Copacetic Arrivals: 3Q 2007
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New for September 2007

Comic Art  #9Comic Art #9
The best magazine about comics ever published is back with another amazing jam-packed issue.  Edited by comics aficionado extraordinaire, Todd Hignite, this 208 page signature-bound squareback is produced and printed to the highest of standards. Each and every article, interview, and feature centers on or is accompanied by excellent, high-resolution reproductions of original art, comics pages, prints, letters, photographs, and more; each a pleasure to behold.  This issue spans continents as well as centuries as we are treated to a truly eclectic assemblage of top comics talent.  Jerry Moriarity (Raw, Kramers Ergot, SVA) is visited by publisher Alvin Buenaventura; fellow NY hepster, KAZ, is profiled by Ben Schwartz; Tom de Haven goes long on Chester Gould's "Plainclothes Tracy;" Thierry Smolderen explores Lyonel Feininger's "Lost Continent;" the work of definitive Tarzan comics artist, Jesse Marsh, is examined by comics historian, Ron Goulart, and discussed by none other than Gilbert Hernandez and Adrian Tomine;  Jeet Heer pens an in-depth piece on New Yoker cartoonist Gluyas Williams and his relationship with E.B. White... and there's plenty more, it's too much to list, but here's a preview).  We can't sign-off on this issue, however, without mentioning the three one-page strips by Copacetic favorite, Dan Zettwoch, which features his dad's strips for the church newsletter(!).  And then there's the issue's bonus book, which might just be the best thing about the whole issue.  It's an 80-page paperback book that comes shrink-wrapped together with the magazine, it's written and illustrated by Ivan Brunetti, it's titled, Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice, it is described as a "classroom in a book,"  it represents the distillation of Mr. Brunetti's 15-week college course -- and it's yours free with Comic Art #9!  Is that a deal, or is that a deal?
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

The Ganzfeld 5: Japanada
Ganzfeld 5edited by Dan Nadel w/ Marc Bell & Yuki Minami
You'll want to strap yourself in before cracking open the latest issue of The Ganzfeld, as the going gets going and doesn't stop until it's solid gone, and things get so far out you might wonder where it is you've gotten to.  Well, the answer, if you haven't already guessed, is, of course:  Japanada!  The artists featured in this issue all hail from either Japan or Canada -- hence the title -- and the end result could be seen as an imaginary island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but we'll assert here that it would be more accurately described as representing a heretofore unexplored province of the mind;
more a state of mind than a place on a map.  This volume invites you to get away from the restrictive conformity of life in these United States and take a walk on the wild shores of Japanada where anything goes.  Here you'll find artistic risk taking the like of which you aren't likely to find between any other two covers.  You'll discover new and daring works by (from Japan): Saseo Ono, Shigeru Sugiura, Keiichi Tanaami, King Terry, Eye Yamatsuka, Misaki Kawui, Yuichi Yokoyama; (and from Canada) Julie Doucet, Bobo Boutin & Dominique Pétrin, "the All-Star Schnauzer Band", Tommy Lacroix, Amy Lockhart, Owen Plummer &  Andrew Dick, Scott Evans, Mark Connery and Shayne Ehman.  Each artist's work is prefaced by a short - or not so short -- essay to help get the reader up to speed and ready to confront the artistic frenzies of Japanada. 
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.00

Yes, it's another issue packed with swell contemporary comics, as MOME continues to deliver.  The unquestioned highlight of this issue is the first new extended comics work by Jim Woodring in several years:  Part I (of 2) of the 45 page piece, "The Lute String."  (This issue provides the first 25 pages and the next issue will provide the 20-page conclusion.) There's no one like Woodring, and "The Lute String" proves that he still has the magic touch.   He's joined here by team-MOME:   the relative newcomers Ray Fenwick, Tim Hensley, Al Columbia, Eleanor Davis, Joe Kimball and Tom Kaczynski, along with the stalwart veterans
Gabrielle Bell, Kurt Wolfgang, Paul Hornschemeier and Sophie Crumb. 
retail price - $14.95  copacetic price - $12.75

I Killed Adolf Hitler
by Jason
I Killed Asopf HitlerWhat is it about Jason, you may ask, that has his readers coming back for every new book, year after year.  Well, for one thing, it's consistency:  Jason is a conscientious craftsman who delivers the goods; his work is consistently well done in all particulars, as well as being consistently entertaining.  And for another, it's the mordant -- and, to be honest, morbid -- wit that informs the extremely dry sense of humor that permeates all his work:  Jason's way of seeing seems peculiarly well suited to looking at the world of today.  I Killed Adolf Hitler is certainly no exception.  It is a time travel tale which might appear at first glance to have disregarded all the normative parameters of the genre -- altering of history, paradox, etc. -- but which, upon consideration, seems to leave enough wiggle room to allow readers to provide their own interpretation of what exactly is going on in that department.  As for the rest, it's sex and death, doomed romance and, maybe, yes - a second chance!  As an added bonus, this 48 page, full color, ligne claire album may, perhaps, be profitably viewed as a commentary on Hergé's legacy.
retail price - $12.95  copacetic price - $11.00

A Dangerous WomanA Dangerous Woman:
The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman

by Sharon Rudahl
Speaking of legacies, few can match that of Emma Goldman.  Born in Russia,  joining the mass, late-19th century emigration to the United States as a teen, and then deported back to Russia just as the Bolshevik revolution was tranforming it into the Soviet Union, the life of Emma Goldman is storied indeed -- a perfect choice for a graphic biography.  And who better to accomplish this task than Sharon Rudahl.  One of the founders of the feminist wing of underground comics, Rudahl has been producing progressive, politically aware comics for well over thirty years, and without any doubt, A Dangerous Woman is her most significant work yet.  An engaging tale of an inspiring woman, this graphic biography will leave its readers with a sense of awe at this amazing life lived to the limit and far ahead of its time.
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.15

Super SpySuper Spy
by Matt Kindt
Fans of Kindt's previous work (2 Sisters, Pistolwhip, etc) will be sure to enjoy what is clearly Kindt's best work yet.  Those who have yet to check him out are advised to take a close look at this multi-faceted work that clearly demonstrates Kindt's growth as an artist.   Incorporating quite a few clever formal devices, Kindt assembles a file cabinet full of dossiers in comics form -- 52 in all (it originally appeared as a weekly online comic -
Check it out here) -- telling stories within stories -- all set in WWII era Europe --  that link to other stories that turn out to be connected to others down an alley or around a corner or -- oh no, what's that, LOOK OUT....  whew! 
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Cult FictionCult Fiction: Art and Comics
The catalogue for the exhibition of the same name co-curated by Kim L Pace and Emma Mahony, and currently touring Britain through 2008, this lushly printed oversize volume includes an excellent introductory essay by noted comics critic, Paul Gravett and contains 123 illustrations of the varoius ways comics and art interact by the likes of Robert Crumb, Dan Clowes, Marcel Dzama, Debbie Dreschler, Kiloffer, Joe Sacco, Julie Doucet, Kerry James Marshall, Raymond Pettibone, Mark Kalesniko, Melinda Gebbie, and quite a few others.  Also included are the reproductions of the 27 artists' questionnaires -- made up of six business card sized rectangles, each with a question on one side and a blank space for the answer on the other -- as completed by each of the contributing artists.  Makes for fun and fascinating reading.  A nice contribution to the growing discourse.  Sound interesting?  Learn more at Paul Gravett's link-packed page devoted to this book.
retail price - $30.00  copacetic price - $27.50

Miss Fury
by Tarpe Mills
Miss FuryYou want a gorgeously drawn, action packed, golden age super hero comic book, that centers on the adventures of an occasionally costume-clad heroine that's written and drawn by a women and that, while it doesn't shy away from presenting its readers with a gaggle of curvaceous gals, is clearly the product of feminist thinking?  What's that?  You thought no such thing exists?  Well, that's where you'd be wrong, as Miss Fury by Tarpe Mills fits the bill in spades.  While these issues appear to have been cobbled together at least in part out of newspaper strips and as a result are occasionally subject to reiterations, the story races ahead at breakneck speed and there really is never a dull moment.  In fact, there is so much going on in the issues reprinted here, that occasionally you'll find yourself thinking, "Hold on a second here, what's going on?"
(and one page in the third issue is printed out of order [it may very well have been out of order in the original]) but, you'll find that if you flip back through the last few pages, you'll figure it out, because everything is there. Comes complete with an informative introduction by the noted feminist comics historian, Trina Robbins (who, we hasten to add, is also a fine cartoonist in her own right), that will help get you up to speed.  As these comics were created during WWII, Miss Fury is not only compelled to deal with thugs, burglars and blackmailers -- as well as a femme fatale, a petulant boyfriend and an amoral seductress bent on getting him -- but also Nazi spys and soldiers:  the major villian is a Nazi general, who, while clearly evil, is nevertheless surprisingly presented as courageous and heroic -- a far cry from the typical comic book caricatures of vicious bunglers, and a highly unusual example of ambivalence in the face of the enemy.  Perhaps most fascinating is that during the Nazi invasion of Brazil (we told you this story was action packed) a fiery Latina forges an alliance with rugged gauchos and rainforest indians to repell the Nazi attack (assisted by Miss Fury, naturally) -- shades of today's leftist alliances to save the rainforest from rapacious multinational conglomerates.  This book is a revelation!  Thanks once again go to Greg Theakston's Pure Imagination publishing for bringing yet another comics classic to light.
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.22

Wholphin 4Wholphin #4
The wait is over, the fourth issue of Wholphin, The DVD Magazine of Rare and Unseen Short Films, is here!  Eight short, and not-so-short -- the running times span from 2 to 48 minutes in length -- films that you won't see anywhere else; a re-scripted Russian sitcom; a 13 minute preview of the forthcoming Strange Culture, a feature film documenting the Kafka-esque adventures of a CMU art prof mistaken for a bio-terrorist); and the third and final installment of the BBC documentary, Power of Nightmares, that focuses on the shared behaviors of Islamic Fundamentalists in the Middle East and Neocon Fundamentalists in the USA (the first two installments are contained in Wholphin 2 & 3, which we still have in stock!) Read all about it (and watch some previews and some cool, web-only short films) HERE
retail price - $19.95  copacetic price - $17.77

Arthur 2
Arthur #26
Hallelujah, Arthur is risen and has been born again.  Yoko Ono, Henry Jacobs and Becky Stark front an all new issue that includes the return of coumnists Douglas Rushkoff, Byron Coley and Thurston Moore. Learn all about it, here.  And, yes, it's still FREE!  While supplies last...
copacetic price - FREE

Top  Shelf Sampler 2007Top Shelf Seasonal Sampler 2007
And while we're on the subject of "FREE!" how about these apples:  a 264 page squarebound trade paperback chock full o' comics that Top Shelf has released or will be releasing in 2007.  Also included are a complete back catalogue listing and company chronology for all you comics history buffs.  Included are James Kochalka, Jeffrey Brown, Renee French, Matt Kindt, Lilli Carré, Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie, Aaron Reiner, Eddie Campbell, Liz Prince, Brain Ralph, Alex Robinson, Andy Runton, Craig Thompson and plenty more.  Did we say "FREE?"  Yes, but we must add the obligatory, "While supplies last," because supplies are indeed limited and when something is free, you can be pretty sure it won't last forever.  Ask for it when you're in the shop or when you place an order online or over the phone.
copacetic price - all gone! sorry (they've promised a new one next year, so keep a look out...)

Incredible Change-BotsThe Incredible Change-Bots
by Jeffrey Brown
It looks like good ol' Jeffrey Brown has decided to throw caution to the wind and induldge a childhood fantasy of producing his very own Transformers adventure.  Whether or not this 144-page, full color graphic novel was timed to "cash in" on this summer's release of the blockbuster Transformers movie, we'll leave it up to you to decide.  Here's how Mr. Brown describes this work:  "Part parody, part nostalgic tribute, part moral fable - 'The Incredible-Change-Bots' re-invents the shape changing robot genre into an occasionally stopping action comedy half-full of romance, drama and epic battles!"
retail price - $15.00  copacetic price - $13.50

Fox Bunny Funny
Fox Bunny Funny

by Andy Hartzell
This 102 page pantomime graphic novel is an ambitious allegory in which foxes and bunnies are enlisted by Hartzell to represent a fundamental duality in society.  The fairly complex narrative successfully relates a self-doubting fox and his attempt to bridge the gap that ends in a change of allegiance, all told images with no text whatsoever, quite an achievement when you stop and think about it.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic special price - $7.95

also worthy of mention:

Miriam #1
Miriam #1
by Rich Tommaso
Mr. Tommaso's most Clowesian comics work yet is a tale of growing up different, immersed in pop culture.  Follow Miriam and her pals as the narrative jumps back in forth through time to portray crucial (and not so crucial) moments in their development. 
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

by Nick Abadzis
This 200 page full color graphic novel by British comics veteran Nick Abadzis, mixes fiction and historical fact to tell the tale of the first earth being in space, a dog named
Laika, who was launched into orbit aboard Sputnik Il on November 4, 1957, never to return.  Fair warning:  If you're a softie when it comes to animals, this book will probably make you cry.  Read an excerpt, here.
retail price - $17.95  copacetic price - $16.15

Finder: Sin-Eater
Finder: Sin-Eater
by Carla Speed McNeil
This 380 hardcover collects the first two Finder TPBs into a single hardcover that sells for 20% less.  This is now the best place to start reading the finest ongoing science fiction series in comics.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.00

The Princes of Time
by Jon Vermilyea
A twelve page newspaper comic featuring crazy time traveling
Edwardian scientists, drug abuse, monsters, and more; from PictureBox.
copacetic price - $3.00

Princes of TimeHunter & Painter
by Tom Gauld
This 24-page horizontal format (9 1/2" x 4") comic by the idiosyncratic -- and British -- Gauld is set 40,000 years in the past, but is on our shelves in the present day.
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

Ladyfriend #10: The Friendship Issue
edited by Christa Donner
A great zine that we're happy to see is still going strong.  Sadly, according to an editorial note, this may prove to be the last issue; if so, Ladyfriend is ending on a high note as this issue may very well be the best one yet.  It gives us an amazing twenty short pieces spanning a shining spectrum of females and their friendships: from Ghanian girl power to Iris Chang to teens with disabilities to figs and their wasps (you have to read it to get it) and much more inbetween.   Recommended.
copacetic price - $4.00

and from the McSweeney's conglomerate:

Comedy By Numbers
by Prof. Eric Hoffman™ and Dr. Gary Rudoren©
169 ways to be funny followed by an end-of-the-book-bonus Comedy Test:  44 questions and one extra credit.  You too can become an instant expert on all things funny.  It is to laugh.
retail price - $14.00  copacetic price - $11.90

Bowl of Cherries

by Millard Kaufman
This provocative 326 page first novel by 90 year old Millard Kaufman follows the world spanning adventures of 14 year old Judd Breslau and "rivals the liveliest comic epics for giddy wordplay and gleeful invention" (at least, according to the fine folks at McSweeney's), proving once again that adolescnce is a state of mind.
retail price - $22.00  copacetic price - $19.80

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New for August 2007

Kat Who Walked in BeautyThe Kat Who Walked in Beauty:
The Panoramic Dailies of 1920

by George Herriman
edited by Derya Ataker
Designed by Jacob Covey, who is clearly on a roll, this magnificent giant (15" x 12") hardcover volume presents a classic run of the Krazy Kat daily strips from 1920 (primarily) & 1921 that have never before (we believe) been collected.  In addition we get to see the very earliest (1911) appearances of Krazy and Ignatz in "The Dingbat Family," an earlier Herriman strip, a nice run of Krazy Kat dailies from 1914, and, as and added bonus, the illustrated sheet music of "Krazy Kat" A Pantomime by John Alden Carpenter; none too shabby, we'd say.  This is the first time we've ever seen Herriman dailies presented at full size (13" x 3") and we have to say that it's really a treat.  Thank you, Mr. Ataker & Co.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.00

Peanuts volume 8 The Complete Peanuts, Volume 8: 1965-1966
by Charles M. Schulz
introduction by Hal Hartley (!)
Yes, the glory days of Peanuts roll on, one perfect strip after another.  The highlights this time around include the first Snoopy "dogfights" with The Red Baron as well as his first forays into writing (you remember:  "It was a dark and stormy night...") as well as the first appearance of Peppermint Patty.  This volume's introduction, by one of our favorite contemporary film makers, Hal Hartley (Henry Fool, Fay Grim, etc.), provides further proof of just how pervasive the influence of Peanuts truly was, and is. 
To learn more about this series, please visit our Complete Peanuts page.  (P.S. -- the background cover color on the actual book is green, not blue as in the image above)
retail price - $28.95  copacetic special price - $25.00

Peanuts gift box 65-66The Complete Peanuts Gift Box Set: 1963 - 1966
This box set contains Volume 7 and Volume 8 of the Complete Peanuts, both encased in a heavy-duty illustrated slipcase by series designer, Seth, for a price that can't be beat.  (As much as we hate to be the one to break it to you, we have to tell you that the annual release of the Complete Peanuts Gift Box Set signals the beginning of the Christmas Parade.  It's almost a month earlier than last year [which was, in turn, almost a month earlier than the year before that -- we shudder at what this might portend].  In a Farmer's Almanac sort of way, it may mean an especially bountiful Christmas comics cavalcade may be in the making.  Only time will tell, of course...)
retail price - $49.95  copacetic price - $44.44

Chance in HellChance in Hell
by Gilbert Hernandez
It's here, another all new, original graphic novel by Gilbert "Palomar" Hernandez (who must be working overtime these days).  The title and the dustjacket painting (by Hernandez-pal, Rick Altergott) set the tone with their clear evocation of 1950s pulp paperback covers -- think Jim Thompson:  you know right away that this story is going to take you to the wrong side of the tracks.  The novel -- and it is graphic in every sense of the word -- opens with a lengthy prelude that has to rank as one of the greatest evocations of lawlessness ever accomplished in any medium.  Set in a seemingly endless garbage dump that has been narratively constucted as the "outside" to the inside of "the city," the vision we are presented with is a brutal ballet demonstrating the consequences of a viral despair catalyzed by long-term, unmet human emotional needs.  It is unsparing in its presentation of the ensuing spiral into chaos that such despair inevitably generates.  This sequence will leave you haunted, and its climax creates the window through which the central character, the ironically (or, then again, perhaps not) named "Empress," -- who is, at this point, a small child -- escapes to the city, whereupon the next, more sophisticated and complex manifestation of hell transpires, and in which Empress has become an adolescent.  Here we have the classic battle between the spirit and the flesh; idealism and cynicism.  And while hope is held out for the former, it is, inevitably, the latter that triumphs here -- we are in "hell" after all.  The third and final act -- save for a brief coda -- brings us Empress as a married woman.  Intriguingly, from this perspective, the preceeding events come to be viewed as a series of repressed childhood traumas which now serve to inform her present day behavior, adding a specifically psychological dimension to the narrative.  The
roots and repercussions of the inability to emotionally connect form the crux here and, finally, through a synechdochical episode, bring the reader full circle to an abreaction of the childhood trauma and, thereupon, resolution.  Added on top of it all, as the proverbial icing on the cake, is the "fact" that Chance in Hell is "actually" a movie featuring, in a relatively minor role, a long running Love and Rockets heroine, the B-movie actress, Fritz.  Thus, this graphic novel "takes place" in the Love and Rockets universe, although in a narratologically problematic manner.  Gilbert Hernandez is a master of comics and with Chance in Hell he has managed once again to expand the boundries of the form's artistic territory.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $13.55 (a bargain!)

Notes for a War StoryNotes for a War Story by Gipi
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
What a study in contrasts we have in the latest pair of releases from that fast rising star of graphic novel publishing,
(:01) First Second.  On the one hand we Robot Dreamshave Notes for a War Story, a harshly realistic and remorselessly grim account of youthful thuggery and stupidity, which, coming on the heels of Garage Band being released in English for the first time earlier this year, has us thinking of Gipi as the premier comics deconstructor  of contemporary European youth (and likely had others thinking along similar lines as it was awarded the 2005 Goscinny prize for best script and was provlaimed book of the year at at Angouleme in 2006); while, on the other, we have Sara Varon's Robot Dreams, a fantastic and whimsical account of a friendship between a robot and a dog.  What could be more different?  Confrontation or escape...  which is the best approach to deal with these trying times?  Well, from the looks of things, there's no need to choose.  Both are equally valid on their own terms, as these two timely works more than adequately express.
retail price - $16.95@ copacetic price - $15.25@

by Joe Matt
Here it is, the grande finalé to Matt's Canadian chronicles.  A US citizen who lived (illegally) in Canada from 1988 to 2002, Matt, along with Seth and Chester Brown formed the quintessential Canadian indy comics troika.  Matt's shtick is one of horrifying self-criticism, in which he mercilessly (and, we have to admit, courageously) parades his flaws and quirks for all to see.  In his own  twisted way, Matt's parade manages to float the (well, more than)
occasional celebration of degeneracy -- perhaps most fully and disgracefully here in Spent, in which, as the title suggests, he made what we can all hope was an at last successful attempt to get it all out of his system.  Only time will tell if it did the trick, but we can enjoy the perverse pleasures of this comics text now and that everything will work out for him in the end.
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $16.95

Exit WoundsExit Wounds
by Rutu Modan
This 172 page full color hardcover work by Rutu Modan, a founding member of the Israeli comics group, Actus Tragicus, is a real graphic novel.  Populated by fully fleshed out characters and beautifully rendered in a personal style that is clean, colorful and capable of conveying the full depth of the strong script which expresses the
complexities and nuances that we expect from something called a novel, Exit Wounds is a book you'll be likely to read more than once.  Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Gorazde) call Exit Wounds "a profound, richly textured, humane, and unsentimental look at societal malaise and human relationships and that uneasy place where they sometimes intersect."
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $16.95

Papercutter 4Paper Cutter #4 & #5
Published quarterly in Portland, Oregon by Tugboat Press, Papercutter is possibly the best standard 32-page, comic book size anthology title currently on the market.  High production values deliver quality work issue after issue.  #4
Papercutter 5features the work of Sarah Oleksyk ("Roadside," "Ivy"), on the wraparound cover and in the story of a pair of lovestruck misfits who meet at an all-night copy shop. Vanessa Davis ("Spaniel Rage") and John Porcellino ("King-Cat") complete the issue with tales of friendship, club-hopping, and snowstorms.  #5 features a Kazimir Strzepek ("Mourning Star") story about a post-apocalypic world where two rival gangs battle for control of a war torn city along with new work by Liz Prince ("Will Your Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed") and Bwana Spoons ("Pencil Fight").
retail price - $3.00@ copacetic price - $3.00@

Elfworld 1Elfworld, Volume One
Compiled by Jeffrey Brown, edited by François Vigneault, designed by Jonas Madden-Connor, and published by Family Style, Elfworld is a sword and sorcery comics anthology that features the artwork of many contemporary indy comics stalwarts, some of whom you might not have suspected of harboring elfin-oriented fantasies.  Contained with the Jesse Reklaw cover, this 128-page squarebound anthology presents 19 stories, ranging from brief sorties by Jeffrey Brown, Martin Cendreda, Matt Wiegle and the team of Ron Regé, Jr. & Souther Salazar, to mini-epics by François Vigneault, Kazimir Strzepek, Dave McKenna, Grant Reynolds, Ansis Purins and the teams of Erik Nebel & Jesse Reklaw and Sean Collins & Matt Wiegle.  In between we are treated to bite-size fare by Liz Prince, Jason Overby, K. Thor Jensen
, Dalton Sharp, and Jason & Jody Turner.  Laughs, thrills, action, romance -- it's all here!  Check it out and see what you think.
retail price - $12.95 copacetic price - $11.65

Stop Forgetting to RememberStop Forgetting to Remember
by Peter Kuper
13 years in the making, Peter Kuper's autobiographical magnum opus, which cleverly incorporates much of his earlier autobiographical comics into an intricately designed framework that mimics the manner in which the fundamental connections of memory constuct both our dreaming and our waking selves, is a 200+ page duo-tone hardcover volume that is priced to sell.  As always, Kuper's work is highly engaging, and while some of the material in Stop Forgetting bears a resemblance to the Joe Matt's tales of self-revelation 
-- especially in its focus on sexual yearnings --  Kuper is clearly focused on self-reflectivity, and this is perhaps this work's raison d'etre, providing as it does an ongoing analysis that cogently delineates his emotional development.  A great read!
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95

new on the DVD front are these gems: 

Inland EmpireInland Empire (2006)
a film by David Lynch
It is safe to say that David Lynch films are like no other films, and that his stories operate much closer to the edge of consciousness and adhere more closely to the logic of dreams than typical Hollywood fare.  His plots twist and turn in on themselves like a möbius strip that a cat's gotten a hold of, and it's easy for the casual viewer to get lost; but that's precisely the point.  Lynch always aims to destroy the cosy sense that all is right with the world which is the goal of the majority of films, especially those emanating from southern California.  Where other forms work to achieve closure, Lynch works to plunge his audience into the abyss that lurks just below the surface of quotidian normalcy.  Nowhere is this tendency more evident than in his latest release.  
Inland Empire is, when you get right down to it, an art film, of the type that is usually a tiny fraction of its length.  Its disjointed, discontinuous narrative works to portray how modern consciousness has been subjected to a fundamental reformation as a result of its virtual submersion in the the alternate reality of artificial moving images that surround us in a multiplicity of forms delivering the basic mediums of film and video (which are beginning to merge in the medium of digital video, which, signifigantly, Inland Empire was entirely shot in).  The age old sense of a single, contained, isolated and particular self (which may very well have been illusory to begin with) has, in the Lynchian view, given way to a continuous, connected field in which the individual's identity, and, indeed, his or her very being, is constantly in a state of flux and can, at times, be located in other bodies and places, even, at times, those that do not physically exist, but are instead creations of the self same mediums that are responsible for this transformation.  Confusing?  You bet, but, again, that's the idea. To delve more deeply into Inland Empire, read Dennis Lim's review (complete with clips from the film) at Slate.  This 2-disc DVD release features a whopping 211 minutes of bonus material, including 75 minutes of additional scenes referred to as "More Things That Happened."  This addition extends the total running time of the film to a vertigo-inducing 254 minutes, so make sure you brew a strong pot of coffee before settling in to watch it (you might even want to consider brewing Dave's own personal roast).
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $22.22

Night On EarthNight on Earth (1991)
a film by Jim Jarmusch
w/ Gena Rowlands, Roberto Benigni, Winona Ryder and plenty more
Music and original songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Our favorite Jarmusch film at last makes it to DVD, in this bonus-laden 2-disc Criterion edition.  Five cities. Five taxis. One night. One film.  Watch it.  Night on Earth is a true pleasure; one that presents us with a world -- so different from the one we seem stuck in today -- in which a variety of people of different stripes manage to share their fundamental humanity with each other, all at once, all over the world, and we, the audience, can believe that we too are part of it.  Finishing the film you will feel more hopeful that this day (or should we say night?) will come again.
retail price - $39.95 copacetic price - $33.97

Stranger than ParadiseStranger than Paradise (1984)
another film by Jim Jarmusch
w/ John Lurie, Richard Edson & Eszter Balint
music by John Lurie
Accompanying the aforementioned release of Night on Earth is the film in which Jarmusch first forged his idiosyncratic, humorous and insightful brand of alienation and came into his own.  Stranger than Paradise established Jarmusch on the indy film scene and its success enabled him to pursue his vision; which he has
vigorously done ever since, creating a singular body of work that  includes some of the most memorable films of the last twenty years.  Also included on this 2-disc Criterion edition is Permanent Vacation (1980), Jarmusch's first feature film, which has never been widely distributed and will be first seen here by most.
retail price - $39.95 copacetic price - $33.97

also worthy of mention:

Tintin and the secret of literature
Tintin and the Secret of Literature

by Tom McCarthy
This hardcover volume published by Granta Books in London provides a unique decoding of Hergé's archetypical character.
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $25.00

and, finally...

If you're a collector of Silver Age comics, you might want to check out this freshly loaded page (well, it was freshly loaded in August 2007, but there's still enough up to make it worth checking out today, provided, of course, that you're interested in Silver Age DC) listing a tidy little stash of DCs from the 1960s that we just picked and have priced to sell. 

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New for July 2007

Uptight 2Uptight #2
by Jordan Crane
 All hail Jordan Crane in his effort to reinvigorate the standard pamphlet comic book.  Uptight is what a comic book should be:  an intense, well thought out, tightly crafted, personal expression at an affordable price.  Not for the faint of heart, this issue plunges the reader into a stressed out, anxiety prone world where everyone is right on the edge and some are going over:  "Take Me Home" follows a lonely shift worker haunted by a late night encounter; "Before They Got Better" gives us a perfect pitch rendition of domestic tensions rocking the boat without ever quite dragging it under the waves; and the second installment of "Keeping Two" shows its protagonist's imaginiation running away with him as he anxiously awaits his girlfriend's return from renting a video.  Each is vividly rendered and expertly paced.  This is a comic book.  Recommended.
retail price - $2.50 copacetic price - $2.25

Love and Rockets v2#20Love and Rockets v.2 #20
by Gilbert, Jaime & Mario Hernandez
While we're on the topic of what's right with comic books today, what better to segue to than this 56-page double size issue includes the entirety (and then some, as it is the "director's cut" which restores some deletions made at the behest of NYT editors) of Jaime's "La Maggie la Loca" strip that ran in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, an all new 24-page story (well, it's 24 half-pages, so, quibblers could make the case that it's more like a 12-page story... but we won't!) by Jaime operating in his patented Dennis the Menace/Peanuts mode, and an epic 24 page Beto tale featuring Venus and Co. that works to analyze how female gender and sexuality are constructed in a variety of media from print to film to television while telling a tale of love, loss and spiritual rebirth, as is his wont.
retail price - $7.99 copacetic price - $6.39

Speak of the Devil 1Speak of the Devil #1 (of 6)
by Gilbert Hernandez
We can't move on yet, as we have to mention the latest from L& R co-founder,
Gilbert H, Speak of the Devil.  This series will be of special interest to artists and students of the form as Gilbert, here freed from any considerations pertaining to his L & R mythos, concentrates on the formal elements that make up comics as we know them:  story structure & pacing, page layout & body language, quality of line & black placement (positive and negative space), dialogue (and the lack thereof) and balloon placement -- all have been carefully considered and bear evidence of years of experience.   Gilbert's tendency towards a neo-classicism has never been clearer, and Speak of the Devil is a full-blooded example of the coalescing of the years into a mature style.  Make sure you take a look.
retail price - $3.50 copacetic price - $3.00

Elvis Road
Elvis Road
by Xavier Robel & Helge Reumann
Robel and Reumann, known collectively as Elvis Studio, have with Elvis Road produced a true one-of-a-kind item:  a 9" x 264" (that's 22 feet!) comic book panel in which everything happens at once.   When the entirety of the "story" is laid out in a single image and the mind has to pick and choose on its own, the reader can't help but recognize that the process of creating a story out of an assemblage of visual information is transformed. 
While, at least in theory, the entire spectacle as presented to the reader is intended to be seen as occurring in a single instant, the reader will almost certainly find him or herself processing the image into some form of narrative as it is simply impossible to achieve a simultaneous apprehension of the image's entirety the way one can and does when reading the intellectually bite-size pieces presented in standard comics.  Elvis Road enables -- one might even go so far as to say forces -- the reader to invent a new approach to reading the image, as the methods developed to read a standard comic book will be insufficient here.  The temporal dimension necessarily becomes opened to the reader, who can and must move forward and backward, left and right, up and down through the image, in the process assigning a temporal order.  This in turn will allow the reader an opportunity to examine and reevaluate just how the distinct order and layouts of panels that constitute standard comic book language represent a digestion of visual experience, and to ponder that it may very well be just this compartmentalization of experience into discrete units that forms our sense of time as a narrative.  In other words, Elvis Road is a meta-narrative in comics.  It achieves, through the authors' choice of presenting an entire "saga" in a single image, an auto-critique of standard comics' narrative forms.  In addition, it harkens back to the tapestry, which is, arguably, one of the tributary streams that served as a source for the mighty river of comics; and by doing so hints at further, overlooked possibilities for comics in the future. 
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $22.00 (a dollar a foot!)

La Jetée/Sans Soleil DVDLa Jetée/ Sans Soleil - DVD

by Chris Marker
While separated by twenty years and superficially very different -- La Jetée is a half hour "science fiction" tale of time travel told entirely in still images (think comics, as Marker surely was) while Sans Soleil is a 100 minute "travelogue" of a journey to Africa and Japan --  these two masterworks of cinema are, at their core, both focused on a space
where time and memory intertwine and united in their fearless experimentation and stunning creative vision Here on this new Criterion release, both films have been restored, received high-definition digital transfers, and are accompanied by loads of cool bonus materials. 
retail price - $39.95 copacetic price - $34.44

Capacity 6Comics by Theo Ellsworth
• Paper Wasp #1 - 3 
copacetic price - $3.00@
• Capacity #6 copacetic price - $3.50
• Always Somewhere Nearby  copacetic price - $4.00
• Minnow #1  copacetic price - $7.00
We just received a healthy portion of the fabulous self-published works of Theo Ellsworth.  Possessed of a fantastic imagination combined with a strong technical rendering ability both of which are bonded to an obsessive need to draw, Ellsworth has been cranking out an ever growing stack of meticulously weird assemblages of drawings, writings and comics, in series and stand alone pieces.   Paper Wasp is Always Somwhere Nearhis "ongoing art zine;" Capacity is where he publishes his comics work, and might be the place to start; Always Somewhere Nearby is a "narrative sketchbook experiment;" and Minnow is his new series designed to showcase his drawings.  These works are digest size (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") except for Capacity, which is semi-legal (7" x 8 1/2") and Minnow, which is magazine size (8 1/2" x 11").  Both Minnow and Always Somewhere Nearby have two-color hand-silkscreened covers.  Learn more at

MOME 8MOME 8 - Summer 2007
edited by Eric Reynolds and Gary Groth
This issue pretty much completes the transition to the new "Team MOME."  Original members Jonathan Bennet, Sophie Crumb and Paul Hornschemeier are joined here by new comers (some of whom showed up last issue) Eleanor Davis, Ray Fenwick, Tom Kaczynski, Al Columbia, Émile Bravo and Joe Kimball, while Lewis Trondheim wraps up his three-part "At Loose Ends."  Davis is the featured artist this issue with her work gracing the cover and providing the lead story, while she is the interview subject as well.   Her story, "Stick and String" is a moody meditation on exogamous bonding that shows her work moving a bit in the direction of Sammy Harkham (although, in her interview, she identifies Joann Sfar as her current fave).  The Copacetic pick for this issue is Tom Kaczynski's "10,000 Years," a mordant take on contemporary alienation that, while clearly indebted to Clowes, brings an original perspective to the table with its smart synthesis of dialectical materialism and post-industrial consumer culture.  And we can't sign off on this issue without mentioning Émile Bravo's "Young Americans," which is certainly one of the cleverest short comics we've read in a while. 
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.75

Flight 4Flight 4

edited by Kazu Kibuishi
And, speaking of notable anthologies, the fourth volume of this annual (or close to it) full color anthology contains 344 pages of comics flights of fancy by a diverse cast of creators including Graham Annable, Neil Babra, Scott Campbell, Thomas Herpich, Azad Injejikian, Fábio Moon, Lark Pien, Raina Telgemeier, Joey Weiser and many others, all of which are designed to elevate your mood and float your boat.  Here's a spiffy preview.
retail price - $24.95 copacetic price - $22.22

PulphopePulphope: The Art of Paul Pope
by Paul Pope
It's here:  the Paul Pope coffee table book.  Who would've thunk it?  There's everything from comics to posters to CD covers to prints to sketchbooks and more.  The book is divided into sections grouping the work in a variety of categories including the just stated formal divisions as well as thematic units such as Ukiyo-e and erotica.  Connecting it all together is an ongoing exegesis of the works by Pope himself.  It turns out that he has quite a bit to say as the text roves far and wide:  personal reminiscences, ruminations on art and literature, technical explications, insights into the processes of artistic creation, manifestos and more amply fill the spaces between the artwork on display. 
retail price - $29.95 copacetic price - $25.00

Nexus  99
Nexus: Space Opera - Act One

By Steve Rude and Mike Baron
The day has at last dawned on the return of Nexus.  The best heroic fantasy adventure series of the 1980s and 1990s, featuring what is arguably the greatest science fiction super hero of all time, Nexus is back!  This issue is, technically, the 99th issue of Nexus, but it is best thought of as the first chapter of the latest in an illustrious line of limited series that are, for all intents and purposes, graphic novellas broken up into chapters.  The depth of the wonderfully complex cast of characters as well as each individual characterization is unique in the history of heroic fantasy, and the back story is an epoch spanning galactic history in the grand tradition of classic science fiction, making the total package a truly essential comic book experience.
retail price - $2.99 copacetic price - $2.69

Reading Comics by Douglas Wolk
Reading Comics
by Douglas Wolk
Reading Reading Comics has led us to the decision to anoint Douglas Wolk as the budding Andrew Sarris for comics.  While Reading Comics is not a work that is ready to go one on one with Sarris's The American Cinema, Wolk is an obviously literate individual, a clearly articulate writer, and possessed of a discerning eye.  Reading Comics is a fine volume that will be engaging to many a comics enthusiast, and will be especially valued by the comics novice who is working to get up to speed.  Mr. Wolk is also an opinionated reviewer, so chances are you won't always find yourself in agreement with him.  He has, in fact, already generated several small scale controversies -- but controversy often clears the air and can be healthy (read an excerpt of Reading Comics and get a taste of some of the controversy).  His arguments are, generally, well constructed, so you are able to see where you stand in regards to his perspectives.  We suspect, however, that an obsessive fanboy lurks still within him, based on the evidence of this in-depth account/deconstruction of DC's 52 Weeks.  In short:  If you like reading about comics, then there's a good chance Reading Comics is for you.
retail price - $22.95 copacetic price - $20.00

Snaknepit - vol. 2My Life in a Jugular Vein:
Three More Years of Snakepit Comics

by Ben Snakepit
288 more pages of Snakepit.  Chronicling the years 2004, 2005 & 2006, Jugular gives us plenty of touring, rocking, partying and eating (seems that Ben is a bit of a gourmet).  Comes with 18 track CD "Soundtrack" featuring the bands that rock Ben's world, including Blotto, Drunken Boat, The Methadones, and Toys That Kill.  This is the punk rock value of the year!
retail price - $15.00 copacetic price - $13.44

... in the comics & cartoon history department:

Popeye DVD

Popeye The Sailor: 1933 - 1938 (DVD)
This is it, the one we've all been waiting for!  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.  It's hard to believe that it's finally here...
retail price - $64.92 copacetic price - $55.55

Little Nemo Checker v1Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland, Volume One
Yet another LIttle Nemo book!  The highlight of this particular 294 page, full color, oversize hardcover volume is the prelude featuring the clearly (looking back from today's point of view) unfortunate, yet -- presuming that it is viewed from the proper perspective -- instructive adventures of the Jungle Imps in which skewed versions of traditional African legends are given the Winsor McCay treatment.  Obviously, McCay, a product of a Victorian  upbringing, is ill-equipped to properly perceive this material, yet it is in precisely this nexus point -- of the collision of white Victorian culture and black African culture -- that much of modern American culture was born.  The comics apotheosis of this fertile union is found in the work of George Herriman, and McCay's 1903 strip (which ran, we believe, only in Cincinnati) is clearly a wrong-headed failure, but it remains a valuable document of the sunset of 19th century perspectives.  As for Little Nemo, what more can be said?  It's the single most spectacular work in the history of comics, and certainly among the most influential.  We offer several alternatives to this volume, all of which have their merits.  It's up to you to decide which one is the best fit for you. 
It's best if you come in and compare.  If you have yet to take the plunge, this volume has several things going for it, not the least of which is that, when taken together with the forthcoming second volume, it purports to be the most complete collection of Little Nemo ever published.  We'll let you know our opinion of that claiom as soon as we get our hands on volume two.
retail price - $49.95 copacetic price - $44.44

Harvey Classics - CasperHarvey Classics, Volume One - Casper the Friendly Ghost
edited and designed by Leslie Cabarga
Well, if this is something you're interested in, we're here to tell you that Carbaga has done a bang-up job with this book.  It contains over 400 Silver-Age-size pages of crisp, high resolution, black and white comics along with 64 pages of full color remastered scans of covers and stories.  100 stories in all!  The Ghostly Trio, Spooky, Wendy and Nightmare are all here.  If Casper is your boy, then this is your book. 
retail price - $19.95 copacetic price - $17.95

Eisner EdgeWill Eisner: Edge of Genius
A fascinating compendium of Eisner's earliest work beginning with his amateur work of the early '30s and continuing through his first published efforts later that decade.  Reading this book you can see his influences and watch his style form. 
It contains 160 pages of comics (mostly) and illustration in an 8 1/2" x 11" squarebound format; from Pure Imagination.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $22.50

Tothe Edge 1

Alex Toth: Edge of Genius, Volume One

This new release contains 160 pages of Toth stories in an 8 1/2" x 11" squarebound format, as with all previous Pure Imagination volumes.  There are 24 stories total, with 21 from 1952.  This is the period where Toth forms his trademarked style and will be of interest to all students of this seminal artist.
retail price - $25.00 copacetic price - $22.50

Bagge IntrospectiveComics Introspective, Volume One:  Peter Bagge
Aging indy comics crank P. Bagge gets the treatment in this TwoMorrows publication that is filled with old, new and rare artwork along with brand new interviews with and commentary on the one and only Mr. Bagge.  I guess this means Pete is now officially part of the comic book mainstream.  Or does it?
retail price - $16.95 copacetic price - $15.00

Michael GoldenModern Masters, Volume Twelve:  Michael Golden
On the opposite end of the comic book spectrum from Mr. Bagge lies Michael Golden, comics craftsman extraordinaire, whose work has had an immense influence on the look of
the last two decades of superhero comics.  Todd McFarlane, Arthur Adams and even, if you can believe it, Glen Danzig -- among countless others -- all owe a major stylistic debt to Michael Golden.  Plenty of high quality reproductions accompany an in-depth interview in this TwoMorrows volume.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.75

and, also worthy of note:

Berlin #13

by Jason Lutes
The saga continues...
retail price - $3.95 copacetic price - $3.55

Buddha, Volume Eight - Jetavana
by Osamu Tezuka
The epic comes to its stunning conclusion.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $13.45

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