4Q 2006: October - December
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New for December 2006

by Kevin Huizenga
The much anticipated first collection by up-and-coming-new-comics-champ, Kevin Huizenga is at last on our shelves.  Its arrival may, however, signal the end of Huizenga's status as an up-and-comer, and initiate his ensconsement in the ranks of established contemporary masters of comics.  This volume brings together a wide range of Huizenga's work from a wide variety of sources.  It starts off with a little known (well, not to long time Copacetic customers) gem from the Orchid anthology published by Sparkplug Comics, titled, "Green Tea."  It is adapted from a classic Victorian horror story
of the same name by Sheridan Le Fanu, but is given the inimitable Huizenga treatment and stands as an original work.  Following this there is the trilogy that first appeared in Drawn and Quarterly Showcase #1, several selections from the now out of print first issue of Huizenga's ongoing solo title, Or Else, a 2-pager originally done for Time Magazine, and the full color story, "Jeepers Jacobs," originally executed for Kramers Ergot 5.  Anyone not already familiar with these works is heartily encouraged to consider this a great opportunity to read some excellent comics delivered in a fine package for a reasonable price.  And, it should go without saying (but, of course, we can't help but say it anyway) that this is makes for a swell gift.  Learn more about the works of Kevin Huizenga here
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $17.95

New Tales of Old PalomarNew Tales of Old Palomar
by G
ilbert Hernandez
by Richard Sala
The two latest issues in the wonderful Ignatz series of Euro-American hybrid comics also happen to be two of the best -- and are only the second and third by Americans (the first being Ganges by Kevin DelphinaHuizenga).  This series of high quality comic books/graphic albums features some of the finest regularly published comics work currently available and, by virtue of its periodical status, is both constantly giving us something to look forward to and bringing back the fun of collecting.  This time we have that titan of titans, Gilbert Hernandez delivering exactly what the title states:  the first of what promises to be a number of brand new, never before seen stories featuring the sprawling cast of characters we know and love from the original issues of Love and Rockets.  As with all of Gilbert's tales this one is really a patchwork quilt of stories of all shapes and sizes sewn together into one snug and comfortable whole.  Delphina presents the first installment of one of another of Richard Sala's trademarked tales of eerie mystery rendered in his unmistakable, angular pen and ink style.  This one concerns a clean-cut boy who, in search of his apple-cheeked girl, finds himself in a small town whose inhabitants... well, we don't want to give too much away.  Suffice it to say these are folk who put the strange in strangers, and you wouldn't want to have to depend on them. 
retail price - $7.95@  copacetic price - $6.75@

Mourning Star 1The Mourning Star (#1)
by Kazimir Strzepek
This 200+ page square format book, designed by Jordan Crane and published by Bodega, is the first in a projected series of a lengthy
post-apocalyptic tales of the struggle to survive.  It also serves to announce Bodega's arrival as the heir apparent to the now defunct Highwater Press, as this book bears many of the traits associated with Highwater releases.  Previously their activites vis a vis Highwater had been limited to distributing the remainder of the catalogue, but with the release of The Mourning Star, it appears that Bodega has assumed the mantle of publishing as well.  We wish The Mourning Star success and welcome Bodega to the fold of small press comics publishers. 
retail price - $13.00  copacetic price - $11.00

Private StashPrivate Stash:
A Pin-Up Girl Portfolio by 20 Cartoonists

This one is an attempt to be the last word in fetish object.  Playing on the trope of arrested adolescent sexuality stereotypically identified with the bagging-and-boarding fanboy set of which more than a few of these participants are graduates, Private Stash starts out with a squarebound translucent case that contains -- once you've struggled to remove it from this secure enclosure without damaging it -- a clever two-layer illustrated wraparound slipcase portrait of all twenty contributors by Rick Altergott (displaying his Mort Drucker and Wally Wood chops to full effect) which opens to reveal a 20 panel accordian-print that opens (to over ten feet!) to reveal the wet-dream girls of a fairly astounding array of talent:  R. Crumb, Dan Clowes, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Charles Burns, Gary Panter, Peter Bagge, Adrian Tomine, Kim Deitch, Tony Millionaire, Richard Sala, Ivan Brunetti, Ron Regé,Jr., Dan Zettwoch, Rick Altergott, Jonathan Bennett, Sammy Harkham, Tim Hensley, Mitch O'Connell and Archer Prewitt (It's too bad they couldn't get Chris Ware on board with this one, but then again, his fantasy might be too much for the rest of us to handle...). 
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.00

Swamp Preacher 1Swamp Preacher
by David Sandlin
1980s art comic pioneer, David Sandlin reveals the terrible secret of Carl Bob, "The Swamp Preacher," in this mind-blowing 40-page comic book
that will have you thinking heretofore unthinkable thoughts about the nature of America, its people and its practicesPrinted entirely (except for the amazing full color wraparound front and inside front covers) in lurid mauve and green, Swamp Preacher is -- at least for now* -- a one of a kind experience and and instant classic!  *The indicia states that this is "#1" and the inside back cover mentions "future issues."  We can only pray that this is all true and that we can continue to follow the incredible tale of Carl Bob and be born again in the spirit of our age.
retail price - $5.95  copacetic price - $5.00

The Spirit 1The Spirit #1
by Darwyn Cooke
Speaking of born again spirits, here is the much anticipated return of the one and only Spirit.  Created 66 years ago (can you believe it?!) by the legendary Will Eisner, Denny Colt is back courtesy of Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier), who, with the able assist of J. Bone on inks and Dave Stewart on colors, is recreating the Spirit & Co. (including a revamped Ebony!) for both the 21st century and the DC Comics universe (see the Batman and Spirit one-shot, also by Cooke & Co., but with script by Jeph Loeb).  The series starts off in full stride with "Ice Ginger Coffee," a completely self-contained adventure (as Cooke promises all issues will be in this nice interview feature) that brings The Spirit straight away into the war against crime and the battle between the sexes; right where he belongs.
retail price - $2.99  copacetic price - $2.50 (2nd print)

King-Cat Comics and Stories #67
by John Porcellino
Just in time for Christmas, a stocking stuffer for all you mini-comics fans.  Always a cause for a modest celebration, this issue features the ususal mix of comics, stories, lists and letters -- 40 pages in all.
retail price - $3.00  copacetic price - $3.00

Dr. Id #1Dr. Id - Psychologist of the Supernatural
by Adam McGovern and Palo Leandri
We listed this one a month or two back and it sold out in the blink of an all-seeing eye, so we contacted the publisher and secured a supply of this Copacetic Certified Instant Classic™ sufficient to add it to our ongoing offerings.  With Dr. Id, co-creators McGovern and Leandri have put a sophisticated spin on the iconic Lee and Kirby formula to give us a series of psychologically astute tales that are simultaneously fantastic fun.  Seven tales -- both tall and short -- make up this cosmic compendium of cryptic capers -- elegantly unravelled by the piercingly perceptive analytical intelligence of the suave and debonair Dr. Id -- all rendered in a cataclysmic Kirby style that will have True Believers reaching for their hankies.  As an added bonus, we're treated to a copy of the Doctor's dossier to clue us in to his highbrow history.  All we have to say is, "Be there or be square!"
retail price - $2.95  copacetic price - $2.50

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New for November 2006

by Brian Chippendale
OK kids, the wait is over.  This mega-blast of comics and more by Fort Thunder co-founder, Brian Chippendale is now on our shelves, and it's most definitely a book that stands out in a crowd. 
Five years in the making, it's Chippendale's first book publication, and he's gone all out to make it a debut to remember.  It's a giant oversize (11" x 17") 144 page hardcover volume printed in black and white and full color where it counts.  80 pages are devoted to the titular graphic novel that is both an epic -- and deranged -- fantasy and an urban allegory.  The remaining 64 pages are chock-a-block with drawings, collages, posters and more. While much is simply pen and ink and/or pencil, this is reproduced with full attention to all details and subtleties.  Ninja is a sensual onslaught that will stagger your brain as it tries to take it all in.  We found ourselves going back again and again to soak up the richness of Chippendale's imagery while simultaneously working to crack the riddles of his narratives.  Published by the design wizards at Picture Box.
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $29.75

Acme Novelty Library 17
by Chris Ware
Well, how about that?  Just about exactly one year after number 16, here's number 17 -- right on schedule!  This is, as all Chris Ware
Acme 17devotees doubtless already know, another carefully crafted hardcover from the master himself that contains the next chapter in the sordid saga of Rusty Brown; or as Mr. Ware himself puts it:  "Continuing with the second half of the introduction to his shamelessly meandering graphic novel “Rusty Brown” (which began last issue at a private school in the 1970s midwest) the six-sided crystal suggested by the exegisis of the first installment is slowly turned and examined in mid-morning winter sunlight sometime between the bell of first period and the conclusion of lunch for the first through the fourth grades. Also included are more thorough examinations of many of the main characters’ cloudy motivations, personal habits, and favorite restaurants, to say nothing of the small dust mote around which they have coalesced and the complications in its life due to the acquisition of superpowers sometime the night before."  Where else can one so fully revisit the fullness of childhood pain in such finely rendered depictions of the horrors of growing up, wallow in such luxurious self-loathing, and experience such exquisite quivers of self-laceration but in the pages of the Acme Novelty Library.  Back-up bonuses:  the tales of "Branford, the Best Bee in the World" and "Will We Be Alive in the Year 2005?" 
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.00

MoominMoomin, Book One
by Tove Jansson
Well, if they ever decide to turn this into a prime-time animated cartoon (which would be great -- but don't hold your breath) we've got the theme song alrady picked out: "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding."  Performed by, hmmm, let's say -- Shonen Knife.  This Finnish strip has more in common with George Herriman's Krazy Kat that one might think just looking at it, or even upon first read; but once you let it sink in, the strip has at its core the same dedication to carefree existence, along with a simliarly oddball cast of characters.  Of course, it is indelibly stamped with the character of its country of origin and Europe in general, but it's half the fun to see this spirit animated in these foreign climes.  Publisher Drawn and Quarterly has this to say:  "The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of world’s largest newspaper The London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in 40 countries. Moomin, Book One is D & Q's first volume in their projected plan to reprint the strip's run through to 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.  The Moomins are a tight-knit family – hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson’s Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson’s observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today."  This is a one of a kind classic that you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

by Gabrielle Bell
LuckyD & Q sez:  " Gabrielle Bell fascinatingly documents the mundane details of her below-minimum wage, twenty-something existence in Brooklyn, NY with a subtle humor. Her simple, unadorned drawing style, heavy narration and biting wit chronicles transient roommates who communicate only through post-it notes; aspiring artists who sublet tiny rooms in leaky, greasy broken-down border-house loft apartments crawling with bugs, cats and bad art. Bell tackles a string of forgettable, unrelated jobs including nude modeling, artist’s assistant, art teacher, and jewelry maker that only serve to bolster her despair, boredom and discomfort in her own skin. Bell’s self-scrutiny leads her to dream sequences that allow her to rise above her banal actuality and hyper-awareness. Bell fantasizes about her vision of a perfect world as she becomes the accomplished artist and world traveler she longs to be. Bell’s daily comics allow her to escape the harsh, judgmental gaze of the world and the monotony of daily life. Her unpolished art speaks to a desire to record all the messy details while the pain and confusion is still fresh.  Coming of age amidst the zine revolution, cartoonist Gabrielle Bell has been creating her comics to much acclaim, even winning an Ignatz Award for the self-published serialization of Lucky."
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

Buddha, Volume 4:  The Forests of Uruvela
by Osamu Tezuka
The low priced softcover edition of the fourth volume of manga master Osamu Tezuka's ultimate work is now in stock.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

by Patrick McDonnell
This, the fifteenth Mutts collection, is a large format volume like the four Sunday-only collections, but is the first to contain both the dailies in black and white together with the full size Sundays in full color. 
Not only that, but this volume contains 12 extra pages of rough sketches and watercolors and other neat stuff.  As a result it's a jumbo size book -- the largest Mutts collection yet, 208 pages in all.  What can we say:  Mutts is good; more Mutts is better!
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

Copacetic Christmas 2006
OK, it's up and running.  Check out our page of picks for making your holiday gift-giving a copacetic experience for all concerned. 
We're sure to tweak it a few times, so check back whenever you're in the mood.

The Primo Collection
Straight out of the Czech Republic comes a new line of classic Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass and more.  Attractively packaged, excellent sounding double-disc sets of fine music, these make great gifts.  Single artist sets along with well-rounded anthologies.  Did we mention they sell for a mere $8.88@Check it out

McSweeney's #21
McSweeneys 21McSweeney's sez: "With work by Roddy Doyle, Stephen Elliott, Peter Orner, Joyce Carol Oates, Yannick Murphy, and Miranda July, as well as the triumphant return of Arthur Bradford and stories concerning fistfighting Mormons, New Zealand police malfeasance, and a man named Trang, and with all of those works interspersed with heartfelt letters to Ray Charles and storyboards by some of the finest pen-and-ink artists of our day, our twenty-first issue is sure to be one of our best assemblages yet."
retail price - $16.00  copacetic price - $14.40

Xprez 2
DVD - Cartune Xprez:
A Collection of Contemporary Animated Videos from the USA and Canada

This is an amazing, eye-popping new DVD anthology of, for the most part, new school, lo-fi, DIY animations that we're pretty confident you won't be seeing anywhere else anytime soon.  Not only that, you'll be hard pressed to find this disc anywhere else. 
So we're working overtime to bring this disc to your attention as there's some really creative and original work here, the likes of which you may not have previously encountered, at least not on a purchasable DVD.  Artists on this disc include Paper Rad & Peter Burr (both Pittsburgh-connected), Amy Lockhart, Takeshi Murata, Phillippe Blanchard, Michael Bell-Smith, Christopher Doulgeris, as well as Hooliganship and Slow Dance Recyttal.   Get more details here.
foxPLEASE NOTE:  One of the shorts (Gretchen Hogue's Where's My Boyfriend?) is composed of a rapid-fire montage of still images -- most appear to have been cut out of magazines --  that includes quite a few that are pornographic in nature.  The on-screen time of these images is generally under one second, they are all employed to humorous effect, and one would be hard pressed to find anything of prurient interest here, but, nevertheless, it renders this collection inappropriate for unsupervised children and anyone who would be offended by this type of material.  You have been warned.
copacetic price - $12.00

Splendid RecipesSplendid Recipes (DVD)
And speaking of new school lo-fi DIY, this brand-spanking-new, 60-minute, home-made-in-tha-'burgh DVD is so new school that we here at Copacetic have decided that it has pioneered a school all of its own, and we've dubbed it "Yinzer Stoner."   Splendid Recipes is the very first commodified manifestation of this bold new way of representing reality through art.  So, act now and take advantage of this rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new art movement.  This DVD contains the first two episodes of the "public access disgrace" also known as "The Dollar Store of television shows," and features "adolescent crime stories, ghetto special effects, horrible improvised dialogue, drunken karaoke and much more."
retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $7.77

The Drama, Issue Nine
The latest issue of the art magazine that's the mostest is now on our shelves.  This issue features heavily illustrated interviews with Fort Thunder co-founder, Brian Chippendale, cover artist Henrik Drescher and Zippy, the Pinhead creator, Bill Griffith.  Also on offer are a nice preivew of the catalogue for the show, Wunderground: Providence 1995 to the present currently on exhibit at the RISD Museum.  And, of course, there's the ever present 32-page comics supplement, this time around featuring the likes of Matthew Thurber, Vanessa Davis, Zak Sally, Nicolas Robel, Mark Bell, Mark Burrier, and a
Drama 9dozen others, along with the experimental inclusion of Adam Levin's short story, Frankenwittgenstein, illustrated by Keith Jones.  AND, as if that weren't enough, this is the last issue, as the publishers have decided to call it a day and move on to art book publishing.  We'll let you know what they come up with.
retail price - $5.95  copacetic price - $5.35

Popeye 1
Popeye: Volume One - "
I Yam What I Yam"
by E.C. Segar
Boy, is this ever a sight for sore eyes.  At last, the classic early Popeye by E.C. Segar is back in print.  And not just back in print, but in style!  This is a wonderful deluxe oversize (11" x 15") edition that sports a die-cut hardcover.  It contains two and a half years of dailies and one year of full-page full color Sunday pages.  This is how it was meant to be.  The first of six volumes. 
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.95

Walt & Skeezix 2Walt & Skeezix, Volume Two: 1923 & 1924
by Frank King
While we're on the subject of classic newspaper comics, we'll take this opportunity to let you know that, yes, the second collection of Frank King's almighty classic, Gasoline Alley is currently gracing our humble shelves.  Designed, once again, by Chris Ware, this volume has even more support material than the first collection.  A lengthy introduction by comics scholar, Jeet Heer and end notes by Tim Samuelson are accompanied by
an amazing selection of photographs from the King family album, sketches and watercolors, scrap-book clippings and other ephemera that together make an excellent frame for the over six-hundred daily strips this volume contains.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.47

Little Nemo CompleteLittle Nemo: The Complete Collection
by Winsor McCay
edited and with an introduction by Bill Blackbeard
Wait, there's still more!  Yes, it's back at last, the super value-priced Evergreen edition of Little Nemo that contains the entire run of Winsor McCay's crowning achievement.  While nothing beats the experience of reading these in their magnificent full-size glory, this book still has a lot going for it.   Namely:  it contains the entire run of Little Nemo in Slumberland, including the final two years of the strip after McCay had been hired by Hearst and it had been retitled "In the Land of Wonderful Dreams."  ALL 420 full-page strips appear here in glorious full color, except for the last 15 strips executed for The New York Herald, which are printed in duotone, as they originally appeared.  This book is an amazing value.
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $35.00 DEAL!

The Fountain
by Darren Aronofsky & Kent Williams
The FountainNow available in softcover!  Here's what we said when the now out-of-print hardcover was released:  "Wow!  This is book has our vote for best original graphic novel ever published by Vertigo.  Two years in the making, this work was born like a phoenix out of the ashes of Aronofsky's failed original attempt to make it as a film.  Once Kent's pages started showing up at Darren's door, however, this resparked his imagination and orobouros-like inspired him to restart the film project, in a scaled down production.  This led to a Mobius strip situation of the two projects being created simultaneously:  the graphic novel based on the original uncompleted film script (which, upon hindsight, seems much more suited to the graphic novel format than film) and the new film inspired by the graphic novel.  Kent Williams has really outdone himself here, producing a career high work that employs his full arsenal of techniques and stands to introduce many people to his stellar abilities.  Aronofsky's script is a powerful allegorical tale about coming to terms with the death of a loved one -- and, ultimately, with death itself.  Yes, this book is a bit pricey (not anymore, as this softcover edition is half the price of the hardcover!) but it's worth it .  Recommended."  And here's the trailer for the film.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Abandon the Old in TokyoAbandon the Old in Tokyo
by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
This is the second volume in Drawn and Quarterly's ongoing project to collect the works of the founding father of gekiga, a gritty, more overtly literary form of manga.  Picking up where last year's The Push Man and Other stories left off, Abandon the Old in Tokyo collects Tatsumi's work from 1970.  The eight lengthy tales that make up this  200 page hardcover volume present the seamy underside of (then) contemporary urban life, but unlike other often exploitative treatments of this type of subject matter, Tatsumi's approach provides his readers with a very humane perspective on all too real humans struggling to make their way in a world that seems to have changed without them.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China
Shenzhenby Guly Delisle
Speaking of follow-up volumes, this is a follow-up to Delisle's Pyongyang: A Journey to North Korea, that was released last year at this time, then as now in conjuction with Tatsumi's collection.  We're not sure what D & Q is trying to say with these dual releases, but we presume it has something to do with Asia.  In any event, Deslisle, a Québec native currently residing in France, has abandoned a decade long career working in animation to devote himself full time to comics, and his devotion is starting to reap dividends. Shenzhen offers the reader a super cut-rate fare to this up and coming
Chinese metropolis situated close to Hong Kong (One caveat to keep in mind when reading this:  the visit this travelogue records took place in 1997 --  the city has grown quite a bit since then).  He communicates his feelings of isolation as a non-Chinese speaking westerner who is there for work (he was overseeing an animation production) and offers an engaging look at the city's culture and people that doubles as a historical snapshot. 
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Rising Up Rising DownRising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence
by William T. Vollman
This hefty hardcover volume is a 734 page abridgement of Vollman's massive seven-volume original that was published in 2003 by McSweeney's.  Vollman's introduction states, "What you have here is (1) a selection of "when is violent defense of X justified" chapters, which are (I hope) interesting in their own right; followed by (2) the complete Moral Calculus, which contains my answers to every "when is" question considered in the long volume; rounded off with (3) several case studies from war zones, et cetera, along with all regional introductions to the case studies."  Our favorite quote from the introduction:  "The long version of Rising Up Rising Down took me twenty-three years... the abridgement took me half an hour."  We're bringing this to your attention with the thought that now might be a fruitful time to reflect on this book's theme, and due to the spectacularly low price at which we currently able to offer it.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic super-special price - $9.95

And, finally:  prolific Pittsburgh presses present:

Murdaland: Crime Fiction for the 21st Century - Issue 01
Will wonders never cease.  This new book format, semi-annually published
Murdalandperiodical that aims to revive the values of classic pulp fiction -- think Jim Thompson and David Goodis (whose long lost novella, "Professional Man," graces these pages) -- is edited right here in Pittsburgh, PA, practically in our own back yard!  Here's what they have to say for themselves:  "Included are fifteen original stories from such masters of the form as Daniel Woodrell, Ireland's Ken Bruen and Latin America's new prince of noir, Rolo Diez.  Adding an air of utter veracity are an ex-con's autobiographical lament of botched stick-ups and lustful romance in the heartland and a former Sandinista rebel's tale of jealousy and fatal ambush.  Topping the debut off are an excerpt from Tom Franklin's new novel, Smonk, the picaresque tale of a murderous riverboat whore in the early 1900s and an unnerving work-in progress by literary icon, Mary Gaitskill.  Expect visceral scenes of violence, repercussion, mayhem and dread.  Dark moments offering an array of ugly insights you never asked for."
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.80

by Chris Cornwell
Premiering at SPX, this 40-page, horizontally-formatted, black and white piece is the debut full-length work by Pittsburgh-based artist, Chris Cornwell.  Fans of Fort Thunder who are looking for an artist who understands the visual vocabulary of its artists and is capable of intelligently building on their legacy, who has the ability to create a coherent narrative entirely in carefully rendered, visually appealing images,
who takes the time to think things through, and whose vision extends far beyond the borders of the comics world need look no further -- this is it!  And, of course, one need not be a fan of the Fort Thunder crowd to appreciate this work, as it is, after all is said and done, quite an original piece.  Questor is a work of pure comics.  What you find here, can't be as fully expressed in any other form.

price - $2.00

Jinxremoving No. Eleven: "The Name Itself Is the Thing Itself."
by Arpad
This is the latest in a series of graphic missives from Chicago by Pittsburgh ex-pat, Arpad (#10 and perhaps even a few earlier issues are also still squirrelled away somewhere in our self-published section).  Jinxremoving, is, as the title suggests, an act of personal-salvation through self-publishing.  Beginning five or so years ago (our memory is a bit foggy on this point) when Arpad yet remained comfortably ensconced within the warm embrace of our fair city -- that's Pittsburgh, to you out-of-towners --  Jinxremoving was, initially, a more typical zine, filled with writings, photos and drawings.  It has, over the past  half-decade, gradually evolved to its present form of pure comics.  And not just any comics.  These are comics that are, at their core, and in a fairly unique way, meta-comics: comics about comics; in this case, about the process of self-discovery and self-invention through comics.  The trick here, is that, for those comics readers who share some of Arpad's interests and characteristics, Jinxremoving can function as a vehicle for self-discovery as well:  the more common ground shared with Arpad, the more powerful the vehicle (by the same token, those who share nothing with Arpad will likely have trouble even pulling away from the curb).  Arpad is clearly an omnivorous comics reader who wears his heart on his sleeve; but he has a tendancy to wear his shirt inside out so sometimes it's hard to see.  It may take a few reads to figure out where he's coming from, but if you can recognize his emotional and psychological "home town" and find that it shares something with your own, then, if you work your way backwards, and unroll the riddles, you may find yourself discovering places in your "neighborhood" that you never knew existed.
copacetic price - $2.00

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New for October 2006

Brunetti Yale Anth.An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories
edited by Ivan Brunetti
Published by Yale University Press, this awesome anthology is a worthy successor to McSweeney's 13 as the must have comics collection of the foreseeable future.  Editor, Brunetti goes all out to offer us a (OK, well, his) canonical assemblage with the 400 pages of comics here on display, where it is the form itself that is always at the heart of the work represented.  The work we find here -- while, of course, being comics -- is also, at some level, telling us something about comics, and this latter value-added feature can be attributed in no small part to Brunetti's editorial approach in assembling this work, which he clearly views as an organic whole.  Each artist represented in this collection has a distinct and original approach to the medium that embodies their personal interaction with the comics form as well as -- and this is where this anthology is unique -- with each other piece in the book.  This book is organized around the principal of association.  The pieces are grouped in clusters that are related in a wide variety of ways, from the form and content of the work to the geographic region and ethnicity of the creators.  Brunetti tips his hand right at the outset by starting with the raw, unbridled, free-associative works of Marc Bell, Sam Henderson, Mark Newgarden, Kaz, Tony Millionaire and Bill Griffith (who all, with the exception of Bell, have NYC connections as well).  This approach yields many surprising and unexpected connections as well as much that that proceeds in due course.
retail price - $28.00  copacetic price - $25.00

Best American Comics 2006
edited by Harvey Pekar and Anne Elizabeth Moore
This surprisingly -- given that it's from Houghton Mifflin, a major NY publisher, whose eyes are usually more closely set on the bottom line -- well produced Best Comics 2006book contains a good cross-section of work published in North America in 2004 and 2005 and functions as a fine follow-up to both McSweeney's #13 -- which is clearly its inspiration -- and the just-released Brunetti edited anthology reviewed above.  This collection spans the generations, including new work from old-timers Kim Deitch, Gilbert Shelton and Robert Crumb, middle-agers Jaime Hernandez, Lynda Barry and Joe Sacco, and youngins' Anders Nilsen, Rebecca Dart and Jesse Reklaw, whose story, "13 Cats of My Childhood," we singled out for praise in our 2005 SPX report, when it appeared in it's original form as Couch Tag #2, stating at the time, "It is one of the best comics at this year's SPX... and deserving of a much wider audience than it will be able to find in this form."  So, suffice it to say that we're quite happy to see it included here in this anthology.  By far the longest piece included in this 320 page anthology, practically a graphic novella, "La Rubia Loca," by Justin Hall -- another SPX attending self-publisher --  is an engrossing story about a bunch of hippie slackers stuck on a bus tour through Mexico with a crazy woman.  And keep in mind that these are just the highlights, there's plenty more.
retail price - $22.00  copacetic price - $19.80

Best NonReq 2006Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006
edited by David Eggers
While we're on the topic of best-of anthologies, we might as well hep you to this year's installment of McSweeney's editor, David Eggars ongoing anthology selecting work from his corner of the world.  This year's edition is more comics laden than is typical, from the cover by Art Spiegelman and introdcution by Matt Groening, to an excerpt from Pyongyang by Guy Delisle, a short piece of political reporting by comics journalist Joe Sacco, that is, we believe, receciving its first US appearence here, to a full-length graphic novella by Italian cartoonist, Gipi that first apeared as part of the Coconino-Fantagraphics Ignatz line of comics.  In addition to all this comics work there is, of course, plenty of what readers have come to expect from this series, including contributions by Kurt Vonnegut, Haruki Murakami, Rick Moody, Judy Bunitz, Sam Shaw, Julia Sweeney, George Saunders, a discussion between Jon Stewert and Stephen Colbert, headlines from The Onion, and much, much more.
retail price - $14.00  copacetic price - $12.50

Dr. Id #1Hey, Kids: Comics!
There's been such a nice steady flow of great plain ol' standard format comic books lately that we feel it incumbent upon us to point them out and steer you in their direction:

Cold Heat #2 by Ben Jones and Frank Santoro  retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.00
Big Questions #9 by Anders Nilsen  retail price - $6.95  copacetic price - $6.00
Dr. Id  #1 by Adam McGovern & Paolo Leandri  retail price - $2.95  copacetic price - $2.65
Thrizzle 3Tales Designed to Thrizzle #3 by Michael Kupperman  retail price - $4.50  copacetic price - $4.00
Sock Monkey: The "Inches" Incident #1 by Tony Millionaire  retail price - $2.99  copacetic price - $2.69
Dork #11 by Evan Dorkin  retail price - $2.95  copacetic price - $2.65
Please Release by Nate Powell retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.00
Monster Parade #1 by Ben Catmull  retail price - $3.95  copacetic price - $3.50
Meat Cake #15 by Dame Darcy  retail price - $3.95  copacetic price - $3.50
American Splendor #1 - #4 by Harvey Pekar & Co. retail price - $2.99@  copacetic price - $2.69@
Love and Rockets v.2 #17 by Los Hermanos Hernandez retail price - $4.50  copacetic price - $3.60

Every single one of these comic books is worth your while.  It's good news indeed that in this day and age wherein comics are being fêted with the deluxe accommodations of Yale University Press and Harper Collins that the humble comic book is still alive and well!

Project: Romantic
edited by Chris Pitzer
This is the final installment of the "Project Trilogy" which provides the Project: Romanticup-and-coming generation of cartoonists to work with traditional comics themes.   Inititated by Project: Telstar, which dealt with science fiction themes with a focus on robots, and continued by Project: Superior, which had super heroics as its unifying theme, this time around, as the title suggests, the same generation of cartoonists is given a chance to tackle the romance comics genre.  As with the first two anthologies, the works assembled here bear little semblance to their generic progentiors in the mainstream comics of yore, a guided tour of which we are given in the introductory essay by Bill Boichel (which is currently available online as a downloadable .pdf).  "True" romance seems mostly a thing of the past in the stories that follow, which here primarily focus on -- at best -- snatching a moment of happiness with a fellow being.  Many of the pieces center on unrequited love, heartbreak, romantic disaster, murder, mayhem and confusion.  Sometimes it's played for laughs and sometimes for tears.  Exceptions include Aaron Renier's "Reflectors and Rutabegas," which comes closest to being a traditional romance, and McGovern & Leandri's Dr. Id story, which employs a 1960s-Dr.-Strange-as-sex-therapist narrative that is certainly traditional in its form, if not in its content.  As with all AdHouse Books, the production values are excellent and the quality of the artwork is uniformly high.  Stand-outs for us include the contributions of Paul Rivoche, Hope Larson, Roger Petersen and Junko Mizuno, but doubtless every reader of this anthology will find their own favorites.  And there's no way we can avoid singling out Robert Goodin's contribution:  if there were an award for excellence in the service of perversion, this one would have the comics category all wrapped up.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic special price - $15.00

SPX 2006
We picked up a great selection of self-published work that you won't be seeing in many stores (and none other than Copacetic -- that we can think of -- between Washington, DC and Chicago, IL) and few places on line, for that matter.  If you're in the neighborhood, make sure you spend some time checking out our haul.  If you can only access our store through the internet, then we're afraid that we're going to have to ask you to be patient as we simply haven't yet been able to find the time to detail our SPX bounty, and have only just managed to get started on our listing of the fine work we brought back from this year's Small Press Expo.  Please don't hesitate to visit our page while it's under construction, just be sure to check back, as it is, literally, only a matter of time until we expand the listings.

Don't Go Where I Can't FollowDon't Go Where I Can't Follow
by Anders Nilsen (with Cheryl Weaver)
Not for the faint hearted, this is a graphic memoir that is composed of a collection of vignettes that act as windows which provide a series of views on the relationship between Mr. Nilsen and Ms. Weaver; a  relationship that ends with Ms. Weaver's death from Hodgekins Disease.  The assembled material ranges from postcards each sent to the other, photographs from their travels, one long letter from Anders to his sister detailing a particular trip the two shared, sketches of Ms. Weaver in her hospital bed that show her physical deterioration, and, of course, comics, including a long piece detailing Ander's subjective experince of the funeral.  Readers are likely to have a wide range of responses to this piece, but it's hard to see it as being motivated by anything other than love and loss.
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $17.95

Let Us Be POerfectly ClearLet Us Be Perfectly Clear
by Paul Hornschemeier
This handsome, full color, hardcover volume collects pretty much everything by Hornshemeier that wasn't included in his two previous collections (Mother, Come Home and The Collected Sequential).  This includes the entirety of Forlorn Funnies #1 & #5 (Mother, Come Home consists of FF #2 - 4), as well as The Return of the Elephant.  For those of you who don't already know, Hornschemeier is a talented comics creator, just shy of thirty years of age, whose work is especially noteworthy for its strong design sensibilities and excellent use of color.  Definitely worth a look.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

Return to Cookie Mountain (CD)
by TV on the Radio
TVR-Cookie MountainThis disc finds TVR once again preaching the gospel of the redemptive power of rock (for lack of a better label) music.  Listening to this disc you can't help but get the feeling of TVR as embodying a sort of 00s rebirth of the 80s spirit of The Pixies.  While we will grant that, yes, TVR certainly lacks the manic energy and zany humor of The Pixies, the two groups definitely share some common spiritual and philosophical underpinnings when it comes to their respective  creative processes and aims.  Regardless of this or any other comparison, which is fairly inevitable when attempting to commmunicate new(er) music, TVR has established a fabulous signature sound, while Mssrs. Adebimpe, Malone and Sitek have proven themselves to be effective lyricists and excellent tunesmiths -- together and each in their own right.  Return to Cookie Mountain, while not -- we have to admit -- being a title we are particularly fond of, is, nevertheless, a great record and their finest outing to date, and one we recommend you make sure to check out. There are four TVR tracks(only one -- "Wolf Like Me" -- is from this record) that you can listen to on their MySpace page.  And, if you don't feel like taking our word for it, check out all the raves assembled by Metacritic.
copacetic price - $11.44

Tin House 29Tin House: The Graphic Issue
Technically the first issue of the eighth volume of this funky yet respected journal of comtemporary arts and literature, this is the first issue (to our knowledge) that is devoted to all things comics.  The group responsible for this issue bring a fresh, savvy, and somewhat outsiderish perspective to the wonderful world of comics and that world is a better place for it.  We start off with a  cover by the one and only Lynda Barry that serves as a preview of what's to come:  not only an interview with the estimable Ms. Barry, but an eight page essay-on-art-in-art (Barry's own unique comics/collage hybrid) that is truly a one-of-a-kind piece that is simultaneously a feast for the eyes and mind. This piece alone is -- in our opinion --  worth the price of admission.  But, there is much else to recommend this issue besides.  Such as:  learning that authors Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, Chris Offutt and Luc Sante not only still have the comics they drew as children, but they're willing to have them printed in a nationally distributed magazine, and,when you're ready to handle it, they're hiding here in plain sight. While we're in the fan zone, this is an opportune time to mention long-suffering DC artist Karl Kessel's contribution -- a heartfelt appreciation of Jack Kirby's relatively unheralded creation, The Challengers of the Unknown (the entirety of which, by the way, was just collected by DC in the latest volume of their Showcase Presents series; yes, we have it in stock), which Kirby created for DC immediately before moving to Marvel to create The Fantastic Four with Stan Lee.  But there's way more, starting with an amazing selection of excerpts, from:  Marjane Satrapi's latest, Chicken with Plums (see below); Martin Lemelman's upcoming graphic memoir, Mendel's Daughter; Zak Smith's insane project illustrating Thomas Pynchon's masterpiece, Gravity's Rainbow; Daniel Raeburn's fascinating historical survey of Mexican comics; and Graham Rawle's upcoming  novel, Woman's World that is ENTIRELY composed (the editors say "assembled") out of cut and pasted exerpts from women's magazines -- and this is old school cut-and-paste we're talking about here, these excerpts are physically cut and pasted so you see the original fonts and X-acto cut strips laid side by side, making this a work of collage as well.  OK,  I guess we've got to stop, but there's really quite a bit more including a new Tom Tomorrow, storyboards for an upcoming Dylan biopic, not to mention the regular fiction and poetry features.  Check this issue out, it's a bargain!
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.45

Chicken with PlumsChicken with Plums
by Marjane Satrapi
This much anticipated new work by Iranian cartoonist Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis, Persepolis 2) is now on our shelves.  Those of you who who were -- like us -- fans of Persepolis but were subsequently disappointed -- as we were -- with rushed, lackadaisical quality of Satrapi's last work, Embroideries, and were worried that she was a "one-hit wonder" and Persepolis was all she was going to be good for can now rest assured that this is not the case:  Chicken With Plums is an amazing tale that is artfully told and that leaves the reader with much to ponder.  Our only gripe is with Pantheon for doing a fairly shoddy job on the printing as there are several places where her white-on-black lettering is blurred by poor attention paid somewhere in the printing process.  Her work deserves better.  This time around Satrapi gives us a family legend, the story of her great-uncle, a celebrated Iranian musician who gave up his life for music and love.  Set in Tehran in 1958, her uncle, one of Iran’s most revered sitar players, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged. Though he tries, he cannot find one to replace it, one whose sound speaks to him with the same power and passion with which his music speaks to others. In despair, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures, closing the door on the demands and love of his wife and his four children. Over the course of the week that follows, his family and close friends attempt to change his mind, but Nasser Ali slips further and further into his own reveries that are filled with flashbacks and flash-forwards, all related in Satrapi's warm and welcoming style that, while it at first comes across as being naive in its simplicity, reveals itself to be exceptionally perceptive as it effortlessly exposes much about the workings of the human psyche. 
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

I Am Plastic: The Designer Toy Explosion
a Kid Robot Production written by Paul Budnitz
I Am PlasticWell, this one might aptly described as a survey of a product that is for people who know they have to grow up, but regret that this is so, and so, as a sort of consolation, do their best to take a piece of their childhood with them; but this is no simple nostalgia trip here, no -- it is much more complex, for these designer toys contain within them fairly sophisticated critiques of the childhood longings that spawned them; they may even be considered, in a critical sense, to be "self aware" of their status as visible links to and tokens of childhood pasts that are forever beyond recapturing, except within their own plastic bodies, which are three-dimensional materializations, not of the past, not the memories of the past, but the process of recollection itself, the remembrance of things past -- in plastic.  I Am Plastic is probably the best collection of its sort, and weighing in at 368 oversized pages covered with full color representations of the galaxy of toys thus far extant, it's going to be hard to pass up for anyone who finds themselves longing for the sort of connection these toys provide.
retail price - $40.00  copacetic price - $35.00

GorillazGorillaz: Rise of the Ogre
For those of you who are confident that you're never going to grow up, and, furthermore, know that you're never even going to try --  that perpetual adolesence is just another name for home, sweet, home -- well then, chances are -- at least, if you're male -- that The Gorillaz are already somewhere in your lexicon and that this book -- which is chock-a-block with Jamie "Tank Girl" Hewlett's artwork along with much, much else -- is something you'd find of interest.  If this doesn't apply to you, please move on....
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $29.75

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