A Copacetic Gift Guide


STOP!  Don’t go and buy another pretty coffee table book that looks great but provides its recipient with only an hour or two of vacuous and ephemeral enjoyment before transforming into a lifeless chunk that its new owner struggles with guilt feelings over before giving it the inevitable heave-ho.  Just say no to that CD Box of best-selling “classics” that everyone has heard so many times already that any pleasure in owning them (again) is diminished to the point of near non-existence.  That best-seller that everyone feels that they have to read, but no one actually wants to?  Pass.  And those nifty high-priced repackagings of  “favorite” comics that everybody who's interested already has?  Ditto.

Be adventurous and provide gifts that surprise and enthuse, that stimulate the senses more than they drain the wallet, and that will be treasured for years to come.

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MUSIC - CD
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COMICS


    Heartbreak SoupMaggie the MechanicThe girl from hoppersHuman Diastrophism
Perla la LocaBeyond Palomar    Amor y Cohetes

The Collected Love and Rockets
The greatest gift you can give a comics reader is the gift of Love and Rockets, and now it's easier (and -- no small feat -- less expensive) than ever to do so. The seven volumes pictured above collect the entirety of the original 50-issue run of the greatest comic book series of our -- and, perhaps, all -- time in crisply printed, attractive, affordable editions that are also portable and durable.  Learn more and/or order, here.  Each volume runs around 250 pages in length and is 
copacetically priced at either $11.95 or $13.55.



Storeyville - hardcover editionStoreyville
by Frank Santoro

introduction by Chris Ware
This year, the most Copacetic Christmas gift you can give is Frank Santoro's  Storeyville, the best kept secret in the last twenty years of comics.  Revealing latent, previously unsuspected depths to the form, Storeyville embraces life like a Whitmanesque epic poem in comics, its youthful protagonist rushing headlong towards his destiny, reaching for meaning on the road.  Originally created and published as a tabloid newspaper comic in 1995, it is now, finally, twelve years later, being released in a deluxe hardcover edition complete with a 1200 word introduction by Chris Ware and an afterword by Dan Nadel providing the history and context of its creation.  This has to be the number one choice for any Pittsburgh-themed comics gift.  Take a closer look at this landmark work, here.  Purchase it, here.  Recommended.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic special price - $19.99


100 DemonsOne Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
Believe us when we say, “Anyone alive to the world and themselves will treasure this.”  No one has ever done a better job of conveying the bittersweetness of growing up than Lynda Barry.  No one has more fully employed the medium of comics to portray childhood and adolescence than Lynda Barry.  No one has bored more deeply into personal pain to find the joy that is buried hidden within.  One Hundred Demons is a masterpiece that anyone who remembers what it was like to be a child growing up will instantly appreciate and anyone who has forgotten will find themselves grateful to have been reminded. 
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $24.95
Now also available in a softcover edition:
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.15


EpilepticEpileptic

by David B.
A stunning achievement and clearly one of the most important comics works so far this century, Epileptic is, on the one hand, a moving tale of one family's painful experience of raising an epileptic child -- the brother of the author --  and, on the other,  is a brilliant parable of the history of Europe, in which tribal, ethnic and national obsessions periodically erupt into the violent seizures known as war.  In crafting this work, David B. -- who was the winner of the 2005 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist -- created a rich and dense visual vocabulary that is truly unique and quite amazing to behold.  This attractive hardcover edition makes a great gift for the discerning comics reader, or for an adventurous reader of contemporary literature who you'd like to introduce to the pleasures of comics.  This book prompted Joe Sacco (Palestine) to state that "David B. is clearly one of the best storytellers in the medium of comics," and inspired Jason Lutes (Berlin) to rave, "David B. works a real kind of deeply human magic on the page – something forged from black ink and a soul's struggle that marks Epileptic as one of the first truly great narrative artworks of the new millennium."
softcover - Pantheon Books • 360 pages • B & W
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.00



Skibber Bee-ByeSkibber Bee-Bye
by Ron Rege, Jr.
FINALLY!  Back in print at last, after a comedy of errors led to a delay of nearly a year!  Ron Rege's mammoth masterwork has received the deluxe Drawn and Quarterly treatment in a brand new edition that sports a stitched binding and flexi-cover (similar to the most recent Kramers Ergot) for years of reading pleasure.  This is a singular, hallucinatory work of purgative intent that has few if any analogues in the annals of comics; and it makes for an intense reading experience.  A book of comics that challanges complacency and awakens a sense of mystery and awe, Skibber Bee-Bye will make for a unique and memorable gift.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95


King-Cat ClassixKing-Cat Classix
by John Porcellino
Yes! 382 pages of comics selected from the next-to-impossible-to-find first fifty issues of King-Cat Comics (currently published under the title King-Cat Comics and Stories) by the long suffering self-publishing champ, John Porcellino.  King-Cat Comics is an ideal illustration of the  existentialist project that brings order and meaning to a life lived in an inherently absurb world.  Beginning in May of 1989, Porcellino put pen to paper and declared that he would have no rules dictating what he would produce, only that it would be true to his artistic instincts and that it would all be called King-Cat Comics.  As the years passed, King-Cat gradually evolved from its origins as a simple pastime, eventually becoming the central, defining aspect of Porcellino's existence.  Now, almost exactly 18 years later, just in time for the comic to reach the age adulthood, this fine collection is now available to give everyone a chance to experience King-Cat Comics' pen and ink birth, growth, maturation, and coming of age.  Also included are an introduction, extensive notes, and a complete index.  King-Cat Classix is the Swiss Army Knife of comics compendiums: it is the perfect beach book for the true-blue comics reader, the ideal gift book for the hard to please indy comics collector in your life, solid inspiration for a budding DIY comics creator, and, perhaps most importantly, a solid source for thoughtful reflection on the constitution of human existence.  Recommended!
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.55


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





AsthmaAsthma
by John Hankiewicz
We've been big fans of the work of Mr. Hankiewicz for quite some time, and are thrilled to be able to offer Sparkplug Comic Books' massive new 108-page, 8 1/2" x 11" collection of his totally unique, perplexingly obscure, abstrusely enigmatic, elegantly rendered pen and ink parables and small tales.  This work is frustratingly difficult to describe, and we're not going to try at this juncture.  (OK, we'll give it a lame whirl:  think of a blend of David Lynch, René Magritte and Franz Kafka dropped into the middle of the American midwest and perhaps you'll have an inkling) Suffice it to say that this is truly one-of-a-kind work on display here, and that we offer it as our number one gift choice for the adventurous comics reader.  This is the ideal gift choice for anyone on your list who is frustrated by the plethora of commonplace comics offerings and is constantly on the look out for new and challenging work.  Check out these sample pages to get an idea of what we're talking about.
retail price - $17.00  copacetic price - $14.44


Three ParadoxesThe Three Paradoxes
by Paul Hornschemeier
The work of Paul Hornschemeier is unique in that it employs the (re)production processes as narrative signifiers.  In The Three Paradoxes, his most sophisticated work yet, he employs several different modes of production and reproduction to convey his epistemological concerns, chief among them how experience, imagination, and memories are each treated in different ways by human consciousness, ordered according to only dimly perceived criteria, and sorted into different categories.  Hornschemeier doesn't hold back here.  He reaches deep into his bag of tricks, brings it all out and throws it all down, creating a fascinating visual mix where we go from the blue pencil of imagination struggling to be organized to the flat dull colors of the day-to-day now to the bright Ben-Day dots of childhood memories which in turn connect the now and to the imaginary and then to a day dream and on to photoshopped recreation of the fundamentally  problematic nature of the wisdom of the ages... and back again.  Yes, it does get a bit involved at times, and it does take some time for the design to become clear, but this work deserves to read it more than once and will reward any and all efforts on the part of the reader to wring out its meaning.  Highly recommended for those looking for a challenging, moving and entertaining read.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $13.75


Wimbledon Green by SethWimbledon Green
by Seth

Sub-titled, "The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World," this is a book that will be as appealing to long time comic fans for its endearing portrait of the obsessive collector mindset as it will be to the general reader with its entertaining story and cast of characters.  And the production of this book is a delight for the senses.  You really have to pick it up and hold it in your hands to fully appreceiate what a fine job they did with this one. Seth has clearly been absorbing the work of his peers as well as his precursors and is finally moving beyond his trademark schtick of  melancholy loners -- although he's certainly not abandoning it, as it permeates this work as well, only now it's moved below the surface.  The dense repetitive layouts of Chris Ware are here combined with the device pioneered by Dan Clowes in the last two issues of Eightball of creating a crazy quilt narrative of a series of sequentially juxtaposed short pieces.  Within this structural framework Seth has built an entertaining narrative that is highly reminiscent of some of the classic Uncle Scrooge tales by Carl Barks as well as the longer Little Lulu and Tubby adventures by John Stanley.  In other words:  If you know someone who really likes comics, it's a good bet that they'll really like Wimbledon Green.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77 


Gemma BoveryGemma Bovery
by Posy Simmonds
Long known to readers of the British newspapers, The Guardian (which, by the way, awarded their 2001 literary prize to Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware) and The Independent, which serialized this work, Posy Simmonds brings a sophisticated literary sensibility to the world of Comics.  In Gemma Bovery, she reimagines Flaubert's Madame Bovary as it might be,  should it unfold at the close of the twentieth century.  It's also a piece of meta-fiction as well, with its own unique twist on the literary fashion set in motion by A.S. Byatt's Possession of having twentieth century lives intertwine with those of literary characters of earlier centuries.   In Gemma Bovery, Ms. Simmonds shows us how life can seem to be imitating art in the mind of one obsessed with a particular work -- in this case Madame Bovary --  and that, perhaps, it is possible that such an obsesssion can lead, in actuality, to life being molded after art; and, then again, perhaps not.  She's definitely studied the late work of comics master Will Eisner, and this study has reaped substantial dividends for the reader.  Simmonds' has concocted a unique blend of text, illustration and comics that manages to retain the best of both worlds and communicates a wealth of emotional terrain.  Students of comics will be intrigued to discover which aspects of the storytelling process are parcelled out to the visuals and which to the text.  This piece is quite worth a look, and we encourage you to seek it out.  Gemma Bovery stands right at the intersection of the broad boulevard of purely prose literature and the freshly laid tar on the side street of comics lit and stands to appeal to adventurous readers going both ways.
hardcover
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77




James Sturm's AmericaJames Sturm's America: God, Gold, and Golems
by (well, yes, of course) James Sturm
Kudos to Sturm, Tom Devlin and D & Q on their ingenious packaging of these three tales.  What they came up with really captures the rugged spirit animating the work contained within.  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




Contract with GodThe Contract with God Trilogy
by Will Eisner
Here they are,
three of Will Eisner's greatest works -- A Contract with God, Life Force and Dropsie Avenue -- all together in one handsome hardcover volume, rounded out with a dozen new illustrations  executed by Eisner specifically for this volume shortly before his death earlier this year.  Originally published in 1978, A Contract with God is considered the first American graphic novel, making this work a must read on historical grounds alone.  This work -- not technically a novel, but rather a collection of related short pieces taking place in "the neighborhood" of Eisner's youth that is the setting for all the pieces in this volume -- is, however, much more than just a first, it is also one of the most emotionally moving works comics has yet produced, one that went a long way toward demonstrating the latent capacities of the medium, capacities that Life Force and Dropsie Avenue further extended.   This new edition from the veritable literary publisher W.W. Norton -- which prints all three works in the sepia tone that was the trademark of Eisner's mature work -- presents these unique cultural creations in a manner befitting their stature.  It is a volume that will be treasured by every lover of the form.
retail price - $34.95  copacetic price - $29.75


Fun HomeFun Home
by Alison Bechdel
Well, it's hard to imagine that any Copacetic customers missed this one the first time around, but there are sure to be many out beyond the Copacetic orbit who could benefit from this book and would appreciate receving it.  Now available in softcover Fun Home is the most heralded comics memoir since... well, ever (yes, there's Maus, of course, but, properly defined, it isn't really a memoir).  We've long been fans of Ms. Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For, and we gave Fun Home an enthusiastic review as soon as it was published, but even we were surprised by how this book took the country by storm.  According to one of the many back cover blurbs, Fun Home was made the "Best Book of the Year" by no less than 23 major newspapers, including The NY TImes, The LA Times, The Times (London), The Guardian (UK), and even Time and People magazines!  It seems like people were lining up to sing the praises of this book.  And well it should be.  Our surprise -- and a quite pleasant one it is, we hasten to add -- is that a work of comics dealing with an inter-generational saga centered on gay and lesbian sexual identity would be the recipient of such accolades.  Times they (still) are a'changing, indeed.
(softcover edition) retail price - $13.95  copacetic price - $12.50
(hardcover edition) retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77


Misery Loves ComedyMisery Loves Comedy
by Ivan Brunetti
The perfect gift for the unreformed misanthrope on your list.  This is it, the last bulwark against despair and the abyss.  When all else fails there's Ivan Brunetti -- now available in this longlasting, evergreen cloth, hardcover edition that will rest quietly and unobtrusively on the shelf until called into action by any existential emergency that may present itself to a fragile psyche battered by the exigencies of this modern world.  This book collects for the first time the entirety of the first three issues of Brunetti's comic book series, Schizo, along with three additional sections of work that was originally published elsewhere, scattershot, in a wide variety of publications.  PLEASE NOTE:  This volume contains material that, if beheld by a humorless eye incapable of perceiving the intended ironies, can be read as being horrible, disgusting and deeply offensive and so is an extremely dangerous gift choice and should be considered only for those who are either totally jaded or completely disillusioned -- preferably both -- and 21 years of age and older.  You have been warned.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

Buddy Does Seattle


Buddy Does Seatte

Buddy Does Jersey
by Peter Bagge
Collecting the entire 30 issue run of Hate, P. Bagge's misanthropic masterpiece, in two fifteen issue, 336 page volumes that define their era (the Nineties), each a true classic of comics and a bargain, these editions price out to less than a dollar aper collected comic, a mere fraction of the cost of the original comics!
retail price - $19.95@  copacetic price - $17.77@


understanding comics


Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

by Scott McCloud

Now, most comics fans already have this firmly secured in special place on their shelves, but for anyone just getting into comics, or, even better, for someone you’re trying to introduce to its pleasures and/or initiate into its mysteries, this is the gift, without any doubt whatsoever.  For a long list of recommendations for and endorsements of this book from the who's who of comics, click here.
retail price - $22.95 copacetic price - $20.00
 


Making Comics
Making Comics:
Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
by Scott McCloud
The author of the much heralded (and deservedly so!) Understanding Comics (see above) returns with a much anticipated new work designed for those who are ready to move beyond simply understanding and are ready, willing and able to take the plunge into actually making comics.  McCloud states,
"If you’ve ever felt there must be something more to making comics than just copying drawing styles then this is the book for you. In Making Comics, I’ll do my best to cover the storytelling secrets I don’t see any other books talking about."
retail price - $22.95  copacetic price - $20.00



Graphic NovelsGraphic Novels: Everything You Need To Know
by Paul Gravett
Finally, the perfect gift book for that person you've been dying to turn on to graphic novels.  Mr. Gravett manages to say just about everything you're trying to get across and, best of all, he backs it up with plenty of great examples.  The book's unique organizing principle of choosing thirty standard bearers of specific sub-categories of the form and then grouping together other works perceived as related makes for an efficient way to get acquainted with the medium and what it has to offer.  And we must say that we admire the taste on display here as there are so many points at which it coincides with the Copacetic Canon.  This book is the best single volume introduction to the world of graphic novels yet produced.  Give with confidence.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $26.95


99 Ways to Tell a Story99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
by Matt Madden
Inspired by Raymond Queneau's 1947 opus, Exercises in Style, reigning comics formalist Madden undertook to transliterate this deconstructive approach to the practice of storytelling into the language of comics.  Six years in the making, 99 Ways has accomplished exactly that.  Taking the most mundane of events so as not distract from the formal elements, each of the 99 ways meticulously illustrated in this volume tell the story of Matt's journey from his drawing table to the refrigerator.  Absurd?  Yes, but that's the idea.  It's all about how, not about what.  It may sound like a crazy idea, but we're pretty sure that this volume will be used in classrooms for years to come as it opens the mind to possibilities inherent in conception at the same time as it focuses the concentration on the realities of execution.  This is a great gift for pepople who like feeeling engaged as readers can't help but start thinking of their approaches to storytelling:  it's clear upon conclusion that, surely, there are another 99 ways still waiting to be told!
retail price -  $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25



Watcha Mean ZineWhatcha Mean What's a Zine?
: The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics
by Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson
This is a nifty guide to zinemaking and zinestering that is a great primer for anyone who is getting started  -- or even thinking of getting started -- down the road of making a zine, and it's a perfect companion piece to Scott McCloud's aforementioned Making Comics. It's purposefully designed to be exactly the kind of guide that the authors wished they had when they started out.  In covers the practical ins and outs such as formats and print-marriage set ups, the pros and cons of various drawing tools and printing methods, and a wide array of binding methods that one might never think of on one's own. But there's much more as the authors bring in a bevy of talented cartoonists, zinesters and self-publishers to offer their artistic, poetic, historical and technical perspectives, encouragements and insights.  Among those creators featured are John Porcellino, Ron Regé, Jr., Souther Salazar, Dan Zettwoch, Martin Cendreda, Dave Kiersh, Allison Cole and Raina Lee.  All in all this book has a great feel and is sure to be enjoyed even by those who are well on their way down Zinester Avenue.  And it's bargain priced to boot!
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $12.95


In the StudioIn the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists
by Todd Hignite
WOW!!!  It's here and it's a dream come true.  Founding editor of Comic Art magazine, Todd Hignite has given us an elegant, oversize, beautifully produced, 320 page hardcover book that takes you into the studio and collections of today's top independent cartoonists.  Featuring tons (499! -  to be exact) of reproductions of the highest quality, depicting the original art and collections and physical environs of R. Crumb, D. Clowes, J. Hernandez, C. Ware and more, side by side with extensive interviews with the creators themselves, this is a book to savor.  Recommended!
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $27.75
Also now available in softcover
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.95



McSweeney's 13McSweeney's 13 - The Comics Issue
edited by Chris Ware
This book is without question the best available work to introduce the non-comics reader to the wonderful world of contemporary comics. So, if there are any people on your list that you'd like to turn on to comics, this is your best chance.  Featuring work by the who's who of progressive comics:   Lynda Barry, Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Chester Brown, Dan Clowes, David Collier, R. Crumb, Kim Deitch, Julie Doucet, Debbie Drechsler, David Heatly, Jaime and Gilberto Hernandez, Ben Katchor, Joe Matt, Richard McGuire, Mark Newgarden, Gary Panter,John Porcellino, Archer Prewitt, Ron Rege, Joe Sacco, Richard Sala, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Adrian Tomine and, of course, Chris Ware, himself.  In addition to all this contemporary work, there are selections of classic and archival work sprinkled throughout: Rodolphe Töpfler, Bud Fisher, George Herriman and Charles Schulz.  In addition there is a critical appreciation of comics from John Updike, and nostalgiac/elegiac remembrances of comics related experiences by Glen David Gold, Malachi Cohen, and Chip Kidd.  NOW OUT OF PRINT (we have a few left...)
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $24.00


Brunetti Yale Anth.An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories
edited by Ivan Brunetti
Published by Yale University Press, this awesome anthology is a worthy successor to McSweeney's 13 as the must have -- and, therefore, must give --  comics collection of the foreseeable future.  This volume, bearing the imprimatur of Yale and possessed of an admirable heft, both intellectual and æsthetic as well as physical, is the ideal gift to give to that person (or those persons) who you've always wanted to convert to The Way of Comics.  Editor, Brunetti goes all out to offer us a canonical assemblage with the 400 pages of comics here on display.  One
where it is the form itself that is always at the heart of the work represented.  The work we find here -- while, of course, being comics -- is also, at some level, telling us something about comics, and this latter value-added feature can be attributed in no small part to Brunetti's editorial approach in assembling this work, which he clearly views as an organic whole.  Each artist represented in this collection has a distinct and original approach to the medium that embodies their personal interaction with the comics form as well as with -- and this is where this anthology is unique -- each other piece in the book.  This book is organized around the principal of association.  The pieces are grouped in clusters that are related in a wide variety of ways, from the form and content of the work to the geographic region and ethnicity of the creators.  Brunetti tips his hand right at the outset by starting with the raw, unbridled, free-associative works of Marc Bell, Sam Henderson, Mark Newgarden, Kaz, Tony Millionaire and Bill Griffith (who all, with the exception of Bell, have NYC connections as well).  This approach yields many surprising and unexpected connections as well as much that that proceeds in due course.
retail price - $28.00
  copacetic price - $20.00


Art Out of TimeArt Out of Time

by Dan Nadel
This is an awesome new book of amazing, little seen and hard to find classic comics.  These are high quality reproductions of complete stories here, taken right from the original sources; not single page "examples" followed by lots of text "explaining" them.  No!  Author Dan Nadel employs his vast knowledge of the outer reaches of comics to introduce and put in context the pieces this volume contains, and then steps aside and lets the work speak for itself.  This is the real deal and sure to be appreciated by any and all explorers of the comics world.
retail price - $45.00  copacetic price - $39.75


Wobblies!Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World
edited by Paul Buhle and Nicole Schulman
The ideal item for the leftist on your list!  Featuring the graphic work of Peter Kuper, Harvey Pekar, Seth Tobocman, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, Sabrina Jones, Sue Coe, Mike Alewitz and many others, this volume provides a wide variety of perspectives on one of the most important labor movements of the 20th century.  Topics covered include:  individual heroes of the movement like Mother Jones, Joe Hill and "Big Bill" Haywood; specific historical events like the big strikes of 1912 and 1913 in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Paterson, New Jersey; general histories of the IWW and personal recollections of IWW related activities and events.  The nearly 300 pages of comics combine to go a long way toward filling a large gap in the historical record while simultaneously providing an engaging read.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $21.25

American ElfAmerican Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka, October 26, 1998 to December 31, 2003
By James Kochalka
with an introduction by Moby (in comics form!)
THUD!  That's the sound this book makes when dropped under the tree.  It's a big, fat book, and it will take awhile to go through it. This volume collects all four of the original sketchbook diaries, PLUS a whole extra year, AND has a bonus 32 page (16 in the front, and 16 in the back) color supplement of all new material.  The Sketchbook Diaries are a unique work and this collection is a great value.  To learn more, visit our Kochalka Sketchbook Diary Page.  Over the past five years James Kochalka's Sketchbook Diary -- apearing as American Elf on the web -- has been quietly creating a revolution in the daily comic strip form every bit as important as that of Schulz's Peanuts  fifty years earlier.  Really.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic special price - $19.95

And, speaking of Peanuts...

The following items originated in the pages of our nation's newspapers, both new and old :


Peanuts Gift Boxs 1950 - 54The Complete Peanuts Gift Box: 1950 - 1954
What this is, exactly, is an illustrated and quite sturdy slip-cover containing both volume one and volume two of the Fantagraphics edition of The Complete Peanuts.  Make no mistake:  these are the exact same books that you would purchase indivudually and that are priced at $28.95 each.  Now you can get the first two volumes and a snazzy slipcase and save on the bargain, to boot.  This item is pretty much a guaranteed success story as a holiday gift -- as it is obviously intended to be.  If, however, you already purchased the first volume, and are now experiencing angst-ridden envy at the thought of missing out on this cool slipcase -- don't!  You can still buy this, place your original copy of the first volume in the slipcase,  and then give the first volume as a gift; thereby creating a win-win situation.
retail price - $49.95  copacetic price - $39.95

Also Available:

The Complete Peanuts Box Set 2: 1955-1958
by Charles M. Schulz 
The Complete Peanuts Box Set 3: 1959-1962
by Charles M. Schulz 
The Complete Peanuts Box Set 4: 1963-1966
by Charles M. Schulz 
The Complete Peanuts Box Set 5: 1967-1970
by Charles M. Schulz
The Complete Peanuts Box Set 6: 1971-1974
by Charles M. Schulz
The Complete Peanuts Box Set 7: 1975-1978
by Charles M. Schulz
The Complete Peanuts Box Set 8: 1979-1982
by Charles M. Schulz 

retail price - $49.95@  copacetic price - $44.44@

We do, of course, also have the first ten volumes of The Complete Peanuts available on their own.
retail price - $28.95@  copacetic price - $25.00@



Walt and SkeezixWalt and Skeezix
The Complete Daily Comic Strips, Volume One: 1921 - 1922
by Frank King
Well, first there was the Complete Peanuts, and now there's the Complete Gasoline Alley.  This volume collects only the dailes, due to the fact that the Sundays were gigantic and designed as an organic whole and so not suitable to be broken down and squeezed into this book's format (Many fine examples of the early Gasoline Alley Sunday pages are available in Drawn & Quarterly Volume Three and Volume Four, and one Sunday is reproduced here, just to give you a taste.)  That said, this book, lovingly designed by Chris Ware -- think McSweeney's #13, only not quite as elaborate -- is, from a production standpoint, a true work of art.  The book begins on January 1, 1921, several years into the the strip's continuity, but just before baby Skeezix is discovered on Walt's doorstep and so a perfect place to start the generational saga that Gasoline Alley was to become.  The introductory notes and appendix are expansive, illustrated and accompanied by many, many rare photographs heretofore unseen by just about anyone outside the King clan.   This volume  -- like those in the Complete Peanuts -- contains two complete years, 1921 & 1922 in this case, but with the difference that there are only two strips per page, instead of three, accurately reflecting the significantly larger size that comic strips were printed at during the time these strips originally appeared, compared to the Peanuts strips that began almost exactly thirty years later.   While it's pretty safe to say that Gasoline Alley fans will be in seventh heaven while working their way through this volume, we believe that anyone interested in the early days of American comics strips will greatly enjoy it.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.47


Also, now available: 
Walt and Skeezix: The Complete Daily Comic Strips, Volume Two: 1923 - 1924

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Walt and Skeezix: The Complete Daily Comic Strips, Volume Three: 1925 - 1926
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.47
Walt and Skeezix: The Complete Daily Comic Strips, Volume Four: 1927 - 1928
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $33.95

Krazy Kat: The Comics Art of George Herriman - Yes, it’s true-- we are relentless in our plugging of this particular book; but hey, it's our favorite, so we can't help it; and anyway, it deserves it.  Anyone who appreciates and enjoys comics will appreciate and enjoy this book and not only that-- will find their overall appreciation and enjoyment of comics increased and enhanced!  What other gift can promise the same?  This book may now be out of print -- but we still have plenty of copies on hand.  Please read our full length paen to this item, here.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic super special price - $17.77
 

MuttsMutts
by Patrick McDonnell
Dogs! Cats! Fish! Squirrels! Crabs! Humans! All rendered with such a witty, joyful ebullience that is actually capable of making you look forward to getting out of bed just so you can read it in the paper.  The greatest known antidote to the grim spectacle spelled out by the headlines and driven in by the grisly photos.  Is it sentimental? Yes!  Is it goofy?  Yes!  Will it lighten your load? Yes!  There are ten black & white Mutts collections to choose from, each of which retails for $10.95@ (copacetic price - $9.85@), and four volumes in the oversize horizontal format collecting the Sunday pages in all their full-color glory for either $14.95 (copacetic price - $13.45) for the first, Sundays, or a mere $12.95@ (copacetic price - $11.65@)for the next three, Sunday Mornings, Sunday Afternoons and Sunday EveningsMutts is indisputibly the most copacetic comic strip in the world today.

And, now in a new format that combines the black and white dailies -- now printed oversize -- with the full color Sundays:

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


Mutts:  Animal Friendly
by Patrick McDonnell
Animal Friendly is, by our count, the sixteenth Mutts collection.  Mutts,Animal Friendly already the best pure comics strip in the business, just keeps getting better!  This volume, the second, after last year's Everyday Mutts, in the new, all-in-one format, contains pretty much all the Mutts that appeared in 2006.  The Sundays are all reproduced here in full color, as they originally appeared in the Sunday comics sections all over America, while the dailies get the deluxe treatment, appearing full size, enabling the devotee to admire the subtleties of McDonnell's dynamic yet elegant brush work.  As an added treat, three Sunday strips and one daily are hand-colored!  Printed entirely on flat, bright white, recycled paper stock, Animal Friendly is filled with miniature masterworks each of which will make your day.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25


Best of Mutts
The Best of Mutts

by Patrick McDonnell
And, finally, the perfect Mutts gift.  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. 
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.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22
 


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



New Frontier 1New Frontier 2DC: The New Frontier - Volumes One & Two
by Darwyn Cooke with Dave Stewart 
What was the best superhero comic book series of 2004 is now the best superhero collection of 2005.  DC: The New Frontier has our vote for best DC superhero collection so far this century.  Technically, a piece of historical fiction, as it takes place primarily during the decade long gap between the Golden Age and Silver Age of superhero comics -- roughly 1946 to 1956 -- before bringing us to the edge of the "new frontier" as defined by President Kennedy, this work presents a flawlessly executed vision of a classic American heroic ideal (while this ideal errs on the side of masculinity, it certainly is not without a strong feminine component) that completely delivers the goods.  This is the ideal gift for the reader and collector of Silver Age comics who says, "Comics aren't what they used to be.  I can't find anything I'm interested in."  This, he or she will be interested in.
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ESPECIALLY SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER READERS:



MoominMoomin 2Moomin: Books One - Five
by Tove Jansson
The surprise hit of 2006 is still running strong, now with five volumes available.  Each contains four uniquely original tales collected in one sturdy yet elegant volume.  The Moomins are the perfect gift for the nonconformist family, as well as those children who march to the beat of a different drummer.  The Moomins freely go their own way, unperterbed by the incomprehension and disapproval of others, knowing that they know themselves best of all.  Their idiosyncratic adventures are singular pleasures and secreted within each are valuable lessons that we may especially treasure today.
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HoudiniHoudini, The Handcuff King
by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi
The first in a series of comics biographies of popular figures from off the beaten path of American history that is currently being produced under the aegis of The Center for Cartoon Studies, Houdini, The Handcuff King is a 96-page hardcover volume that amply demonstrates the capacity of comics to clearly and concisely tell a powerful  tale -- in this case, about the greatest escape artist who ever lived, Harry Houdini.  The story unfolds on a single day, 1 May 1908, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and
every effort is made to capture the era in which it takes place.  This is a task for which comics are eminently suitable, provided the practitioners take proper care; and the evidence of this volume makes it clear that Lutes and Bertozzi have done their homework.  All the visual details are in order, from the uniforms of the policemen which oversee the drama to the architecture of the buildings amidst which the action is staged; from the handcuffs which are used to bound Houdini to the handbills that are used to promote him; and from the horse drawn carriages that carry Mrs. Houdini to her appointed task to the telephones, elevators, flashpowder illuminations and pocket watches that propel the story forward -- all are realistically rendered, immersing the reader in a vivid experience of the magic of this particular moment in American history.  An appendix containing several pages of annotations to more fully flesh out the historical context and a bibliography for those who feel inspired to pursue the story further are also provided.  An engaging read for all ages, this volume is especially suitable for getting reluctant readers interested in learning more about the history of American culture. 
hardcover retail price - $16.99  copacetic price - $15.00
softcover retail price - $9.99  copacetic price - $8.88

Sardine 3
Sardine in Outer Space, volumes 1 - 6
by Emmanuel Guibert & Joann Sfar

This surprise hit series from France continues with more hi-jinx, outer space and under sea adventures that kids everywhere can't get enough of.  Pirates! monsters! battles! crazy machines! jazz! spankings! (spankings?) It's all here in dazzling full color in a tidy, French-flapped volume.

volumes 1 - 6: retail price - $14.95@  copacetic price - $13.75@


 
The Clouds AboveThe Clouds Above
by Jordan Crane
This is the rare book that can be equaly enjoyed by all ages at multiple levels of appreciation.  One of the most finely crafted books in recent memory, it presents a simple yet highly engaging story of a young child's adventure on the way to (avoiding) school.
  Each page contains only a single panel.  While others have emlployed this format before, none have achieved the level of success that this work has.  Each image commands the page with detailed compositions and truly inspired coloring:  The Clouds Above has raised the bar when it comes quality color comics work:  It is simply sumptuous!   A great book for an adult and child to share.  The hardcover volume is now out of print, but we hoarded it and so continue to offer it here for a mere $2.00 more than the softcover reissue.
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $18.95

Owly
by Andy Runton
Owly finally finds a permanent home in the first Owly trade paperback from Top Shelf.  This 160 page volume offers newcomers a chance to find out what buyers of the self-published (and Top Shelf distributed) Owly minis have been discovering over the last year:  Owly is one of the cutest and most endearing characters existing in that ephemeral reality constructed in lines on paper.  The two Owly adventures herein collected -- The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer -- are related entirely in pictures; but while the characters that populate the similarly pantomimic work of Jason and Kriek (see below) tend to delve a bit into the shadows of the human psyche, Runton's Owly -- ironically, considering the animal that is his name sake -- is of an indefatigably bright disposition and never fails to direct his feet to the sunny side of the street.  This is one strip that is guaranteed to chase those blues away. 
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.88


Owly - Just a Little BlueOwly: Just a Little Blue
by Andy Runton
Owly's second full-length graphic outing.  Just a Little Bit Blue is basically a parable of Christian charity in the guise of a cute funny animal comic, and it successfully accomplishes its task.  As with all Owly comics, there is no dialogue or narration.  The only text appears in a sign that's tacked on the wall of a shop visited by Owly during the course of the narrative; for the remainder of the story, the visuals alone are relied upon to carry the story forward -- although there is an occasional recourse to communication through symbols and eidetic recollection.  Many comics claim to be "suitable for all ages," but Owly really and truly is:  any child old enough to hold a book can get something out of this, and we'd be hard pressed to imagine any parent anywhere on the planet who could find something to object to in this comic book.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.88



The Complete Little Lulu
by John Stanley w/Irving Tripp

  Little Lulu 3      Little Lulu 4     Little Lulu 5    Little Lulu 1   

Beginning in the fall of 2004, Dark Horse initiated the mammoth undertaking of representing the complete run of Little Lulu comics, at the rate of one new volume every other month.  They have so far admirably maintained their publication schedule and we now have the first twelve volumes on our shelves.  Each volume in this series is between 200 and 240 pages long and presents an average of six complete issues of Marge's Little Lulu (the full title, as the character of Little Lulu was created by Marjorie "Marge" Henderson Buell in 1935 for The Saturday Evening Post; despite the fact that she had nothing to do with the comic book series, it nevertheless kept her name), originally published by Dell Comics.  The actual number of issues per volume varies with the page count of the originals, but every volume is cover to cover Little Lulu.  Dark Horse has done a fine job here:  the reproduction is uniformly excellent and all volumes are printed on a decent quality, flat, bright white, 6" x 9" stock.  John Stanley's Little Lulu, while long enjoying the ardent support of a core group of readers, is still under appreciated given the quality of his work.  These volumes offer an ideal way to introduce younger reader -- as well as readers of any age, for that matter -- to the joys of comics.  Twenty-nine volumes in all, comprising the complete classic John Stanley run, with volumes Nineteen and up in FULL COLOR!.  Learn more at our full page Little Lulu listing.
retail price - $9.95@ - $14.95@  copacetic price - $9.45@ - $13.75@


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BOOKS

FruitsFruits
by Shoichi Aoki

Want to give someone a book that no one can put down once they’ve picked it up regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, native language, or interest constellation?  A book that is perhaps the sine qua non of coffee table books?  A book that can fill many an idle moment; that just has that je ne sais quoi? A book that is guaranteed to relieve any sort of angst, regardless of its source?  In other words do you want a real sure thing? Fruits is the answer.  A perfect size book that's halfway between hardcover and softcover, it's filled with nothing but photos of those crazy kids dressing up like there’s no tomorrow.  Shot entirely on the streets of Tokyo, Japan, Fruits is the apotheosis of eye candy. No long-winded texts deconstructing the semiotics of fashion here!  Just photographs:  272 pages, 272 full-page full-color photos.  If there is any single book that allows its readers to instantly apprehend the reality of the global marketplace, this is it.  The grateful recipient of this book will be sure to say, "Arigato!"
Check out the Salon.com review.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $25.47

and now, at long last, there's also...

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

wait, there's more! to wit:

Fruits Postcards
Instead of your standard gift cards, consider these Fruits postcards, featuring images from the aforementioned Fruits book. Oversize (5" x 8") postcards.
copacetic price - Only 75¢ each, or 2/$1.00.

On the other hand, a whole box full of 45 cards (all different) makes a gift in itself.  There are two different boxes available, one from each of the books listed above; each comes in a way-snazzy translucent flourescent lucite container that's a keeper    copacetic price - $13.50


Big Bento BookThe Big Bento Box of Unuseless Japanese Inventions: The Art of Chindogu
by Kenji Kawakami
OK, we're not going to mince words here.  This is it: your fail-safe gift item, the book that is a perfect fit for everyone.  There's just something about the ideas embodied in these whacky inventions that are irresistible to everyone from the youngest to the oldest.  Hand someone this book open to any page, and they will find it next to impossible to hand it back to you without at least looking at few more examples of the prodigious creativity held on its pages.  This book presents a tradition that is... not a parody, not a satire, but something else:  In a word, chindogu.  It's a reflection on mankind's relationship with the material world, it's meta-materialism;  and -- it's fun.  Author Kawakami in the founder of the 10,000-member International Chindogu Society, so he should know.  Want another opinion?  Here's the NY Times review.  To learn more visit www.chindogu.com (make sure to learn the ten tenents of chindogu).  But be forewarned:  you may have trouble letting go of the copy you intended as a gift!
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $13.75

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever
by James Tiptree, Jr.
There has to be someone else out there besides us who will be excited to learn of this volume's recent (12/1/04) arrival.  In our opinion, the least appreciated and most misunderstood science fiction writer of modern times, James Tiptree, Jr. (the nom de plume of Alice Sheldon) is a writer of breathtaking originality who is still  ahead of her time, nearly twenty years after her death.  That all of her work -- with the exception of a single "loose ends" collection that was published three years ago -- has been out of print for years is, in our opinion, a negligence that borders on the criminal.  Thankfully, this situation has now come to an end with the release of this 508 page volume, a paperback re-issue of the posthumous Arkham House collection which has to stand as the best single-volume edition of her work ever released, putting together eighteen of her most penetrating and insightful stories, all of which were originally published between 1969 and 1981.
retail price - $15.95  copacetic price - $13.55

And, the companion piece, her life story:

Tiptree BioJames Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
by Julie Phillips
We've been waiting for this one for a long, long time.  Alice Sheldon -- more widely known under her nom de plume, James Tiptree, Jr. -- is, in our opinion, the most significant science fiction writer since Philip K Dick (and then some), but is still far from gaining the wide readership and critical acceptance that her writings warrant.  More than this, she may very well have led the most intriguing life of any science fiction writer in history, and now, with this biography, her life story has at last been told in what is an amazingly thorough and fully fleshed out account, one that draws on the biographer's unprecedented access to not only the author's archives but that of her mother -- a well known author in her own right -- as well.  Carter Scholz has written a detailed review containing a capsule summary of the biography that we encourage interested parties to read.
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.00


Who Needs Donuts
by Mark Alan Stamaty
Yes, this is it -- the one-of-a-kind item that you are looking for.  Stamaty’s cult masterpiece is now back in print after a thirty year hiatus, in a beautifully produced hardcover edition.  The appeal of this book lies in the neural connections between the eyes and the brain and the hand that draws.  It’s pretty hard to explain, but those who are already familiar with Stamaty’s work from his many-year run of his comics-strip Washingtoons in the Village Voice, and, more recently, his endpage strip in the New York Times Book Review, Boox, will know what we’re talking about.  This is technically a kids’ book -- and kids will dig it, especially those hyper-brainy types (this is the perfect book to save them from a life of video-game addiction, before it’s too late), and was more than likely an inspiration to Martin Handford, the creator of the Where’s Waldo series as well as the team responsilbe for the I Spy book series -- but it will, perhaps, be most appreciated by obsessive-compulsive comics aficianados -- you can be sure that Ben Katchor has this book in his personal library.  The level of detail in the drawings that fill this book has to be seen to be believed.  Furthermore, it is not just detail, but detail with an agenda, and that agenda can perhaps best be summed up in the phrase, "reality is what you make it."  Reality as Stamaty makes it, is, more than likely, not reality as seen by you or I, but Who Needs Donuts makes us realize that it doesn't have to be that way, that the possibilities are only limited by our imaginations.  We really recommend this one!
retail price - $16.95 copaceticprice - $15.25


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
 
 


men of tomorrowMen of Tomorrow:
Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book
by Gerard Jones
Years in the making, this engrossing history of the dawn of the comic book era is here.  It's a 384 page softcover with a swell Chip Kidd designed dustjacket.  Here's what some notables are saying:  "The fascinating and heartbreaking true story of the goniffs, shmendricks, and shlemiels who gave birth to the superhero comics -- written with all the verve and velocity of a golden age comic book." -- Art Spiegelman   "This book has brought me immense pleasure.  Jones offers amazing new insights into how girlie pulp publishers and mob-related printers got to the top of the comics business.  Men of Tomorrow is an extraordinary read." -- Bud Plant  'Nuff said.

retail price - $15.00 
copacetic price - $13.50




Master of American ComicsMasters of American Comics
edited by John Carlin
Here it is, the mammoth catalogue (it weighs over 2 kilos -- almost 5 pounds) for the first major retrospective on American Comics organized by a major American museum, or, in this case, museums -- the Museum of Contemporary Art and the  Hammer Museum, both located in Los Angeles.  This beautifully produced book published by Yale University Press covers the entire twentieth century -- the century of comics.  Starting off with Winsor McKay who defined the terms of American comics, the survey continues through George Herriman, Frank King, Milton Canniff, Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Kirby, Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and concludes with Chris Ware, with many side trips covering their contemporaries.  The central text is a 175-page essay by editor John Carlin, which is a general history of American comics that focuses on the artists represented in the exhibition.  It is followed by a series of short essays on individual artists by the likes of Stanley Crouch, Tom DeHaven, Jules Feiffer, Matt Groening, Patrick McDonnell and Raymond Pettibone.  The volume is, of course, heavily illustrated in both black and white and full color and features many examples of both original art and the comics as they appeared in printed form.  The reproductions are uniformly excellent, with perhaps one or two exceptions out of the hundreds presented.  This book is a gift equally suited to those who already take their comics seriously and those who you'd like to see take their comics seriously.
retail price - $45.00  copacetic price - $40.00

Comic Book Nation
by Bradford W Wright
An excellent choice for the comics intellectual on your list, this extremely insightful look at comic books’ place in twentieth century American cultural history is now available in a durable softcover edition that includes a new chapter on the post-9/11 comic book reality.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95



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



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MUSIC - CD

Well, in the music department, we can't help but feature what is without a doubt the greatest value in recorded music today:  the Proper Box Set Series.  This series offers the best music in the best package at the best price.  We can't recommend it enough!  All the titles in this series are uniformly excellent, but we will nevertheless highlight three of our favorites:


Proper Box 93: King LouisProper Box 93: Louis Armstrong - King Louis
99 Tracks of absolute greatness.  This is the music that defines the twentieth century, that once and for all distinguished the unique and original culture of The New World from that of its Old World forebears.  Louis Armstrong changed the face of music and the music he created changed history.  His career is
nothing short of miraculous.  No self-respecting American can be ignorant of the music contained on this set: it's the real declaration of independence.  Finally, this music gets the Proper Box treatment:  Five hours of music on four discs, each enclosed in their own LP-style jacket, accompanied by an informative 40-page illustrated booklet, all packed in a stylish, compact box for the copacetic price of only $29.75! 


Fats Waller - Handful of KeysProper Box 71: "Fats" Waller - Handful of Keys
YES!!!  At last it has come to pass:  Fats Waller gets the Proper treatment.  One of the all time great personalities in the history of jazz, Fats would be a legend just for his mastery of the keyboard with which he launched his career,  but he has so much more to offer.  He crafted a true persona which he then donned for each and every performance.  And what performances!  Fats was the very embodiment of entertainment.  And finally, there's the songs themselves.  Fats Waller is one of the greatest song writers of all times.  He brought a jazz sensibility to show tunes and a show tune sensibility to jazz.  Some, like Ain't Misbehavin',  have become standards, interpreted over and over again by cats of all colors, able to be made fresh each time.  Others, like My Very Good Friend the Milkman, belong to Fats alone.  The people of Proper Records really had their work cut out for them with this one:  how do you bring the whole of Fats when you have a mere four CDs?  It's painful to leave out even one timeless classic! Handful of Keys proves once again why Proper Records is the reigning champion of classic jazz packages:  They jammed this box full with 95 tracks and Fats is here in all his glory, from his early days as keyboard prodigy to his final blazing days of songmanship.  This is a set that will bring a lifetime of  enjoyment.  If Fats isn't part of your life, then, man, you ain't livin'!  Here's the complete track listing and discography.
copacetic price - sadly, out of print and out of stock...
 

Ellington Proper BoxThe Duke Ellington Proper Box -- The best of the best, the créme de la créme, the Duke Ellington Proper Box is 98 tracks on four CDs filling five hours of the digital time/space continuum with the greatest jazz there ever was.  It simply doesn’t get any better than this.  Really.  This is music that can't be outgrown. No on can be disappointed with this music.  It can be listened to over and over again for a lifetime, and will renew the listener's spirits each time without fail.  But while you’re at it, there may be another one of the over 60 extant Proper Boxes that is more appropriate for who you have in mind; so take your time and check out what's avaiilable.
copacetic price - $29.75

Proper Box 62 - Slim Gaillard: Laughing in Rhythm
This is it:  The ideal antidote to these trying times.  Slim’s wit, style, charm, and grace will make the  world vout oroonee in no time.  As with all Proper Boxes, this one includes 4 CDs packed to the limit (102 tracks total!) for over 5 hours of music, and a 44 page booklet containing a comprehensive history of Slim's career along with fab photos, old ads, record labels, and, best of all, complete track by track annotation -- where you’ll note the appearances of Slam Stewart, Ben Webster, Zutty Singleton, Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker among many others -- along with a bountiful biographical career history by the all-knowing Joop Visser.  All this for the copacetic price of only $29.75!  How!?!?!

Don't think Slim is the ticket? Check out the rest of the Proper Boxes, where you'll find the best music, in the best package, at the best price.


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CINEMA - DVD

Avant Garde DVDAvant-garde: Experimental Cinema of the 1920s and 30s
This great new 2-disc DVD release from Kino has really performed a singlular service.  Before this was released, your chance of seeing any of the films it contains outside of a university film history class or a rare special screening at a major metropolitan musem were slim to none.  But now anyone anywhere can feast their eyes on these gems from the Raymond Rohauer collection in Los Angeles.  See what artists working towards self-expression rather than a paycheck did with film while it was still a young and fresh medium.  Check out the contents.
copacetic price - $28.88



Spirited Away DVD
Spirited Away is simply one of the greatest animated films ever made.  It is a timeless classic that can be enjoyed again and again, and appreciated on an entire spectrum of levels by viewers of all ages.  It is available on DVD in this special 2-Disc package loaded with extras.
retail price - $29.98 copacetic price - $25.47

La Dolce Vita (DVD)
by Federico Fellini (1960)
w/ Marcello Mastroianni, Anouk Aimee, Anita Ekberg & Roma
Give someone what is indisputably one of the greatest films of all time, the film that captured what was supposed to be a fleeting moment in time and yet defined not only an era but a state of mind while forging a (self-fulfilling?) prophecy of today's culture of celebrity, Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita is now available on DVD from (surprisingly, not Criterion, but) Koch Lorber.  This Deluxe 2-Disc set features an excellent transfer of a flawless, beautiful new print of the film, and includes many bonus features such as a collection of "never-before-seen" Fellini shorts, interviews with Fellini, Mastroianni and Ekberg, and a "musical montage" of Cinecetta, Fellini's studio.  Watching this film today, it's hard to believe it's over forty years old...
retail price - $39.95  copacetic price - $29.95

La Strada DVD
A singular achievement in the annals of cinéma. La Strada is simply a film that you can never forget.  This Criterion release, is a 2-Disc set which features commentary by noted (and copacetic favorite) Fellini scholar, Peter Bondanella, as well as a documentary feature, The Autobiography of Federico Fellini, and much more.
retail price - $39.98 copacetic price - $33.97

 
By Brakhage DVD
This two-disc set from Criterion features over two dozen of the greatest films by the most important experimental film-maker of all time.  Believe it or not, this is perhaps the most important DVD release yet to occur as it will make Brakhage's films available to the general populace for the first time, thereby enabling the creation of a whole new audience for films which heretofore have only been seen by the cognoscenti.
retail price - $39.98 copacetic price - $33.97

Devo: The Truth About De-Evolution (DVD)
Nineteen classic Devo videos; from the Seventies through to the Nineties, they're all here (except one, that was held back for legal reasons).  Tons of bonus material.  Decent price. Change someone's life:  open their eyes with the power of DEVO! Michel Gondry
copacetic price - $13.77

The Directors Label DVD Series: Michel Gondry
This is a double sided DVD featuring nearly FIVE HOURS of programming and comes with a 52-page book nicely printed on heavy glossy stock filled with photos, production sketches, interviews, notes and short pieces.  The work on this disc is breathtakingly inventive, fun and lively -- so much so that it's practically addictive!    We guarantee that this disc will spend more time in your DVD player than any other in your collection.

copacetic price - $22.22


Popeye DVD

Popeye The Sailor: 1933 - 1938 (DVD)
Here it is, the ultimate gift for the true Popeyse fan!  The first sixty Fleischer Studios Popeye cartoons, fully restored and uncut; PLUS the first two three-color Technicolor double-length cartoons: "Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor", and "Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves", and plenty of great bonus features.  These cartoons were never offically released, even on VHS!  It's hard to believe that it's finally here...
retail price - $64.92 copacetic  price - $29.98



and, finally, if all else fails, there's always 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, bonuses 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 - $77.77


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