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For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a 'temporary' safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaska control, and their dream iscoming to an end. Or is it? Amidst all this, homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. What? A murder right under his nose? The chess macher did it? Oy!!
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Ice Haven

By Daniel Clowes

Our Price: $8.00 - $14.40
Originally published in a somewhat different form as part of Daniel Clowes's occasional comic book Eightball, this piece finds Clowes moving beyond the withering satire of his earlier works to a more nuanced style. Readers will wince even as they feel sympathy for the self-deluded characters who reside in Ice Haven. This group of oddballs plays out their stories against the mysterious disappearance of a little boy named David Goldberg, whose possible murder recalls the Leopold and Loeb case. Clowes unfolds the multi-faceted story as a series of brief comics, some drawn in a wildly cartoony style, others in his well-known 20th-centeury style. Color illus. 88p.
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Kim Deitch's sprawling whirligig of a yarn chronicles his investigation into the secrets behind the life and career of a very strange children's show host and his malevolent (in fact, possibly demonic) sidekick. Alines turn out to be involved, as does Abraham Lincoln...and of course Deitch's ever-present protagoni, Waldo the Cat. This publication also includes a definitive essay on Deitch's ever-expanding world; qa full-color fold-out spotlighting over 100 denizens of that world; a brand new epilogue, 'Consider the Beaver'; and more. The ultimate Deitch-travaganza! Black-and-white illustrations throughout. 162p.
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Welcome to the bizarre world of Fletcher Hanks, Super Wizard of the Inkwell, whose legacy is a hailstorm of tales of brutal retribution. Hawks worked for only a few years in the earliest days of the comic book industry (1939-1941). Because he worked in a gutter medium for second-rate publishers in third-rate characters, his work has largely been forgotten. But among aficionados - and Paul Karasik is right at the front of the line - he is legendary. This book collects fifteen of Hanks's stories (perpetrated in the spirit of a deranged, nightmarish vigor) in one volume, hinged to an afterword that illuminates aspects of his immensely sad, yet salvaged-by-creativity life. Color illus. 120p.
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The Left Bank Gang

By Jason

Our Price: $6.50 - $11.65
An illustrated alternate-world tale in which graphic novels are a dominant form of fiction traces the careers of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce, who meet in a Parisian bar to discuss the particulars of their work, the achievements of graphic giants Dostoevsky and Faulkner, and the recommendations of such contemporaries as Gertrude Stein. Original.
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The Drowned and the Saved

By Primo Levi

Our Price: $6.00 - $6.95
By the end of his life, Primo Levi had become increasingly convinced that the lessons of the Holocaust were destined to be lost as it took a place among the routine atrocities of history. This book is a dark meditation on the meaning of the Nazi extermination after the passing of forty years. 203p.
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Spiegelman's sinister and wild b&w drawings give charged new life to Joseph March's poem fable of dark Prohibition-era morality. A lost classic from 1928, 'It's the book that made me want to be a writer.' -- William Burroughs. 119p. Pap.
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Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend

By Winsor McCay

Our Price: $5.50 - $9.85
A reprinting of the first edition of Rarebit Fiend, a book so rare today that only two or three copies are known to exists. Zit is one of the most successful feats in comic strip history, with not only McCay’s remarkable draughtsmanship, but a freedom from the taboos that would later exist, an incredible anticipation of techniques that did not appear again for decades – bird’s-eye views, strange perspectives, and, of course, McCay’s wonderful imagination. The dreams are important for capturing the period, but they are also permanent creations that say much about rarebit dreams today. Sixty cartoon sequences; original title page and notes are reprinted unaltered from the 1905 edition. B&W illustrations. 62p.
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Cyclopean alien Zig and his best friend, the robotic encyclopedia Wikki, travel to a distant planet in search of a new lifeform to use as a pet, a distant planet called: Earth! There, Zig and Wikki find themselves suprisingly small compared to Earth creatures, and their quest to tame titanic dragonflies, toads, and raccoons is a dangerous one indeed. Full of wildlife facts! (Ages: 4-8).
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The Arrival

By Shaun Tan

Our Price: $10.00 - $17.95
This visually stunning and incredibly moving graphic story is hauntingly beautiful. The story of immigration, family, magic, labor and humanity is one of the most original children's stories in recent memory. A classic to be read again and again, this tale has to be seen to be believed. This perfect book speaks in images only, invoking the adage, 'A picture is worth a thousand words.' (Ages: 9 & up).
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