Copacetic Arrivals: 2Q 2010
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New for June 2010

Well, by all appearances, June is "Fantagraphics Month" here at Copacetic...

Wally GropiusWally Gropius
by Tim Hensley
If ever there was a comic book character that embodied Art Spiegelman's definition of comics as "the bastard offspring of art and commerce" then Wally Gropius is him.  Hensley is clearly an intellectual who is employing the language of comics with a specific aim in mind.  He has something to say and has managed to effectively leverage the capacities of the medium to his advantage in delivering his message.  Wally Gropius is an obvious success as a logically consistent piece of work, but it is definitely not a work for everyone.  The degree of archness (archity?) embodied in these full color pages is at times almost overwhelming.  Yet, we have no problem recommending that copacetic readers take a stab at this smartly designed, well executed, and surprisingly affordable, oversize hardcover volume which collects the entirety of the Wally Gropius stories that have appeared in MOME over the last several years, along with – we believe – a few that haven't.  Go ahead and sample a story with this PDF download.  And then, those who would like to further explore the ramifications of this work are hereby encouraged to read the discussion that Dan Nadel's (obscenely titled) appreciation of this collection at got going (start with Dan's piece, and then keep reading the [14 as of this writing] responses that follow).  This is a book that will definitely give you something to think about!
retail price - $18.99  copacetic price - $17.00
Smilin Ed

The Search for Smilin' Ed
by Kim Deitch
A new book by Kim Deitch is always a cause for celebration, and the release of Smilin' Ed is certainly no exception.  This graphic novel at long last collects the entirety of the Smilin' Ed saga from the pages of the 1990s anthology, Zero Zero, along with an ALL-NEW chapter.  A true comics powerhouse, Kim Deitch has spent the better part of five decades forging a mythography of American entertainment folklore in comics form.  It is a veritable Yoknapatawpha County of the collective unconscious, and The Search for Smilin' Ed is the latest installment of this modern masterwork.  Please do yourself a favor and read the first ten pages, and then, if you feel like delving deep into the significance of this work, go right ahead and read the entirety of Bill Kartopolis's introduction.
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00

Artichoke Tales
Artichoke Tales
by Megan Kelso
It took a while, but she did it!  This chunky, pert, hardcover volume finally delivers on the promise of Kelso's self-published mini-comics trilogy of the same name that brought her multiple Ignatz awards way back in 2002.  During the intervening years, Kelso has been busy with – among other things, such as having a major work run 24 weeks in the New York Times – raising a child.  And, as anyone who has done so knows, personal creative work not only necessarily retreats into the background of the rigorous demands of the day-to-day, but is very difficult to find the time to do.  In other words, the fact that an artistic work is completed during the trials of parenthood is as sure a guarantor that the work is passionately cared about as any we can think of, and Artichoke Tales is a work that can be cited in defense of this premise.  This volume provides (if memory serves) roughly twice the amount of the previously extant material, and all long-suffering Kelso fans are sure to be pleased.  Doubt us?  Then check out this massive 16-page PDF preview, and doubt no more!
retail price - $22.99 copacetic price - $19.99


Werewolves of Montpellier
by Jason
This one is an all-new graphic novella by an undisputed master of the form.  Really, that's all you need to know, but we'll throw this 6-page PDF preview your way, on the off chance someone still needs convincing.
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.75


King of the Flies, Volume One: Hallorave
by Mezzo and Pirus
Fans of Charles Burns's epic masterwork, Black Hole, who have been wondering if anything would ever come along that was nourished by the fecundity of that uniquely powerful work should be at the very least curious about and make an effort to go out of their way to take a look at this work from Germany which explores the grimy underbelly of contemporary German suburbia employing a visual vocabulary that is very much drawn from Burns's work, most notably Black HoleRead the first chapter and see what you think.
retail price - $18.99  copacetic price - $17.17

Billy H

Billy Hazelnuts and Crazybird
by Tony Millionaire
No, we're not on the Fantagraphics payroll, it's just that they've issued a wagon load of new material since we last had the chance to sit down and clue you in to what's been arriving here on the Copacetic shelves.  This one is the "long-awaited" sequel to 2006's Eisner Award-winning Billy Hazelnuts.  It is chock-a-block with the patented Victorian-era-esque hijinks that we've all come to expect from mr. Millionaire.  And we can't refrain from mentioning, that of all of Millionaire's creations, Billy Hazelnuts seems to us to owe the biggest debt to Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot; there's just something about Billy H. that says, "Flaming Carrot" (at least, we hear it).
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Thrizzle 6

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6
by Michael Kupperman
Cultural miscegenation at its finest, TDTT#6 crossbreeds high and low like there's no tomorrow (Is he trying to tell us something?) in tales of the Jungle Princess, Cowboy Oscar Wilde, two new installments in the soon-to-be-classic™ Twain & Einstein saga,  and the epic historical meta-drama, "All About Drainage."  "NOW WITH TOO MUCH COLOR!"
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

Meatcake SC


by Dame Darcy
This is the softcover edition of the long out-of-print, hard-to-find, and (now) super-pricey hardcover that collects 240 pages of the best of the first ten years of Meatcake comics by the one-and-only pop-art polymath and , Dame Darcy!  If you ain't hep then you'll want to dive into this whoppin' 20-page preview of her pen-and-ink visions of gaunt and haunted beings, taunted by their inner sexual frustrations and lost chances.
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $19.99

Abandoned Cars SC
Abandoned Cars
by Tim Lane
Here's another softcover edition of a previously released hardcover.  Tim Lane's Abandoned Cars is a hardboiled, hard-drawn, hard-livin' look at the underbelly of America that deserves a look, and the new, attention grabbing cover for the softcover works hard to get you to do just that.  We'll do our part by offering up this major league 16-page PDF preview, and referring you to our review of the hardcover.
retail price - $18.99  copacetic price - $17.00

Blazing Combat SC

Blazing Combat
edited, and largely written, by Archie Goodwin
Yes, you are correct:  this is yet another softcover edition of a previously released hardcover from Fantagraphics.  Featuring the art of EC (and Two-Fisted Tales) alumni like Wally Wood and John Severin, along with heavy hitters like Alex Toth and Gene Colan, this hefty softcover collects the entirety of Warren's Blazing Combat series that was originally published in 1965 and 1966.  This hard hitting series took an unvarnished look at the hard realities of war just as the protests against the Vietnam were gaining traction and so is an important historical document at the same time that it offers up some spectacular comics work.  See what mean by reading this 19-page PDF preview.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

Prince Val 2

Prince Valiant, Volume Two: 1939-1940
by Hal Foster
This one reverses the trend of the preceding volumes in that it is a hard cover reprint of a softcover!  But, really, it is much more than that.  With this new edition of Prince Valiant, Fantagraphics has dramatically improved the quality of reproduction by employing the latest in scanning and printing technology.  Volume Two picks up right where the first one left off in bringing us what is likely to become the definitive version of the finest and longest running historical fantasy-adventure comic strip of all time.  This eminently affordable edition leaps off the shelf and begs to be read.  We're not giving you any preview of this one, as the art is simply too good to be subjected to a computer screen.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.00

The Complete Peanuts, Volume 13: 1975 - 1976Peanuts 13
by Charles Schulz
introduction by Robert Smigal
And, finally, we'd be remiss if we let you go without pointing out that with this thirteenth volume The Complete Peanuts, "The definitive collection of Charles M. Schulz's comic strip masterpiece," has passed the half way mark.  Peanuts ran everyday for nearly half a century, with Schulz drawing every line, and here we are right smack dab in the middle.  An excellent vantage point from which to view both the earlier strips and those to follow.  Peanuts has the cure for those everyday ailments – glumness, loneliness, confusion, doubt, the blues and the blahs – and the Copacetic Society for Comics as Medicine recommends having at least a two-year supply of unread Peanuts strips on hand at any given time, so check your shelves!   Here's a free sample to help you set your dosage.
retail price - $28.99  copacetic price - $23.19

Items from our June 2010 listings may now be purchased online at our new site, HERE.

New for May 2010

Krazy & Ignatz 16-18

Krazy & Ignatz 1916 - 1918
by George Herriman
This month we have an embarrassment of riches in the comics classics department, and the lead off can be none other than this absolutely essential volume.  Here it is:  the first three years of
George Herriman's splendiferous Sunday pages for the one and only Krazy Kat!  With this volume, Fantagraphics launches its third and final leg of collecting the entirety of Krazy Kat Sunday pages.  Due to the fact that the first nine years of the run had been collected in a series of nine volumes jointly published by Eclipse Books and Turtle Island Press roughly twenty years ago, Fantagraphics Potentates, Kim Thompson and Gary Groth decided it was best to pick up the run after that point and then, if the series met with success (which it, of course did) then they would circle back and start over from the beginning and collect those first nine years.  And, so here we are.  And what a glorious place to be!
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

Cap Easy 1Captain Easy
by Roy Crane
What do Milton Canniff, Alex Toth, Hergé, Frank Santoro and a whole heck-of-a-lot of other cartoonists all have in common?  A solid appreciation of the genius of Roy Crane, that's what.  In the family tree of comics, one of the sturdiest and vital branches is that of Roy Crane.  A natural story-teller and fluid draughtsman who knew how to lay out a page like nobody's business, Roy Crane originated the adventure comic strip in 1924 with his Wash Tubbs daily strip
(a full decade before Terry and the Pirates).  Populated with thoroughly likable, humble, human heroes, the Wash Tubbs daily comic strip, and its later outgrowth, the Captain Easy Sunday pages established Crane at the forefront of the cartoonists of his day.  Crane achieved a magic balance between realism and cartooning that went a long way towards defining the visual identity of comics in the twentieth century, and Captain Easy is his masterpiece.  This wonderful, oversize, full color, hardcover volume presents the first two years – and then some! – of this classic, from its very first strip, 7/30/33 through to 12/1/1935.  And, best of all, this is only the first volume of a promised complete collection, which will run through four volumes!  Five full adventures are herein assembled – "Gungshi," "The Slave Girl," "The Sunken City," "Pirates," and "The Princess."  Learn more about Roy Crane, Wash TUbbs and Captain Easy by reading this excellent article by R.C. Harvey.
retail price - $39.99  copacetic price - $35.00

Culture CornerCulture Corner
by Basil Wolverton
This 169-page, vertically formatted, full color hardcover volume is wacky and wonderful and Wolverton through and through.  Format fiends and practicing artists will relish this chance to see over 100 examples of a master working in the relatively rare half-page format.  Originally published in the pages of Whiz Comics (home of Captain Marvel) and several other Fawcett Comics titles, from 1944 through 1952, Culture Corner is a conceptual, idea-centered strip, that occupies a place in Wolverton's oeuvre that is analogous to that which "Hey, Look!" occupies in Kurtzman's.  The challenge was to repeatedly present a humorous concept month after month in a specifically ascribed format.  Culture Corner took modern manners as its taking off point and then gets going and gets goofy.  And it's all here – and then some!  Culture Corner not only collects the series in its entirety, but, offers up a truly amazing bonus feature of including the original pencil roughs for nearly every one of the published strips AND an incredible treasure trove of an additional 41 pencil roughs for strips that were rejected by the publisher (why?  who knows!  see if you can figure it out...).  Plus an introduction by Basil Wolverton's son, Monte that lays out the history of the strip and helps to puts it all in context  of Wolverton's career and comics history. 
retail price - $22.99  copacetic price - $19.99

JC MarshJohn Carter of Mars
by Jesse Marsh
One of the great masters of comic book art, Jesse Marsh is best remembered as the long-running artist on Dell's Tarzan comics (Marsh drew the first 153 issues, one of the longest unbroken runs in the history of comics).  Here at Copacetic, while we do, of course, have a great and abiding respect for Marsh's work on Tarzan, it is his modest three-issue run on that other Edgar Rice Burroughs creation, John Carter of Mars, that has
long been our favorite of his works.  Marsh really shines here, with page after stunning page of fabulous work.  He manages to combine a 'fifties SF sensibility with pop abstractions derived from modern art and his own classic comics language that he developed on Tarzan for a career high work that is magnetically attractive; you can get lost in the pages.  This full color hardcover from Dark Horse contains good quality scans of every page of the original comic books, along with the front and back covers – and, thankfully, inside front and back covers as well.  Our only criticism is Dark Horse's continual reliance on glossy coated stock.  C'mon guys, wake up!   These works were originally printed on newsprint.  When you're printing scans of original comic book work, it needs to be printed on flat, uncoated, off-white stock.  Dark Horse is clearly doing the work a disservice by printing the interior pages on glossy white stock.  But this is a mere quibble next to the easy availability of this classic work that their edition has now made possible (In other words, "Thank you, Mike Richardson.").  As Copacetic customers may or may not know, Marsh's work was a fixture in the household of los hermanos Hernandez when they were growing up, and its influence is quite visible in their work, especially that of Gilbert, whose line owes quite a bit to Marsh's (Gilbert's long focus landscapes and skyscapes are also very much indebted to Marsh's example), so it is quite fitting that the forward to this volume is by Mario Hernandez, the eldest, who would have likely been the one to have first brought these comics home and introduced them to his bros; and its inclusion more than makes up for the aesthetic damage of glossy stock.  Here's hoping that this book is the success that it deserves to be, that it sells out and requires a second printing, and that the powers that be at Dark Horse wise up and select a more suitable paper stock for the second printing.  This work is good enough that it would be worth buying again if they do!
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $26.95


Giant-Size Little Lulu, Volume 1
by John Stanley
This hefty 650+ page book brings back into print the first three volumes of Dark Horse's collected Little Lulu in one big book.  Here we have the entirety of the Dell Four Color, Little Lulu one-shots along with the first five issues of the stand alone title.  If you (or anyone you know) missed out the first time around, now's your chance to get started with one of the most lauded kids comic book series around.  (NOTE:  Volume 2 is now available!)
retail price - $24.99  copacetic price - $22.22

City of SPies

City of Spies
Written by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan and illustrated by Pascal Dizin
Fans of TinTIn may want to take a look at this new release from First Second.  Set in New York City in the summer of 1942, while the city is set on edge by the Second World War, this tale focuses on the adventures of budding adolescents Evelyn and Tony as their shared fantasies of espionage takes a twist and become real in this all-ages friendly yet nevertheless complex tale of growing up.
retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00


by Jim Woodring
He's back!  An all new wordless Frank epic by the one and only Jim Woodring!  Manhog, Whim, Pupshaw & Pushpaw, along with "Betty and Veronica" all join Frank in the magical world of Woodringian archetypes where unconscious drives and desires take on vivid cartoon reality that dives right through your eyeballs and straight into the center of your brain.  If you have yet to get a hold of a copy of the Weathercraft Free Comic Book Day preview, just let us know and we'll hand one over, so you' can get revved up.
retail price - $19.99  copacetic price - $17.77

BQ 14

Big Questions #14
by Anders Nilsen
Anders pulls out his pens and gets down and does some serious drawing in this 48 page issue which is, evidently, the penultimate issue of this epic tale.
retail price - $7.95  copacetic price - $6.75

Curio Cabinet

Curio Cabinet

by John Brodowski
We're glad to report that, balancing out the massive outpouring of classic comics collections, there is also a healthy influx of new, small press and self-published works out this month as well, demonstrating that the riches of comics past are not crowding out the healthy spouts of new comics growth.  John Brodowski's weird and wonderful – and largely wordless – self-published comics have developed a small but faithful following here at Copacetic, and we are pleased to be able to offer these no-longer-available issues in this single volume to what we hope will be a wider audience.  These are comics that are extremely difficult to write about.  What, exactly, is going on in these deftly pencilled pages?  Well, what we can say is that the unique pleasure that the reading of this work affords is precisely the evocation of this mystery.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $12.75

Whirlwind Wonderland

Whirlwind Wonderland
by Rina Ayuyang
An ex-pat Pittsburgher, Rina Ayuyang revisits many chapters of her eventful life through the avenues of memory and  depiction.  There is a special focus on family and work in the pages
of this new collection, which also pays a pen-and-ink visit to her old stomping grounds here in Pittsburgh.  Jointly published by Portland publishing powerhouses Sparkplug Comic Books and Tugboat Press, Whirlwind Wonderland assembles the self-selected "best of" Ayuyang's self-published series, Namby Pamby, work that originally appeared in a variety of anthologies, and all new work that appears here for the first time.  This 128 page collection includes an 8 page color section along with 120 pages of black and white art.  Ms. Ayuyang not long ago finally made it back to town in person, and gave a well-received presentation at The ToonSeum, and stopped by our shop as well.  The curious among you may learn more about it here, on her blog.
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $12.75

Young Lions

Young Lions
by Blaise Larmee
Abstract comics artist Larmee steps into the narrative limelight in this 94 page, Xeric-grant-winning graphic novella that is very much in the vein of Chris "C.F." Forgues.  To get an idea of what we're talking about, check out this Arthur Mag sponsored preview.
retail price - $10.00 copacetic price - $8.88

Death Trap

Death Trap
by Lane Milburn
Closed Caption Comics alumnus and Cold Heat collaborator, Lane Milburn brings his talents to bear on his first extended length piece.  Death trap is an action-packed, teen-monster-rock 'n' roll comic book that is a good old fashioned page turner.  It comes complete with an eight-page full color science fiction prelude, "Perceived Obsolescence." 
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.88

Items from our May 2010 listings may now be purchased online at our new site, HERE.

New for April 2010

by Daniel Clowes
OK, admit it – this is the one you've been waiting for.  Well, it's here, the first original graphic novel by Mr. Clowes; the first, in other words, that did not first see the light of day in his long running solo title, EightballWilson extends the vein he opened in Eightball #22 (the story that went on to be released as Ice Haven) and continued in Eightball #23 (the yet to be graphic-novelized 1970s "super-hero" story).  In these two works Clowes penned a sequence of stand-alone short strips of varying length each rendered in one of a variety of distinct cartoon voices
(aka styles). Through the course of these works, the short pieces slowly coalesce into an organic whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  In Wilson Clowes employs this technique with a singular focus.  Whereas in the aforementioned works, point of view shifted among and between the characters, in Wilson each and every one of the 71 single page strips, while employing the same wide variety of voices as the other works, features and focuses on the titular character.  In addition, almost all the single page strips contain six panels – with the few that don't all being either seven or eight panels – and the last panel of each strip serves as a sort of "punch line."  Taken together, this homogeneity creates a formal unity between all of the strips and gives a sense that the book is a collection of Sunday page strips that is doubling as a graphic novel.  The cumulative narrative effect of Wilson is to provide the reader with a massive refraction of a single personality and the realization that while context can and does alter the perception of people and events, an individual's character remains and retains an essential unity that undergirds and connects it all. 
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $19.75

Other LivesOther Lives
by Peter Bagge
OK, while this one may not be the one you've been waiting for, the near simultaneous release of new graphic novels by Dan Clowes and Pete Bagge (on top of last month's Hernandez Brothers love fest) has us remembering the days twenty years back when Bagge and Clowes were much more closely associated in the the minds of the comics reading population than is the case today (although the fact that Other Lives sports a lone front cover blurb from Clowes demonstrates that a link between them nevertheless remains). 
Unlike Clowes, Bagge has eschewed formal inventiveness in his art and has instead continued to employ his personal and highly expressive comics language to tell twisted tales of (more or less) everyday people.  But, like Clowes, Bagge continues to focus on harnessing his cartooning skills to mine the rich vein of his unique and original comics language in the service of delineating character.  In Other Lives he has crafted an elaborate plot that explores the fungibility of individual identity in the internet age and that demonstrates the deformative effects of secrets, lies and Second Lives™.  It is an assignment which, when you stop to think about it, is one that comics is ideally suited for. 
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

Art in timeArt In Time:
Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940 - 1980
by Dan Nadel
The long awaited follow up volume to Nadel's pioneering 2006 anthology of rarely seen and under appreciated comics, Art Out of Time, has at last arrived!  This time around we have a tighter focus.  While much of the work contained in Art Out of Time originally appeared in newspapers and broadsheets, all the work contained in this volume originally appeared in comic book form between 1942 and 1980.  Extending and expanding his mission to bring art world curatorial standards to comics, Nadel has provided an informative introduction to the book as a whole, along with separate one-page explanations of the underlying reasoning behind each of the thematic groupings into which the work is divided:  "Demand and Supply," "Where They Were Drawing From," "It's All In the Routine," and "Expansive Palettes."  The artists included here range from the golden age
superhero work of H.G. Peter and Mort Meskin, through the post-WW II "atomic age" genre work of Bill Everett, Matt Fox, Jesse Marsh and Pete Morisi, and also including early work focused on hardboiled detective, Sam Hill, by the one and only Harry Lucey, who is best know for his 1960s work on Archie Comics.  Another artist whose work included here ranges far from their iconic work is John Stanley, who is best known for his multi-decade run Little Lulu.  Nadel has dug up a couple of obscure horror tales from 1962 that should be quite a surprise to most Stanley collectors.  Also from the 1960s we have Sam Glanzman's Kona and Pat Boyette's career high, the 25 page, "Children of Doom" from 1967. Heading into the underground era we have fairly obscure yet  nonetheless era-defining work from Willy Mendes and John Thompson.  And, finally, on the cusp of the undergrounds and the alternative revolution that supplanted them is Sharon Rudahl's 34 page epic, The Adventures of Crystal Night, which is presented here in its entirety.  Essential, we say.
retail price - $40.00  copacetic price - $35.00Bodyworld

by Dash Shaw
Speaking of long awaited follow-up works, here we have Dash Shaw's groundbreaking new graphic Novel, Bodyworld!  A non-stop comics producer, Shaw had published a number of small press works over a roughly five year period before making a big splash with his 700 page graphic novel, Bottomless Belly Button, which went on to grab a lot of mainstream attention and had readers wondering where he would go next.  Well, where he went was to the web, where he produced the full color Bodyworld at a furious pace. The hardcopy – and hardcover – edition is a revised-for-print presentation of his webcomics epic, Bodyworld is printed in a vertical format so as to translate the experience of reading and scrolling on the web.  Read the original online here, and then check out the book and compare, and while you're at it you will experience living on the cusp of the digital age.
retail price - $27.95  copacetic price - $25.00

Market DayMarket Day
by James Sturm
The founder and director of The Center for Cartoon Studies puts on his other hat to present us with his first solo graphic novel in nearly a decade, since 2001's The Golem's Mighty Swing.  That's not to say Sturm hasn't been busy, as quite the opposite is in fact the case.  In the intervening hears, in addition to founding and running CCS, he has co-authored Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules, Satchel Paige and Adventures in Cartooning.  With Market Day, however, we get a solid dose of pure unadulterated Sturm, and it's a heavy load he drops on the pages here.  There is a a weariness reflected in the tone and modulation in this work which may very well reflect his own personal exhaustion at having to shoulder so much responsibility; or not.  Regardless of the source of the mood that is evinced in the pages of this work, it is fairly clear that the inspiration for it is the world of independent comics production.  It is atavistically embodied here in the form of a nineteenth century European carpet weaver.  Implicitly woven into this atavism is a connection of the world of 19th century European Jewry to that of their descendants in 20th century America who went on to create the comic industry.  This creates a complex multi-levelled pattern right that will engage perceptive readers right at the get go.  The comics work itself is confident, poised, finely wrought and expertly paced.  We couldn't help but feel that
Sturm's narrative strategies in Market Day evinced some sympathies towards Seth's latest work, especially George Sprott, but with closer attention to detail and a more nuanced sense of rhythm.  A dark, deep and challenging work that you can, and should, preview here.
retail price - $21.95  copacetic price - $18.88

MOME 18MOME 18: Spring 2010
edited by Eric Reynolds
This issue's editorial claims that, with the publication of MOME 18, MOME has now published over 2000 pages of comics, and that this "may be a record for an English-language alternative comics
anthology."  Who knew?  To start off the celebration we have Nate Neal's cover feature, the multi-layered and multi-levelled, "Neurotic Nexus of Creation."  This one should leave you with much to ponder, especially regarding its innovative formal qualities, but as well as for its worldview.  Of special interest to Copacetic customers is the latest message from the Cold Heat universe, brought to you by the combined powers of Ben Jones, Frank Santoro and John Vermilyea.  This feature is a vigorously rendered and sumptously colored tale of drugs, rock 'n' roll, sex, and gruesome horror.  Also in this issue we have:  an all-new Tim Lane tale, "The Passenger"; a surprise new Pip and Norton adventure from Dave Cooper and Gavin McInnes; "Burrow World," wherein Joe Daly does Mat Brinkman;  three short pieces by Nicolas Mahler; the third installment of Fuz & Pluck in "The Moolah Tree"; the second installments of both T. Edward Bak's WIldman – "A Barvarian Botanist in St. Petersburg," and Michael Jada & Derek Van Gieson's "Devil Doll"; a four-pager by Lilli Carré that had us thinking of old Rick Geary; the pastoral "Autumn" by Conor O'Keefe; more René French; and the Chris Ware homage, "The Jerk Machine," by Jon Adams.  MOME!
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

by Dylan Horrocks
Here at Copacetic Comics, we've long been fond of calling Hicksville "The Watchmen of small press comics."  This is useful in that practically all comics readers are familiar with and have positive associations with The Watchmen, and we feel that Hicksville is a similarly ambitious, successful and important work, and so is one that we like to draw attention to, and comparing it to The Watchmen is a cheap and easy way to do so.  Whether or not this is a good, right or fair thing to say in regards to to the themes and content of the respective works, we're not going to try to defend.  The comparison's validity rests more on a historical point in that both are works whose central narratives, in addition to telling engaging stories, simultaneously serve to deconstruct the basis of the genres they are working in.  For Watchmen it is that of the superhero, for Hicksville it is the genre of autobio comics and its rise out of
the world of comics fandom.  Now, back in print after a two-year hiatus, this new edition of Hicksville is, we feel, likely to be the definitive one, as everything about it feels just right.  Most especially the significant addition of an all new, all comics introduction by Horrocks that he himself states (in this quite-worthy-of-reading Publisher's Weekly interview) is "one of the most frank and personal things I've ever drawn."  This introduction is an important minor work in its own right and puts the proverbial icing on the cake of this seminal volume (preview it here).  So, for any and all Copacetic customers who have yet to experience this comics masterwork, we say:  now is the time.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77


Black Blizzard
by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Here we have a classic bit of pulp comics – perhaps better thought of as proto-gekiga – from Japan.  Produced and originally released in 1956, this 128 page hardboiled manga was, according to Tatsumi, drawn in a mere 20 days of non-stop creative fury when he was only 21 years old.  Yet, despite his
tender age he had already produced seventeen book-length manga prior to this one.  It seems almost superhuman to have completed so much work so young, but he had clearly cut his storytelling teeth by the time he did Black Blizzard, as it is expertly paced for that quick pulp fiction rush.  D & Q's in house Tatsumi point man, Adriane Tomine, made a smart design decision to package this work in the guise of 1950s paperback; it works.  Unfortunately for us readers, it's not priced like one.  Ah, well.  We here at Copacetic like this one enough to meet our customers half way, by offering a 25% discount – at least for now.  While you're mulling it over, download a PDF preview here, and learn more about Tatsumi's other works, here.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic special price - $14.95

Walt and Skeezix 4Walt and Skeezix, Volume Four: 1927 - 1928
by Frank King  
Well, all we have to say is, "It's about time!"  After the timely release of the first three volumes in this excellent reprint project that was a long time dream of series designer, Chris Ware, we waited... and waited... and waited... and still no fourth volume.  Now, finally, we have it.  This time we have on hand two full years of continuity of Walt and Phyllis's growing domestic bliss that is both a joy and comfort to behold.  In addition, as though to make up for the lost time, we also have over 80 pages of bonus material including another essay but comics scholar and Gasoline Alley fan, Jeet Heer, a copious selection of King family photos, and, for us the best of all, 25 loose leaf sketchbook pages containing drawings of the American southwest that Ware surmises were drawn in 1931 that are deft, highly controlled pencil and conte crayon(?) drawings that look like they might have been done by Frank Santoro.  PLUS, at the very end, one Chris Ware related surprise that was interesting to say the least.  In other words:  the wait is over, and the book is worth it.
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $34.95

Melvin 2Melvin Monster, Volume 2
by John Stanley
The fun continues in this, the latest volume of The John Stanley Library, the fabulous and fetish-worthy series of Seth-designed hardcover volumes that constitute Drawn and Quarterly's ongoing effort to bring the light of John Stanley to the dim and impoverished corners of the the comics reading world.  Melvin Monster is the first title to receive a second volume, and, intriguingly, this fact (that this is the second volume) is not indicated anywhere on the cover of the volume, but is only noted on the idicia located in the standard position at the bottom of the first page of the first story; perhaps this was done in homage to the original issues, which, likewise, displayed no numbers on their covers.  Whatever the case may be, this volume, like the first, contains three complete 32-page issues, for a total of 96 full color high resolution scans of the original comic book pages presented on high grade flat white paper.  A true treat for the already initiated, and another chance for the rest to see the light.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $19.95

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