Yes, it has finally come to pass: Ed the Happy Clown is back in print in book form for the first time in decades, in what is likely to be the definitive edition. This is the ground breaking work that both put Chester Brown on the map and broadened the horizons of comics in the 1980s, causing a seismic shift in its landscape and charting a new direction away from heroic fantasy through a methodology that, in hindsight, can be seen to be – at least in some respects – a deconstruction of the psychological as well as epistemological underpinnings of that genre, which has since become dominated by corporate entertainment behemoths. Ed the Happy...
The cover image with whichthe collectedArt Comicfirst greets the eye,in juxtaposing Yves Klein’s “Leap into the Void” with Jeff Koon’s “Balloon Dog,” sends a strong, clear signal of what is in store for the reader, once they crack the cover. The protagonist’s leap here is made with an expression mixing equal parts of hope,fear and anxiety (with, perhaps, a hint of aggression), likely matchingThurber’s own feelings regarding the work’s central concern: the contemporary, NYC-centered, fine art world, and his experiences therein and thereof.
The story begins from the perspective of youthful idealism embodied by students attending Thurber’s...
The inimitable David B. continues his partnership with Middle East scholar, Jean-Pierre Fililu. Employing his amazing ability to visually render concepts in ways that illuminate the intellect and point the way towards comprehension and understanding make this another truly educational read that will be sure to provide American readers with fresh perspectives on their own history.
Back in print in this newDrawn and Quarterly hardcover edition!
Lynda Barry's art has never been more rich and satisfying than it is inOne Hundred Demons, the landmark 2002 book which represented a formal and stylistic breakthough not only for Ms. Barry, but for the world of comics as well. The work she has created for this beautifully printed volume features a layered bricolage that is undergirded by confident brushwork and an intuitively intimate color sense. All of it is solidly welded to an amazing and joyful sense of play in the service of a universalized personal revelation. Taken together, it makes for an unforgettable reading...
As the increasingly pervasive mediated reality in which we find ourselves here in North America, in all its ever-more-varying-(and dazzling!) forms, gradually gains ground in its encroachment on the natural reality that we had formerly, and throughout the entirety of human evolution, taken for granted, our sense of who we are and what constitutes appropriate behavior in the broad spectrum of human endeavor and social interaction, is undergoing a shift. Lucky for us, Dash Shaw is here to help us find our way with this insightful comics examination of the changes that are going on right behind our noses.
Whether the point of this novel is to show us the adult that lies latent in the child or to reveal to us the child that the adult never manages to quite fully outgrow is a question that is difficult if not fruitless to answer. What is certain, however, is that the novel Edwin Mullhouse is brilliantly conceived. It is also shockingly well written, replete with uncannily accurate descriptions of childhood perceptions that can at times be overwhelmingly sympathetic. It is at turns funny, sad, insightful, and even profound; but above all else, it is deeply creepy: It reveals -- almost imperceptibly at first, but then slowly, incrementally, the...
Here's an item that we've had in stock at the store for awhile now, but failed to give it the attention that it deserves. And so now, in emulation of this fine work's protagonist, Takeshi Shiga, we are coming down from our mountain refuge to set things straight. This work is as excellent a piece of craftmanship as you are likely to find anywhere in comics today. Let's just come right out and say it: Jiro Taniguchi is the man. Divided into a meticulously planned and expertly paced thirteen chapters, this book presents a classic story arc involving an archetypal man of honor repaying a debt. The archetype to which Shiga belongs falls into...
NOW AVAILABLE IN SOFTCOVER!
Perhaps the single greatest science-fiction-adventure bande dessinée series of all time, the six-volumeseries that was originally published in France throughout the 1980s has at last been collected in its entirety in a single 316 pagesoftcover volume for a price that works out to less than $4.50 per volume – barely more than a standard American comic book. Massively influential (see Brian Michael Bendis's introduction cum rant), The Incal has informed many a popular culture work, across mediums: films, television series, and books, in addition to the countless comics, manga and graphic novels tha have been...
At last, the good news has arrived!
The Offical Breakdown Press Release sayeth:
223 x 312mm -- 240 pages --offset printed -- softcover
"Read any GOOD BOOKS lately, punk?"
For the first time ever,Good News Bible: The Complete Deadline Strips of Shaky Kanecollects Shaky Kane's complete comic strips and illustrations from the ground-breaking British counter-culture magazine, Deadline, which between 1988 and 1995 spawned Jamie Hewlett's Tank Girl and launched dozens of cartoonists' careers.
Drenched in wry wit, Kane's politically charged, hallucinatory, Jack Kirby-infused punk cartoons crackle with intensity and bombast, remaining as relevant...
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John P. has this to say about his latest creation: "This All-Animals Issue features stories on possums, dogs, cats, Midwestern mountain lions, moths, horses, frogs, toads, and more! Plus Catcalls and Top 40 etc etc. A winner. 40 digest pages, black and white throughout."
The All-Animals Issue! Don't miss it!
We've been carrying most of the publications produced by Pittsburgh-based air and nothingness press here at Copacetic for just about as long as the shop has been around. AAN was founded in 1997, not long before we opened our doors, and its books found their way onto our shelves soon thereafter. AAN has recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary, so we thought we'd take a moment to highlight a few of its recent releases. An AAN specialty is themed anthologies, the latest of which, The Librarian, is perhaps their most ambitious project yet. The first volume comes in four different designs, reflecting its bibliocentric theme.
AAN has a strong design sensibility with a notable housestyle, nowhere is this more evident than in its new tabloid newspaper series, AaNX. Take a look:
All these and many more are available in our shop and also online, directly from AAN, HERE.
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