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American Barbarian Book Release Bash with Tom Scioli

Posted on 16 March 08:03 (over 8 years ago)



Join us on the evening of Thursday, March 22 to celebrate the release of the AdHouse Books 256 page full color hardcover edition of Tom Scioli's "American Barbarian".

The event will be split between Copacetic and Lili Coffee shop:

6:00pm Meet & Greet at Copacetic (3rd Floor)
7:00pm Presentation at Lili Coffee Shop (1st Floor)
8:00pm Book signing at Copacetic (3rd Floor)

Anyone not already hep may learn all about American Barbarian here: and take a peek at the book itself, here: ?p=488

See you there!


Author Dave Madden @ Copacetic, Monday October 24, 2011

Posted on 22 October 08:10 (almost 9 years ago)

dmUniversity of Alabama professor, University of Pittsburgh alumnus, Copacetic customer, and newly minted St. Martin's Press author, Dave Madden will read from and discuss his new book, The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy, from 6:00 to 9:00pm.  Dave hopes you will stop by and say hello, and sends his greetings: "Pittsburghers! I'll be reading from and signing copies of my new book, The Authentic Animal, at what may be the world's greatest bookstore. Would love to see every one of you."

Here's what St. Martin's Press has to say about Dave's book:

"Why would someone want to create or own the mounted skin of a dead animal? That’s the question Dave Madden explores inThe Authentic Animal. Madden starts his journey with the life story of Carl Akeley, the father of modern taxidermy. Akeley started small by stuffing a canary, but by the end of his life he had created the astonishing Akeley Hall of African Mammals at The American Museum of Natural History. What Akeley strove for and what fascinates Madden is the attempt by the taxidermist to replicate the authentic animal, looking as though it’s still alive. To get a first-hand glimpse at this world, Madden travels to the World Taxidermy Championships, the garage workplaces of people who mount freeze-dried pets for bereaved owners, and the classrooms of a taxidermy academy where students stretch deer pelts over foam bases. On his travels, he looks at the many forms taxidermy takes—hunting trophies, museum dioramas, roadside novelties, pet memorials—and considers what taxidermy has to tell us about human-animal relationships. The Authentic Animal is an entertaining and thought-provoking blend of history, biology, and philosophy that will make readers think twice the next time they scoff at a moose head hung lovingly on a wall. "

aaRead this excerpt to delve deeper:

And here are excerpts from a couple early reviews:

“Don't let the gory subject matter repel you from this charming account of the cast of kings, artists, biologists, circus performers, and ordinary folks who populate the world of taxidermy. Madden's investigation is marked by appealing candor, literary references, and atmospheric descriptions of (and fondness for) the subculture and its adherents…this book muses with verve and wit on the relationships between human and animal, art and artifact, as well as on the collector's obsession.”– Publishers Weekly

"Madden…investigates the subculture of taxidermy…[and] can be a bit tongue in cheek…when he wonders “what would happen if the tables were turned?” and the animals put the humans on display… [A] sometimes chilling tour of an intriguing subculture." – Kirkus Reviews

Coffee will be served.

See you there!

Dylan Williams, Remembered

Posted on 16 September 12:09 (almost 9 years ago)

Anyone reading this who is aware of Dylaln Williams and his role in creating, publishing, distributing,promoting and nurturing comics is likely already aware that he passed from this mortal coil on Saturday, September 10, 2011.  Tom Spurgeon of Comics Reporter has put together a page linking to tributes to Dylan's life and work, as well as a host of online articles, interviews, blogs, tweets, and photos, here:

Anders Nilsen & Marc Bell @ Copacetic on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Posted on 01 September 13:09 (almost 9 years ago)

Anders Nilsen & Marc Bell
@ Copacetic

on Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Anders Tour


The Anders Nilsen World Tour touches down in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, September 13 –  supported by Canadian triple-threat*, the one and only Marc Bell.  Things kick off at 7:00pm downstairs one the first floor at the Lili Coffee Shop, so don't be late!

*(fine art, illustration & comics – in case you were wondering)

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PIX 2011 : Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9

Posted on 24 August 16:08 (almost 9 years ago)

PIX 2011 poster

That number again: