Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sparkplug at Write to Publish in Portland!

Our friends at PSU's Ooligan Press throw a yearly publishing conference here in Portland, and this year, Sparkplug will be tabling at their book fair!  Write to Publish takes place on Saturday, January 31st at Smith Memorial Student Union - there is info about registering for the conference here.  We hope to see you there!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sparkplug Tentative Convention Schedule, 2015!

Hello, friends! It looks like 2015 is going to be a pretty busy year. We have a convention planned nearly every month from now until September. Here is the schedule so far:

Jan. 31: Write to Publish, Portland, OR (confirmed)
Feb. 15: LA Zine Fest, Los Angeles, CA (confirmed)
March 28-29: RIPE, Providence, RI (confirmed)
April 19: Linework, Portland, OR (confirmed)
June 6-7: CAKE, Chicago, IL (confirmed)
July 18-19: Portland Zine Symposium, Portland, OR
Aug. 8-9: Autoptic, Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 19-20: SPX, Bethesda, MD
And more to come!

Hope to see you at one or more of these shows!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hey all!  I hope you had safe and fun holidays!  I getting back into my rhythm here at Sparkplug, wrapping up our Kickstarter rewards, adding new distro books to the store and getting together our travel and publishing schedule for 2015.

I wanted to remind everyone in case it was overlooked during the hectic month that is December - Sparkplug put out the last of our Kickstartered books, Bird Girl and Fox Girl by Yumi SakugawaBird Girl and Fox Girl is the story of the end of a friendship and how it echoes forward through the main character's lives.  It is, like so much of Sakugawa's work, a phenomenal example of minimalist storytelling with maximum emotional impact.  Her linework is loose, simple and ragged-edged; the tale it weaves is heartbreaking.

Be sure to pick up your copy of this limited edition book soon!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

A Couple Reminders

Just a reminder: Sparkplug has put out three books this fall!  The trippy space epic Vortex, by William Cardini, and the final chapter in the Reich series, Reich #12 by Elijah Brubaker are both up for sale in the store.  The third book, Bird Girl and Fox Girl by Yumi Sakugawa, is debuting this weekend at Comic Arts Los Angeles.  You can pick it up at the show or pre-order here.
Sparkplug has a table at CALA this Saturday as well!  Please stop by and say hi to Bangs and Beard, who are covering for Virginia.
And one final thing: Sparkplug has a lot of books that make great gifts!  Please check out our store - you'll be sure to find something special for someone you care about.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Sparkplug at CALA and the debut of Bird Girl and Fox Girl by Yumi Sakugawa!

Sparkplug will have a table at Comic Arts Los Angeles this weekend!  The fest is Saturday, December 6th from 10am-6pm at Think Tank Gallery.  It's free and open to the public.  More info here.  Our friends Aaron Whitaker and Melinda Boyce will be covering the table and selling some of their work as well, so be sure to stop by!
CALA also marks the debut of the next book in the Sparkplug Minis Series, Bird Girl and Fox Girl by Yumi Sakugawa.  You can pick the book up from Yumi at the fest, or you can pre-order at the link!  This book is amazing, beautiful and sad - and it has a limited run.  Be sure to pick up your copy soon!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Short Run this weekend! Book Release party Friday!

Hey friends!  Sparkplug will be at Short Run in Seattle THIS WEEKEND!  Vortex artist William Cardini and I will be holding it down at C12 in the main hall.  We'll have new books Vortex and Reich #12, plus lots of other great books!
Aaaaaaaand, don't forget!  We're having a release party on Friday at Floating World Comics in Portland!  Please join William and Elijah in celebrating their new books!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Book Release/Signing this Friday!

Vortex and Reich #12 both come out this Friday, November 14th!  Please join us for the release party and signing from 5-7pm at Floating World Comics in downtown Portland.  More details here!