Copacetic Arrivals: 1Q 2007
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New for March 2007

Ella Fitzgerald Proper Box 116A Proper Stack of Proper Boxes

123  Lightin' Hopkins   Texas Thunderbolt

122  Various Artists   Classic Rockabilly 
121  Tony Bennett   Young Tony
120  Kenny Clarke   Klook's the Man
119  Lefty Frizzell   Give Me More, More, More
118  Bill Haley   From Western Swing to Rock
117  Tubby Hayes   The Little Giant
116  Ella Fitzgerald   Dearly Beloved

Wow!  Eight new Proper Boxes, all on the same day!  Talk about musical mayhem.  This batch runs the gamut from the smooth and mellow tones of the young Tony Bennett to the sweet scatting of THE classic period Ella, where she glides through the American songbook and teams up with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and his orchestra and really just lays down track after classic track, 83 of which are now  available on Dearly Beloved, her second amazing Proper Box.  Then we have a healthy helping of the south and west of the good ol' US of A with 86 Lefty Frizzell classics, an ear poppin' 110 tracks by the grandmaster of Texas country blues, Lightin Hopkins, and 94 tracks of Bill Haley with his groups The Four Aces of Western Swing, TheBill Haley Proper Box 118 Saddle Men and his legendary Comets who transformed the rhythms of western swing into some of the first forays into rock 'n' roll.  Sharing the jukebox with the early days of rock 'n' roll were the years of Classic Rockabilly, and this Proper Box is a classic rockabilly one-stop with a wallopin' 120 tracks by the likes of Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins,
Roy Orbison, Red Foley, Johnny Burnette, Webb Pierce, Charlie Feathers, and many, many others -- and it comes with an extra-hefty 68-page booklet to give you the lowdown on all these players.  And then there are the amazing jazz instrumentalists:  founding father of bop drumming, Kenny Clarke shines on 72 bebop sizzlers, playing alongside all of the greats; and then UK sax master, Tubby Hayes gets a chance to strut his stuff on 71 tracks which are hard to find indeed on this side of the Atlantic (in fact, five of the tracks had never before been released, anywhere -- a Proper Box first!).  As with all Proper Boxes these contain four discs loaded up with five or more hours of music that his been chosen with discernment and mastered, pressed and produced with high standards, all for the truly copacetic price of $23.75@  Wow!

American Elf 2American Elf:  Book 2, 2004 - 2005
by James Kochalka
Finally, the next installment of James Kochalka's epic of self-revelation, The Sketchbook Diaries, is on our shelves.  This time around, there's something new:  the strips are printed in FULL COLOR, as they originally appeared online.  While we do our best to check in now and then and catch up with James at
American Elf, nothing beats sitting down and reading a whole year's worth -- or two -- and experiencing the ebb and flow of time at one's leisure.  It's the primary pleasure offered by this strip and it really is a one-of-a-kind treat.  With American Elf, Kochalka has pioneered an entirely new approach to the daily comic strip, and, just like with all great strips, the longer you stay with it, the deeper and richer the experience gets.  That may sound like a bit much considering how goofy these strips get at times, but the critical key here is the accretion that occurs.  The accumulated years of this strip build layers of associations, themes, sub-plots and leitmotifs that all play off of each other and echo through the years creating a prime example of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.  Learn more about this fine tradition, here.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

Cold Heat #3
by BJ and Frank Santoro
The plot thickens, the mystery deepens, the pace is picked up and no holds are barred in this
Cold Heat 3, the third issue of the most innovative comic book series in America.  While other comic books tout their "new" plot twists and "new" characters and "new" concepts, the comics they produce are, formally, all the same, maintaining the tried and tired industry status quo.  Cold Heat is authentically different.  Creators, BJ and Santoro understand the conventions under girding the standard comic book format and deftly undercut them, subverting the implicit conservatism of these conventions by exogamously marrying  them to an entirely different, diverse and far ranging array of techniques, tropes and teleologies.  Fauvism, cubism, expressionism and pop art rub shoulders with an allusive montage of narrative codes including action/adventure, detective, horror, science fiction, romance and more.  And that's just what's going on beneath the surface.  What you see, starting with the startlingly disorienting and surpassingly original cover image, is a powerful story indicting the wrongs of today that is powered by some of the most visionary artwork around.  Delicate yet defiant and densely packed, Cold Heat #3 is a one of a kind comic book.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.00

Nat Turner
Nat Turner, Volume Two: Revolution
by Kyle Baker
The violent conclusion to Kyle Baker's award-winning comics bio of Nat Turner, who, after having endured epic sufferings detailed in the first volume of Baker's series, was inspired by the Bible to lead one of the bloodiest slave rebellions in United States history.
retail price - $10.00 copacetic price - $8.88

Buddha 6Buddha, Volume Six: Ananda
by Osamu Tezuka
Now available in a low-priced soft cover edition, the sixth volume of Tezuka's eight-volume life of Buddha ranges from rock-'em sock-'em action to meditative contemplation to masterful illustration of Buddhist parables; 353 pages in all.  And, don't worry, it's not too late to get started on this timeless classic, as we still have plenty of the first five volumes in stock.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70

Garage BandGarage Band
by Gipi
This is Gipi's first full length, full color graphic novel to be translated into English and released in the United States.  This time out, the author of the haunting Ignatz albums, The Innocents and They Found the Car has produced his finest work to date.  While featuring the same lithe pen and ink stylings as his previous work -- here accentuated by a delicate watercolor palette --
Garage Band achieves a naturalism that is truly in a class by itself.  The landscapes, cityscapes and interiors perfectly render the emotional terrain traversed by his cast of characters.  Who would have thought that one of the best graphic novels about being in a band would be done by an Italian?  Not us, that's for sure.  The garage band of the title is here an ideal synecdoche for that moment on the road to adulthood when life is stuck in limbo, between the reality of the past and the potential of the future, held suspended in isolation between the solidity of one's home and parents and the phantasmic visions of what is coming to be. 
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25

Sardine 3Sardine in Outer Space 3
by Emmanuel Gilbert & 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.
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.65

To TerraTo Terra... : Volume One
by Keiko Takemiya
The publishers of Buddha have just added this classic series to their line-up.  A star-spanning, science fiction saga, To Terra... was originally published in Japan 30 years ago. Delving into romance, politics and cosmic concepts each in equal measure, it is very much indebted to the master example of Tezuka. The publication of this series in English presents a welcome opportunity for American fans of manga to read a classic.  Take a look and see what you think.
retail price - $13.95  copacetic price - $12,50

Botchan 3The Times of Botchan, Volume Three: Autumn's Ballerina
by Jiro Taniguchi & Natsuo Sekikawa
And speaking of classics, the third volume of this excellent manga adaptation of Seigai Ota's novel has at last arrived.  Taniguchi's clean, assured yet understated artwork is a perfect fit with this tale of Meiji period Japan. 
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.95

Town of Evening CalmTown of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms
by Fumiyo Kouno
Two forcefully felt and admirably rendered tales of contemporary life in Hiroshima, Japan by a talent that we hope we'll see more of in the future.  ToEC,CoCB tells of growing up, young love, a determination to succeed against the odds that does not in and of itself guarantee success, and the sixty-year long shadow cast by a mushroom cloud.  Inspiring if somewhat sombre tales suitable for all ages make this a book worth recommending, which we do.
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95

Yukiko's SpinachYukiko's Spinich
by Frédéric Boilet
And seeing as we're on the subject of Japan, now's a good time to point out that this clever, sexy and artistically adventurous graphic novel -- which is credited with initiating "nouvelle manga," a sort of hybrid of French Bande Dessinne and Japanese Manga, when it was initially released in 2001 -- is back in print and once again on our shelves.  Regardless of whether or not there is such a thing as "nouvelle manga," Yukiko's Spinach is an original, engaging and rewarding
work that, while somewhat scopophilic and objectifying in its visual representation of women, and echoing anachronistic imperial attitudes that smack of orientalism, nevertheless captures a certain je ne sais quoi about our global village at the millenium.
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $17.00

Cat Getting Out of a BagCat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations
by Jeffrey Brown
Yes, that's right, you heard it here first (well, maybe not...):  Jeffrey Brown has "sold out."  This book is published by mainstream, coffee-table-book publisher, Chronicle Books and will soon be piled up in stacks on tables at B & N and Borders coast to coast... at least, that's the theory.  The reality is that CGOoaBaOO is a square-format, embossed hardcover containing 100+ pages of feline fun that is a thoroughly enjoyable read.  Brown reveals a clear debt to Kochalka here, as Misty seems a pen-and-ink descendant of American-Elf-supporting-cast-member, Spandy, but he has gone more than a step further with these strips, and established the territory covered as his own.  Almost all the pages are produced in a uniform 9-panel grid that works quite well in capturing the rhythms of the domestic cat in its natural environment.  This work will be appreciated not only by Mr. Brown's pre-existent fan base, but stands a very good chance of -- dare we say it -- "crossing over" and appealing to the great unwashed masses of non-comics readers -- at least those among them who are "cat people," which is a fairly significant number -- out there... which is, obviously, the hope of the publishers and, one can only assume, the author as well.  If you're a "cat person" or ever have need of an appropriate, suitable-for-all-ages gift for someone who is, you are hereby advised to take a look at a Cat Getting Out of a Bag.
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.44

Wonderfool World
by David Sandlin
wonderfool world
Published by the Butler Gallery of Kilkenny, Ireland, in conjunction with Sandlin's recent exhibit there, this 160-page full colour catalogue is now available stateside, here at Copacetic.  A treasure trove of visionary art, Wonderfool World delves deep down into the primordial ooze seeping out of and dripping into the bottomless underworld of sin while simultaneously revealing that it lies just below the surface of the eternal infinity of salvation.  Shopping, shooting, drinking, driving, war and sex are, for Sandlin, inexorably joined with beauty, innocence, hope, peace and love as  two sides of the coin of the realm of our contemporary DreAmerican "land"-scape.  David Sandlin is a true original, a pioneer exploring unmapped terrains of America's unconscious.  This book holds the rich, ripe and totally unique fruit of a thirty year career spent intermingling fine arts and comics.  While quite a few artists have, in recent years, headed out to explore this terrain for themselves, only Robert Williams and, maybe, Joe Coleman have been at it as long and have as impressive a body of work; Sandlin's vision is, however, without a doubt the one that speaks to us most directly.  It is the single most cogently formulated contemporary expression of an America caught in the vise of sin and redemption that we have come across.  Included in this volume -- beautifully designed by Fabio Soletti -- are introductory essays by John Carlin and Carlo McCormick, as well as conversations with the artist conducted by Carlin and Dan "Picturebox" Nadel.  Make sure you give this one the once over when you're in the shop, and/or check out this online gallery of his work.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

The Sermon on Exposition Boulevard (CD)
by Rickie Lee Jones
Sermon on Exposition Blvd.Well, we're not sure where this came from, but this is may just be the best album Rickie Lee Jones has ever done and, as it provides the ideal soundtrack for the work of David Sandlin just described above, we coudn't help but mention it here.  Starting off with a slow Velvets drone and working its way through her pantheon of classic rock tropes, employing a strong dose of Tom Waits, a healthy serving of the Stones (think Exile on Main St. with a dash of Beggar's Banquet), a hint of Creedence and homages to Dylan and Neil Young, Jones grafts the whole thing onto some weird mutant child of the Gospel according to Gillian Welch that involves some close readings of Biblical passages to deliver this Sermon -- on how a broken heart in search of redemption discovers that the price of redemption is precisely a broken heart -- with a sort of Jonathan Richmanesque sincerity. Did that description do this record justice?  No, probably not, so here, listen to it for yourself.
copacetic price - $14.44

Confessions, Romances, Secrets and Temptations:
Archer St. John and the St. John Romance Comics

by John Benson
Confessions - St. JohnThis is the companion volume to Benson's previously released volume, Romance Without Tears, that presented the romance comics written by Dana Dutch
and drawn -- primarily -- by Matt Baker.  Confessions gives us a detailed account of the rise and fall of St. John along with what went on behind the scenes and how the comics were produced.  Interviews with all the surviving  players are included as well as many amazing, never-before-seen photographs.  While this book has an admittedly narrow focus and may very well only be of interest to a small cross section of comics readers, it covers some of the best -- but least known -- comics of the post-WWII "Atomic Age" of comics and is a valuable resource as well as an engaging read.
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95

Peg SimoneThe Deeper You Get (CD)
by Peg Simone
Writing about confessions, romances, secrets and temptations reminds us that anyone finding themselves
in the mood for musical manifestations of these quintessentially human attributes should do themselves a favor and check out this brand spanking new CD from this Pittsburgh native and erstwhile Pleasure Head.  By turns sultry, rocking and unnerving, this disc clearly (and loudly) demonstrates Simone's ample (and multiple) musical talents and just might end up being the one you turn out the lights for and save for last.  Learn more -- and sample some tracks -- here.
copacetic price - $11.77

Rhymes with LustIt Rhymes With Lust
by "Drake Waller"* and Matt Baker (*actually, Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller)
Billed upon its initial 1950 release as "an original full-length novel," this 128-page mass market paperback can lay a very strong claim to being a significant and important forerunner to today's graphic novels.  Released by St. John, this book's production is discussed in some detail in Benson's book listed above, so it is an ideal follow-up for anyone interested in reading a classic comic book while learning more about an important era in the history of comics.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

Need More Love: A Graphic Memoir
by Aline Kominsky Crumb
 This is pretty much a companion piece to her husband's The R. Crumb Need More LoveHandbookof a couple years back, only bigger; and heavier; and glitzier; and with way more photos, but still as much comics (mostly by Aline, but there manages to be more than a little of Crumb's comics -- primarily those that pertain to her life -- and, for that matter, by her "twisted sister" peers, Diane Noomin, Phoebe Gloeckner and Carol Tyler, as well as Daughter Sophie -- it's a veritable festival here)... you get the idea?  For those of you who have been putting off figuring out what Aline "Yoko" Crumb is all about, now's your chance.  This book pretty much has it all.  Yes, the 1960s and '70s are center stage, but there's plenty going on in the years that follow:  the Weirdo '80s. the Sophie '90s, the move to France -- it's all here.   Those crazy boomer kids:  they may be pushing sixty, but they're still young at heart.  
retail price - $30.00  copacetic super sale price - $11.77

You Don't Love Me YetYou Don't Love Me Yet
by Jonathan Lethem
The follow-up novel to Lethem's wildly successful Fortress of Solitude, YDLMY
(what's with all the long titles this month?) tells the tale of a help-line operator who falls in love with a caller -- "the complainer" -- but still has time to play bass in a rock 'n' roll band along with a lead singer who works at the zoo, and a drummer who works in a "masturbation boutique."  All proceeds swimmingly until "the complainer" joins the band...  at which point things take a screwball turn.  This strikes us as being a bit more light-hearted than Lethem's usual fare, but this could very well be a good thing, as we could all use a nice romp now and then, and Lethem may very well deliver us one here, as this sounds promising and he certainly is capable of pulling it off.  We'll let you know if he succeeded once we've managed to read it (although you probably don't need us to help you make your mind up).
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22


by Kurt Andersen
This book has our name on it, as it is written by Spy Magazine co-founder, Andersen, whose previous novel, Turn of the Century, was thoroughly enjoyable -- and, more importantly, Heyday is set in the USA of the pivotal year 1848, where so much was happening that determined what was to come (for better and for worse) that we can't wait to see what Andersen has to say about how it all fits together.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Charles Darwin and Karl Marx -- to name but a few -- were producing work that was opening the way to the future as Edgar Allen Poe (a quote from whose last work, Eureka -- completed in 1848, shortly before his death -- was chosen for one of the book's two opening epigraphs) was laying to rest the past.  And then there's the war with Mexico (remember the Alamo?) and the gold rush of '49.  Money, power, personalities and ideas swirl, back in the day -- the heyday, that is.  Here are links to all the reviews.
retail price - $26.95  copacetic price - $22.22

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New for February 2007

Heartbreak Soup
Maggie the MechanicLove and Rockets
Heartbreak Soup
by Gilbert Hernandez
Maggie the Mechanic
by Jaime Hernandez
Most frequenters of this space are hep to the wonder of
Love and Rockets.  However, there are still those who have yet to see the light.  Are you someone who still hasn't managed to get around to reading the greatest comics ever produced?  If so, all we've got to say is:  if you haven't read the original run of Love and Rockets (in any one of its extant formats) and you are trawling the web looking for exciting new releases and looking through back issue bins at your friendly neighborhood comics shop for classics of the days of yore, then you are simply wasting your time --  the greatest comics that have ever been produced (and quite possibly that ever will be produced) are already right here, sitting, waiting, 24/7 on the shelf. Those unfortunates among you who have remained skeptical are now offered a new and better chance of getting in on what you've been missing out on in these two volumes, the first of a projected series of seven that will collect the entirety of the first volume of Love and Rockets that was originally published from 1982 to 1996.  These volumes are paragons of  excellence in every way, including price point (muchos kudos to Jacob Covey for his sporty yet elegant design and to Paul Baresh for his stalwart, spit and polish production).   Between the two you get over 500 pages of comics that will still be standing -- in one form or another -- long after every contemporary Ozymandias has fallen to dust.  They contain the bulk of the material first presented in the first dozen and a half issues of the original series.  Maggie the Mechanic contains Jaime's contributions, while Gilbert's can be found in Heartbreak Soup.  Well, what are you waiting for?  C'mon already!
retail price - $14.95@  copacetic special price - $11.95@

Buddy Does JerseyBuddy Does Jersey
by Peter Bagge
forward (in comics) by Johnny Ryan
Subtitled, "The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from 'Hate' Comics, Vol. II (1994 - '98)" this 352 page book finishes what Buddy Does Seattle began, namely collecting the all 30 issues of Bagge's run of Hate.  A  definitive -- and caustically funny -- account of the coming of age of the 1990s Alt. scene, Hate -- picking up where Bagge's initial comics project, Neat Stuff, left off -- chronicled Buddy's trek from his parents' suburban New Jersey home to the burgeoning Seattle scene and then back again.  This volume contains the entirety of the
"back again" part which originally appeared in Hate #16 - 30.  Starting off with Buddy and his gal pal Lisa getting off the Turnpike and following their ever whackier hi-jinx -- and those of their splendid and seedy supporting cast -- ending with them... well, that would be giving it away.  Suffice it to say that these comics are the single truest depiction of the demographic they represent that has yet to be produced in any medium.  And, it features a long introduction by Bagge describing (for the first time) how the stories in this book reflected events in his own life. If you have yet to get around to reading these comics, now there's simply no excuse. 
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.70

Grave Robber's DaughterThe Grave Robber's Daughter (Evil Eye #14)
by Richard Sala
This time around, Sala gives readers of Evil Eye a self contained grahic novella instead of a new installment of an ongoing saga.  This is a welcome change, we say.  This issue has Sala doing what he does best, namely delineating the tale of a cute girl stuck in a strange town
trying to figure out what's going on while surrounded by a bunch of weirdos.  The perfect read on a dark and windy night, listening to the rafters creaking and groaning and wondering if you heard something outside your door...
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95
The Lving and the Dead

The Living and the Dead
by Jason

The prince of pantomime comics is back with this 48 page graphic novella that visually chronicles a tall tale of the first blush of young love and the last days of flesh eating zombies.  What else can we say?  This guy is a master.
retail price - $9.95  copacetic price - $8.95

Krazy & Ignatz 1939-40Krazy & Ignatz - 1939 - 1940:  "A Brick Stuffed with Moom-Bims"
by George Herriman
introduction by Jeet Heer
Two more complete years of the one and only Krazy Kat, all in full color.  We're in the home stretch of the original run now:  only two more volumes to go (sob) ... but then Fantagraphics will be going back to the beginning and printing the first ten years that were previously published by Eclipse and have been out of print for over a decade, so there's still plenty more to look forward to.   For now we have another 105 flights of fancy from the inimitable George Herriman, all wrapped up in another fine C. Ware designed package.  What's that?  You say you ain't hep to the kat?  Well then, here's where to start.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic special price - $15.95

This Will All End in TearsThis Will All End in Tears
by Joe Ollmann
Finally, a follow up to Ollmann's fine 2001 collection, Chewing on Tinfoil.  Ollmann is the Canadian cartoonist no one seems to have heard of down here in the states, which is a damn shame as he really has a lot to offer (learn more about Ollmann in this interview he recently conducted with Tom
Spurgeon).  This Will All End in Tears is one book you definitely don't want to judge by its cover, as it contains a fascinating collection of deftly delineated discoveries in the field of human nature.  Ollmann is an explorer who seeks out obscure and remote emotional terrains that most other cartoonists find too arduous to reach.  He has an unerring eye for picking out incidents that will provide just those details in his characters that will light their souls from the inside, serving to illuminate the particular, often peculiar, hidden corners of our society that are his stock in trade.  Heartache, hunting, health care, hangovers and more are the subjects of the short, and not so short, comics stories that make up this thoroughly engrossing volume.  The longest, "They Made a Movie Here Once," runs 52 pages, and is a pitch perfect tale a young woman's lonely life in a small northern town.  Fans of the Caricature-era work of Dan Clowes should seek this volume out and give it the once over, as should readers of Pete Sickman-Garner's Hey, Mister! and anyone else who appreciates finely crafted stories focused on character and told in comics.  Ollmann possesses deep empathy for his fellow sentient beings and crafts finely nuanced characterizations.  His stories generally unwind in episodic series of vignettes which conclude once the tension has been released.  We really think you ought to take a look at this collection.  Here's a .pdf preview to give you a taste (you can skip past the first few pages, which are just credits, etc.).
And this just in:  This Will All End in Tears was awarded the 2007 Doug Wright Award at this year's Toronto Comic Art Festival.  How about that!
retail price - $16.95
  copacetic price - $15.25

Red Eye Black EyeRed Eye, Black Eye
by K. Thor Jensen
Occupying the opposite end of the empathy scale, K. Thor Jensen has created a bit of a hybrid with his graphic travel memoir, Red Eye, Black Eye.  With it, he takes a page out of the playbook of Aaron Cometbus -- who seems a clear inspiration here -- and splices it together with the comics language of James Kochalka and Jeffrey Brown, and the chops of a host of others to tell his tale of dropping out of his day to day life and turning on to two months bumming around the USA on Greyhound buses in his attempt to tune in to what it's all about, hoping that this will enable him to find how to start the next chapter of his life.  While it is clear that he was successful in dropping out and turning on, the scenarios Jensen has chosen to delineate provide little if any evidence that he managed to tune in.  The reader of this tale is likely to find it a frustrating experience for, as he portrays himself, Jensen seems totally unable to really connect with anyone, and remains trapped in a singularly unattractive personality throughout the entire epic journey, returning home, 300 pages later, apparently no wiser.  Red Eye, Black Eye can be an instructive, if somewhat awkward -- at times painfully so -- experience, as Jensen repeatedly reveals his woeful lack of the social graces.  The dictum "character is destiny" receives a solid endorsement here as Red Eye, Black Eye provides a veritable catalogue of personal-growth inhibiting character traits; and it is crystal clear that lack of empathy is chief among them. 
This approach may or may not -- it is not clear -- have been an intentional decision, a self-lacerating attempt at self-correction, but this lack of clarity impedes an appreciation of the work.  Jensen is not without storytelling abilities, however, as he effectively puts his tale across.  He is strongest when he relates the individual stories that he is told by his numerous hosts during his various stays.  Woven within the overall fabric of the tale of his journey, these short -- most are one or two pages -- stories are the best part of this book.  One cannot help coming away from reading this hoping that Jensen has learned something from all this, that he has moved towards a better understanding of and closer feelings for his fellow beings and so will be better able to connect with those around him.  The fact  that he has acted on a desire to communicate his experience and has completed the arduous task of crafting this lengthy work means that, in all likelihood, he has.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $16.95

McSweeney's #22McSweeney's No. 22
This issue's design,
with its slipcase containing three separate softcovers, harkens all the way back to issue No. 8; but there's a twist -- this time around the books are held together with magnets rather than the industrial strength rubber band of yore.  And, you rightly ask, what is there about these books that they need magnets to keep them together?  Well, our guess is that their contents are so disparate that this was the only way.  The first book writes the unwritten stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald.  "Come again?" you say:  Fitzgerald left notebooks at the time of his death and in these notebooks were 32 story ideas that he never realized.  Michelle Orange has assembled 17 writers -- including herself -- to take upon themselves the task of writing 16 of these stories (one twice); this book bears the fruit of this undertaking.  The second book is titled, The State of Constraint, and presents 17 new works from the Oulipo group.  The third and fattest of the books is The Poetry Chains of Dominic Luxford, which assembles, "one hundred favorite works of some of the best poets writing today" selected by a novel and ingenious method too involved to relate here but which is succinctly explained in Mr. Luxford's introduction.  All in all, this issue of McSweeney's looks very much like  a winner.
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $21.50

Crumb's HeroesR. Crumb's Heroes of the Blues, Jazz & Country
Yes, we know this one came out a few months back, but we neglected to bring it to your attention and felt the need to rectify this sad state of affairs:   Those former perennials, the little boxes containing complete sets of R. Crumb's Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats and Pioneers of Country Music that could always be found on the front counter of hep comics shops around the world, have been given a new -- and improved -- lease on life in this chunky spunky li'l hardcover.  Measuring 6" x 7" this book, expertly produced by the fine folks at art house publisher Abrams, presents Crumb's illustrations for the cards
-- 112 in all -- in full page, high quality, full color reproductions that do full justice to the work.  And, of course, the card-back descriptions -- written by Stephen Calt and David Jasen --  are all here, the only difference being they are now printed on the left facing page so that they may be read with the illustration rather than having to flip the page.  (At first this seemed a minor heresy, but then we realized that this was only common sense.)  But that's not all!  This edition contains a full-length CD containing 21 classic tracks -- seven each of blues, jazz and country -- all selected by Crumb himself from the archives of Yazoo Records, the label that Crumb has long been associated with.  All this fabulosity for a fraction of what you would have paid for the trading cards.  Another fine illustration of the adage, "All things come to him (or her) who waits."
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.95
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New for January 2007

Wholphin 3Wholphin No. 3 (DVD)
Starting off 2007 with a bang, the much delayed (and much asked after) third issue of this great, theoretically quarterly, DVD "magazine" is the first new item to hit our shelves in the new year.  Included are "The Russian Suicide Chair," a piece of explosive performance art by the one and only Dennis Hopper, an almost-feature-length film, The Passion of Martin, by Alexander Payne, a Yemeni documentary, A Stranger in Her Own City by Khadija Al-Salami, short films by Bob Odenkirk, Alice Winocour, and more, including an original Wholphin Short, "Yeah Yeah, We Speak English, Just Serve."  Also included is a bonus disc containing the the second part of Adam Curtis's powerful  documentary, The Power of Nightmares.  This installment, "The Phantom Victory," continues where part one, included with Wholphin No. 2, left off.  For complete info on this issue, click here.
retail price - $15.95  copacetic price - $14.35

MOME 6MOME 6 (Winter 2007)
edited by Erid Reynolds and Gary Groth
Yes, we have all the ususal suspects again this time around -- J. Bennett, J. Brown, Sophie Crumb, M. Cenreda, Anders Nilsen, Paul Hornschemeier, David Heatly, Tim Hensley, and some pretty amazing apocryphal neo-romance covers by R. Kikuo Johnson -- but there are a couple new entries from Europe that are quite worth noting:  Lewis Trondheim makes his MOME debut with the first part of his new comics diary, Loose Ends; and Vosges Studio co-founder, Émile Bravo provides this issue's standout story, The Brothers Ben Qutuz in "Frustration Land."  This ten page pantomime (no text or dialogue) story -- enabling it to be read and understood without it having to be translated -- is a startlingly succinct exegesis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as experienced at street level on the Palestinian side, that will invade your consciousness and refuse to leave; a perfect example of the value of comics as a form of commmunication.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $11.95

The End by AndersThe End
by Anders Nilson
Calvario Hills
by Marti
Calvario HillsThe latest two releases in the Ignatz series of high end comic books could not be more dissimilar, proving that the Ignatz tent is a big one indeed.  The End finds Anders employing his comics-as-art skills to work through his personal pain, creating a diary of loss in the process.  This is about as far as you can get from Marti's Calvario Hills, a startlingly reductive -- a la Chester Gould, Marti's idol -- fantasia of a racially polarized America that is ripped from the tabloid headlines and given life by Marti's thick, smooth brushwork.
retail price - $7.95@  copacetic price - $6.75@

Nog A DodNog A Dod

by Marc Bell & the Vancouver Comics Mob
Many a Copacetic Customer is a fan of the work of Marc Bell, but is was difficult to absorb his work in the proper context -- as the leading light in a vibrant scene -- until now!  Nog A Dod is a revelation and a mind blower.  Page after page of drawings over, under, sideways, down in both basic black & white and fabulous full color reproductions.  Here's what publisher, Conundrum Press has to say: "
Nog A Dod is a landmark in Canadian Oddball Art Publishing. It documents nearly a decade of work by a loosely affiliated group of primarily Vancouver artists who draw with and about each other. Like their contemporaries and friends in the Royal Art Lodge, they work on each other's drawings, create small run books and ephemera, and collaborate so closely that it is sometimes difficult to tell where one begins and another ends. Their work falls somewhere between children's book art, comics, psychedelia and fine art... The book documents hundreds of unique mini-books by artists including editor and designer Marc Bell, Peter Thompson, Jason McLean, Amy Lockhart, Owen Plummer, Tommy Lacroix, S.P. Ehman, Scott Evans, Julie Voyce and Mark Connery.
"  So, what are you waiting for?
retail price - $25.00
  copacetic price - $22.22

Cartoon Workshop/Pig Tales
Cartoon Workshop/Pig Tales

by Paper Rad
The comics digest to end comics digests is here, CW/PT is a 96 page 69 format that is simultaneously a tribute and challenge to the comics digest form.  Slick, glossy covers enfold a nice heavy gauge newsprint, almost all of which is printed in the eyeball-searing full color we've come to expect from PR; there are also a dozen or so single-page strips in black and white that are set, every other page, against the color, serving to further accentuate it.  Another fine Picture Box production.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $11.95

Trenton Doyle HandbookThe Trenton Doyle Handbook
by Trenton Doyle Hancock
This full color, 24 page standard size comic book could be sub-titled, "When Worlds Collide."  Mr. T.D. Hancock gives his oevre the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe treatment.  Fine art meets fanboy obsessing in this strange fusion of two distinct ways of seeing. Baby Curt, Shy Jerry, The Bebeaver, F-Shine, Torpedoboy and many other Hancock characters are profiled in the standard Marvel Handbook format.  Your mind will reel.  Bonus treat:  front cover inked by Marvel Handbook inker and industry stalwart, Joe Rubinstein!  And, yes, you guessed it, this too is from Picture Box (who else?).
retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $5.00

Ode to Kirihito
by Osamu Tezuka
Ode to KirihitoThis is the big book that has it all!  Originally serialized in Biggu Komiku in 1970-71, and a personal favorite of the artist, manga founding-father Osamu Tezuka, Ode to Kirihito is a unique effort, in more than one respect.  Weighing in at a mammoth 822 pages, Ode is the first of Tezuka's works to incorporate adult themed gekiga (see Tatsumi's Abandon the Old in Tokyo) elements.  Perhaps paradoxically, it is also a work that while dealing with the darker sides of human nature
simultaneously deals with Christian (Kirihito is a pun on the Japanese pronunciation of Christ, Kirisuto) themes -- specifically of overcoming the illusional dualism of beast and soul, metaphorically dealt with here as a struggle against a disease that turns men into dog-like beasts.  This book is a one-stop  for everything Tezuka as he displays a veritable cornicopia of storytelling devices, styles, page-layouts and more; if you pay attention, you will also find some fascinating foreshadowing of current alt. comics themes and representational tropes (Fort Thunder, Paper Rad, etc.).  It's a Tezuka tour de force!  He delves into a panoply of themes: most importantly that of Japanese masculinity as it confronts the sexual revolution; also explored are Japanese perspectives in the dawn of the global era as the story brings us into contact with mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, South Africans, Europeans -- but, interestingly, almost no Americans -- and we get not only Tezuka's views of these peoples but also his point of view on their views of the Japanese, creating a roundabout of perspectives.   That Tezuka fans will find this work a reading experience to relish almost goes without saying.  We'd like to take a moment here to recommend this book to those of you who are curious about Tezuka's legendary status but have been put off by his association with what is widely considered "kid's fare" -- Astro Boy, Kimba and the like.  Ode to Kirihito will stand up to any comparison with contemporary literary comics.  It is an engaging and intriguing tale, told by a master of the form at the peak of his powers.  Anyone serious about comics owes it to themselves to read this.  Recommended!
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22
Buddha 5: Deer Park
and while we're on the subject of Tezuka...

Buddha 5: Deer Park
by Osamu Tezuka
We'd like to take this moment to mention that the fifth volume of the softcover edition of the eight volume life of Buddha is now on our shelves.
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

by Kim Deitch
This sturdily produced oversize softcover collects pretty much all of Deitch's heretofore uncollected work of the last two decades.  Deitch has the
Shadowlandsemi-miraculous ability to capture the deranged hidden spirit of bygone eras -- primarily the 1920s and '30s -- that he renders here, in all their freakish glory, with his meticuous Fleischer-esque pen and ink style.  Shadowland is made up of ten complete stories, including the five shorts that were originally published in Weirdo ("Murder on the Midway!" "The Mystic Shrine," "Pong Wook-Ee!" "Young Ledicker," and "Two Old Birds"), "The Road to Rana Poona" which originally appeared in Raw, "No Business Like Show Business" (which originally appeared in 3-D and receives its first conventional printing here).  The feature attractions are the 41-page novella, "The Strange Secret of Molly O'Dare" that was originally serialized over a half-dozen issues  of Zero, Zero, and the epic, 45-page "Crafton Curse" that originally appeared in the 2-issue Shadowland mini-series and which makes up the centerpiece of this collection.  Also included are a series of newly executed framing illustrations, an introduction by the author and a full color "Shadowland Art Gallery" that includes many images only previously seen by a select few, along with reproductions of the covers of the comics many of these stories first appeared in.  All in all, quite a treat! 
retail price - $18.95  copacetic price - $16.00

And our new favorite label, Yep Roc Records, has just released these fabulous toe-tappers that will have you up and keep you moving and fighting off those winter doldrums:
Kristen Hersh

Sing Like a Star
by Kristen Hersh
This new solo album by Throwing Muses founder, Kristen Hersh, whose two decades of work as both a song-writer and performer has influenced an entire generation, is another soul-stirrer.  Learn more, here, and listen to it, here.
copacetic price - $14.44

Sloan - NHTEOI

Never Hear the End of It
by Sloan
Thirty tracks of seamless, classic rock from Canada's ruling rock band.  Learn more, here, and listen to it, here.
copacetic price - $14.44

Apples in Stereo - NMW

New Magnetic Wonder
by Apples in Stereo
This, the first new Apples in Stereo release in five years, is a multimedia extravaganza that contains 14 songs, 12 additional "link tracks," and an Apples first -- the newly invented "Non-Pythagorian Music Scale" included in both digital sound files and an in-depth video description on the enhanced portion of this multimedia CD.  If you're looking for an up-tempo head-bobber of a record that will leaving you feeling sunny on the inside on the coldest and darkest of days, look no further:  this is it.  Learn more, here, and listen to it here.
copacetic price - $14.44

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