We just purchased a major underground/alternative/independent comics collection of over 1000 pieces, total, running, roughly, from 1967 through 2007, including complete or near-to complete runs of Zap, Arcade, Weirdo, American Splendor, Zero Zero, Real Stuff, and much, much, much more – including lots of Crumb, Deitch, Griffith, Spain, Trina, et al.
These will be going out into the shop over the next several months. It's going to take awhile. We have only just started processing the collection. Here's a look at some of what we've put out so far:
First up, on Wednesday, February 5, from 6pm to 8pm, Kurt Ankeny will be in town to promote his new collection, Pleading with Stars and doing double-duty at 3138 Dobson Street: from 6pm to 7pm he will be making a special presentation for the Pittsburgh Comics Salon being held that evening at Kaibur Coffee down on the first floor, and then from 7pm to 8pm he'll be up on the third floor at Copacetic hanging out and signing books.
Then, on Saturday, February 8, also from 6pm to 8pm, Nick Vincenti will be rolling into town from NYC to join Nate McDonough in celebrating the release of their loooong in the making collaboration... Wolfarini!
Don't miss this chance to see Pittsburgh's own mega-talented Jim Rugg present on his latest work – and more! He will be appearing at The Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland, at 7:00pm on Thursday, January 23. And... it's FREE - to all those who have a Carnegie Library Card. So, anyone out there who doesn't yet have a card, now's a good time to get one. Should anyone reading this be unaware, the Carnegie Library system offers plenty of great comics, especially the Main Branch in Oakland, which has an amazing selection!
Yes, 'tis the season and so... Copacetic will be open seven days a week through December (except for Christmas Day, 'natch). Open regular hours on New Year's Eve, to give anyone who is interested one last chance to end the year on a good note.
Sunday - Friday: 11am - 5pm | Saturday: 11am - 7pm
New Year's Eve: 11am - 5:00pm
Comics community stalwart, and comics news-site pioneer, Tom Spurgeon passed away on Novermber 13, at age 50. Spurgeon founded The Comics Reporter in 2004 and piloted it for over a decade and a half, along the way creating arguably the most important online space for the dissemination of comics news and goings on in North America, enabling far flung and isolated comics readers to feel connected to the overall comics community. Prior to that he co-wrote the first serious biography of Stan Lee, and, from 1994 to 1999, was the editor of The Comics Journal. Recently, starting in 2015, he had taken on the additional duty of Executive Director of Comics Crossroads Columbus (CXC).
Among many generous acts, he donated his extensive personal collection of small press, self-published and hand made comics (aka "mini-comics") to help found The Dylan Williams Collection at the Billy Ireland Museum
He will be missed.
photo by Rob Clough (we think)