Copacetic Arrivals: 4Q 2009
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New for December 2009

Ganges 3Ganges 3
by Kevin Huizenga
It's time for comics connoisseurs to crank up their cogitation once again, as a new issue of Ganges is in stock and on sale here at The Copacetic Comics Company.  And the verdict?  Kevin Huizenga once again delivers the goods!  This time around we have the inner workings of an agitated mind – that of Glenn Ganges, to answer your question – at the edge of sleep, visually embodied as its own cartoon being, distinct and separate from
– if in many respects identical to – the body housing this mind.  All readers who have ever had a rough time falling asleep and have had their mind wander to and fro seemingly of its "own" accord will have plenty to relate to here, and there are indeed many comic moments in this comic book, BUT there is also much food for thought, along with a poetic evocation of middle-American suburban landscapes as dreamscapes that shows Huizenga slowly feeling his way towards integrating some weightier emotional content into his analytics.  In symbolically dissecting the neurophysiological mechanics of consciousness on the precipice of sleep, as the waking mind gradually lets go of sensory input and transitions to a period of internal synaptic data transfer, Huizenga once again strives to put the language of comics to novel uses.  The layers of consciousness are first depicted and then explored as metamorphic strata composed of distinctly variant degrees of abstraction; memories transform into imaginings which then turn in on themselves in auto-analyses all prompted by the slightest shifts in the tectonic plates of self-awareness.  This is a comic that not only can, but demands to be read over and over again.  There is so much going on here that each reading will turn up something that was missed before.   Here is work that is powering comics forward, and that should not be missed by anyone who want to see where it's going.
retail price - $7.95   copacetic price - $7.25

Driven By Lemons
driven by lemonsby Joshua Cotter
This book took us quite by surprise, as it will anyone who read or is even familiar with Cotter's previous and best known work, Skyscrapers of the MidwestSkyscrapers, was a widely lauded work which originally appeared in a series of comic books before being collected as a hardcover graphic novel.  It presented a relatively straightforward tale in which fantasy intertwined with reality that hewed closely to narrative norms.   In other words, it is a work that in no way prepares any of its  readers for the free flowing stream that is Driven By Lemons.  Cotter, along with Adhouse Books
publisher, Chris Pitzer, have here created a book that is, by all appearances, a facsimile of Cotter's 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" hardcover Moleskine sketchbook (although it is highly unlikely that it is actually a true facsimile, the conceit that it is is important to its meaning).  While some of the work it contains will be clearly recognizable to readers of Cotter's earlier work, most boldly charts new territory.  In a nutshell, Driven By Lemons is a shining example of self-discovery through sketchbooking.  Clearly, something has changed in Cotter's life since he completed Skyscrapers, and as he tried to adapt to his new environment – physical, emotional, psychological, or some combination of these – he kept a record of his travails in his sketchbook, tried to cohere it into some sort of narrative, and Driven By Lemons is the result.  There is some truly adventurous comics work here; you can feel the inspiration.  Make sure to crack this one open and take a look.
retail price - $19.95   copacetic price - $17.77

Unclothed Man

The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.
by Dash Shaw
The wunderkind of comics strikes again with this unique book that is as visually intriguing as it is intellectually challenging.  It intermeshes comics – most of what is collected here originally appeared in the pages of MOME – with storyboards and production sketches for some animations that Shaw produced, in collaboration with Jane Samborski, for IFC.  Starting with the animation-cell-like dustjacket that overlays an illustrated cloth hardcover, and proceeding through a variety of paper stocks, this full color collection by the author of the much heralded Bottomless Belly Button will take you on a ride that makes you think.
retail price - $19.95   copacetic price - $17.77

Binky BrownBinky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary
by Justin Green
introduction by Art Spiegelman
We were a tad skeptical – when we first got wind of this re-issue of one of the undisputed classics of the underground era of comics – that it would justify its hefty price tag:  but all of our doubts vanished as soon as this splediferous volume emerged from the box it arrived in.  This is a fabulous, gilded and embossed hardcover edition that is a whopping 10" x 14" and reproduces the entire original classic comic book directly from the
black & white, pen & ink original, using full color reproduction.  What this means is that you can really see the original art in all its imperfect glory:  white-out, blue pencil, inadvertent stains – all are clearly on display, rendering the creative process visible, and allowing the reader to really see the art that brought this major comics milestone into being.  As for describing the work itself, we'll hand that job off to these highly esteemed commentators:  "Justin Green – he's out of his mind.  I love every stroke of his nervous pen, every tortured scratch he ever scrawled.  He was among the top storytelling artists of the first wave of 'underground' comics, a darkly humorous social commentator, and the FIRST, absolutely the FIRST EVER cartoonist to draw highly personal autobiographical comics.  Binky Brown started many other cartoonists along the same path, myself included."  – R. Crumb  <•> "With Binky Brown, comics went  practically overnight from being an art form that saw from the outside in to one that sees from the inside out.  (Justin Green's) internal struggle can practically be felt in the drawings themselves, the style sometimes changing from panel to panel – sometimes even within the panels themselves – all in a effort to simply arrive at The Truth.  Comics wouldn't be what they are today without this book, and this new edition places it in its proper place in the comics literary canon.  Thank God for Binky Brown.  And thank God for Justin Green."  – Chris Ware  <•>  "I like it very much but I don't get the slang."Federico Fellini  <•> Is there really anything more left to be said?  If those endorsements don't sell you, nothing will!
retail price - $29.00   copacetic price - $26.00

Ditko Suspense Stories
Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Volume One

By Steve Ditko
edited by Blake Bell
This is it!  The motherload of classic early – and rare! and expensive! (take from us, we know) – Ditko comics from 1953 to 1955 is now available in this readily affordable (well, at least when compared to the originals) 240 page hardcover volume from Fantagraphics Books.  Primarily produced for the then respectable Charlton Comics, but with a handful executed for Prize, Ajax, Gillmor and Timor – these are comics!  Presented here in high quality reproductions taken from full color scans of the original comics, this is how they are meant to be seen.  All we have to say right now is, "Yes, yes, yes! Read these great comics." (OK, we also have to say that all fans of Gilbert Hernandez should be taking an extra hard look at some of the comics contained in this volume, as close examination will reveal that therein lies some of his primal inspiration as a cartoonist.)
retail price - $39.95   copacetic price - $34.95

Ditko YoeThe Art of Steve Ditko
by Steve Ditko; edited by Craig Yoe
As if the above weren't enough, we now also have this oversize cloth hardcover brimming with more classic Ditko art!
  Compared to the Fantagraphics volume, the page size is larger and the paper stock seems to us to be a bit brighter and the colors a bit lighter.  This one is divided into a number of thematically organized sections and has a bit more editorial content courtesy of editor Yoe.  While, yes, there is a bit of overlap between the two volumes, it is fairly minimal.  This book spans a greater number of years and presents a wider variety of material and so only a few of the earlier stories are duplicated in the volume listed above.  If your budget limits you to only one volume, we'd have to say go with the Fantagraphics, but, c'mon:  this is classic Ditko we're talking about here. and it's well worth the price, so put if you have to, put it on the back burner for now, but don't forget it's there.
retail price - $29.95   copacetic price - $27.95

Crossing the Empty Quarter
Crossing the Empty Quarter
by Carol Swain
Carol Swain has quietly been amassing a substantial and significant body of work in her native England for approximately a quarter century, building a small but significant following among the comics cognoscenti here in the States, who have been admiring and enjoying her work in dribs and drabs as it has made its way over here in numerous anthologies, one previous collection – Way Out Strips – and two graphic novels – the just released Giraffes in My Hair, done in collaboration with Bruce Paley, and Foodboy – most published by Fantagraphics Books.  Now Dark Horse Books has stepped up to publish a quite substantial collection of her short stories, 38 in all – 29 in black & white and 9 in colour – most of which are executed in her texture-accenting colored pencil technique which has won her many a convert, and many of which have not been previously available in the USA.  This 200 page hardcover is a rare treat that is filled with unique, heartfelt work that hits home.  Get a feel for it with this 20-page online "flip-book."  You'll be glad you did.
retail price - $24.95   copacetic price - $22.22

by Ken Dahl
Ken Dahl is back and as miserable as ever in Monsters, a fraught-filled, deeply personal memoir of his "relationship" with the herpes simplex virus and how it has affected his personal life as well as his physical and psychological health.  The brutal honesty on display here may make uncomfortable reading for some, while others will find it welcome.  There is, however, no debating the artistic authority which Dahl brings to this project.  How the events transpired; what his feelings and thoughts were as they did; how he dealt with the repercussions; the reactions of others, how he responded to them and what he felt as he did – all are conveyed clearly and effectively along with a healthy dollop of educational information about the science behind the virus, leaving the reader with a newfound appreciation for the complexities involved in navigating the physical and emotional minefield of carrying this omnipresent germ.
retail price - $16.95   copacetic price - $15.00

edited by Gary Groth and Eric Reynolds
There's no question that the highlight of this issue is the thirty page conclusion to Paul Hornschemeier's
Life with Mr. Dangerous, which began its serialization in MOME all the way back in the first issue!  Next up in the list is the first ever (to our knowledge, anyway) collaboration between the mighty Dash Shaw and Tom Kaczynski, the aptly titled, "Resolution."  Also on hand are the second parts of both T. Edward Bak's "Wild Man" and Ted Stearn's new Fuzz and Pluck adventure, "The Moolah Tree," as well as the first two parts of Oliver Schrauwen's latest, "Congo Chromo."  Laura Park, Sara Edward-Corbet, Rick Froberg, Kurt Wolfgang, Derek Van Gieson, Renée French, Josh Simmons and Michael Jada round out the issue.  MOME continues to deliver on its promise.
retail price - $14.99   copacetic price - $12.75

TCJ 300The Comics Journal #300
This is, reportedly, the last issue of the Journal in it's current format.  After this it will become a hybrid publication:  updated daily online with the news, reviews, and opinion pieces that have been Journal mainstays for many a decade now, and then, a semi-annually published deluxe book-like edition that sounds like it's taking its cue – at least somewhat – from Comic Art Magazine.  That said, this format is going out with a real BANG!  Its 286 pages are packed with some of the greatest comics conversations you are likely to find under one cover anywhere!  Check it out:  The ball starts rolling with a whopping 32-page exchange between none other than Art Spiegelman and Kevin Huizenga – this one alone is worth the price of admission; this is then folowed in due course by conversations between Jean-Christophe Menu and Sammy Harkham; Frank Quitely and Dave Gibbons; David Mazzucchelli and Dash Shaw; Alison Bechdel and Danica Novgorodoff; Howard Chaykin and Ho Che Anderson; Denny O'Neil and Matt Fraction; Jaime Hernandez and Zak Sally (!); Ted Rall and Matt Bors; Jim Borgman and Keith Knight; and Stan Sakai and Chris Schweizer... whew!  So what are you waiting for?  You know you can't pass this one up!
retail price - $14.99   copacetic price - $12.75

Sublife 2Sublife 2
by John Pham
The creator of the Procrastonauts™ clearly knows whereof he speaks, as he takes his time getting things done; but when he finally gets around to delivering, it's always worth the wait.  This has never been more true than with this, the second issue of Sublife.  If there's another work currently on the shelves that's more jam-packed with the wholesome goodness of fine comics, then we don't know about it.  With the exception of two blank pages that are required to properly demarcate the respective narrative spaces of discrete stories, and which, serving as such, can be considered as aesthetically necessary, this fine objet d'art is brimming over with comics to savor.  Starting off with the literally groovy front and back covers, all content contained in this horizontally fomatted, squarebound, 52-page, two-color work of comics art is presented in a formally integrated fashion.  Pham uses his format to great advantage, exploiting its ability to emphasize both the vertical and the horizontal axes.  As soon as the reader opens the book, it needs to be rotated 90º, which presents a strongly vertical space, in which is first encountered a series of horizontal "daily" strips, folllowed by a truly cosmic saga that makes very good use of this vertical orientation.  We are then taken back down to earth by rotating back to the horizontal for a sedately paced tale, then rotate once more to a single vertical spread relating saints and school days, before again going back to the horizontal for a lengthy, rough-and-tumble Mad Max-esque tale that is reproduced from commensurately tough-and-tum
ble pencils, before everything is wrapped up on the inside back cover, back in the vertical, with a single, full page "Sunday" strip.  Don't leave 2009 behind you without reading this!
retail price - $7.99  copacetic price - $7.00

Beanworld 3Beanworld 3: Remember Here When You Are There
by Larry Marder
introduction by Jeff Smith
The first NEW Beanworld book in... well, we're not sure how long, but we know the number of years is in the double digits, so all you long-time Beanworlders have a real reson to celebrate, and all you Johnny-come-latelies, well, you know, you have a reason to celebrate too, even if you don't know it.  Beanworld was one of the few true originals of the "Black and White Explosion" titles that flooded the market during the mid- to late-80s.  When the flood ebbed, it took most of the forgettable titles with it, but Beanworld had established a firm beachhead on the comics terrain, with a strong core group of supporters that have kept it alive – if out of print – for the intervening years until its 2009 return, courtesy of Dark Horse Books, which began with the collecting of all extant work in two hardcover books, and has now culminated in this third, all-new volume, the first made-to-order Beanworld graphic novel.  Get beany at Larry Marder's Beanworld Bog.
retail price - $19.99   copacetic price - $17.77

ActivateThe Act-I-Vate Primer
edited by Scott Dunbier and Dean Haspiel
forward by Warren Ellis
This horizontally formatted (think laptop screen) hardcover volume sporting a nifty Nick Bertozzi cover illo contains sixteen original stories produced under the aegis of the popular eponymous
comix website. Stand-outs for us were the leadoff tale by Michael Fiffe, "Cactus," "Persimmon Cup" by Nick Bertozzi, and "The Boy Who Came to Stay" by the one and only Roger Langridge.  There's a nice variety of styles on display here and you can check many of them out at the aforementioned website, so go ahead and take a look....  So, what'd you think?
retail price - $24.95  copacetic price - $22.22

Distant Neighborhood2A Distant Neighborhood, Volume 2
by Jiro Taniguchi
Can you believe it?!  A mere month after the first volume finally found its way to our humble shelves, here it is, the concluding second volume!  Who would've believed it?  Taniguchi herein puts his own personal twist on that staple of the autobiographical comics genre, the high school reminiscence.  Instead of the employing the standard autobio method whereby the author simply relates their high school memories, Taniguchi takes this narrative out of the mundane and into the fantastic by having his protagonist spiritually travel back in time to his high school years and physically occupy the body of his own high school self and thereby actually relive a crucial year of his life, but with the mind and memories of his adult self still intact.  It might sound zany, but, in a way, this method simply introduces into the diegesis (in other words, makes explicit) what is normally left outside it (in other words, kept merely implicit), for the author of any autbio comic does, of course, travel back in time
and relive earlier years from the point of view of  their adult self, through memory.   This award winning work helped cement Taniguchi's reputation when it was originally published in Japan in 1998, and now at last American readers have the chance to enjoy this engaging and entertaining "what-if" tale, courtesy of the fine folks at Fanfare/Ponent-Mon.
retail price - $23.00   copacetic price - $20.75

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New for November 2009

Distant Neighborhood 1
A Distant Neighborhood, Volume 1
by Jiro Taniguchi
There is an embarrassment of riches in the Taniguchi department this month as we have – unbelievably – two new (to American readers) works.  A Distant Neighborhood is a two volume work, and we are told that we won't have long to wait for the conclusion.  It is a work of the interior, a what-if sort of tale.  Specifically, it graphically asks the question:  what if you could go back and relive the critical years of your adolescence over again, while still retaining your adult memories?  We don't have anything further to say about this one right now (but we will!) other than, "Hey, it's Taniguchi.  What more do you need to know?"  Well then, how about checking out this brief preview (look to the left hand side of the page and click on the thumbnails of the cover image for this book [and the next] to get to the preview and then click on the thumbnails of the pages for full size images).
retail price - $23.00   copacetic price - $20.75

The Summit of the Gods, Volume 1
by Jiro Taniguchi and Yumemakura Baku
Summit of the Gods 1While this is, evidently, an adaptation of an adventure novel of the same name by Yumemakura Baku, it is a match made in heaven, as it reads like pure Taniguchi.  In many respects this is an ideal follow-up to Quest for the Missing Girl.  Summit of the Gods is an exploration into the mechanics of masculinity, male-bonding, identity formation and the competitive instinct in the guise of a mountain climbing epic.  It is also an artistic tour de force as Taniguchi pulls out all the stops and goes for page after page of stunning art that deftly parallels the urban environs of Tokyo, wherein the skeins of the story unwind and the haunting mountain peaks that are the story's central focus.  Readers are drawn into this work through a fairly sophisticated use of narrative bracketing technique – somewhat reminiscent of Joseph Conrad – that quite successfully contextualizes these ruggedly manly atavistic adventures in the world of men doing business in modern Japan.  The story starts off with a photographer in Nepal having just finished covering a failed attempt at scaling Mt. Everest.  His nagging feelings of let down lead him to linger longer in Kathmandu wherein he stumbles into the tale that makes up Summit of the Gods and which we are subtly led to see from his point of view.  It is a story that presents many of the tropes we associate with the superhero genre of comics here in the USA – a rugged, muscle-bound, loner driven by the inner demons of having his parents die tragically while he was still a child to become obsessed with achievement to the point of alienating his peers yet through his achievements attracting the adulation of a teen sidekick who had a similarly tragic loss of his parents (beginning to sound familiar?) – yet with a spectacularly greater degree of realism than what we associate with American superhero comics.  This is a story that is set in the real world and, while there is an element of escapism present in the mountain climbing theme, the material is entirely devoid of the fantastic fantasies that are essential to superheroes by their very nature, yet it nevertheless manages to provide the same quintessential frisson-filled catharsis.  This makes it an ideal comics work for those long-suffering comics fans who pine for that long-ago thrill that they once enjoyed in the pages of superhero comics but that is now denied them by the reality principle that has been imposed upon them as  responsible adults. Taniguchi is without peer in his ability to create a sense of place and in setting the pace, and this work is a real page turner if ever there was one (except for the fact that some readers will want to pause to lavish their attention on the amazingly detailed urban and mountain landscapes).  And this 320 page epic is only the first of FIVE volumes.  For lovers of pen & ink adventure, it's almost too good to be true...
retail price - $25.00   copacetic price - $22.22

Hot PotatoeHot Potatoe
by Marc Bell
Voot O'Reenie!  Break out the Slim Gaillard and get comfortable!  This gigantic album of the one and only Marc Bell, Canada's answer to long lonely winters, is coming over and you'll want to be prepared.  Comics, illustration, mixed media and Bell's own idiosyncratic combinations of these that together embody one of the most singular ouevres in the art comics biz are all amply on display in the over 270, 9" x 12" pages.  Color and black and white works are reproduced accordingly and with care in this multiple-paper-stock-employing oversize hardcover volume that is an ideal tonic for chasing away those winter blues, and has been released just in time to do the job
retail price - $39.95   copacetic price - $33.95BQ 13

Big Questions #13: A House That Floats
by Anders Nilsen
Already another issue!  This is the shortest interval between issues since D & Q began publishing it with the seventh issue; and not only that, but this time out we have a double-length 48-page issue!  It appears that Mr. Nilson has been eating his Wheaties™.  This issue comes equipped with French flaps which provide the added bonus of cameo-style portraits and mini-bios of the entire cast of characters.  We know that this issue, coming so fast on the heels of the last, and being a double issue to boot, will be a shock to the wallet of some, and so we are offering it, for now, at a special reduced price.
retail price - $9.95   copacetic price - $7.77

Red SnowRed Snow
by Susumu Katsumata
Canadian publisher, Drawn and Quarterly extends their manga winning streak with the excellent hardcover collection of ten short stories.  Susumu Katsumata is yet another of the
manga maestros who are woefully under-recognized here in North America that D & Q has taken upon themselves to introduce to what they hope – and so far has been – an appreciative audience.  Katusmata's work is unique in that it falls into the category of gekiga – the grittier form of manga pioneered by Tatsumi and others – yet, unlike the vast majority of those practicing their craft within this form, Katsumata's tales are set in rural pre-modern Japan, giving his work some parallels with that master of Japanese cinema, Akira Kurosawa.  Includes an interview with and biography of the author.
retail price - $24.95   copacetic price - $22.22

Aya Sectrets

Aya: The Secrets Come Out

by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
The third volume in this intelligent and endearing look at bourgeois life in Côte d'Ivoire – The Ivory Coast to those of us in the English speaking world – during the 1970s that focuses on the trials and tribulations of a large cast of characters (that are helpfully outlined in a double page spread to assist those readers for whom this volume is their first to get up to speed) that centers on a  young woman named Aya.  Oubrerie's art is stunning as usual, as he continues to bring to life the unique color pallet of western Africa.  At once exotic and mundane, this series truly brings this time and place back to life.
retail price - $19.95   copacetic price - $17.77

Moomin New
The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My
by Tove Jansson
This NOT a fifth book in the collection of Moomin comics.  That collection was – to the best of our knowledge – completed with the fourth volume.  What this IS, is something else altogether:  an amazing example of book arts that combines storytelling, gorgeous full color illustration and inventive die-cutting to create a unique reading experience that can be enjoyed by all ages.  Be sure to pick this one up and look through it!
retail price - $16.95   copacetic price - $15.00

Like a Dog
Like a Dog
by Zak Sally
Long suffering indy comics – and, indy music (he was a member of the rock trio Low for many a moon) – creator, editor and publisher steps into the Fantagraphics spotlight with this rugged yet strangely elegant hardcover collection that gives us – his not quite so suffering fans – a chance to read the vast majority of his hard to find and largely out of print work, including, most notably, the first two numbers of The Recidivist (the third is still, as of this writing, in print and available from Sally's own imprint, La Mano).  Visceral, gripping, dark, and, most importantly, good, these are comics worth reading.  Here's a PDF preview to help give you a better idea what we're talking about (and to help induce you to take the plunge, we're offering it at a special price).
retail price - $22.95   copacetic price - $18.88

edited by Eric Reynolds and Gary Groth
The obvious highlight of this issue for us here at The CCC is
the new Cold Heat story by the team of Frank Santoro, Ben Jones & Jon Vermilyea.  In addition, we have on hand:  the furiously productive Dash Shaw, who translates an episode of "Blind Date" into comics form; the second chapter of T. Edward Bak's "Wild Man - The Strange Journey - and Fantastic Accounts - of the Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller, from Bavaria to Bolshaya Zemlya (and Beyond)"; new work from Renée French (who is also responsible for this issue's front and back covers); an all-new “Funny Bunny” strip by the rarely seen (in comics, anyway) Archer Prewitt; “The Moolah Tree”, a new Fuzz & Pluck graphic novel from Ted Stearn, begins it's serialization here; the MOME debut of Nicholas Mahler – "What Is Art?" (translated by Kim Thompson); and new stories from Lilli Carré, Conor O'Keefe, Laura Park, Nate Neal, and Sara Edward-Corbett, with incidental drawings by Kaela Graham.  Get a PDF preview, HERE.
retail price - $14.95   copacetic price - $12.75

CB 53Cometbus #53
by Aaron Cometbus
Aaron is still riding the Punk Train (see #52 for more).  This time out we have a lengthy piece on the early days of punk and art and comics in NYC in the mid-1970s that is largely derived from an in-depth interview Aaron conducted with John Holstrom, the co-founder of the legendary Punk Magazine.  But that's just the main course, there's plenty more on offer here.  For starters, this issue is co-authored by long-time Cometbus pal, Maddalena Polletta, who contributes a half dozen pieces which are interspersed throughout, providing contrapuntal hamony and making for a idiosyncratic and personal – if dolorous – production.  Grab a copy and stick it in your pocket, so that when you head out into the cold harsh world you'll know you have a friend along.
retail price - $3.00   copacetic price - $2.75

No Cartoon Left BehindNo Cartoon Left Behind
by Rob Rogers
Here it is, the big book of editorial cartoons by the resident cartoonist at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for the past quarter century.  This is an especially nice book as editorial cartoon collections go.  It is a wallopin' 380
10" x 12" pages printed on semi-gloss stock.  It opens up with five chapters that give a brief overview of Rob's development as a cartoonist and then heads in for twenty thematically united chapters of cartoons that take us on rollercoaster ride of the last twenty five years, through the prism of his editorial lens.  Especially interesting is the chapter, "Holy Cow Tipping," which includes a number of examples of the kind of venomous and vituperative responses his cartoons sometimes receive from the Post-Gazette's readership as well as several cartoons that were either killed by the editors of the paper or deemed by Rogers himself to have been a mistake.  This chapter provides a fascinating behind the scenes glimpse at the world of editorial cartooning that is the icing on this birthday cake of a book.
retail price - $39.95   copacetic price - $35.95

Miyazaki Starting Points
Starting Point: 1979 - 1996
by Hayao Miyazaki
This 460 page hardcover is a dream come true for anyone wanting to learn more about the life and mind of Miyazaki, the man behind what are probably the greatest animated films of our time.  This volume collects essays, interviews, and memoirs written and conducted during the first two decades of his career.  Readers will discover his theories of animation as well as how he came to formulate them, stories of his childhood, the founding of Studio Ghibli, as well as how all these came together.  Food for thought, indeed.
retail price - $29.95   copacetic price - $27.77

LogicomixLogicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
By Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos H. Papadimitriou
Artwork by Alecos Papadatos and Annie Di Donna
We're sorry for not listing this sooner, but our initial shipment sold out in a matter of days after its arrival – before we even had the chance to list it here – and then when we went to reorder we learned that the entire first printing had sold out!  Well, now that we have our hot little hands on the second printing we want to let all you math and logic types, as well as those intrigued by the developments in this field that led to the Alan Turing's breakthroughs that made computers possible and so indirectly gave birth to the information age amidst which we currently find ourselves, that this engaging and highly readable graphic account the history of mathematics and logic during the first half of the twentieth century is now back on our shelves.  Employing the dramatic device of linking all the historical events to the life of the philosopher/mathematician, Bertrand Russell, and bracketing the story with a self-referential account of its creation in the present, the authors have managed the difficult feat of simultaneously educating and entertaining the reader in equal measure.  Needless to say (but, as all of you reading this well know, that has never stopped us before and we see no reason to let it start stopping us here) this book is packed with potential to be the perfect holiday gift for any mathematically inclined comics reader.  Learn plenty more about it at:
retail price - $22.95   copacetic price - $20.00Treehouse Kramers

Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror

by... The Kramers Ergot Gang!
We're also sorry for not listing this sooner, but our initial shipment of this too sold out in a matter of days after its arrival – before we even had the chance to list it here – and we weren't sure that we would be able to get a restock on it.  But now we have!  So, if you missed out on this one the first time around, you have received a reprieve and been given another chance – don't blow it.  What's all the fuss about?  Well, this is a 48 page (no interior ads!) full color comic book "starring" the Simpsons written and drawn by Tim Hensley, Matthew Thurber, Kevin Huizenga, Jordan Crane, Ted May, Sammy Harkham, Will Sweeney, Jon Vermilyea, Ben Jones, John Kerschbaum, Jeffrey Brown and C.F., and featuring a cataclysmic cover by none other than dazzlin' Dan Zettwoch - 'nuff said!
retail price - $4.95   copacetic price - $4.44

Items from our November 2009 listings may now be purchased online at our new site, HERE.

New for October 2009

Crumb GenesisThe Book of Genesis, Illustrated
by R. Crumb
Yes, here it is:  the most talked about book in comics.  Five years at the drawing board hath wrought Crumb's own pen & ink rendering of the West's origin myth.  Crumb, as he warned and as we would naturally expect, hasn't pulled any punches and has illustrated this tale as written, warts and all.  Crumb says it best himself in his introduction:  "I, R. Crumb, the illustrator of this book, have, to the best of my ability, faithfully reproduced every word of the original text... Every other comic book version of The Bible that I've seen contains passages of completely made-up narrative and dialogue, in an attempt to streamline and 'modernize'  the old scriptures, and still, these various comic book Bibles all claim to adhere to the belief that the Bible is 'the word of God' or 'inspired by God,' whereas I, ironically, do not believe the Bible is 'the word of God.'  I believe it is the words of men.  It is, nonetheless, a powerful text with layers of meaning that reach deep into our collective consciousness, our historical consciousness, if you will.  It seems to be an inspired work but I believe that its power derives from its having been a collective endeavor that evolved and condensed over many generations ..."  Every line in this book is hand drawn.  The only mechanical text is on the copyright page, the inside jacket flaps, and the commentary in the addendum.  It's the Bible!  It's a comic book!  It's Crumb!  It is, in short, amazing.  Dive right in with this preview.
retail price - $24.95   copacetic price - $22.22

Best Comics 2009The Best American Comics 2009
edited by Charles Burns
Well, Crumb is a tough act to follow, but we'll give it a shot with this star-studded anthology filled with the best and the brightest from the last twelve months of comics, as judged by Charles Burns.  In a book like this, we feel that the contributor list says it best:  Doug Allen, Peter Bagge, Gabrielle Bell, Matt Broersma, Daniel Clowes, Al Columbia, Robert Dennis Crumb, Sammy Harkham, Tim Hensley, Gilbert Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga, Ben Katchor, Kaz, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Michael Kupperman, Jason Lutes, Tony Millionaire, Jerry Moriarty, Anders Nilsen, Gary Panter, Laura Park, Mimi Pond, Ron Regé, David Sandlin, Koren Shadmi, Dash Shaw, Art Spiegelman, Ted Stearn, Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, Dan Zettwoch.  'Nuff said.  Well, actually, we can't help but add that while the material contained in this anthology is absolutely fabulous, the quality of its reproduction is, mysteriously, not up to the same standard as the three previous volumes in this series, which were excellent in that department.  This shouldn't stop anyone from picking up this fine volume, but it is worrisome.  Let's hope that this was a one time aberration and that next year we'll find the fine folks at Houghton Mifflin have figured out what went wrong and put things in the production department back on track.
retail price - $22.95   copacetic price - $20.00

Wholphin 9Wholphin 9

It seems like some of you have forgotten about the wholesome goodness that is Wholphin, The DVD magazine of rare and unseen short films.  Seeing as how we like all things related to the number nine,  we've chosen this issue to offer a special "let's-get-reacquainted" price on.  It's a packed disc – over three hours worth of material. 
It's an especially good issue, filled with all sorts of films from around the world.  The official hype states:  "Wholphin No. 9 features three, hilarious, never-before-seen short films by Spike Jonze (which include appearances by Maurice Sendack and Catherine Keener, and illustrations by Marcel Dzama!); Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story, "Sparks," starring Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz; the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "La Corona," about a high-stakes beauty pageant in a Colombian women’s prison; an incredibly rare and candid glimpse into the life of a Mormon fundamentalist who shares a husband with her younger biological sister; the Jury Prize-winning short from Cannes; Caveh Zahedi; meteorites; motordromes; acting lesson orgasms; films from Belgium, France, Germany, Australia and Japan, and much more."  And there's plenty more besides!  Review the entire contents and preview it here.
retail price - $19.95  copacetic special price - $15.95

OK, there is a growing list of new fiction releases here on the shelves at Copacetic that we believe will be of interest, but, sadly are nowhere near to being able to proffer any intelligible comments on... so we're going to punt.  In the following listings we have enlisted the writers' friends and peers who have graciously contributed the jacket copy – "blurbs" – to do the job for us.
Chronic City

Chronic CIty
by Jonathan Lethem 
Those of you who enjoyed Lethem's contribution to The Book of Other People
– as we most certainly did here at Copacetic – will be pleased to discover that it was an excerpt from this novel, about which David Shields has to say:  "I'm reminded of the well-rubbed Kafka line:  A book must be the axe to break the frozen sea within us.  Lethem's book, with incredible fury, aspires to do little less.  It's almost certainly his best novel.  It's genuinely great."  How about them apples!
retail price - $28.95  copacetic price - $25.00


by Dave Eggers
"Zeitoun is an instant American classic carved from fierce eloquence and a haunting moral sensibility.  By wrestling with the demons of xenophobia and racial profiling that converged in the swirling vortex of Hurricane Katrina and post-9/11 America, Eggers lets loose the angels of wisdom and courage that hover over the lives of the beleaguered, but miraculously unbroken, Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun.  This is a major work full of fire and wit by one of our most important writers." – Michael Eric Dyson
retail price - $24.00  copacetic price - $20.00

Bunny Munro

The Death of Bunny Munro
by Nick Cave
"Put Cormac McCarthy, Franz Kafka and Benny Hill together in a Brighton seaside guesthouse and they might just come up with Bunny Munro.  As it stands, though, this novel emerges emphatically as the work of one of the great cross-genre storytellers o our age: a compulsive read possessing all of Nick Cave's trademark horror and humanity, often thinly disguised in a galloping, playful romp."  – Irvine Welsh (See Nick read.  Read Nick, read.)
retail price - $25.00  copacetic price - $22.22

Fantagraphics is still pumping them out...

Pim and FranciePim & Francie
by Al Columbia
Yes, you've read that correctly, it's an entire hardcover volume devoted to the work of that notorious comics recluse, Al Columbia.  Enter the deeply creepy cartoon world of funeral parlors, undertakers, cadavers and creatures the likes of which were never seen anywhere but in these pages.  This book reads like a scrap book for an aborted animation project that succeeded all too well in dragging the artist's inner demons out from his unconscious and into the light of the drawing table lamp, whereupon they proceeded to wreak havoc on his soul.  It appears that the artist may have come to the realization that he could not allow these foul creatures to become fully formed, lest they burrow into the collective consciousness – or, conversely, this may very well be from whence they emerged and he has cleverly trapped them here so that we could identify them and thereby prevent them from inflicting any further damage.  Either way, tread carefully...  AND, before, while or after you do, be SURE to read this amazing in-depth look at Pim & Francie on ComicsComics.
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.00

popeye 4
Popeye, Volume 4
by E.C. Segar
The latest giant-size, full-color, die-cut-hardcover collection of the classic Sunday pages (as well as also containing, in glorious black and white, the accompanying daily strips, cleverly laid out six [as in Monday through Saturday] to a page so as to perfectly balance out the weekly rhythm of the Sunday pages) is here.  Classic comics written and drawn by E.C. Segar collected in a book designed by Jacob Covey that is published by Fantagraphics so as to be offered for sale by Copacetic, and purchased by... you?
retail price - $29.95  copacetic price - $25.00

Cat Burglar Black
Cat Burglar Black
by Richard Sala
An all new 128 page full color graphic novel full of trademark Sala tropes.  K. is a cute teenage orphan raised by a crazed matron to be a master thief and pickpocket.  She has now been invited to attend Bellsong Academy, a (need we say it?) mysterious boarding school where something is not as it seems...  The works of Richard Sala provide formal pleasures akin to those of  amusement park haunted house rides; their pages filled with twists that present thrills at every turn.  From (:01) First Second Books.
retail price - $16.95  copacetic price - $15.25
PR 3

Project Recess, Volume 3
by James Jean
The third installment in the elegantly designed and much demanded (the first two were quick sellouts) series of the art of James Jean provides an intimate look at the working methods of this talented, stylish and popular artist.  A plain black die-cut cover hints at the informal sketchbook/scrapbook contents within.  Fans who have been waiting to get an up-close and personal look at the creative core of James Jean now have their chance.  
Check this out for an idea what's in store (but only a hint, as the cumulative effect of a book full of work can't be captured in a preview),.
retail price - $34.95   copacetic price - $29.75

Poem StripPoem Strip
by Dino Buzzati
An Italian author and illustrator best known for his 1952 novel, The Tartar Steppe, a Kafkaesque take on WW II that based in part on his own experiences, as well as for a series of classic children's books, including The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily, Dino Buzzati here presents us with his swan song in Poem Strip.  An unusual synthesis of words and pictures, it just barely qualifies as comics... but it does.  Created when the author was in his 60s, and set in a highly hedonistic and fabulously fleshy rendering of the "swinging sixties," it is a retelling of the Orpheus myth, casting a pop/rock singer/songwriter in the lead.  It makes for an intriguing read, and the most fun comes from sussing out the symbol-laden artwork.  There is no getting around the male gaze of the artist and fetishization of the female form on display here, nor can one avoid the equations of sex, sin and death, but these are all part of the formula that links the multiple mythic memes of the Mediterranean.  The republication of this classic simultaneously provides a missing piece of both the puzzle of the 1960s and the development of the graphic novel. 
retail price - $14.95   copacetic price - $13.50
Blood From Stars

Joe Henry:  Blood From Stars (CD)
Another impossibly good album from the one and only Joe Henry.  Amazingly, you can listen to the entire LP online at his site, 
HERE (Just click on "Launch MP3 player to listen").  And while you're listening to it, you can take a moment to read the note he penned on the day of its release, HERE.  And, please note that both the package and booklet covers feature photographs taken by Eugene Smith in Pittsburgh, PA during his epic Dream Street project of 1955-56.
retail price - $17.98   copacetic price - $15.97

And then there's our haul from SPX 2009.  As with every year, we picked up some great stuff.  Some highlights include:

Jack SurvivesThe Complete Jack Survives
by Jerry Moriarty
Begun thirty years ago, Jack has at last found a permanent luxury dwelling in this sumptuously produced (by Buenaventura Press) oversized hardcover book that will be treasured by comics aesthetes everywhere.  Jerry Moriarty, who has the courage to admit that, "When I started out, I didn't know what I was doing," took a chance and headed into unknown territory, taking a painterly sensibility rooted in the depression-era painting of Hopper, Sheeler and Burchfield, and grafting it straight onto his own hardwired, homegrown comics sensibility.  Without taking the time to worry what it all meant or where he was going, he just struck out for the territory and made it all his own.  Take a tour.Gigantic Robot
retail price - $34.95   copacetic price - $29.75

also from Buenaventura Press, which is currently championing the classic comic book (i.e. pamphlet) form:

The Gigantic Robot
by Tom Gauld
A meditation on the ephemerality of existence that tries to have it both ways, as only comics can.
retail price - $16.95   copacetic special  price - $12.95

I Want you

I Want You
Injury 3
by (this year's Ignatz winner for Outstanding Mini-Comic)
Lisa Hanawalt  
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

by Ted "St. Louis Blues" May & Co.
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

boys club 3

The Aviatrix
by Eric "Tales to Demolish" Haven
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

Boy's Club #3
by Matt "B.J. Jr." Furie
retail price - $4.95  copacetic price - $4.44

KC 70And then there's the double header from John P.:

King-Cat #70
by John Porcellino
The issue that marks the twentieth anniversary of King-Cat Comics and Stories.  And it really is an extra special issue, one of the best ever.  Twenty years.  Amazing. Congratulations, Mr. P.!
retail price - $3.00  copacetic price - $3.00

Map of my heart

Map of My Heart

by John Porcellino
To celebrate King-Cat Comics and Stories' twentieth birthday, Drawn and Quarterly has given us a present:  this swell 360 page volume that collects King-Cat Comics and Stories #51 - #61 – all classics – in their entirety, along with copious notes, bonus comics, journal and notebook entries, maps, and even an index (of titles)!  This one should be a no-brainer for everyone except those who already own the originals (and even they might be tempted by the bonuses).  Those who are unfamiliar with Porcellino's work can get a nice PDF  taste of it hereAnd, we're adding to the celebration by offering a special discount.
retail price - $24.95  copacetic special price - $19.95

Diehard indy comics distributor-cum-publisher, Bodega, was on hand with their two latest releases:
Follow Me
Follow Me
by Jesse Moynihan
Here we have 120 pages of comics that stand a good chance of intriguing quite a few more readers than they currently are (at least around here).  Readers of comics by the Kramers crowd – specifically, C.F., B.J., and Sammy H. – as well as Chester Brown fans mourning the lack of new work, and members of the Theo Ellsworth Army, all stand to be pleasantly surprised by Mr. Moynihan's work in Follow Me, which is, technically, the third part of The Backwards Folding Mirror (we're out of the first two parts at the moment, but we'll see what we can do about getting them back in stock; that said, this one will stand on its own).  Check it out and see what you think, here.
retail price - $11.00  copacetic price - $8.75

Mourning Star 2
The Mourning Star, Book 2

by Kazimir Strzepak
The second volume in an ongoing series, this one is, like the first (which we've still got around here somewhere), a fat, square, Jordan Crane designed book packed with alternate universe action.  This work shows some affinity to the work of Fort Thunderers Brian Chippendale, Chris Fourges and, especially, Brian Ralph, in its themes and visual vocabulary, but it is a quite a bit more accessible to the uninitiated. 
retail price - $13.00  copacetic price - $11.00

Papercutter 11
Tugboat Press keeps on chugging along...

Papercutter #11
The latest issue of our favorite regularly published comics anthology debuted at SPX, and it's another issue that no indy comics fan will want to miss.  The bulk of the issue – 26 pages and one front cover worth, to be exact – are devoted to "Lululand," a slice of life  vignette of the life of Lulu a wondering and wandering washer of dishes and dreamer of dreams trying to figure it out that is imagined by writer Amy Adoyzie and diligently delineated by Jon Sukarangsan.  Backing this up is "Duperman," a snappy one-pager by your friend and mine, Dustin Harbin, and "Letter Home," a story of schoolwork vs. artwork by someone who should know, the Portland, OR artist and educator, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg, who takes us through to the back cover.  Inside covers by Nate Beaty.  Edited by Greg Means
retail price - $4.00  copacetic price - $3.50

Some of the better small-press and self-published comics we picked up include:

Schematic Comics
Schematic Comics
by Dan Zettwoch
First off, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention this unexpected treat. This is a new printing of one of the hits of SPX 2005 that has long been unavailable and highly sought after.  It collects fifteen fabulous pieces by the talented and versatile Mr. Zettwoch.  All we have to say is:  If you missed this the first time around, then don't make the same mistake twice!  Come one down and pick this one up before it's gone again.  And this goes double for anyone who wasn't around for the first go round.  This one's a classic of self-publishing.  48 pages under a hand-silk-screened cover.
retail price - $3.95  copacetic price - $3.95

Funny Aminals

Funny Aminals

Long suffering fans of the funny animal genre of comic books, one of the classic standard bearers of the comics tradition that has fallen by the wayside as of late, have much to rejoice with the release of this magical magazine size comic book that is clearly a labor of love.   Full color front and back covers, printed on heavy stock, contain 68 pages of comics and stories
by the likes of Joe Lambert, Bryan Stone, Colleen Frakes, Penina and more, all entirely devoted to animal fun, and includes a lengthy essay on the history of the genre by none other than Mr. Steve "Swamp Thing" Bissette!  Learn more about the Funny Aminal gang, here.  Recommended (and, on special)! 
retail price - $8.00  copacetic price - $6.00

Pope Hats
Pope Hats
by Ethan Rilly
This guy has the chops and pulls off some nice slice of life comics about twenty-somethings with an easy naturalism and quiet verisimilitude that make him an obvious choice to nominate as a potential successor the Adrian Tomine.  This comic is a nice, professionally printed comic, complete with full color cardstock cover, made possible by Mr. Rilly's receipt of a Xeric grant.  We think you should check this out, so we're offering a special introductory price on it, for now. 
retail price - $4.00  copacetic special price - $2.50

And, while you're at it, you might want to pick up Ethan's latest mini, The Nervous Party.  It's well worth the
$2.00 you'll have to shell out.

Woman King
Woman King
by Colleen Frakes
Ms. Frakes took home this year's Ignatz for "Promising New Talent."  The award specifically cited Woman King in its announcement, so it is a winner by association.   We also have last year's Tragic Relief trade edition for the same special price.
retail price - $7.00  copacetic price - $5.95

This Is What Concerns Me
Nine Gallons
all by Susie Cagle
Leftist, hippie, vegan comics from San Francisco by someone who can tell a story and draw.  Entertaining and enlightening.
all except Nine Gallons
retail price - $2.00   copacetic price - $2.00@
Nine Gallons – retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.44

Exploding Head Man
Solipsist's Doodles
by Jason Overby
Are you ready for 128 (96 and 32 pages respectively) pages of unimpeded personal expression in comic book form?  If so you might want to give these the once over.  Original and unique, obscure yet satisfying, Overby's comics are leading us somewhere, but it's too soon to tell if it's going to be to a place where we'll want to stick around.  Here are comics for risk takers.
Exploding Head Man – retail price - $6.00  copacetic price - $6.00
Solipsist's Doodles – retail price - $3.00  copacetic price - $3.00

Dead Letters and Rare Words
by Mark Burrier
A nice 60-page sketchbook collection with cardstock two-color cover.
retail price - $5.00  copacetic price - $4.44

Love Is a Peculiar Type of Thing
by Box Brown
The latest confessional comics-creating Brown (as in Jeffrey, Chester, and, intriguingly, beginning with the granddaddy of all confessional comics, the fictional "Binky") enters the indy arena with this Xeric Foundation supported 96 page squarebound collection of comics in the great Brown tradition.
retail price - $10.00  copacetic price - $8.75

And we've saved the best for last!  The Copacetic pick for the highlight of this year's SPX is:

Cold Heat Special 6 Cold Heat Special #6
published by PictureBox
Yes, Cold Heat Special 8 and 9 have come (and, in the case of number 8, gone as well) but without any sign of numbers 6 and 7... until now!  Over a year in the making, Cold Heat Special Number Six is now in stock and it's a one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted work of art.  Wrapped in fabulous front and back cover silkscreens – complete with inside front and back cover silk-screened "endpapers," which are overlaid with hand tipped full color "plates" (ink jet prints) – this magazine-size special is an aesthetic treat and feast for the eyes, yes, but most of all it is an experience for the mind.  Extending and vastly expanding on the themes he introduced in his first Cold Heat Special (number two), Cornwell has here seamlessly merged his own artistic concerns with those of Cold Heat creators BJ and Santoro to forge a fantastic journey to the center of the mind that intimates at the nature of eternal recurrence and the simultaneity of historicity in a universe that has banished linear time and made way for cosmic consciousness.  Working firmly in the Cold Heat tradition of
turning readers on to DIY culture and the untested possibilities of a new life living off the grid and on the fringes, and smartly leveraging the series' signs and symbols for maximum psychic impact, this comic book also reveals that the corridors of power extend in multiple directions through time and space, penetrating numerous dimensional barriers along the way, and that the control of the power that thusly flows is directed by some unusual players engaged in some surprising relationships.  Limited to 100 hand numbered copies. Recommended!
retail price - $12.00  copacetic price - $10.00

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