriously difficult -- if not downright dangerous -- to describe.  It is a tawdry tale of teen trauma.  It is a meditation on the role played by super heroes in shaping the psyche and -- perhaps -- in contributing to psychosis, as well:  a look at what type of personality results from someone who never manages to advance beyond the world view and mind set engendered by adolescent power-fantasies.  It is, in addition, a bit of alternate-reality autobiography:  a sort of, "There but for the grace of God (or, as Clowes might have it, Harvey Kurtzman) go I."  Throughout it all, Clowes deftly employs his arsenal of finely honed comics craft:  pacing, panel layout, page composition, pencilling, inking, coloring, lettering -- and most especially the overall construction of the book, when taken as an organic whole -- all are uniformly excellent here, and continue in the direction that Clowes initiated with Eightball #22.  All long time devotees of Clowes  will find it difficult if not impossible to pass this issue up.  Novices and initiates may find themselves confused at times as to what, exactly, he is up to here, but will -- surely -- nevertheless manage to experience the pleasures of the text.
retail price - $7.00  copacetic price - $5.95

Stuff of Dreams #2Stuff of Dreams #2
by Kim Deitch
Here's another one for long suffering fans.  It's been almost as long between issues on this title as on Eightball; but not quite.  The reward, however, is here every bit as great.  Kim Deitch has been creating fine, one-of-a-kind comics of great discernment and filled with individual insights for as long as anyone but R. Crumb.  Any new comic book by Deitch is a cause for celebration.  This comic book presents a great opportunity to discover for yourself why Kim Deitch has been singled out by Chris Ware as one of the all-time greats, and one of his top personal favorites, to boot.
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.25

American ElfAmerican Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka,
October 26, 1998 to December 31, 2003
By James Kochalka
with an introduction by Moby (in comics form!)
THUD!  That's the sound this book makes when dropped on the table top or night stand where it will inevitably reside.  It's a big, fat book, and it will take awhile to go through it. This volume collects all four of the original sketchbook diaries, PLUS a whole extra year, AND has a bonus 32 page (16 in the front, and 16 in the back) color supplement of all new material.  The Sketchbook Diaries are a unique work and this collection is a great value.  To learn more, visit our Kochalka Sketchbook Diary Page.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $23.95

Carnet de VoyageCarnet de Voyage: Travel Journal, Volume One
by Craig Thompson
Well, this book is much more that we hoped for when first hearing of it.  It's an impressive 224 page softcover trade.  The cover has French flaps and is printed on a nice textured stock.  It's the contents, however, that are the real surprise.  Carnet de Voyage is a finely balanced blend of journal and sketchbook that -- importantly -- manages to successfully integrate comics into the mix.  Looks good!
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70

Conversation 1Conversation
by James Kochalka and Craig Thompson
Speak of the devil!  Here they are again:  Kochalka and Thompson.  This time, however, they present their first ever collaboration; and it's an interesting one.  In forty-eight 5" x 5" pages -- each co-written and co-drawn by both Kochalka and Thompson --  Conversation discovers yet another use for comics:  that of carrying on the classical form of the dialogue, in the tradition of Socrates and Confucius.  While the level of the dialogue in Conversation might not quite reach the hallowed heights of the founders of the form, it nevertheless represents a successful translation of the form's essentials, and provides a glimpse of what comics can  bring to the table.  Recommended!
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $3.95

Captain America MADBOMBCaptain America and The Falcon: MADBOMB
by Jack Kirby
Originally produced to coincide with America's Bicentennial, "Madbomb" first appeared in Captain America #193 - 200 (#200 was, amazingly, actually realeased shortly before Jluy 4, 1976).  This run marked Kirby's return to Marvel after his five year stint at DC producing the much lauded "Fourth World" series (New Gods, Forever People, etc.).  "Madbomb" is the story of a power hungry cabal who adopt the mantle of "patriots" and take to wearing the powdered wigs of the founding fathers while hatching a scheme to grab control of the USA and rule it as "the new aristocracy" who are above the law.  In order to effect their scheme they employ powerful technology that distorts people's sense of self, driving them mad.  Sound familiar?  This is one of Kirby's great works, arguably his mature masterpiece; and by today's lights, it seems like a a prophecy as well.  That Marvel finally got around to recognizing the value of this work, and that they managed to release it to coincide with our nation's birthday this time around as well -- and in an important election year to boot --  is nothing short of a minor miracle.  Hallelujah!
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $14.44

Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers
edited by Sean Howe
This is nicely designed and put together and definitely unique collection of essays on comics and our relationships with them.  This volume features work by writers not widely associated with comics, a fact that serves the dual function of bringing fresh perspectives to the relatively insular world of comics fans and collectors while simultaneously attracting more mainstream non-comics readers to this world.  This is a healthy development for the form.  Here's what you'll find:  Jonathan Lethem on  Jack "King" Kirby; Luc Sante on Hergé and Tintin; Geoff Dyer on Spider-Man and ben-day dots; Aimee Bender on Yummy Fur and Story Telling; Gary Giddens on Classics Illustrated; Geoffrey O'Brien on Nick Fury; Chris Offutt on NoMan(!); Greil Marcus on Uncle Sam; Steve Erickson on American Flagg!; Tom Piazza on Bizarro and Mxyzptlk; Myla Goldberg on Chris Ware and Renée French; Lydia Millet on Little Nemo in Slumberland; John Wray on Jim Woodring; Christopher Sorrentino on the DC-Marvel rivalry; Glen David Gold on Warlock and the nature of collecting; Brad Meltzer on The New Teen Titans and young love; and Andrew Hultkrans on Steve Ditko's hands.  Whew!
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.45

Tomine ScrapbookThe Adrian Tomine Scrapbook: Uncollected Work: 1990 - 2004
The title pretty m;uch say it all.  This is an atttractive oversize softcover edition with rounded corners that charts Tomine's maturation as an artist and gives us a chance to to peek at his sketchbooks and check out his non-comics illustration work.  There is, of course, plenty of comics work, too.  A must have for any serious TOmine fan, and worth at least a look for everyone else.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $21.25

Want to keep going?  There's tons more great stuff here, almost all of which is still in stock.  Check out our new arrivals archives:

2Q 2004: April - June, New Arrivals
1Q 2004: January - March, New Arrivals

4Q 2003: October - December, New Arrivals
3Q 2003: July - September, New Arrivals
2Q 2003: April - June, New Arrivals
1Q 2003: January - March, New Arrivals

2002:       January - December New Arrivals

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