Wednesday, September 17, 2014

History of the Miizzzard, Part 2

In conjunction with our Fall Books Kickstarter, William Cardini has been detailing the history of Vortex's main character, the Miizzzard.  Check out the second installment!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Weirder than Weird Origins of the Miizzzard

In conjunction with our Fall Books Kickstarter, William Cardini is detailing the bizarre and fascinating origin story of Vortex's main character, the Miizzzard on his blog.  Give it a read, you won't be disappointed!  Afterwards, be sure to hop on over to our Kickstarter page to help turn these comics into a beautiful graphic novel.

Friday, September 12, 2014

One last reminder - Sparkplug at SPX!

Yumi Sakugawa will be covering the Sparkplug table at SPX this weekend!  That's September 13th from 11am to 7pm and September 14th from 12pm to 6pm at the Marriot Bethesda North in Maryland!  Yumi will have a good selection of Sparkplug's titles, including our newest books The Anthropologists and Reich #11, as well as her own books such as the Ignatz-nominated Never Forgets.  Please stop by, say hi and pick up some great titles!
Aaaaaaaaand, don't forget to check out and share our Fall Books Kickstarter!  Our next two books need your help to get made - and you'll get awesome rewards for your donation!

Reich #12 pg 3 - a sneak peek in conjuction with our Kickstarter!

To help promote our Fall Books Kickstarter, we'll be putting up the first three pages of Reich #12 this week.  Please check them out and take a moment to get into the story.  Then consider contributing or sharing!  This book can only be published with your help.  To everyone who has already given or shared, thank you so much!  We really appreciate it.
If we can get the funds up to $3000 by Sunday, I will post page four on Monday, so if you've been waiting to contribute, now's the time to do so!

You can read page one here and page two here.  And you can check out the rest of the Reich series in our store!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sparkplug Highlight: Keep Fresh by Zejian Shen

Keep Fresh by Zeijan Shen is one of many comics we brought in recently! This minicomic definitely keeps fresh itself - the inking is beautiful with dark halftones. Most of the text is in Chinese with English translations at the bottom. Following the story of a few characters, it progressively becomes unclear who is who, and whether the world all the characters live in is the same as ours. Perhaps it's a futuristic ultraviolent world where gore and death are everyday. Perhaps it's all the delusion of one character... Everything isn't as it seems, but something is definitely amiss in this Akira-like future. 
A violent biker kid, someone working in a take-out restaurant and a bunny man's lives are all centered around the violent deaths happening around the neighborhood. The kills seem random and caused by biker delinquents. But what else is going on? The TV ads are all full of body horror and nobody is phased. Keep Fresh is a puzzle I want to sort out over again after reading it a few times. 
Aside from having a twisting storyline, this comic also features a lot of great psychedelic effects and panels. The uneasiness of the plot is reflected stylistically with intense line weights and character design. Bodies are distorted and intriguing. Definitely a comic worth reading!!



(46 pages, black and white with color cover, 9" x 5.5", Retrofit Comics)
available for purchase here!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reich #12 pg 2 - a sneak peek in conjuction with our Kickstarter!



To help promote our Fall Books Kickstarter, we'll be putting up the first three pages of Reich #12 this week.  Please check them out and take a moment to get into the story.  Then consider contributing or sharing!  This book can only be published with your help.  We're super close to $1500 - that's a quarter of the way to our goal, which is amazing!  To everyone who has already given or shared, thank you so much!  We really appreciate it.

You can read page one here.   And you can check out the rest of the Reich series in our store!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Sparkplug at SPX!

Are you stoked for SPX?  We're stoked for SPX!  We'll have a small but excellent selection of books at the expo this weekend.  I(Virginia) won't be there, but Ignatz-nominated artist Yumi Sakugawa will be covering the table for us.  Please stop by, say hi and pick up a Sparkplug book or one of Yumi's comics!
And another reminder - our Fall Books Kickstarter is going strong, with over $1000 already raised.  Let's keep it up!  Please consider giving to or sharing the campaign.  Your help is so important!


Monday, September 08, 2014

Reich #12 pg 1 - a sneak peek in conjuction with our Kickstarter!

To help promote our Fall Books Kickstarter, we'll be putting up the first three pages of Reich #12 this week.  Please check them out and take a moment to get into the story.  Then consider contributing or sharing!  This book can only be published with your help.  As I write this, we are very close to $1000 - that's about 15%!  To everyone who has already given or shared, thank you so much!  We really appreciate it.