Copacetic Arrivals: 3Q 2005

New for September 2005

SPX 2005 Bonanza
Yowza!  Have we got some self-published, small-press comics for you.  We just got back form this year's Small Press Comics Expo -- aka SPX -- in Bethesda, MD (just outside of our nation's capital) with our biggest haul of comics ever!  We're still in the process of listing them, but if you feel like diving in and checking out what we have up, here it is!  Local customers are encouraged to come on down and start rifling through the special SPX display we have constructed to hold the mass of printed matter.  REMEMBER:   Because we went for breadth over depth (and, boy,  was there ever breadth!), with the exception of new work by a few proven sellers from prior years, there are only one to five copies each of the publications we picked up, and, as a result, most of 
these comics will only be available for a limited time, and some are selling out at this very moment!

Acme Novellty HC
The Acme Novelty Library
by Chris Ware
This startlingly well produced Big Book, the latest from the greatest full grown adult comics whiz kid, that literary minded artistic genius and graphic technician extraordinaire who possesses what could possibly be the most divided consciousness in a fully-functioning adult in the known world -- yes, that's right, Mr. Chris Ware -- collects material previously presented in the comics periodical Acme Novelty Library #7 & #15 (AKA Acme Novelty Big Book of Jokes #1 & #2 ) published by Fantagraphics, along with plenty of finely crafted, bruising new work with which it has been seamlessly integrated, all bundled together in an extravagant and exquisite oversize hardcover edition published by Pantheon BooksIt pretty much goes without saying that this exquisite hardcover edition is a must for anyone interested in contemporary comics.  A contender for the most densely packed volume in the history of printing -- there are more drawings and more text squeezed into every nook and cranny than any other book we can think of -- this is work that will rend the senses and boggle the mind.  It comes shrinkwrapped to insure that the deluxe package remains unscathed until its owner deigns to unwrap it.  Read our feature listing to learn more.
retail price -  $27.50  copacetic price - $24.00

Salamander DreamSalamander Dream
by Hope Larson
This is the first full length work by a talented and original new-comer, Hope Larson.  It's a story of a growing girl's imaginative idle moments spent in the woods around her home, which intriguingly incorporates a confrontation with her budding sexuality.  This aspect is handled in a fairly unique manner that is entirely suitable for all ages. Salamander Dream is artfully presented in black and white with green tones and is worth a look. 
retail price -  $15.00  copacetic price - $12.75 

Times of Botchan 1The Times of Botchan - Volume One
by Jiro Taniguchi & Natsuo Sekikawa
The first of a multi-volume saga by the artist best known here at Copacetic for his amazing Walking Man.  One of the first things long time comics readers might note is the uncanny resemblance that certain aspects of Taniguchi's art for this series bears to the work of both Jerry Ordway and Dave Sim.  It's hard to say who's influencing who here, but it's hard not to suspect that Ordway and Sim got a hold of the Japanese edition of this work when it was originally published in 1987.  Taniguchi is a true comics master.  Anyone who knows quality work when they see it will be sure to be glad they got a hold of this excellent volume published the English-Spanish enterprise, Fanfare/Ponent Mon.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.99

2020 Visions2020 Visions
by Jamie Delano
With artist chores ably handled by Warren Pleece, Steve Pugh, Frank Quitely, James Romberger.  Published by Speakeasy Comics, this 295 page B & W softcover collects the entirety of the 12 issue series originally published by Vertigo.  The series was originally conceived as four distinct stories, each of which connects with the others and all of which are
set in the same vision of our future world -- dystopian, but not without hope; and each of which is drawn by a different artist.   This is an engaging volume by one of the most consistently interesting writers of genre comics currently working.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.99

The Clouds AboveThe Clouds Above
by Jordan Crane
This is without a doubt Jordan Crane's finest work to date.  It brings together all of his strengths in one superb package.  From cover to cover, the attention to detail in the production is --
with the notable exception of the work of Chris Ware -- unsurpassed in comics today.  However, even Chris is herein surpassed when it comes to the attention paid to detail in coloring.  The Clouds Above has raised the bar when it comes quality color comics work.  This is one book you have to pick up and look at! 
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $15.15

The StoogesThe Stooges - The Stooges & Funhouse (CD)
Just in case you were distracted by current events and missed hearing, we thought we'd let you know that Rhino and Elektra have teamed up to present deluxe 2-Disc repackings of the original Stooges albums, and we have them.  In each package the first disc presents the original LP in its entirety and the
second contains rare and previously unrealsed material (although in the case of Funhouse, all of this additional material is culled from the recently issued but now out-of-print super-deluxe 7-CD box set of the complete Funhouse sessions).  The Stooges bonus contains four tracks Funhousefrom John Cale's original mix, four alternate vocals, and -- most exciting of all -- the complete original versions of "Anne" and "No Fun" which were, it turns out, edited for their release on The Stooges. In addition, each package includes an illustrated booklet replete with rare photos and new liner notes.  These two records were startling prophecies which changed the face of rock music in ways that were completely unimaginable at the time of their original release 35 years ago.
retail price - $19.98@  copacetic price - $17.77@

The History of Violence
by Jon Wagner & Vince Locke
This graphic novel, which was originally published in 1997, has just been re-released to celebrate its being adapted as the latest motion picture by acclaimed director David Cronenberg.  An archetypal account of how the past always catches up with you no matter how hard you might try to keep it at bay, it is a gruesomely violent portrayal of the consequences of breaking the social contract for personal gain.
retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $8.99

Barefoot RiotBarefoot Riot
by Martin Cendreda
This is a tiny cute volume of sketchbook drawings published by Giant Robot Books.  The drawings are reproduced
as they were originally drawn:  in black and white, two tone and full color.  It is an intimate look at the unguarded moments of creation that is likely to be appreciated by all those who keep sketchbooks themselves.
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.00

Finder: RescuersFinder: The Rescuers
by Carla Speed McNeil
This is the seventh collection in what is indisputably the best science fiction comic book series currently being produced in the United States.  Great art, great stories and great characters make for a great reading experience.  With each volume the depth and complexity of the Finder's mythical setting -- Anvard, Cynosure of the North -- grows and grows.  Readers of Dave Sim's Cerebus, Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar and Jessica Abel's La Perdida -- just to name a few -- who are looking to branch out, all stand a good chance of being pleasantly surprised by Carla Speed McNeil's Finder, which is now on the cusp of entering its second decade!  To learn more, read this extended review on
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

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New for August 2005

Spiral BoundSpiral Bound
by Aaron Renier
Here's a brand new book that's sure to appeal to fans of
Craig Thompson's Good-bye Chunky Rice, and here's what Craig himself has to say about it:  "Spiral-Bound is a lush magical landscape. It rekindles the quintessential childhood experience -- of exploring a mysterious new neighborhood street, or cozying up in a favorite tree-fort or secret hangout -- and revels in the details. It reminds us of the joy of discovery, and of finding oneself." -- Craig Thompson   And the praise keeps coming.  To wit:   "Aaron's great drawings and strong story is just what this world needs. Especially now, because I have kids and I'd rather move to an igloo at the North Pole than raise them in a world without good comic books." -- Tony Millionaire, Author of Sock Monkey   "Brilliant! Aaron Renier has created a playfully mysterious universe, complete with its own dreamlike logic. It's a delightfully inventive treasure." -- Dav Pilkey, Author of Captain Underpants    "Aaron Renier's Spiral-Bound is exactly the sort of novel I have been looking for when the weather outside is glum and I want to spend the afternoon on my couch with Nico on the stereo and a pot of toasted rice tea simmering on the end table. If you want anything more from a graphic novel than a noble elephant, a shadowy mystery, an intrepid bird, an underwater monster, an impeccable rabbit, an underground tram, a devoted dog, an aquatic sculptor, a corrupt mayor, a maze of secrets, a secret maze and not one but two performances by my new favorite musical ensemble Kodiak & Calico, you should be ashamed of yourself." -- Lemony Snicket    Spiral Bound is a 184 page book printed with rounded corners, so as to resemble a -- that's right -- sprial bound notebook.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70



by Alex Robinson
From the creator of the highly regarded Box Office Poison (just rereleased in a new matching edition) comes an all new 352 page graphic novel that "follows the lives of six people -- a reclusive rock legend, a heartbroken waitress, a counterfeiter, an obsessive crank, a lost daughter, and a backstabbing lover -- whose lives are unconnected until an act of violence brings them spiraling in on each other."
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $15.95

The Rabbi's CatThe Rabbi's Cat
by Joann Sfar
The latest entry in Pantheon Books' burgeoning graphic novel line, The Rabbi's Cat is a very European book about Jews, Arabs, cats and God set in pre-WWII Algeria, that centers on a Rabbi, his daughter and their (sometimes talking, sometimes not) cat.  Lushly illustrated and beautifully printed and bound in a large, full color, hardcover edition, this work is a fanciful and nostalgic recollection of a bygone era that successfully captures the gradual, deliberate pace and sumptuous feel of its characters' lives and by so doing reminds us of some of life's eternal verities. 

retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75

Unicorn Mountain
edited by Curt Gettman
Made in Pittsburgh!  This is the first of a projected series of anthologies featuring local writers, musicians and comics creators.  It comes with a full length CD and -- for a limited time  -- a special hand printed insert comic by Pittsburgh poster maven, Budai.  Learn more at
copacetic price - $12.00

Or Else #3Or Else #3
by Kevin Huizenga
This issue contains eight short pieces and one extended piece, "I Stand Up for Zen." 
It's 44 pages of comics in the small mini-comic format -- of which Huizenga is the uncontested master -- used for the twelfth and thirteenth issues of Huizenga's self-published series, Super Monster, where most of these pieces originally appeared -- although they have all been reworked for their appearance here.  Each of the short pieces engages the combination of image and text in its own way, each reaching towards evoking a specific interior state.  "I Stand Up for Zen," the twenty-page centerpiece of the issue, provides a one-of-a-kind outline of the mechanics of decision, demonstrating how a single decision can and does reach into the core of an individual's being; how a decision exists in a specific moment yet, simultaneously, how this moment connects one's past and future and determines his or her identity. 
retail price - $3.50  copacetic price - $3.00

Big Questions #7Big Questions #7: Dinner and a Nap

by Anders Nilsen
After self-publishing this title for six issues, Nilsen's flagship title is now being published under the auspices of Drawn & Quarterly, following their success with his Dogs and Water.  An obviously keen observer of nature, Nilsen has, over the course of the seven issues of this title, combined his native rendering skills with his eager and probing intellect to forge an (admittedly abstruse) allegory of a contemporary emotional landscape.  Fear, desire,
greed, anxiety, loss and despair find expression in odd and ungainly visual collision of various and sundry pairings of flora and fauna (primarily birds), inanely repetitive movements of ambulatory creatures, blank stares, and random events, with a Socratic dialogue of rudimentarily grasped abstract concepts and their dimly seen symbolic representations.  Each issue of Big Questions offers the rare combination of æsthetic enjoyment and intellectual challenge, and this issue is certainly no exception.
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

D & Q Showcase #3Drawn and Quarterly Showcase 3

This issue features a trio of tales by Matt Broersma,
Geneviève Elverum, and Sammy Harkham.  Each work features a distinct artistic voice and is distinguished by the artist's personal color palette.  Geneviève Elverum  contributed the cover and opening story.  Her work is rendered in a lush but limited palette of deep blues and reds (and one green) set off against large fields of white punctuated by grey and tells us of a struggle to find a place in the scheme of things.  Readers familiar with Sammy Harkham's tale, "The Poor Sailor," which originally appeared in the fourth issue of his own anthology Title, Kramers Ergot (and which was later collected by David Eggars in his Non-Required Reading series), will feel right at home in this tale of teenage confusion and angst told with his trademark detachment and rendered in a palette of pale reds.   The final piece, Matt Broersma's The Mummy is a multi-layered, self-deconstructing, post-modern pulp tale rendered in black and white and shades of green.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70

Ed the Happy Clown #2 & #3

by Chester Brown
Both the second and third issues of
the definitive edition Chester Brown's seminal '80s masterwork are now in stock and available.  Each features extensive autobiographical and critical annotation by Brown himself.  These notes shed new light on the genesis of many of the particular's of this epic tale as well as provide ample insight into Brown's state of mind at the time of creation.  Each issue comes wrapped in a new cover produced especially for this edition.
retail price - $2.95  copacetic price - $2.65

Dennis the Menace volume 1Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace, Volume One: 1951-1952
Following in the sizeable wake left by Fantagraphics' Complete Peanuts, this big block of a book is now nestled in a nook on our shelves.  This 624-page, B&W, 5 1/2” x 6 1/4” hardcover volume also published by the fine folks at Fantagraphics Books collects the entirety of the first two calendar years of Dennis the Menace strips -- 1951 & 1952 -- 588 in all.  Each is printed full-size (and then some) one to a page, on a  nice off-white paper stock.  Here's what one fan has to say:  "Dennis has all the qualities of a great comic strip character:  innocence, curiosity, and an anarchic free spirit....  (H)is adventures were recorded in the most beautiful pen and brush line in the history of comics -- a line that danced gracefully on the page.  A medley of techniques (cross-hatching, heavy brush, silhouettes) merged seamlessly.  Each meticulously designed panel was a masterpiece of composition."  -- Patrick McDonnell, creator and author of Mutts™.
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $19.95

The Art of Cassette Culture
by Thurston Moore
Mix Tape"Since Phillips launched the compact audio cassette at the 1963 Berlin Radio Show, our relationship with music has never been the same... By the early 1970s, we were voraciously recording music onto blank cassettes: LPs, concerts, tunes from the radio. It allowed us to listen to music in a new way, privately.  Artist and musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) looks back at the plastic gadget that first let us make our own compilations. Mix Tape shares the treasured works (and the stories behind them) of over 50 dedicated home tapers, including Elizabeth Peyton, DJ Spooky, Jim O’Rourke, Allison Anders, and Mike Watt. From the Romantic Tape to the Break-up Tape, the Road Trip Tape to the “Indoctrination” Tape, the art and text that emerged was of the mix cassette as a new way of resequencing music to make sense of our most stubbornly inexpressible feelings, a way of explaining ourselves to someone we love, or to ourselves."  Or so says the official publisher's release.  The best thing about this book is that it will encourage you to dig through those boxes at the back of your closet and dig out your own mix tape collection and give them the once over; whereupon you will be happy to realize that your very own tapes are much more meaningful (and better!) than those made by the celebrated contributors to this volume, interesting though they may be.  For those of our (younger) readers still active in the music mixing department, this volume should provide some inspiration for taking those mp3 CD mixes to the next level.
retail price - $22.50 copacetic price - $18.75

Unstable Molecules¡BACK IN PRINT! >> Fantastic Four:  Unstable Molecules
by James Sturm, Guy Davis, R. Sikoryak, Michael Vrána & Craig Thompson
Back in print at last, Unstable Molecules is one of the best graphic novels Marvel has produced... well, possibly, ever, but, to hedge our bets, let’s say, "in quite awhile."  In any event, it is like nothing Marvel has ever produced in the past.  It is a textual analysis of comics done in comics, and it is one of the finest ever produced -- certainly the finest ever produced by Marvel!  It should be considered in the context of Understanding Comics and Hicksville as much as the Fantastic Four.  Telling the "true" story of the "real people" that the Fantastic Four  were based on, this book is a work of metacomics and a dream come true for students of narrative theory at the same time that it makes for an enormously entertaining read.  It explodes the text rather than simply deconstructing it.  This book collects the hard to find four-issue limited series, and all of the bonus tidbits are included here.  It’s a one of kind feat that will probably not be duplicated any time soon.  Don't miss it this time!
retail price - $13.99 copacetic price - $12.59

The summer 2005 issue of this ongoing digest-size Pittsburgh periodical is "The Spy Issue."  Weighing in at 52 pages it contains 17 pieces devoted to the theme, comes wrapped in its very own customized manila folder, and includes a set of Spy Trading Cards, that, according to the hand-stamped envelope containing them, "does not exist."  All for one low price!  Learn more at

retail price - $4.00  copacetic price - $3.60


ThrizzleTales Designed to Thrizzle
by Michael Kupperman
You've been dazzled by his stellar draftsmanship and quirky narratives in Snake 'n' Bacons  Cartoon Cabaret, and you've thrilled to his absurdist full-page, full color strips appearing each month in the pages of  The Believer magazine; now, prepare to be... thrizzled!  Printed in B & W and
powder blue duo-tone on 32 high quality flat white pages, TDTT#1 is a perfect antidote to these stress-filled, trying times.
retail price - $4.50 copacetic price - $3.85

L & R #14

Love and Rockets V.2#14

by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
The greatness continues, with Xaime turning in two more days -- Thursday and Friday -- of "Day by Day with Hopey," and Beto doing likewise with his two new installments in "Dumb Solitaire," along with the latest twist in Julio's Day.  Bonuses include a whacky two-pager by Xaime and one-pagers by
both Beto and Mario.
retail price - $4.50 copacetic price - $3.60

King-Cat Comics and Stories #64
by John Porcellino
This issue is a memorial issue of sorts, dedicated to Porcellino's father, who passed away earlier this year, and includes a lengthy reminiscence in his honor.  One of the longest running DIYers in the biz keeps it coming.
retail price - $3.00 copacetic price - $3.00

edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds
It's here, the leading contender for best new comics anthology of 2005.  Filled with swell new comics by the likes of Andrice Arp, Gabrielle Bell,
Jeffrey Brown, Sophie Crumb, David Heatly, Paul Hornschemeier, John Pham, Kurt Wolfgang and more.  Solid, engaging work by many of the best of the latest generation of comics creators, nicely packaged in a well printed edition that is currently scheduled to continue on a semi-annual basis.  Looks like it's off to an excellent start!  To learn more, read our detailed review.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $11.95

The Cute ManifestoThe Cute Manifesto
by James Kochalka
James lays it all on the line in this one, as he let's fly with his most deeply held beliefs:  on the state of existence, the meaning of life and its relation to death and the hows and whys of everything (along with a few more mundane topics such as
the relationship between craft and art); and on how it all relates to that subject most dear to him -- comics!  Kochalka naysayers beware: in The Cute Manifesto he actually manages to successfully address some substantial issues and make some fairly interesting observations; both in comics and about comics.  Long time Kochalka readers will be familiar with some of the material here as it previously appeared in now out of print comics; and hard core Kochalka fans will have read almost all of it as most of the rest was previously released in a couple of mini-comics that Kochalka self-published and sold at shows.  But for the rest of us, this 168-page volume is all new, and -- despite its relatively hefty price tag -- well worth the while of anyone who enjoys pushing the  boundaries of comics and exploring the universe through line on paper.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95

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New for July 2005

Fresh FruitsFresh Fruits
by Shoichi Aoki
Four years in the making, this is a terrific follow-up/companion volume to Fruits, the best-selling gift book in Copacetic history.  Like its forerunner, this volume is cover to cover photographs of gals and guys gone wild on fashion, synthesizing their own unique blend of haute couture, hand-me-downs and home made fashions to create a look found nowhere else in such abundance as on these particular byways of Tokyo where author/photographer Aoki points her unerring lens.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $25.47

Bolland Strips
by Brian Bolland
Bolland StripsFeaturing the complete Mr. Mamoullian and three (all?) The Actress and the Bishop strips -- including one, the longest, which we've never seen before -- along with assorted sundries, this brilliant volume is cover to cover Bolland, and quite a treat at that.  Here's what one of his biggest fans has to say about it:  "Brian Bolland is a neurological marvel, wired with no transmission gap between his extraordinary mind and statue-steady drawing hand, his imagery like perfect rub-down transfers still wet from the brain, exquisitely imprinted with no detail lost. Here is all the craft of the great 18th Century engravers brought to bear upon a vision that is at once timeless and contemporary, by one of the most striking and compelling illustrators of his day, each piece of visual banquet to be wolfed down far too quickly by a grateful, half-starved audience. Reserve your seat now, and enjoy the feast."  -- Alan Moore
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $21.25

StruwwelmaakiesDer Struwwelmaakies
by Tony Millionaire
The fourth Maakies volume -- the third in the elongated horizontal hardcover format -- collects the latest pen and ink high seas hi-jinx of Drinky Crow and Co.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $16.95

FIlm Noir 2

Film Noir Classic Collection 2

Five classic Warner noir films for one great price:  Born to Kill, Clash By Night, Crossfire, Dillinger and The Narrow Margin.  Read all about it at this DVD Times Feature.
retail price - $49.98 copacetic price - $44.77

Solo 5Solo #5: Darwyn Cooke
This time around, Solo, a bi-monthly title that takes a hands off approach in showcasing some of comics' finest contemporary creators and which is hands down the most copacetic comic book title currently being published by DC, presents Darwyn Cooke, who has turned in a bravura one-man-band performance that will be turning the heads of comics fans and pros everywhere.   With the seven pieces created specifically for this issue (along with an amazing framing sequence) Cooke displays a finely nuanced understanding of the semiotics of art styles, of the language
implicit in the subtle (and not so subtle) variations of style that identify and, at least in part, define the terms that make up the lexicon of comics.  Cooke shows off his wide range of techniques and demonstrates an understanding -- and appreciation -- of the inherent expressive capacities of a panoply of comics  styles that few have equalled; only Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes and Bill Sienkiewicz -- each in their own distinct fashion --  come immediately to mind.  Darwyn Cooke is a post-modern pen-and-ink mix-master!
retail price - $4.99 copacetic price - $4.49

Ditko 3The Steve Ditko Reader: Volume 3
Speaking of classic comics art, here are some great examples by one of the field's finest: Steve Ditko.  The third volume in the Ditko seriers, which is itself subset of a larger ongoing project by Greg Theakston and Pure Imagination to collect the best comics of the forties and fifties by
the greatest creators of those times, including, in addition to Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Basil Wolverton, Wally Wood, and more to come.  To learn more, visit our Pure Imagination Page. 
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $21.25

Scriige McDuckThe Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
by Don Rosa
Weighing in at over 240 pages, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck is, to the best of our knowledge, the longest single continuous comics story featuring a Disney character ever produced (if we're wrong, please let us know).  Authored by Don Rosa, the primary American (there are others in Europe) heir to the legacy of Carl Barks, the series was originally produced in the early 1990s for Gladstone Comics and is here collected in a single volume for the first time for the American market.  Based on the hints dropped by Barks during his seventy-issue tenure on Uncle Scrooge, and inspired by SF author Jack Chalker's Informal Biography of Scrooge McDuck (which was similarly based on the Barks legacy),
The Life and Times is a loving tribute to Barks's most famous creation.
retail price - $16.99 copacetic price - $15.29

aeiouaeiou (Any Easy Intimacy)
by Jeffrey Brown
The latest relationship chronicle by the one and only Jeffrey Brown. 
aeiou is definitely of a piece with forerunners Clumsy and Unlikely:  If you were charmed by those two, you can be sure you'll find yourself smiling at this one as well.  We could call it "J. Brown's Comic Book Love Story" #3 -- as it is the third in a series (one per girl) -- but I suppose we shouldn't...  Much has already been said about the problematic aspects of continually using past relationships as fodder for rent-paying creative work, but Mr. Brown is good at it and people like it, so that's pretty much short and sweet of it.  Long term, Jeffrey may find that he will only attract exhibitionist women for the foreseeable future, but, hey, again, there's nothing wrong with that; perhaps a virtuous circle of continuous creativity will result, perhaps not.  Only time will tell.  One thing is for sure:  there are no comics currently on the market that are more eminently engaging than those produced by Jeffrey Brown -- they're hard to put down.   They're drug-free stress-busting anxiety-blockers that will help you live to fight another day.
retail price - $12.00 copacetic price - $10.00

superf*ckersSuper F*ckers
by James Kochalka
James seems to us to be venting some personal frustrations in this angry comic book about  a group of super heroes that very strongly resembles the 1960s era Legion of Super-Heroes... only this time around the  team members are angry, drug-taking, constantly swearing psychos who only seem to fight amongst themselves.  Full color throughout!
retail price - $7.00 copacetic price - $5.00 ¡intro special!

McSweeneys 16
McSweeney's 16

This is one of the craziest designs yet -- a sort of cloth covered fold-out folio in which the contents are then inserted.  You'll have to see it for yourself to understand.  Here's what McSweeney's has to say:  "Issue 16 presents new stories from McSweeney's regulars like Roddy Doyle and Denis Johnson, and exploits a never-before-seen tripartite format to bring you a hilarious Ann Beattie novella and a special deck-of-cards story from Robert Coover, one of the great masters of American experimental fiction. This issue uses more cloth than any issue to date. Also, it comes with a comb."
retail price - $24.00 copacetic price - $21.60

The Believer Magazine: June/July 2005 - The Music Issue
This issue contains one of the best CDs of the year... at no extra cost!  The entire CD is composed of indy performers covering songs that are currently in heavy rotation on their own home stereos.  The results include:  The Mountain Goats covering The Silver Jews, The Constantines covering Elevator to Hell, Spoon doing Yo La Tengo, Devendra Banhart on Antony & the Johnsons, and fifteen others, of which Sans Serac's cover of Ida's Late Blues is our personal favorite.  In addition there's a full issue's worth of writing on music including an eye-opening piece on the Danielson Famile by Rick Moody, and interviews with musicians including Beck, Aimee Mann, and
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $7.20

Arthur Magazine: July 2005
Speaking of music, interviews with musicians and solid values, this issue of Arthur more than fits the bill.  Music legend Brian Eno graces the cover of this issue and is featured in a great interview with ace interviewer, Kristine McKenna and an appreciation by comics auteur, Alan Moore.  And there's plenty more including regular columns by Douglas Rushkoff and Daniel Pinchbeck.What's more, there's no arguing about the value on this one.
copacetic price - FREE

Anyone familiar with the history of film criticism knows of its most famous interview:  Hitchcock/Truffaut, in which the younger acolyte turned successful auteur in his own right -- Francois Truffaut -- interviewed the grand master of cinema -- Alfred Hitchcock.  The interview was released in a large illustrated volume which has been continuously in print for over thirty years.  Well, now the world of comics has an almost, but not quite identical -- as it is closer to a dual interview of the pair by Charles Brownstein -- equivalent in this volume. Eisner/Miller presents the younger acolyte turned successful auteur in his own right -- Frank Miller (although, in relative terms, Miller has been far more succcessful and influential than Truffaut) -- interviewing the grand master of Comics -- Will Eisner.  And this interview has now been released by Dark Horse in a thick illustrated volume.  Only time will tell how long it remains in print, but we do know one thing for certain:   it's an instant classic!
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95

Destined For Dizziness
by Souther Salazar
The inaugural volume of the Buenaventura Press line of comics, Destined For Dizziness is really more of a children's book than a comic book.  It has a nice, very light touch that just skims the surface of the pages, like a breeze, by that breeziest of comics creators, Souther Salazar.
retail price - $5.95  copacetic price - $2.95 ¡intro special!

Modern ArfModern Arf: The Unholy Marriage of Art + Comics
by Craig Yoe
This is, we believe, the first volume in a projected series, and the sub-sub-title of this volume is, "
Artists + Models: The Naked Truth," and that's what we've got here.  This oversize softcover volume -- with rounded-corners, no less -- presents over a century of comics and cartooning that runs the gamut of views on artists and models.  Artitsts whose work this volume contains include the likes of R. Crumb, Wally Wood, Dan De Carlo, Rudolph Dirks, Milt Gross, Salvador Dali, Jack Kirby, Jimmy Hatlo, Patrick McDonnell, Edward Cruikshank, and many others, including a 12-page full-color spread by Yoe himself. Historical essays abound. 
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