Copacetic Arrivals: 4Q 2007
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New for December 2007

ACME 18ACME Novelty Library 18
by Chris Ware
The 2007 Chris Ware trifecta is now complete(see below).   Ring out the year immersed in these fine-tuned renderings of early 21st century urban angst.
  Chris sez:  "In keeping with his athletic goal of issuing a volume of his occasionally lauded ACME series once every new autumn, volume 18 finds cartoonist Chris Ware abandoning the engaging serialization of his "Rusty Brown" and instead focusing upon his ongoing and more experimentally grim narrative, 'Building Stories.'  Collecting pages unseen except in obscure alternative weekly periodicals and sophisticated expensive coffee table magazines, The ACME Novelty Library #18 re-introduces the characters which New York Times readers found "dry" and "deeply depressing" when one chapter of the work (not included here) was presented in its pages during 2005 and 2006. Set in a Chicago apartment building more or less in the year 2000, the stories move from the straightforward to the mnemonically complex, invading character's memories and personal ambitions with a text point size likely unreadable to human beings over the age of 45. Reformatted to accommodate this different material, readers will be pleased by the volume's vertical shape and tasteful design, which, unlike Ware's earlier volumes, should discreetly blend into any stack or shelf of real books."
retail price - $17.95
   copacetic price - $15.95

ACME Date Book 2
ACME Novelty Datebook: Volume Two, 1995-1999
by Chris Ware
Last minute Christmas shoppers take note:  this is now on our shelves.
  Chris Ware sez:  "Straggling behind the mild 2003 success of cartoonist Chris Ware's first facsimile collection of his miscellaneous sketches, notes, and adolescent fantasies arrives this second volume, updating weary readers with the last ten years of Ware's clichéd and outmoded insights.  Working directly in pen and ink, watercolor, and white-out whenever he makes a mistake, Ware has cannily edited out all legally sensitive and personally incriminating material from his private journals, carefully recomposing each page to simulate the appearance of an ordered mind and established aesthetic directive. All phone numbers, references to ex-girlfriends, "false starts," and embarrassing experiments with unfamiliar drawing media have been generously excised to present the reader with the most pleasant and colorful sketchbook reading experience available. Included are Ware's frustrated doodles for his book covers, angry personal assaults on friends, half-finished comic strips, lengthy and tiresome fulminations of personal disappointments both social and sexual, as well as his now-beloved drawings of the generally miserable inhabitants of the city of Chicago. All in all, a necessary volume for fans of fine art, water-based media, and personal diatribe. Hardcover, attractively designed, and easy to resell."
retail price - $39.95
   copacetic price - $34.95

365 Days
365 Days: A Diary
by Julie Doucet
An especially nicely put together D & Q volume, this one is sure to be a thrill for all long-suffering fans of Doucet's comics work, who have been hoping for a new book to dig their teeth into for quite a while now. 
The wait is over, and how!  A cover to cover Quebecois production -- written, drawn, edited, designed, published and printed in North America's little piece of France -- 365 Days: A Diary is Doucet délibéré.  Think of it:  365 one-page diary strips, a year in the life of Julie, one page at a time, all rendered in pen and ink on paper in Ms. Doucet's mature, subtractive, expressionistic take on the ligne clare style.  If you are unfamiliar with her work, do yourself a favor and check out this 5-page preview.
retail price - $29.95
   copacetic price - $25.75

And, while we're in the Julie Doucet Mode, we thought we'd hep you to this overlooked volume:

Elle HumourElle-Humour
by Julie Doucet
This is a visually sumptuous 6" x 8" hardcover designed by Dan Nadel and published by Picturebox, who have described it as an "
amalgamation of drawing, painting, and narrative (which) is a visionary meditation on love, life, and luggage."  Running 144 pages, this "mass-produced artists’ book" is unique among the books we carry in that the images are all printed on only one side of each sheet of heavy cream colored stock which is then folded around in a sort of saddle stitched accordion binding, making for a presentation that stands out.  <>While casual readers may not have an easy time figuring out exactly what's on Doucet's mind here, long time fans are sure to apopreciate this elegent and respectful treatment of her more difficult and personal work.  And, to help those hesitant among you, we're prepared to meet you half way with a very special price.
retail price - $40.00   copacetic price - $22.22

by Osamu Tezuka
This 582-page hardcover came out a couple months ago, but somehow we missed it.  If ever there was a candidate for "better late than never", this is it.  MW is another in the series of the
novel length, adult-themed, gekiga style manga works produced by Tezuka during the late 1960s and early 1970s as he brought his masterful story-telling skills to bear on the tumult created by the changing sexual mores and politcal turmoil that shook Japan along with America and Europe during this time.  MW is considered his darkest tale -- almost "un-Tezuka-like" in it's unrelenting focus on the presence of evil in the world.  No matter what you might think of Tezuka's handling of the themes presented here, there's no debating that he's woven a gripping tale as no one but he can.  Vertical -- the New York City based publisher who has also brought us Tezuka's Ode to Kirihito and Apollo's Song from this same period -- is doing English speakers a real service by translating and printing these excellent works -- and at quite reasonable prices, especially this time around!  Need more convincing?  Check out this hefty preview
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

The Ice WandererThe Ice Wanderer and Other Stories
by Jiro Taniguchi
Oh, happy day!  240 pages of new (to non-Japanese readers) work by the manga master, Jiro Taniguchi, whose one-of-a-kind The Walking Man, is one of our all time favorites here at Copacetic.  Of the six stories contained in this volume, all but one deal with variations on the "man vs. nature" theme.  The first two, the titular lead off and "White Wilderness", are both derived
(although, in the case of the former, it seems possible that the derivation is apocryphal) from the work of Jack London, and take place in the deep Yukon wilderness of a century ago.  "Our Mountains" is also a tale of winter, snow, mountains and predatory animals, but his one takes place in pre-WW II era Japan and involves a one-on-one with a bear.  After these three rugged and manly tales, the collection takes a surprising turn with "Kaiyose-Jima," a tale of a lonely 9 year-old boy summering in a quiet fishing village in the middle of the Showa era (late 1950s) Japan.  He is befriended by a teenage girl who was left orphaned after her parents perished at sea, but is herself fearless, in contrast to the boy's fearfulness.  "Shôkarô", is the lone story not set in the great outdoors. It is, in fact and intriguingly, the exact opposite, taking place almost entirely indoors, in the claustrophobic atmosphere of an odd apartment block that was a converted brothel.  It is the (autobiographical?) tale of a budding manga artist working on getting his start, and contrasts the artist's cramped domicile with his vivid imagjnation, his neighbors to himself, and ultimately his life and his art.  The collection closes with "Return to the Sea", which is less a tale of man vs. nature than an attempt of man to conect to nature in the form bowhead whales.  We are filled with awe at the amazing level of artistry demonstrated in this tale, including what must be the greatest pen & ink renderings of whales in the history of comics.  This tale takes back across the Bering Straight to the coast of Alaska and brings us once again into contact with an ancient legend dealing with death and rebirth, and makes for a fitting and hopeful conclusion to the collection.  You don't come across ones this good very often,  Recommended!
retail price - $21.99  copacetic price - $19.75

Satche PaigeSatchel Paige:  Striking Out Jim Crow
by James Sturm and Rich Tommaso
This is the second -- after Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi's Harry Houdini: The Handcuff King, released about six months back -- in the ongoing series of young adult comics biographies being produced under the auspices of The Center for Cartoon Studies.  Satchel Paige is another striking exemplar of the humble yet heroic character that captures what is best about  America.  Sturm is the head of CCS for a reason:  he knows how to employ the language of comics to do what comics does best:  tell stories and show character.   Paige comes alive on the page as the reader gets to see his life unfold from a number of different perspectives, each offering a different facet of Paige's character and career.  But that's only half the story.  The heart of this work is the darkness of the Jim Crow south, and the generations-long struggle of the descendents of slaves for self respect and self determination in a world dominated and controlled by the descendents of masters.  Sturm and Tommaso show us that Satchel Paige, in addition to being a phenomenal athlete, provided a beacon to those
looking for a way out of their horrible bind, and that this was perhaps his greatest legacy.   Learn all about it on this CCS hosted page designed for educators who want to use this work to teach the kids today a thing or two about what's gone before.
hardcover:  retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00
softcover:   retail price - $  9.99  copacetic price - $  8.88

Popeye 2
Popeye, Volume 2 - "Well, Blow Me Down!"
by E.C. Segar
Whew!  It made it in time for the holidays.  The next volume in what is sure to be the definitive edition of the collected Popeye is here.  It features the same swellegant, oversize
die-cut hardcover format as the first volume; it contains close to two years of E.C. Segar masterworks -- 84 full color, nearly full size Sundays and 450+ black & white dailies along with an illustrated introduction, "Real People, Real Theatre" by Popeye expert, Donald Phelps and a brief forward by Mort Walker; and it's great.  "Well, blow me down," indeed.
retail price - $29.99  copacetic special price - $25.00

Mammoth Book of Best War ComicsThe Mammoth Book of Best War Comics
This collection containing over 500 pages of war comics runs the gamut from staid, anonymously created British comics dealing with tried and true tales of WW II heroism produced for paperback racks to the super-freaky -- and decidedly anti-war -- "Legion of Charlies" by Tom Veitch and Greg Irons produced at the height of the Vietnam War, this Mammoth anthology includes some real classics, not the least of which is the work that starts it off, "I Saw It," by Keiji Nakazawa.  "I Saw It" was the original manga that chronicles Nakazawa's own experience of living through the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that spawned his epic saga, Gen of Hiroshima that is currently being collected in a new English translation of eight volumes by Last Gasp.  Also included in this collection are: the picture book The Tin-Pot Foreign General and the Old Iron Woman by the one and only Raymond Briggs (Ethel and Ernest); exerpts from Last Day in Vietnam by Will Eisner; classics from Blazing Combat by Alex Toth, John Severin and Don Lomax; and, in full color, two classic full-length WW II tales drawn by Sam Glanzman in the early 1960s, "You Only Lose Once," and "Pearl Harbor."  There's plenty more -- 26 works in all, and while a few of the works are obviously serving to fill out the volume, there's still enough on offer here to more than justify the relatively modest asking price.

retail price - $17.99  copacetic price - $15.00

PhreakWizzywig, Volume 1: Phreak
by Ed Piskor
Pittsburgh's own, Ed Piskor, heretofore best know for his work with Harvey Pekar (Our Movie Year, Macedonia), has now busted out on his own with his new self-published series, Wizzywig.  This first 116-page square-format volume, Phreak, is dedicated to the exploits of those precursors to computer hackers, the phone phreaks.  As Robert Frost once wrote, "there is something that does not love a wall."  In the modern world, the definitive walls erected to
protect private property are computer systems, specifically the codes that run them, and as such make for an irresistible target for that "something."  But before the internet was a gleam in its daddies' eyes, Ma Bell ruled the roost, and those dedicated to "getting over" the walls erected to keep them out of messing with the system spent their time figuring out how to outsmart and/or break into the telephone switching systems.   Ed Piskor tells their tale by agreggating various phreak legends into a single mythical figure in this engaging book of old school comics.  Learn more about our pal, Ed, and check out some Phreak preview pages, here.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $12.00

Capacity 7 frontCapacity 7 backThought Cloud ShrinesCapacity #7
Thought Cloud Shrines

by Theo Ellsworth
We featured a small selection of Ellsworth comics earlier this year and, being fans of his work  ourselves, were happy when they went on to be quite well received.  We are, therefore, pleased to announce the arrival of these two new works.  Thought Cloud Shrines is a collection of drawings and is, in our opinion at least, his best yet -- and is easily his most inspired title.  Capacity #7 is a collection of more  narrative oriented work, ranging from single full-page panel works to the twelve-page "A Wizard's Tale", which makes excellent use of his drawing strengths.  Both come wrapped in hand silk-screened covers and both are among the best self-published art-zines and comics being published today. Learn more at
copacetic price - o/s & o/p

The Flying Destructicate:  New Visual Language
Devoted to the work of Pittsburgh artist, Josh Tonies and his a group of his cohorts who are working together to forge a "new visual language," this book, the latest production from the folks at Ency
clopedia Destructica, is an impossibly complex hand made assemblage that defies description, but they've given it a try, here.  You simply have to come in and see it for yourself!  Once you see it, you'll understand just how labor intensive a production it is and why we can only get in five copies at a time.  So, if you missed the book launch party at the Warhol Museum but you still want to get your hands on one, don't waste any time getting over here, as these aren't going to last long. 
copacetic price - $20.00

Splelndid Recipes 2ASplendid Recipes #2
Yes, that's right:  two more episodes of "the Dollar Store of television shows" are now available on this brand, spanking new (and noticably slicker) DVD package.  55 minutes of made-in-Pittsburgh fun(k) that continues to extend the glorious reign of the Yinzer Stoner Nation™.  This time around expect "the worst noise super group ever to grace the screens of Pittsburgh," "Violence Jack's final drunken plea to save the bus routes of Troy Hill," "(the) North Side sock puppet disaster," "Remixed adolescent crime dramas," "The Underwater Culprit's public meltdown," animation, found footage, DIY video games and much, much more!  We are informed that you can visit the folks responsible at:
copacetic price - $7.77

Lydia & Her FriendsLydia and Her Friends
by Gretchen Neidert
Are you despondent and despairing? dragged down by dominating dodos, day to day
drudgery and derelict dregs?  The antidote is at hand:  Lydia and Her Friends is a power-packed little wonder; a 10-minute burst of melodiously manic energy that situates the viewer in an endless loop at the edge of the galaxy from which vantage point it becomes clear that while time is passing all around us as we spin through space, life is lived in the moment, and that moment is NOW!  An infinitely renewable pick-me-up for less than the price of a capuccino, packed in a hand-colored sleeve and made right here in tha 'burgh.
copacetic price - $2.00

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New for November 2007

I'm Not There CDI'm Not There - original soundtrack (CD)
by various
While we're aware that we might have to take it outside to fight for our unrelentingly positive views of Todd Hayne's fascinating new film, it's a no-brainer to get behind the soundtrack.  This double-disc set contains a surprisingly wide-ranging set of 33 songs by a truly fabulous gathering of talent that celebrates the awe and wonder of Bob Dylan's phenomenal career (check out the list and listen to a few tracks here).  All that really needs to be said about this one is, "wow!"  This soundtrack is an instant classic and it hasn't left our CD player since it came in (well, not except for the occasional Slim Gaillard tune...).  Recommended!
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Palestine - Special Edition
Palestine - The Special Edition

by Joe Sacco
This is nice enough to lure those who have resisted reading Sacco's most hailed work as well as tempt those who have already purchased it in one of its various incarnations to buy it again in this sure-to-be-definitive edition.  One of the most praised works in comics history, Palestine demonstrated once and for all that comics is capable of rendering real life human complexity and, not only that, deliver nuance and insight that are unobtainable through other mediums.  A fine edition of a classic.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.00

The original art of Basil Wolverton
The Original Art of Basil Wolverton
from the collection of Glenn Bray
A dream come true for Wolverton fans, this deluxe oversize volume reproduces hundreds of amazing pieces of original art by the one and only Basil Wolverton.  Pen and ink on paper designed to send you into rhapsodies of perception.
retail price - $35.00  copacetic price - $30.00

Big Book of PulpsThe Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps
edited by Otto Penzler
You want pulp fiction?  We got pulp fiction.  1,140 double-columned pages packed with the best crime stories from the golden age of the pulps -- the 1920s, 30s & 40s -- when writers like Dashiell Hammet, Raymond Chandler, Cornell Woolrich, Paul Cain, Leslie Chartiers, Erle Stanley Gardner, Frederick Nebel, and a host of others all wrote their heart out for 2¢ a word.  Divided into three sections -- The Crimefighter, The Villians and The Dames -- this massive tome contains over fifty stories and two complete novels.  This is a book that you'll want to save for those special nights when it's pitch black and freezing cold and the wind is rattling the windowpanes.  You'll want to turn off all lights in the house except for your reading lamp that's poised over your cracked leather armchair, put a stack of old Billie Holiday records on the turntable, pour yourself a couple fingers of hard liquor and settle in for a prolonged look at the underworld, out of which, somewhere along the way, secrets will emerge from the dark and you'll be face to face with the heart of darkness of the good ol' USA.
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.50

Gentlemen of the RoadGentlemen of the Road
by Michael Chabon
What's this?  Two new Michael Chabon novels in one year?  This new novel is a bit slighter on the ambition scale than this year's earlier release, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, but that is its intention.  As is splendidly evident in its design, Gentlemen of the Road is a classic adventure yarn.  Starting with endpapers that depict a historical map of the area where the book's adventures occur, and continuing with its old-school table of contents and list of illustrations, and, especially, on through to the llustrations themselves -- all done up in the classic pen and ink style by the current (and quite excellent) illustrator of Prince Valiant, Gary Gianni which are liberally scattered throughout -- this is a book that wants to take you back to when reading was an adventure in and of itself.  Set a thousand years in the past amidst the Caucas Mountains  and along the Don and Volga River valleys, it's a tale that follows a mismatched pair of adventurers, affectionately referencing Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, as they get into -- and out of -- one mess after another on their way to the revolution.  Here's a couple of  reviews in The Village Voice and The Guardian UK.
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $18.88

Walt & Skeezix, Book ThreeWalt & Skeezix, Book Three: 1925 & 1926
by Frank King
The third collection of classic Gasoline Alley dailies has arrived and is ready for reading.  Designed, once again, by Chris Ware, and housing
over six-hundred daily strips, this volume continues to be an excellent package at a reasonable price.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.47

Complete Persepolis

The Complete Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
As you may or may not know, the graphic novel Persoplis, which was originally released in two parts a couple years back, is "now a major motion picture."  Persepolis was a huge hit here at Copacetic, and now it is available in a single volume.  Those remaining few stragglers out there who have yet to check this out, are now provided with a new opportunity to do so.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

Complete Jack Kirby 10-11/1947The Complete Jack Kirby: Sept. - Oct. 1947
This amazing 172 page volume is filled with 160 pages of comics, ALL of which were published during just two months in 1947.  No wonder Kirby was known as "The King."  And these aren't just any comics.  No!  These two months saw Kirby embark on one of the greatest periods of his career.  As editor Greg Theakston explains in his introduction to this volume, Kirby and his creative and business partner, Joe Simon, had, at long last, manged to secure a profit sharing deal -- with the publisher Crestwood (Prize) -- after years of being exploited by publishers Timely (Marvel), National Periodicals (DC).  Finally having a direct financial stake in the succcess of their titles unleashed Kirby's inner dynamo and he produced a stunning amount of excellent work.  The highlight here is Young Romance #1, in which Simon & Kirby introduced what would quickly become the most successful genre in comics publishing; yes, that's right -- romance comics.  Also  contained in this  amazing volume are Kirby's contributions (5 stories, if you can believe it!) to Justice Traps the Guilty #1, the classic crime series, plus Kirby's lead stories for the ongoing crime comics, Headline Comics #26, Real Clue v.2#7; an action-packed story each to Airboy v.4#8 & #9; and the light-hearted 13-pager for My Date #2, and a funny animal(!) tale featuring Albert the Alligator for Punch and Judy v.3#1 showing that Jack could truly do it all, do it well and do it fast.  All these comics in only 60 days, the mind reels...  We want to encourage Copacetic customers to venture forth and experience this work, so, for a limted time, we are offering this volume at a super special price.
retail price - $25.00  copacetic special price - $19.99

All the RageAll the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present
by Aaron McGruder
Starting out with a front cover that immediately made us think of The Onion, it's clear that this Boondocks book is not your ordinary reprint volume.  It's divided into three parts: I:  The Strips; II:  The Media; and III:  The Controversy.  The first, is the typical strip collection part, which presents Boondocks strips running through the last day of 2005.  The second collects various and sundry media reports of, on and about The Boondocks, and contains quite a few interviews with McGruder.  The third section focuses on the "controversial" strips -- those that were pulled by various  papers around America -- and includes the "before and after" versions of strips where changes were demanded by the syndicate.  Enjoyable and educational, this Boondocks collection continues and extends McGruder's reign as the one of the most savvy and successful cartoonists of our day.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.00

Best of MuttsThe Best of Mutts
by Patrick McDonnell
And, speaking of successful cartoonists, what more can we say about Mutts that hasn't been said already?  Patrick McDonnell has managed to somehow graft a poet's soul and fine artist's sensibility onto the studied craft of a totally classic old school newspaper comicstrip cartoonist.  Mutts is truly one of a kind; and in more ways than one, not the least of which is the way in which it unfailingly manages to raise the spirits.  Here in this fine oversized hardcover edition is the distilled essence of Mutts, both the black & white dailies and the full color Sundays, in 254 horizontally formatted pages each of which can and will be enjoyed by one and all.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

but wait, there's also this:

Hug TimeHug Time
by Patrick McDonnell
Simple pen and ink drawings combine with delicate watercolors to illustrate a Suess-like rhyme scheme telling a story of hugs around the world; featuring Mutts supporting character, Jules (aka Shtinky Puddin'). 
Is this the cutest book ever published?  Maybe.  Is it the perfect gift for anyone you know who could use a hug?  Yes. 
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.33

Up & Down in NYCUp & Down in New York
by Tony Sarg
preface by Jonathan Adler
Originally published in 1926, Up & Down in New York is a beautifully put together book that contains 25 amazing drawings of life in the New York City of the 1920s by artist extraordinaire, Tony Sarg.  And when we say life, we mean life:  these pages are overflowing with the vitality of NYC during the era when it really came into its own as a world capital.  Each of the pictures is drawn from an elevated perspective taking in the hustle and bustle of humanity at enough of a remove to contemplate and appreciate the magic of human endeavor.  Each of these drawings is reproduced with great care on heavy, flat,
9" x 12" cream colored  stock, that will stand up to all the pawing these pages are sure to get as these are images that beckon.  The publishers did a nice job on this book.  Make the time to check it out.  Here's further comments along with a peek, but the images as they appear here don't do justice to how they appear in the book.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Uptight All Night - postcard bookUptight All Night: 30 postcards
by Jordan Crane
Speaking of top notch artists, this contemporary master of line, form and -- especially -- color, who is best known here at Copacetic for his swell comics like The Clouds Above and Uptight, now has a nifty collection of thirty original, full-color, heavy-duty (they're printed on super-weight cardstock) postcards nestled on our shelves.  At the Copacetic price listed below the price works out to a mere 30¢ a piece for these little gems.  Send 'em to friends, hang 'em on the wall, put 'em in a frame -- you can do it all.
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.88

Blurred Vision #2 & #3
Blurred Vision 3We've been remiss.  We let readers of this page in on the advent of Blurred Vision's first issue, but neglected to let you know that it's still going strong. Consistently interesting, these issue continue to feature the craft mastery of Toc Fetch that we highlighted in our review of the first issue.   Other notable pieces include the ongoing saga of "A Dog and His Elephant," by Ethan Persoff," which runs through both issues; from #2, "Captain Adam" by Kevin Mutch, a madcap 30-page saga that is the comics equivalent of a mash-up:  composed entirely of panels taken out of context ("sampled") from a stack of old comics (and a couple adult mags) and sewn together to create a crazy quilt sequence which was then overdrawn and rewritten into a single whole; and, from #3, "Know Thyself," a grim pantomime fable.  Blurred Vision shows artists taking chances, and that's always good.  Learn -- and see -- plenty more at their website (where every image is a link).
retail price - $14.95@  copacetic price - $12.75@

Ghost StoriesEssex County, Volume Two: Ghost Stories
by Jeff Lemire
This series of graphic novels depicting life in rural Canada has been winning over readers with its poignant portrayals of life, loss and love.  Ghost Stories
features the brothers Lou and Vince Lebeuf and plays out over seven decades.  It's told from the point of view of the seventy year-old Lou, who is haunted by the ghosts of his past.  The images are choicely framed and expertly paced and taken together make for an engaging tale that fills this 224 page softcover volume from Top Shelf with many a moving moment.  The first volume in the series, Tales from the Farm (retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95) is still available, and has much to recommend it as well.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

McSweeneys 24McSweeney's 24
This issue comes in the form of a "Siamese Twin" book jacket in which two separate books share the same back cover (can't visualize it?  well then, you'll have to come in and see it for yourself).  Stories in the first of the "twins" include:  "How to Make Millions in the Oil Market," by Chritopher Howard, "Bored to Death," by Jonathan Ames, "The Death of Nick Carter," by Philippe Soupault --  which was originally written in French in 1926 and was only translated this year by Robin Walz -- and several others.  The special highlight, and the entire contents of the second twin is a symposium entitled, "Come Home, Donald Barthelme," which is edited and
curated by Justin Taylor, starts off with his introduction "for the belated and immediate beatification of Donald Barthelme," includes a host of participants among whom are Ann Beattie, Robert Coover, and includes two uncollected and long out of print Barthelme stories.
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $19.95

Tank GIrl: The Gifting

Tank Girl:  The Gifting

by Alan Martin and Ashley Wood
The sixth Tank Girl tpb is already here!  Featuring a slightly re-mixed edition of the just completed mini-series along with all alternate covers.  Ashley Wood goes crazy withi lots of loopy art that perfectly compliments Martin's descent into pure chaos.  This is the most eclectic and far ranging Tank Girl collection yet, composed of bits ranging from one-page illuminated doggerel to feature length epic battles in the outback between disgruntled pack of brothers and the Tank Girl brigades (backed up by Booga, of course); inbetween we have all sorts of weirdness that amply demonstrates that the Tank Girl mythos is alive and kicking.
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $15.55

and there's also these swell items ready willing and able to be purchased here at Copacetic:

King-Cat Comics and Stories #68
by John Porcellino
36 pages of comics and stories -- along with a short history lesson and the usual lists -- by the one and only John P.  What more do you need to know?  Now in stock.
retail price - $3.00  copacetic price - $2.75

The Blot
by Tom Neely
180 pantomime graphic novel about love, sex, depression and art -- all told without the benefit of words.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

Southern Cross
by Laurence Hyde
introduction by Rockwell Kent
Speaking of pantomime graphic novels, this classic 1951 tale protesting the hydrogen bomb tests on the Bikini Atoll can be considered a precursor of the form.  Told entirely in a series of woodcuts -- one per page -- it is now available in a beautiful facsimile edition produced by the fine folks at Drawn & Quarterly.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

Scott Pilgrim Get's It Together (#4)
by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Scott Pilgrim fans can now rejoice!  The fourth volume, all 200+ pages of it, is now on sale.
retail price - $11.95  copacetic price - $10.75

The Comics Journal #285
Featuring lengthy interviews with Darwyn Cooke and Keith Knight along with some great early crime comics by the one and only Big John Buscema.
retail price - $11.95  copacetic price - $9.95

The Comics Journal #286
Featuring a great interview with Posy Simmonds by Paul Gravett along with a chance to listen to the new scripter of Wonder Woman, Gail Simone, talk about her career in the "man's world" of super hero comics, along with classic reprints of "The Ambassador" by Otto Sogolow, best known for his "Little King" Sunday pages.
retail price - $11.95  copacetic price - $9.95

The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories
by Nicholas Gurewitch
The fabulous, fabled -- and absurd -- internet comics hit, The Perry Bible Fellowship is now available  in the  physical world in this full color hardcover edition that includes a fitting, if brief, introduction by none other than Jim Woodring.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.33

Walk a Mile in My Muu-Muu
by Bill Griffith
Yep, you guessed it:  It's this year's collection of Zippy the Pinhead strips.
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $17.00

Betsy and Me
by Jack Cole
Comics legend, Jack Cole's last project was a try-out for a syndicated newspaper strip.  This volume collects it in it's 2 1/2 month entirety along with a lengthy in-depth introduction by noted comics scholar,  R.C. Harvey.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

White Rapids
by Pascal Blanchet
Graphic design as comics:  can it be done?  That's the question this duo-tone tome tries to answer.
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $22.22

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New for October 2007

Storeyville - hardcover editionStoreyville
by Frank Santoro

introduction by Chris Ware
The best kept secret in the last twenty years of comics is probably the 1995 tabloid newspaper format Storeyville.  A Whitmanesque epic poem in comics form, Storeyville was sui generis at the time of its release, revealing previously unexplored depths in the comics form.  For a closer look at this landmark work, we refer you to our review of this original release, here.  It is now, finally, twelve years later, being released in a deluxe hardcover edition complete with a 1200 word introduction by Chris Ware along with bonus back up features including an essay providing the history and context of its creation by Dan Nadel.  Highly recommended.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

New Engineering
by Yuichi Yokoyama
New EngineeringWhether you're a manga fan scouting for the best and most challenging new comics from Japan, a straight ahead comics maniac who will take good new comics wherever you find them, or a connoisseur of fine art regardless of the form it takes, New Engineering is for you.  Based in Tokyo, New Engineering creator Yokoyama is an art school graduate whose primary medium for the first five years of his career was oil painting.  He became attracted to manga because he wanted to "make serialized paintings."  As a result, Yokoyama's comics are focused on communicating his ideas from a painterly perspective, with a keen interest in the flow between images and the way in which comics/manga possess a temporal dimension that is lacking in single image painting, rather than relying on narrative.  He is, in other words, more interested in showing than telling.  Visual impact is the aim here and the images provided by this volume are clear, clean and strong; and very much engaged in forging a dialectical bond between an exaggerated western perspective and a
highly iconic Japanese composition.  Interested in confronting and experiencing visually exciting work that challenges the conventions of comics, adding to its vocabulary and grammar?  Well then, there are precious few works that do this as completely as New Engineering.  232 pages; 8" x 11"; B & W; flexi-bound.  Take a look.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Powr Mastrs 1Powr Mastrs, Volume 1
by C.F.
 It's appropriate to follow New Engineering with Powr Mastrs (and not only because both are published by PictureBox) as C.F. is, like Yokoyama, very much engaged in challenging the standard representations of time and space in contemporary comics.  There is, notably, quite a bit more story -- as well as humanity -- in C.F.'s work, however.  What people are doing, where they are going, how they are making their way and when they are going to get together all figure prominently in Powr Mastrs, if in an oblique way.  There is a real organic quality to the work here, a quality which is enhanced by the work being rendered wholly in pencil with no attempts made to add any effects of any sort.  C.F. has produced quite a few small print run, self-published comics (as well as appearing in numerous anthologies, including this year's America's Best -- see below) and has long had a cult following among what has come to be know as the "Fort Thunder crowd."  Now, with the release of Powr Mastrs, everyone has a chance to see what all the fuss is about.  We think quite a few comics readers are in for a pleasant surprise.  120 pages; embossed flexi-cover.
retail price - $18.00  copacetic price - $15.00

by Brian Chippendale
MaggotsPerhaps the most eagerly (not to mention patiently!) awaited book to come out of Fort Thunder, Brian Chippendale's Maggots was originally slated to be published several years ago by the now defunct Highwater Books.  Copacetic Comics fielded numerous queries over the years as to the fate of this particular work, and it was frustrating to not be able to offer a definitve reply.  We are quite pleased therefore to be able at last to look over and see this little gem sitting pertly on our table of new arrivals; we are confident that we will not be alone in this regard.  Published by PictureBox, who are, evidently, on a mission to deliver the comics we need to read, this edition of Maggots has painstakingly reproduced the look and feel of the original sketchbook in which Chippendale drew it, going so far as to have it printed at the same printer that printed the original book in which Maggots was drawn!  This little book packs a real punch; its pages pulse with an infectious manic energy that will have anyone who reads it compusivley reaching for pencil and paper, raring to go and testify in pen and ink to the glory of living.
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $18.88

The Small Press Comics Expo Report
Well, in case there are any doubters out there, we're here to tell you that SPX 2007 provides ample evidence that the world of small press and self-published comics is alive and well.  We're going to do our best to list our SPX haul, and we're off to a slow but good start here.  Pittsburgh area customers are, of course, encouraged to stop in and explore it all in person. 

Perla la LocaBeyond PalomarPerla la Loca
by Jaime Hernandez
Beyond Palomar
by Gilbert Hernandez
Wow!  Fantagraphics isn't wasting any time in getting out the newly formatted editions collecting that classic among classics, the original first volume of Love and Rockets by Los Bros Hernandez.  The unrelenting greatness continues with Perla la Loca presenting "Wig Wam Bam" and "Chester Square" along with a handful of minor gems, all by the one and only Xaime.  Beyond Palomar contains all the twists and turns of "Poison River," perhaps the most complex of Gilbert's epics, along with his L.A.-centered "Love and Rockets X."  There's not much more that can be said about these comics other than, "READ THEM!"  It really doesn't get any better than this.
retail price - $16.95@  copacetic price - $13.55@

And as if this weren't enough, we now also have:
 New Tales of Old Palomar #3
by Gilbert Hernandez
According to Gilbert, this is the last issue; at least for now.
retail price - $7.95 
copacetic price - $6.75 

ACME Novelty 18.5

The Acme Novelty Library # 18.5
(aka “The New Yorker” portfolio)
by Chris Ware
Chris sez:   "This print portfolio, somewhat hedgingly entitled  The ACME Novelty Library, No. 18.5, contains all four 'Thanksgiving' covers drawn by  cartoonist and cultural commentator F. C. Ware for the November 27th,  2006 issue of The New Yorker, as well as the additional fifth comic strip which heretofore only appeared in digital form, all carefully printed in full color at an oversized 15" x 20” size on heavy paper and folded in half for easy recycling. As if this wasn’t dreary enough, included is a new supplementary folded comic strip, measuring  16” x 11,” which is also folded in half. The consumer is asked to carefully weigh whether purchase of this object is truly necessary, and to act accordingly."

retail price - $32.00  copacetic price - $27.00


by Adrian Tomine
At last, Mr. Tomine's first actual graphic novel is here.  This fine Drawn & Quarterly hardcover edition articulates an angst-ridden Asian-American assimilation in 108 finely rendered pages collecting Optic Nerve #9 - #11.  This work captures the lives of 20-somethings navigating their way towards a place in the scheme of things that they can call their own.  Tomine is that rare creator with perfect pitch and it's uncanny how he always manages to get it... just right.  This time out, a romance unwinds, a friendship blooms and fades, and life goes on.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

James Sturm's AmericaJames Sturm's America: God, Gold, and Golems
by (well, yes, of course) James Sturm
Kudos to D & Q (and, presumably, Mssrs. Sturm and Devlin, as well) on their pitch perfect packaging of these three tales.  Originally released individually as "Revival, "Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight," -- both self-published pamphlet comics -- and "The Golem's Mighty Swing," a softcover graphic novel that was honored as Time Magazine's best graphic novel of the year upon its orignal release, the tales that comprise this rugged hardcover volume all deal with distinctly American enterprises.  Respectively:   rural religious revivalism in what is now Kentucky, at the dawn of the
19th century; a quest for unearthing Idaho's underground riches towards the close of that same century; and an unusual take on an idiosyncratic intersection of minor league baseball and Jewish mysticism during the 1920s.  These are all one of a kind tales rendered with great care and affection that will provide a rewarding reading experience to one and all.  Here's a five-page preview from Revival.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22
Big Questions #10

Big Questions 10: The Hand That Feeds
by Anders Brekhus Nilsen
The world's most philosophically inquisitive birds continue in their confrontation with the mysteries of the (at least to them) unknown while you, the reader, are left to find the proper perspective from which to view the diverse diffractions of Anders's angled arguments.  Highlights in this issue include:  crows, the pilot of the plane and doughnuts.  See you there.
retail price - $6.50  copacetic price - $5.55

Moomin 2

Moomin: Volume Two

by Tove Jansson
The surprise hit of 2006 returns with a second fine volume.  In every way a worthy successor, this time around the Moomins experience "Winter Follies," meet "Mamma's Maid," "Build a House," and "Begin a New Life"  in four uniquely original adventures collected in one sturdy yet elegant volume.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

Watching Days Become Years 4

Watching Days Become Years #4
by Jeff Levine
We're glad to see Mr. Levine is still at it.   Each page of Watching Days manages --
through a pen & ink alchemy mastered by Levine -- to cast a moment of stillness and quietude out of the hubbubbly headlong rush of chaotic urban life; enabling the reader to pause and reflect, as the days become years.   Read our review of the first issue for a more detailed look at what it's like.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.44

Service IndustryService Industry
by T. Edward Bak
We wrote about this one before, a year or two back when it was self-published by Bak in a low press run color xerox edition.  We are happy to be able to announce that this work has now found a new lease on life in a permanent color edition from Bodega Press.  While obviously an autobiographical work, Service Industry offers up much more than is typical of the genre.  It is, as well (and perhaps even primarily) an
explicitly existential meditation on finding meaning in a life dominated by economic exigencies.  Somewhat surprisingly, given the darkly serious tone that pervades many of the pages, Bak has no qualms about employing an element of whimsical fantasy in representing his dream life.  He manages to seamlessly integrate all these disparate approaches and bind them together into a unique hybrid that has much to recommend it.  In fact, our only complaint about Bak's work is that there isn't more of it.
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $7.95
Daybreak 2

Daybreak: Episode Two

by Brian Ralph
The second installment of Daybreak -- what we have found to be Mr. Ralph's most engaging work yet -- is now ready for boarding.  And, yes, we still have copies of the first episode in stock for the same low price.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price -

Omega 1Omega The Unknown #1 (of 10)
by Jonathan Lethem & Farel Dalrymple (w/Paul Hornschemeier & Karl Rusnak)
Yes, that's right: Jonathan Lethem, of Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn fame, has teamed up with Farel Dalrymple to revive Lethem's fave, Omega the Unknown, originally created and produced in the 1970s by Steve Gerber, Mary
Skrenes and Jim Mooney for Marvel Comics, who are also publishing this edition.  On the one hand this series is bound to be somewhat hermetic as Lethem will doubtless use Omega as a cipher on which to project recollections of his own adolescent experiences.  On the other hand, it is sure to make for a multilevelled, intellectually engaging read with Lethem in the driver's seat.  We have also been led to understand that art comics maestro Gary Panter will be involved in some capacity at some point in the series, which is certainly something to look forward to; think about it -- Gary Panter art in a Marvel Superhero comic book.  We'll let you know if/when this magic moment transpires.  And we'll all figure out together exactly what it means...
retail price - $2.99  copacetic price - $2.69

OHM+OHM+ | : The Early Gurus of Electronic Music | : 1948 - 1980
This is a pretty fab box set.  It consists of 3 CDs containing 42 tracks that total close to four hours of material that charts the origin and development of electronic music through its first four decades; and a 2 1/2 hour DVD that contains 20 tracks presenting short pieces, excerpts, performances and interviews, all of which serve to supplement the documention of the early history of electronic music; plus a 112 page, photo-packed booklet that discusses each work and comes with a forward by none other than Brian Eno.  This is going to be pretty hard to pass up at the super special price below.  Needless to say, but, of course, we will:  this is a one time offer and supplies are limited (but not that limited, as we have  managed to put in a good supply).  A complete listing of its contents may be had, here.
retail price - $44.98  copacetic super special price - $17.77

Best AMerican Comics 2007The Best American Comics 2007
edited by Chris Ware
From Lynda Barry to Dan Zettwoch and everything inbetween, this volume provides us with a a fabulous selection of excellent comics in an attractive well produced package at an affordable price.  While -- as Chris Ware makes eminently clear in his excellent introduction -- it is certainly hard to make any sort of definitive argument that these are "the best" American comics of 2007, we are quite confident that no Copacetic customer will be disappointed with the 340 pages of comics herein assembled.  It is true that some may find that they already own much of what appears here, but few if any will have read it all and most will discover exciting new work and be introduced to talented comics creators.  Among the amazing contributors you will find, Alison Bechdel, Gabrielle Bell, Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, C.F., Robert, Aline and Sophie Crumb, Kim Deitch, Sammy Harkham, Gilbert Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga, Anders Nilsen, Gary Panter, Paper Rad, John Porcellino, Ron Regé Jr., Seth, Art Spiegelman, Adrian Tomnie, Carol Tyler and more (whew!)
retail price - $22.00  copacetic price - $19.75

Walt & Skeezix from Sunday PressSundays with Walt and Skeezix
by Frank King
Sunday Press, the publisher of the Little Nemo in Slumberland: So Many Splendid Sundays collection now presents the best Sunday comics from the first two decades of Frank King’s masterpiece, Gasoline Alley in the same stunning, full size (16" x 21") format.  Designed by Chris Ware and with an introduction by Jeet Heer, these wonderful Sunday pages are a beautiful companion to the popular Drawn and Quarterly books that feature the daily Gasoline Alley strips. 
This volume is a giant oversize 96 page, heavy duty hardcover with dust jacket that includes a full-sheet cardboard insert replica of a 1920’s Skeezix cut-out toy.  As with Sunday Press's Little Nemo collection, these incredible Sunday pages have been digitally restored to their original colorful brilliance and are reproduced at full size. In addition, the book is filled with images of comics memorabilia and photographs of King’s life. It also includes texts on King’s life and work by journalist Tim Samuels and comics historian/critic Donald Phelps. 
retail price - $95.00
copacetic price - $77.77

Noir 4Film Noir Classic Collection, Volume 4
This time around we have a big TEN classic noir films on five discs.  The obvious highlights are They Live By Night, and The Big Steal, which reunites Out of the Past's Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer.  Also featured are:  Act of Violence, Mystery Street, Crime Wave, Decoy, Illegal, Side Street, Where Danger Lives, also featuring Mitchum, and  Tension.  Get the details along with all box art, here.
retail price - $59.92  copacetic price - $53.79

Grotesqque 1Grotesque #1
by Sergio Ponchione
Niger #2
by Leila Marzocchi
Reflections #3
by Marco Corona
Here's the three latest additions to the burgeoning Ignatz line of fine European style comics.  Each is magazine size and printed in two-tones on high grade paperstock with a full color Reflectonis 3wraparound dustjacket.  The first issue of Grotesque provides American readers with Pnchione's initial foray into "Three Eye-lands," a surreal world that reminds us of Grant Morrison era Doom Patrol, Roger Langridge style inking, and mid-period Dave Cooper.  Niger is sort of like a lusher, more sophisticated Owly: a woodland animal fable scratchboard
-- featuring some really fine (in both senses of the word)  scratchboard work.  Reflections continues in its dreamy remembrance of things past told in a delicate pen and ink line over a ghost-like blue wash that gets it... just right.
retail price - $7.95@  copacetic price - $6.75@

Also worthy of note:

The Bible
by Karen Armstrong
If anyone can break it down to us in this day and age, it's Ms. Armstrong.
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $18.88

The Rough Guide to His Dark Materials
by Paul Simpson
An amazingly thorough accounting of the sources and background for Philip Pullman's masterpiece.  While His Dark Materials has already attracted legions of ardent supporters, it is bound to attract even more now that it is finally "coming to a theater near you."  One of the most intellectually challenging fantasy series ever written -- now considered to be on par with The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, while ideologically opposed to much in each, especially Narnia.  Learn all about it in this jam-packed volume.  Of course, if you haven't read the books yet, well then, grab a hold of The Golden Compass right now, as it will be the last chance you get to read it before the film version siezes the public imagination.
retail price - $12.99  copacetic super special price - $11.77

and, finally, we can't let you go without letting you know about this:

Twin Peaks GoldTwin Peaks: The Definitive Gold Box Edition
Twin Peaks, created, written and directed by David Lynch and Mark Frost, along with an amazing cast and plenty of help in the screen-writing and directing department, was, when it was originally aired in 1990-91 -- and remains -- a television series in a class by itself.  Nothing before or since has been created specifically for US television that can compare to the artistic ambition and creative achievement of this series -- not to mention the flat out freakiness of its revelations about American culture.  Finally, it's all here, on 10 DVDs:  the complete series, exactly as it was originally aired, including the original pilot.  Plus, bonus galore.  It was a long wait, but now it's all here for posterity in one (relatively) affordable package.
retail price - $99.99  copacetic price - $87.77

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