A SELECTION OF RECENT ARRIVALS
New for February 2019
Worn Tuff Elbow #2retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $21.75
by Marc Bell
Marc Bell is back! It’s the long awaited return of Worn Tuff Elbow! Actually, to be honest, given that the last issue (which was also the first) came out over 14 years ago, the truth of the matter is that we had given up waiting and had long ago been resigned to there being only the one issue. So, it was all, “Lo! and Behold!” here at Copacetic when we caught sight of this second issue. Seeing as 14 years is quite a stretch, we’re figuring that many, if not most, of the current readers of this space were heretofore entirely unaware of (what we can now correctly refer to as) this comic book series. We trust, however that most are aware of WTE-creator, Marc Bell as it has only been a handful of years since our last fresh delivery of Mr. Bell’s idiosyncratic inkings in the form of his amazing masterpiece, Stroppy. Worn Tuff Elbow #2 is a fine-tuned, hand-crafted grab-bag, an anarchic assemblage of pent-up pen & ink mayhem. This plus-size comic book runs 36 pages, with a heavy cardstock cover, all crisply printed in Canada. It starts in black & white, but, unusually, gradually transitions to intermittent spot color and then through increasingly colorful pages on to full color – and then back again to black & white! Along the way we are treated to “Coffee Shop Comics”, “Tinkle Test”, "Bologna Buffet”, “The Ten Eyed One Visits an Art Gallery”, “The Free Lunch”, "Monsieur Moustache and the Tale of the Bologna”, “Topless DaDa End of the World Comics” and more! We will also get the chance to experience the full range of comic book accoutrements, including introductory acknowledgements, table of contents, shout-out page, and a letters page – although, in a surprise twist, the letters here are all from Marc Bell, preemptive responses to letters he imagines having received (Bonus fun fact: the longest off these is to Pittsburgh-Based, cartoonist extraordinaire, Frank Santoro). It’s the return of Worn Tuff Elbow!
retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $8.00
by James Sturm
James Sturm’s latest graphic novel takes on the challenge of crafting a social realist narrative that is solidly set in the mainstream of the American novelistic tradition, and welding it to the visually expressive capacities of comics. Centered on a married couple and extending out to include their school-age children, parents, siblings, peers, and then on to the community at large, Off Season provides a unique portrait of our times. The classic American novelistic form provides opportunities to structurally integrate observations and commentaries on the interplay of forces that connect individual lives to the containing and sustaining society in which they take place, allowing each to be revealed in the other. The primary axis of reflection here is of the Trump/Hillary split in the American psyche reflecting/reinforcing/extending national attitudes down into – or is up out of? – the marriage at the novel’s center. The first thing that will strike the reader upon opening the book is, of course, Sturm’s decision to render all the characters in the book as anthropomorphic dogs. The metaphorics of this decision are hinted at in the narrative arc of the marriage being connected to the husband and wife’s shared hallucinogenic experiences. Given the capacity of acid to transform one’s experience of normative/consensus/objective reality into a radically subjective/contingent sense of being, and then how this in turn reveals the fundamental mutability of our intellects’ processing and interpretation of sensory input – how something that at first seems strange and outlandish can quickly become accepted as normal – it might not be much of a leap to go from identifying yourself as a dog-person to becoming an actual dog-person, and then seeing the world around you as likewise populated. The key here is not the fact that the people are dogs, but that what constitutes human identity is highly mutable and in a constant state of flux. Representing the alterations of consciousness effected by technological advances and shifts in the political landscape is a very difficult task. The radical step of having people represented as dogs immediately signals to the reader that we are in a metaphorical space. This shorthand is a big part of what comics is all about, and highlights the fact that there are expressive options available to the creators of graphic novels that are not there for traditional prose works. Sturm, the founder and director of The Center for Cartoon Studies, knows this well, and in the pages of Off Season he provides an ample demonstration of some key advantages that inhere in his chosen form.
by Moebius & Alejandro Jodorowsky
Take a disturbing trip through the psycho-sexual side of Moebius, with Jodorowsky as your guide, in this fairly decadent, very European take on embodying masculine fantasies in feminine form – if you dare! The black and white, pen and ink drawings that make up this volume were, for the most part at least, originally executed between 1992 and 1994. Here, the process of composition was initiated by the drawings alone, which were done by Moebius in isolation. He then shared them with Jodorowsky, who took up the challenge of forging a linking narrative (and likely provided the title); it's up to the reader to decide how successful he was. While the work as a whole more or less falls into the category of Eurotica, Moebius is such an exceedingly talented artist that he has endowed the drawings with a hypnotic quality that hold the viewer's attention and demand that their significance be contemplated, which, we feel obligated to state, is not altogether without danger, as there are obsessive/compulsive and sado-masochistic elements present throughout. According to the afterword by Pablo Picasso's grand-daughter (!), Diana Widmaier-Picasso, Moebius burned all the original pages after the completion of this work, indicating that he was trying to purge this aspect of his being and thereby implying that he thought they were unhealthy or harmful. You have been warned. Please Note: contains graphic sexual imagery; adults only. Also: will likely be considered highly sexist and extremely patriarchal by some, perhaps many. Thus: this work may perhaps most profitably be read in the spirit of researching European male sexuality. The level of artistry displayed by Moebius here is spectacular, regardless of the problematics of the images thereby created. The nature of the connection between the form and the content is the ultimate mystery it presents.
retail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $26.75
Letter to Survivorsretail price - $15.95 copacetic price - $13.75
Trapped in a fallout shelter in a post-apocalyptic France, a family of four receives letters from the dead zone above, read through their air vent by someone in a hazmat suit who has bicycled to their location for that express purpose. Originally published in 1981, when fears of nuclear apocalypse still weighed heavy (yes, the danger is as great as ever, but it seems we all have other things on our minds...), Letters to Survivors employs a post-apocalyptic setting to, on the one hand, challenge bourgeois complacency, and on the other, provide a meditation on living amidst the presence of memories of what was being (and now has been?) lost, as the self-determination of individuals and families is usurped by powers hidden in plain sight. Un requiem métaphorique pour le mode de vie français.
Wow! Bubbles is an honest-to-goodness, true-blue, old-school, comics-(and-manga)-fanzine. Running 32 magazine-size pages – with a 16-page, digest-size insert – Bubbles is a materialization of its creator's (creators') enthusiasm, clearly (a) serious fan(s). Their self-effacing dedication is evident in the fact that they neglected to credit themselves anywhere in the publication (that we could find)! Here's what's in store in the first, jam-packed issue:
- In depth look at late 80s/early 90s alternative manga publisher Blast Books
- Interview with Hiroo Yamagata (Translator of Hideshi Hino's Hell Baby)
- Brief interview with Laura Lindgren (Founder of Blast Books)
- Interview with James Hudnall (Translation assistant of Mai, The Psychic Girl)
- Music From Nancy*** a retrospective, interviews with all 3 creators, Jesse Poimboeuf, Steve Sweet, Steve Cunningham, w/ 16 page insert of a Program for Music From Nancy!
- Interview with Shades7000 (Creator of the Scanlation Group 'You're Welcome')
- Short essays on comic book artifacts found on Ebay
- Comics you should read (reviews of contemporary comics)
- Translation of The Road Home by Kuniko Tsurita (from Garo #213)
retail price - $6.00 copacetic price - $6.00
Comics Underground Japan
edited by Kevin Quigley,
Originally published by Blast Books in 1996, Comics Underground Japan was – and still is – a trailblazing anthology that provided most American readers a first look at the powerful creative ferment bubbling under the surface of the massive Japanese manga scene, many of which appeared in English here for the first time (and a few for the only time!). In this anthology's 200+ pages, a dozen creators unleash their personal visions in a wide variety of graphic styles, ranging from brutally stripped down and simplified to painstakingly detailed, relating tales of humor, sexuality and violence, employing fantasy, grotesquerie and satire – sometimes all at once! Gaining plaudits from the like of S. Clay Wilson, Gary Panter and Joe Coleman, Comics Underground Japan remains one of the best single-volume anthologies of alternative/underground manga in English translation. Now, back in print! Here's what – and who – you'll find: "Hell's Angel" by Yoshikaze Ebisu, "It's All Right if You Don't Understand" by Yoshikaze Ebisu, "Steel Pipe Melancholia" by Masakazu Toma, "Future Sperm Brazil" by Takashi Nemoto, "A Love Like Lemons" by Carol Shimoda, "Selfish Carol's Summer, "Don Quixote #1 & #2" by Yasuji Tanioka, "Planet of the Jap" by Suehiro Maruo, "Mary’s Asshole" by Hanako Yamada, "Volvox” by, "Bigger and Better" by Muddy Wehara, "Laughing Ball" by Hideshi Hino & "Cat Noodle Soup" by Hajime Yamano & Nekojiro. Also, worth noting is the fact that while the cover is oriented in the western fashion, the contents are "unflipped" and read right to left – a forward looking compromise for 1996!
retail price - $14.99 copacetic price - $13.75
Cult of the Ibis
by Daria Tessler
Small press comics star, Daria Tessler, makes her Fantagraphics (well, technically, it's through their FU [Fantagraphics Underground] Books imprint) debut in this massive oversize hardcover. Filled with page after page of detailed – and largely silent/pantomime – cityscapes cum dreamscapes, through which her protagonist roams, seeking to uncover a hidden society and its secrets, Cult of the Ibis is a journey to the center of the mind. Think Bimbo's Initiation reimagined by Kenneth Anger, and you'll start to get an idea. Kim Deitch fans might want to go a bit out of their way and check this out.
retail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $25.75
The Perineum Technique
by Florent Ruppert & Jerome Mulot
The latest from the renowned French comics team of Ruppert & Mulot is, according to Fanta, "a contemporary meditation on seduction and intimacy in our era of hyperconnectivity. Playing skillfully with visual metaphor in lieu of sexual explicitness, Florent Ruppert and Jérôme Mulot invite you to follow them into a charged maze of emotional head games, as experienced through the subconscious of young romance." | Full Color (with color by Isabelle Merlet) | Hardcover | 8 1/2" x 11" | 104 pages
retail price - $19.99 copacetic price - $16.75
Billie the Bee
by Mary Fleener
It's hard to believe, given the length of her career, how much work she's produced, and how influential she has been, but Billie the Bee is Mary Fleener's first "graphic novel"! So, now's your chance to spend 120 pages in the company of an anthropomorphized animal kingdom as they romp through a continuous, single, novel-length comics narrative!
retail price - $14.99 copacetic price - $12.75
by M.S. Harkness
In this high-octane, 28-page, black & white (with black & gold cover!), digest-size comic book, M.S. Harkness blazes a trail through her mind – while washing dishes to SZA's title track anthem. In the process clearly demonstrating that it's all about where your head is at; that the mundane can be transformed – perhaps even transcended – but that it won't happen by itself. And that comics have what it takes to make it happen, provided you have the chops.
retail price - $4.00 copacetic price - $4.00
Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet
by Anne Elizabeth Moore
By far the most substantial entry yet published under the Critical Cartoons imprint, Uncivilized Book's series of comics analysis, Elizabeth Anne Moore's Sweet Little Cunt provides fresh perspectives and important insight's into the life and work of Julie Doucet, the most significant North American female comics creator of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Doucet's hard won, highly imaginative, idiosyncratic, absorbing, labor intensive, trailblazing, gender-bending comics for her personal (single-creator) anthology series, Dirty Plotte (Note: for those unaware, plotte is French for cunt, allowing Doucet's series to slide under the Anglophone radar – and thus the title of Moore's book) were game changers in more ways than one. Her imagination, degree of craft, size of output, and artistic fearlessness put her creative talent on par with the best comics being done during that time and conclusively cracked the alternative/independent comics boys' club. A true original, Doucet explored – and contested – definitions of gender and mental health in ways at once humorous and scary, but ultimately empowering. Anyone looking for an intellectual framework within which to better appreciate her work need look no further: this is it.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $13.75
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New for January 2019
Thee Collected Cyanide Milkshake
by Liz Suburbia
We're starting the year off with a double-dose of Liz Suburbia comics! Punk comics don't get any punker – or better – than Liz Suburbia's Cyanide Milkshake. Small press publisher, Gimme Action has now brought the entire run* together in this spiffy 176 page softcover collection. These are true comics. Funny, sexy, insightful, energizing – and excellent! The comics that make up Cyanide Milkshake – and all of Liz Suburbia's work – amply demonstrate her strong drawing abilities and firm grasp of the comics form. Unabashed, raw energy powers strong confident lines in the service of well composed pages that flow together like a great mix-tape. Born not long after Love and Rockets made it's debut, her work shows her to be an authentic heir – both stylistically and philosophically – of the original punk comics greats, the Hernandez brothers, extending their legacy into the next generation. And while her work naturally shows the stamp of her artistic forebears, the uses she puts it to, and her artistic voice, are all her own. RECOMMENDED! (( *The story behind which is detailed in the all new 5-page comics-introduction that starts off the book. ))
retail price - $19.99 copacetic price - $17.77
Egg Cream #1
by Liz Suburbia
Wow! The first issue of Liz Suburbia's new series, Egg Cream, is a knockout! Her crisp, confident line in combination with artfully balanced blackspotting creates comics that come alive in smartly arranged panels filling one well-composed page after another – 96 pages in all – in this squarebound volume of all new comics work, printed just right in black and white on newsprint with cardstock covers, which we have been led to understand will be an annual publication. Starting off with a hefty installment of the follow up, second volume of Sacred Heart, and concluding with the graphically advenutrous "Goth Ex GF," Egg Cream is easily the best new series yet seen in 2019! Anyone unfamiliar with Liz Suburbia can get an idea not only of where she's coming from, but also that she is as strong and articulate in conversation as she is in her comics, by heading over to read this 2016 interview with her on Razorcake, HERE.
retail price - $12.99 copacetic price - $11.75
by Andrew White
And, speaking of annuals, Yearly 2018 is the debut issue of Andrew White's projected ongoing series of comics annuals. Weighing in at 72, full color, magazine-size (8 1/2" x 11") pages, it offers a substantial chunk of comics that will lead the reader through an engaging exploration of a significant amount of comics terrain. The cover image, of a figure hovering, dreamlike, just above the ground amid a dune-like clearing with ruins silhouetted in the background, reaching down to the ground and touching it with a finger tip, suggests itself as a symbolic representation of White's approach to the comics that follow. The grid is in (nearly) full-effect here, with stories laid out in regular rhythms ranging from two to twenty panels per page. The issue contains five major pieces along with a sizable assortment of minor, short pieces. The centerpiece is the tripartate "Ghosts," which takes up about half the issue. This rumination on the presence of absence brought about by death as well as by the loss of abilities is the central statement of White's thesis as he weaves together a number of techniques while modulating their interactions: a light black-line over strong color fields, the latter registering emotional temperature, which pivots back and forth along the scale by varying levels of yellow or blue being combined an omnipresent red, while, taken together, the interplay between line and color serves additionally to express the sense of spatial clarity experienced by the characters, which in turn serves to express the presence of absence; all this is overlaid by the grid, which shifts from 20-panel to 16-panel before dramatically shifting to 2-panel at the same time eliminating the black line. In "Earth," the absent presence of telephone conversations is revealed through an ingenious graphic device, along with the ramifications of not being fully "there." "Larsen C" attempts to open up a new mental space for imagining global warming by manipulating its temporal and spatial coordinates. An excerpt from James Baldwin's novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain is provided with an intriguing visual adaptation. Employing an eight panel grid throughout, with an almost complete lack of text, White has chosen to tackle visualizing a "vision." The representation of the external physical reality in which the vision transpires is set apart from the vision itself by the panels having lined borders, while those depticting the vision itself, are, fittingly, open. On the narrative side, both the opening tale, "Ten Thoughts," and the closing 20-panel back cover piece, "Compiled," have a notably Borgesian air about them, perhaps indicating a future direction for the series. On the visual side, while White's art has a host of precursors, incorporating numerous influences, as in much of his previous work, certain of Cezanne's techniques show through here. Techniques and ideas employed by Frank Santoro, Dash Shaw and Warren Craghead are also in evidence, making for an interesting mix. Here's to Yearly being indeed yearly for years to come!
retail price - $18.00 copacetic price - $15.75
Voyage to the Deep
by Sam Glanzman; introduction bv Stephen Bissette
This classic of the Cold War era has just been reissued by IDW in this 176 page full coilor hardcover. Originally published in 1962-1963 by Dell Comics, in a series of four 12¢ comics books, Voyage to the Deep presents a science fiction of tale of man-made climate catastrophe, which, in the context of the Cold War, is represented as originating as a commie plot from which a group of heroic American submariners must save us! As Steve Bissette's in-depth, illustrated introduction explains, this particular theme was rooted in the then-widespread fascination with the nuclear submarines that also provided the impetus for movies such as The Atomic Submarine, and most germane to this comic book, the televsion series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. What sets Voyage to the Deep apart, is the riveting art by Sam Glanzman, whose spectacular depictions of catastrophic flooding are visually conflated with the end of civilization(s) to make for a unique reading experience.
retail price - $24.99 copacetic price - $21.75
by Ben Passmore
We've been carrying this series – which is now on its third issue – in the shop for awhile, but perseveratewd about getting up here on the site. But no more! Daygloayhole is Ben Passmore's one-man show (with a little help from his friends and fans). This first issue plunges us into the mire of a Nawlins-inflected, (post-)apocolyptic state of mind. 32 full (dayglow) color pages, with cardstock cover. Letters page! If you enjoy well drawn, irony-drenched, saracsm-packed, humorious action comics, then look no further – this is it!
retail price - $6.00 copacetic price - $5.40
by Cole Johnson
Spare, evocative, poetic, slice of life comics fill this 32-page, black and white, plus-size digest. Cole Johnson has a fully formed comics voice that combines a concise line, an understanding of the space of a page, and, crucially, a strong, organic sense of pacing. These comics are a joy to read. Check some (different ones) out online at http://johnsoncole.com .
retail price - $5.00 copacetic price - $5.00
Rookie Movesretail price - $12.00 copacetic price - $12.00
by November Garcia
Rookie Moves by November Garcia is a 20-page, digest-size comic book (with cardstock covers) that provides a window on the soul of the small press, self-publishing comics scene. In these pages we are provided with a look at some of the social aspects of the scene in general, and an example of an instince of crossing the divide from consumer to producer, in particular. All comics creators are first comics readers. Many, including one November Garcia, are so inspired by the comics they encounter that they are led to aspire to become a comics creator themselves, naturally grvitating towards the ranks of those creators whose work most inpired them. While this process/cycle holds true in practically all artistic endeavors, in the world of small press and self-published comics, the border between reader and maker is among the most porous, where readers who so desire will encounter little resistance, with people continually crossing back and forth. In oither words, any habitué of the world of small press comics will find plenty to relate to here.
retail price - $5.00 copacetic price - $5.00
by Keren Katz, Ovadia Benishu, Omer Hoffman, Geffen Refaeli, Dan Allon, Hila Noam & Hadar Reuven
Hideout is a 100+ page, digest-size, full color, French-flapped, squarebound comics anthology, the third published so far by the Humdrum comics collective in Israel. Check out this massive preview HERE.
TRUTH ZONE - Thee "Official" Complete Bootleg
by Simon Hanselmann
We have got a hold of a small number of these hand-assembled collections. Each is stored in a one-of-a-kind hand-lettered box, depicted on lower left in the photo. Each box set contains all 91 Truth Zone strips that appeared on Comics Workbook in 2012 and 2013. These caustic – and hilarious – one-page strips are the comics that introduced Simon Hanselmann – along with Megg, Mogg, Owl and Werewolf Jones – to his American audience. These one-page strips are collected on individual, unbound plates, portfolio style. Each box set also includes a booklet prepared especially (and exclusively) for this edition by Mr. Hanselmann, in which he offers his own commentary on each of the strips. All are stored together in a unique hand-lettered, snap-close, vinyl portfolio envelope, depicted on the upper right, which fits snugly inside the box.
LIMIT: ONE per customer.
retail price - $60.00 copacetic price - $60.00
Black Leopard, Red Wolf
by Marlon James
This just released fantasy adventure novel, the first of a projected trilogy, by the Booker Prize winning author, Marlon James, is getting a lot of attention and seems likely to be of interest to some Copacetic customers. James himself is an avid literary ecumenicist who views many academic categories dividing types of literature as promoting artificial distinctions between works that have more to do with their origins than functions. In Black Leopard, Red Wolf he provides a demonstration of principles in a work that defies categorization. Anyone who finds themselves intrigued by the above should take a moment to check out his far ranging comments in this recent installment of "By the Book" at the New York Times, and then, Michiko Kakutani's review of Black Leopard, Red Wolf, also at the NY Times.
retail price - $30.00 copacetic price - $25.75
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New for December 2018
by Olivier Schrauwen
Yes! The new Olivier Schrauwen collection has arrived, hot off the press. Featuring the long out of print cult classic, "Greys" – which is a strong contender for the crown of greatest alien abduction story ever produced, in any medium – along with five, new science fiction stories, which have either not ever been published in English, or only in extremely limited edition (and now very expensive) anthologies from Lagon. The stories range in length from the two page, "Mister Yellow," (although each page is made up of seventy panels!) up through the 66-page epic, "Space Bodies." The stories are all first-person narratives, with the lead in each story presenting some, gender-fluid variation of O. Schrauwen, whose identity extends though time and space in a fourth-wall-breaking, self-consciously literary device. There are also a couple appearances of one A. Schrauwen (Armand; apparently the artist's father). "Cartoonify" ingeniously imagines comics/cartooning as an "app", demonstrating that technological enhancements of consciousness are primarily conposed of words and pictures, and these have perhaps been most successfully created using pen and paper (and don't forget the that the root of tech is the Greek for art). This 128 page, flexi-cover collection is a must!
retail price - $24.99 copacetic price - $21.75
by Joe Kessler
Here it is, the long promised book edition of Joe Kessler's Windowpane! Vibrant colors block out spatial coordinates and chart a course to the otherside of the glass... Windowpane is a one-man-anthology of critically acclaimed narrative and experimental comics by London based artist, Joe Kessler. The book contains new work, and reprints Windowpane 3 and Windowpane 4. | 135 x 187mm -- 272 pages -- offset printed -- softcover | import |
retail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $28.75
AMNESIA: The Lost Films of Francis D. Longfellow
by Al Columbia
Al Columbia's latest is an illustrated, 24 page, oversize (11" x 13") catalogue, printed in black & white and full color, of the"lost" films of apocryphal director, Francis D. Longfellow. Here's the official – and arch – hype: Mention the name of Golden Age animator, Francis D. Longfellow, to even the most die-hard connoisseur of cinema and you’re likely to get a blank stare in reply. How is it that such scant details exist about the Podsnap Studios founder and patented inventor of the Colorvision motion picture process? Rumors of occultism and drug addiction once surrounded the acclaimed filmmaker, yet these notorious scandals have since faded into obscurity. Al Columbia has endeavored to unearth the mysteries of this reclusive auteur who wrote, animated, directed, and provided voice work for more than 50 animated films over the course of his career. Columbia’s research began at the Merryville Examiner Microfilm Library. He made contact with surviving Podsnap Studios employee, Freddy Marciano, who granted access to a well kept archive of film negatives. Working directly with the Longfellow estate, Columbia conducted hours of interviews with still living Podsnap employees and voice actors. He then set forth on remastering the original animation cels, which demanded an exacting reconstruction of Longfellow’s patented color process. The results of these excavations are presented in this Supplementary Newsletter, the first retrospective of Francis D. Longfellow’s output published in any edition. Art Spiegelman sez, “Perfectly crafted screams.”
retail price - $10.00 copacetic price - $9.00
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New for November 2018
Fielder #1retail price - $8.00 copacetic price - $7.75
by Kevin HuizengaPicking up, more or less, where Ganges left off, Kevin Huizenga's new series, Fielder, continues to explore and map new worlds for comics. The issue opens up – after an intriguing symbolization of the nature of thought on the inside front cover – with Bona, a deconstructive remix of Sam Glanzman’s Kona (which featured, improbably yet likely, scripts by Lionel Ziprin), published by Dell in the early 1960s. This story, which is bifurcated, with another, earlier part of the story appearing later(!) in the issue, highlights formal aspects of classic comics narratives while simultaneously reflecting on their generic tropes and the cultural milieu that produced them. Experiencing this remix in the context of our current historical juncture (read “Trump era”) provides added insights into our primitive/primal roots as members of warring sub-species vying for control and domination. Additionally, in plunging the reader immediately into this saga, in medias res, Huizenga, by referencing a relatively obscure, yet well respected instance of the great historical tradition of comic books, effectively announces at the issue’s outset that Fielder too is part of this tradition; is a comic book. Next up, after sleeping through a decade (see Ganges #s 3 - 6), our hero, Glenn Ganges finally, and after a mighty struggle, awakes, rises and meets the day here in the pages of Fielder #1. During the course of this arriving at wakefulness, readers are presented with intriguing diagrammatics laying out the porous border territory between the states of sleep and awake, along with an in depth exploration of the actual mechanics of waking itself. Once awake, Glenn wastes no time before proceeding into a querying of the relationship(s) between consciousness and reality that serves in turn to question the sleep/wake divide, leaving readers with plenty of food for thought. The issue’s pièce de résistance is G~~~~ G~~~~ in “My Career in Comics”, a deliberately obscure (as the title indicates) yet playful – even joyful (at least, by Huizengian standards) – exploration of comics representation. Taking the form of an autobio comic while gleefully overturning the norms of the genre and subverting its assumptions of veracity, "My Career in Comics" nonetheless ends up, counter-intuitively, being one of the truest and most in-depth instances of a “self portrait of the artist” that comics has yet produced. Huizenga has no problem with puncturing his own pretensions as obscure, and in fact, doing so is necessary to the aims of the story – yet, ironically, he understands that their very obscurity makes them potentially unrecognizable to others, and so, in order to effectively puncture them, decides to substitute a more visually communicable concept as a stand-in for his own actual formal concerns in order to more effectively represent their deflation and the relationship it bears to the story’s theme (“Wait, what?” you say. Exactly) The story also extends Huizenga’s confrontations with temporality in its deliberate falsifying of chronologies in subtle – and not-so-subtle – ways. Ultimately, the story asks its readers to confront the question of representation’s relationship to reality and makes a case for comics’ combination of words and pictures as being particularly well suited for this task. In so doing he has created an instant classic of the form, one that is sure to be both enjoyed and studied for years to come. Not a square inch of space is wasted in this issue (unless you count the UPC code :), as the back cover along with both inside covers are gainfully employed in the service of comics, with the inside back cover serving in particular to remind readers of the comic book form's historical function as a nexus of art and commerce. While the material in this issue is, on the surface, wildly disparate, underneath, the mechanics are all of a piece, and all the pieces are linked in their formal concerns. This issue also contains what could be considered as the apotheosis of Huizenga’s long-running series of short pieces, Fight or Run. Here the Fight or Run series is given a meta-fictional treatment that leads inexorably to a metamorphosis. This piece can also serve as a synecdoche for the experience of reading Fielder #1, in which the comics leap off the page into the reader’s consciousness where they will settle, ferment and lead to the creation of new forms that will further evolve the great historical body of comics.
Love and Rockets: Volume IV #6
by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez
Always a cause for celebration, the new Love and Rockets has arrived! Gilbert goes in for a bit of formalism this time around. His four stories – which alternate with Jaime's three – are each four pages in length, are all narratively interlinked, centering on Luba and her clan, and all pivot on the relationship between character and memory as manifested by the concept of ghosts – and whether (or how) to believe in them. As soon as you're done, you'll want to go back and read them again, to suss it all out. Jaime returns to the Animus saga, takes a quick look at Hopey's home life involving little league baseball, and then delivers a gem of tale in "Frank Lopez." What can we say? It's another great issue!
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by Roman Muradov
What readers are presented with here is a more or less mundane, ordinary evening amongst a given social set. The real action is in how it is presented. Vanishing Act is – or, at least, may be – an attempt at a cubist graphic novel. It presents a cast of 19 inter-related characters (3 of which are non-human) in 13 scenes transpiring over 140 minutes, each in a unique location, each with a unique combination of characters, and each rendered in a distinct style. Furthermore, each of the scenes chronologically overlaps the previous and subsequent scenes (with the obvious exceptions of the first and last scenes, which only overlap the subsequent and previous, respectively). Are you following? This is where the cubistic aspect comes in: As comics are a temporal based medium – as opposed to single image paintings, which is what we most closely associate with cubism – Muradov is expressing the cubist impulse through the simultaneous overlappings of character, scene and place, through style, allowing one to view the passage of time through person and place from simultaneous multiple points of view – et voilà, cubism! (well, sort of) Anyway, it's certainly makes for an intriguing reading experience. And, for anyone worried about being able to follow it all, Muradov has anticipated this, and has helpfully supplied both spacial and temporal maps, along with a cast of characters that graphs their scenes.
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by Edmond Baudoin
As far as we are aware, this is the first of the 76 year-old Baudoin's personal, autobiographical works to be translated in English (courtesy of Matt Madden, who also penned the informative introduction that provides some history and context to Baudoin's life and work for unfamiliar American readers). Piero is an intimate ode to childhood in general, and to Baudoin's older brother, Pierre, – nicknamed Piero – in particular. Drawn in a scratchy, yet nonetheless nuanced, pen and ink style that works to strongly evoke the childhood mode, the 120 pages of this compact edition are suffused with nostalgia, yet still brim with cogent observations of the life and mind of the child. The lettering executed for this English language edition by Dean Sudarsky crucially matches Baudoin's own idiosyncratic style, enabling it to be seamlessly integrated into the artwork and so maintain the striven for intimacy.
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What the Actual #1
by Jai Granofsky
In this first 40-page, magazine-size issue of What the Actual, Jai Granofsky continues in the tradition inaugurated by the young R. Crumb (and Justin Green) – and to our eyes, most directly in the lineage of the young Chester Brown – of letting one's inner demons loose on the page to battle it out amongst themselves. Anxieties and fears mix it up with mangled memories and deliberate absurdities to forge a comics portrait of Granofsky's psychic state, which, naturally, reflects the era and culture of his upbringing and so partakes in realities that we all share to varying degrees and thus provides its readers with a portraits of parts of their own psychic states; and there lies its value. While clearly the work of someone who is still trying to find their voice, this issue shows promise (which is also explicitly stated in the opening creator's note, when Granofsky writes, "I plan on making this a regular thing."). Comics readers who are on the lookout for the next Eightball or Yummy Fur should take a chance and check this out... and then keep their fingers crossed while waiting for the next issue, which we hope is in the works, as planned. Black and white interiors, with full color covers (and inside covers!). Special introductory price!
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Fante Bukowski Three: A Perfect Failure
by Noah Van Sciver
Fante's back, and Fanta's got him! A Perfect Failure features 188 more Fantagraphical full color pages of that unique Sciverian cocktail of delusional grandiosity, denial, and self-abnegation that is... Fante Bukowski!
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Secret Prison 8: Glut Magazine
by Lale Westvind, Anya Davidson, Thomas Toye, Lane Milburn, Jonathan Chandler & Pat Aulisio
Yowza! Just when you least expected it, an all new issue of Secret Prison! This iteration manifests on our material plane as Glut Magazine, an oversize (10" x 13") newsprint comics magazine featuring some truly titanic talents! We can't help but single out Lale Westvind, who in addition to her cover delivers here a stunning 11 page piece half of which is composed of double page splashes that leap off the page and into Jack Kirby territory. WOW! Also here are great new comics stories by Jonathan Chandler, Thomas Toye and Anya Davidson, faux VHS advertisements by Pat Aulisio – plus, the inside front and back covers are actually a poster by Lane Milburn (if you dare to detach it from the body of the book and affix it to your wall)!
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Street Angel vs. Ninjatechretail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.75
by Jim Rugg
The fifth and final (for now) in Image's series of original, hardcover, made-in-Pittsburgh Street Angel comics is here! Street Angel vs. Ninjatech strips away the civilized veneer that covers the deadly reality of office politics and allows readers an up close and personal look at the self-absorbed male egos that are just asking for a beat down. And you-know-who is more than ready to give it to them!
by Edie Fake
Little Stranger is the long awaited follow up to Edie Fake's magnum opus, Gaylord Phoenix (now back in print, by the way). This 176 page volume is filled to the rim with queer tales focusing on physicality and the body, collecting 27 short pieces, ranging in length form one to twenty-three pages. While most have previously been published, they were scattered over twenty different, small press publications, nearly all of which are now out of print, and it is unlikely that any but the most diligent Edie Fake fans have come across more than half of what is collected here.
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Little Godsretail price - $14.99 copacetic price - $11.75
by Leda Zawacki
Inspired by part of the creation mythology of the Modoc, a small tribe of American Indians currently residing in the pacific northwest, Little Gods "embraces some of the main themes and symbolism" from the story Mount Shasta and the Grizzly Bears, which Zawacki "diverted into an alternate, female focused mythology." Rendered in delicate black line colored in a rich, earthy palette of blues, greens and (mostly deep and burnt) oranges, the tale begins with the adventures of the family of Sky God, before focusing on one of the daughters, who is dubbed Bunny Girl by Raven after a chance meeting. And the story goes from there! 88 pages; full color.
The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems
by Rachel Ignotofsky
You – and your entire family, as this book is suitable for all ages – can enjoyably explore the wondrous workings of our one and only planet (at least for now, and as far as we know!) in this engaging, quasi-comics overview. After an introductory series of explanatory visual essays, the book proceeds through the continents (with Antarctica being lumped together with life north of the Arctic Circle), followed by a look at aquatic ecosystems, the cycles of nature and humans' relationship with / stewardship of Planet Earth. Ignotofsky's organic synthesis of illustration, diagrams, charts and text – all hand drawn (or some technologically assisted simulacrum thereof) makes for an intimately immersive reading experience. If only all learning were like this!
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edited by Eric Reynolds and featuring the work of D W, Theo Ellsworth, Maggie Umber, Eroyn Franklin, Roman Muradov, Ana Galvin, Jose Quintanar, Walt Holcombe, Walker Tate, Keren Katz, Darin Shuler, Jesse Reklaw, Nick Thorburn, Stephane Blanquet & DRT
Yes, it's the new Now! Another 128 page anthology of short comics edited by Eric Reynolds. Quite a wide variety of approaches are on hand this issue. You might not like every story, but every issue of Now presents a wide-ranging mix of talent that includes some of today's top names side-by-side with relative unkonwns, all taking artistic chances and working to explore the expressive terrain of comics.
Best of Enemies, a History of US and Middle East Relations – Part Three: 1984-2013
by David B. & Jean-Pierre Filiu
The third and final – at least for now – volume in this engaging and informative look at US and Middle East relations from a French perspective. David B.'s masterful comics work illuminates concepts and relationships and enables readers to quickly grasp aspects of this relationship and the mechanics of the respective societies that otherwise might remain elusive.
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by Saul Steinberg
Originally published in 1960 and out of print for many years, The Labyrinth is Saul Steinberg's most significant single volume collection. It has now at long last been reissued in a this superb hardcover edition from New York Review of Books, which features a new introduction by Nicholson Baker, along with an afterword by Harold Rosenberg and new notes on the artwork from by Sheila Schwartz, the Research and Archives Director of The Saul Steinberg Foundation. Steinberg's oeuvre is unique, straddling the worlds of comics, illustration and fine art while providing a window on the process of creative thought in line.
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Baron Bean, 1918: The Complete Third Yearretail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $25.75
by George Herriman
Huzzah! Here it is: the third – and final (>sob<) – year of Herriman's inventive, insightful, and very funny strip – which wrapped up pretty much exactly a century ago! – that he drew concurrently with Krazy Kat! Starting off with another fine introduction by Jared Gardner, this volume takes us all the way to the end of the strip's run which actually results in us getting a bit more that a year's worth this time around, as it ran through to January 18, 1919. Baron Bean is, for our money, Herriman's finest work outside of Krazy Kat, and IDW's Library of American Comics has done an outstanding job of presenting crisp, full size reproductions of all these strips, and printed on newsprint, no less. Huzzah!
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Tongues #2by Anders Nilsen
In the second issue of Anders Nilsen's new epic, Tongues, tensions ratchet up several notches across the board. What, exactly, is going on? It's hard to say with any kind of certainty – but that's the point. What we are shown are the multiple, intersecting planes of colliding realities: those of the mythic and the mundane; of imagination and conspiracy; of street and sky; of home and horror. All is intricately rendered, resonantly colored and put together in a thoughtfully designed, oversize package that visually captures a sense of the porous nature of the borders that humanity constructs – between categories, nations, ways of being, ways of seeing and much else – pointing out that they are, finally, endlessly mutable abstractions. And this series is only just getting started. Plug in, buckle up and get ready for a long haul.
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Upgrade Soulby Ezra Claytan Daniels
Upgrade Soul, the long-in-the-works graphic novel by Ezra Clayton Daniels is now available. This highly engaging work is a densely layered meditation on the intersections of science and hubris, physical appearance and identity, money and power, love and death – and the connections between them all. The work centers on a science fiction theme, but there is more to it that. It is in good company, with with distinct echoes of works as diverse as Flowers for Algernon, We3, Never Let Me Go and Bodyworld, to name a few. It’s a real page-turner; you’re unlikely to be able to put it down till you’ve turned all 272 of them! Full color throughout (in case you were wondering).
retail price - $19.99 copacetic price - $17.77by John Harris Dunning & Michael Kennedy
The aptly titled Tumult is a psychological thriller which works to represent the inner state of its central – male – character, who finds himself ineluctably caught up in a world of intrigue – of his own making – surrounding a mysterious woman, in this graphic novel contribution to the noir tradition of the femme fatale that, more clearly than most, demonstrates the fatale aspect of the femme arising from masculine constructions and projections. The script, by John Harris Dunning, creates a gradually unfolding, swirling, chaotic confusion triggered by the impulsive dissatisfaction of its protagonist, Adam Wheeler. This is, in turn, coolly contained by Michael Kennedy's metronomic layouts, primarily executed in a three-tier – mostly six-panel – grid, punctuated by brief forays into four- and eight-panel grids; then, in a twist, the coolness of these grids is blown out by a vibrant color scheme that reflects/projects Wheeler’s moods, creating an unrelenting, at times discomfiting tension, that continues throughout the entirety of this full size hardcover's 178 pages.
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Bad Friends presents an unflinching look at growing up rough in metropolitan Seoul, South Korea, in an environment in which "bad" friends may be the best kind... Ancco was born just outside of Seoul in 1983, and began producing diary comics in 2002. Bad Friends was originally published in South Korea in 2012, and was previously translated into French in 2016, and when on to win the Prix Révélation an Angoulême that year. It has now been translated into English by Janet Hong for this D & Q edition. Check out this preview provided by D & Q and see what you think.retail price - $21.95 copacetic price - $18.75
One Dirty Treeby Noah Van Sciver
Noah's meandering memoir of childhood adventures – and traumas – and then connecting the dots between these childhood events and his later, adult preoccupations and the process of personality formation. Growing up in a (Mormon) family of eleven(!) – mom, dad, eight siblings and himself (although the oldest sibling is not present here, having married young and gotten out of there) – certainly colors his childhood experiences with an outlier status, at least when situated among his fellow comics makers (excepting, of course, his older brother, Ethan), and likely most comics readers as well. One Dirty Tree is a 116 page, full color, hardcover that contains over 100 pages of insightful, engaging and entertaining comics storytelling, for the most part using the six-panel grid; yet another fine Noah Van Sciver production.
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by Youssef DaoudiThelonious Sphere Monk and Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild) had one of the most unique friendships in the history of jazz music, and it is the center around which this graphic novel is woven. While Monk's career began over a decade before he met de Koenigswarter – at which point he had already recorded his most important compositions – their relationship spanned the final three decades of Monk's life and career, and makes a great story. And that story is, while greatly simplified here, told with an élan which evinces an obvious passion for the material on the part of its creator, Youssef Daoudi. There are more great comics sequences of jazz performance between two covers than any other work we can think of. In addition to the innumerable portraits of Monk at rest, dancing to the music of the spheres, and in performance, there are portraits – mostly in performance – of a vast swath of his cohorts, including Bird, Diz, Miles, Trane and many others. And, reading this will have you pulling out your Monk discs and giving them yet another listen (or two, or three...), which in and of itself is enough to recommend it. Monk!
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X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesisby Ed Piskor
Hot off the press, Ed Piskor's X-Men: Grand Design - Second Genesis is here! This time around, the New X-Men get the Piskor treatment, as they are herein folded into the Grand Design. Here's where Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird, Storm, and, of course, Wolverine join the X-Men and form the core of the new team. Here we have the saga of the Phoenix through the Dark Phoenix all the way up through the introduction of Madeline Pryor. Along the way, we'll encounter the Hellfire Club, the Shi-ar, the Morlocks, the Brood, join the X-Men in their travels to Krakoa, Japan and the far flung realms of deep space, and much, much more! All in this giant, oversize, flexicover Marvel Treasury Edition scripted, pencilled, inked, lettered, colored and designed by Ed Piskor.retail price - $29.99 copacetic price - $25.75
Inside Moebius: Part 3by Moebius
The third – and final – volume of the Inside Moebius series is here. WIthin these pages, Jean Giraud continues his comics explorations of his own psyche – through the medium of the creations he penned as "Moebius." Here he continues, and concludes, his pen and ink – and color – trip through the comics looking glass where he strives to untangle the inner workings of his imagination.retail price - $39.99 copacetic price - $33.75
by Junji Ito
The Halloween season can now be said to have offically begun here at Copacetic, with this arrival of a new Junji Ito collection. Frankenstein is a 400 page hardcover that brings readers the entirety of Ito's 184 page adaptation of Mary Shelly's iconic tale of man playing God. In addition to being one of the great works of English literature, Frankenstein was also arguably the first science fiction novel – and is 200 years old this year (a bicentennial that is being celebrated worldwide)! But, that's not all! Between the covers of this collection, there are also ten – count 'em! – addtional short tales of horror from the pen of Junji Ito, the reigning (at least here in the USA) master of horror manga. Happy Halloween!retail price - $22.99 copacetic price - $20.00
The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moonby Aaron Renier
It's here, after what, for a younger reader, must seem an eternity, the second adventure of the "unsinkable" Walker Bean has at last arrived. Weighing in at 288 lushly drawn, action-packed, full color pages – over a third longer than the original – The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon is Aaron Renier's biggest adventure tale yet! Check out this preview, for a slice of this new work.retail price - $18.99 copacetic price - $16.75
THE BIG IDEA SERIES
The Big Idea series, from Thames & Hudson in the UK, provides a visually enticing format that combines well chosen photographs and other graphics with (relatively*) brief arguments concisely articulating points of view that together provide readers with an engaging avenue by way of which to (relatively*) quickly get up to speed with the complex challenges facing us in the 21st century.
*Compared to, say, a textbook or other more traditional narrative approach to the topic.
Is Capitalism Working? A Primer for the 21st Century by Jacob FieldIs Democracy Failing? A Primer for the 21st Century by Niheer Dasandi
Is Gender Fluid? A Primer for the 21st Century by Sally Hines
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