Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Linework NW this weekend!

Sparkplug will be at Linework NW here in Portland this Sunday!  Linework is free and open to the public - doors open at noon.  We'll be debuting our newest book, Ce/Ze by Suzette Smith.
I (Virginia) will also be part of a panel on LBGT comics at some point on Sunday (time TBA).  Linework is a great little festival and the lineup of guests and exhibitors this year is fantastic - I highly recommend coming out for both days!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sparkplug Highlight: Wicked Chicken Queen by Sam Alden


Wicked Chicken Queen is a story of birth and death, loneliness and loss, told in two parts. An isolated island community discovers an egg that hatches into an enormous chicken. The society flourishes under the chicken queen’s rule, but is eventually destroyed in her death throes. The mythical narrative of the chicken queen’s origin transitions into the narrator’s portrait of her own life in a modern city: coffee with her daughter, laying awake in bed at night thinking about her estranged husband, a lingering sense of incompleteness.
The comic consists of single-page illustrations accompanied by text. Alden depicts the constantly shifting geography of the island with fluid, spontaneous lines, guiding the eye in a winding path through the little vignettes of island life contained in each image. The use of graphite, complete with smudges and erasures, gives the comic a sense of immediacy, as if you’d pulled the pages out of the artist’s hands. Fans of Alden's work will not be disappointed with this trippy fairy tale.

(24 pages, black and white with color cover, 6.5" x 10.5", Retrofit Comics, $5.00)
Wicked Chicken Queen is available for purchase here.
Check out Sam Alden's website for more of his awesome work.



Tuesday, April 07, 2015

ATTN Retailers! Free Comic Book Day solicit for 2015

Sparkplug, Teenage Dinosaur, Snakebomb and Floating World join forces again to bring you their 2015 Free Comic Book Anthology - FREE STOOGES.

Eight Portland artists present new masterpieces guaranteed to take your face on a wild trip. These line wranglers have harvested the freshest comic jams for your hungry eyeballs. And best of all it's FREE!

Featuring all new comics by Amanda Blix, FuFu Frauenwahl, Ross Jackson, Rusty Jordan, Reuben Storey and Anna Vo!
Covers by Bwana Spoons and Emma Bagley.

32 pgs, b&w interior, fc cover
Mature Readers
FREE - (you just pay the shipping cost)

Ordering info:

Email: virginia@sparkplugcomicbooks.com
to place your order by April 16th to guarantee arrival by Saturday, May 2nd.

We have two shipping options:
30 copies = $5, shipped media mail
100 copies = $12.35, shipped in a flat rate priority box

Sparkplug Highlight: Bird Girl and Fox Girl by Yumi Sakugawa


This minicomic follows the threads of Bird Girl and Fox Girl’s lives after the dissolution of their friendship. Bird Girl moves from the desert to the city, where she works as a secretary, eventually saving up enough money for surgery to look like a human girl. Fox Girl becomes a daredevil model, only accepting potentially life-threatening assignments. Her photos inspire of viral trend of teenage girls taking selfies before committing suicide; her popularity plummets and, jobless and homeless, she leaves the city. Years later, both transformed, Bird Girl and Fox Girl meet again in the desert. The comic’s lack of dialogue produces a distance from the reader in which the text echoes. The art is spare yet intricate; the rhythmic pacing and text create a poetic, haunting story.


(32 interior pages, black and white with color cover, 5.5" x 8.5", $6.00)
Bird Girl and Fox Girl is available for purchase here.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Our next book, Ce/Ze by Suzette Smith, will debut at Linework NW this month!

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Ce/Ze, a minicomic by Suzette Smith, is slated to come out in April 2015 in time for a debut at Linework NW.
Smith’s quiet, loose style spins a new take on sci-fi/fantasy in Ce/Ze.  Honey Czarny and Amelia Smith are 7th graders who share fragmented memories of past lives in which they were powerful beings named Ce and Ze. A rival king’s plot to murder Ze forced her to flee her kingdom. Ce and Ze study and emulate human behavior but wish to return to their realm, where nobody goes number two.
Ce/Ze is the fourth book in the Sparkplug Minis Series, a series of short-run (500 copies) mini comics by new and/or underappreciated artists. (28 pages, black and white with color cover, saddle-stitched, $6USD, ISBN 978-0-9854150-4-4)
Suzette Smith is a comics artist, writer and editor living in Portland, OR. She grew up in Detroit and still sleeps with her boots on. Her work has appeared in Comics Workbook, Bitch Magazine, Sandy the Zine and The Portland Mercury.
Please stop by our table at Linework NW to pick up a copy or visit our online store here to pre-order.  Wholesale orders, please contact Tony Shenton: mailto:shenton4sales@aol.com






Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sparkplug at RIPE!


Sparkplug is going to be in Providence for RIPExpo on March 28-29!  I'll have a good selection of our books, plus new minis of The WHYs, my webcomic.  I'll also be on a panel about small press publishing on Sunday the 29th.  RIPE is free and open to the public, and we'd love to see you there! More info here.
-Virginia

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sparkplug Highlights: #FOODPORN by Meghan Turbitt


#FOODPORN details Meghan’s sexual obsession with anyone and everyone who makes or serves her food or drinks. A repulsive pizza chef is transformed through the act of food preparation into a sexy pizza-delivering god. Meghan eats tacos off of the taco guy's chest and serves herself to a sushi chef nude but for the sushi he has prepared. Will she find true love with the barista who makes her the perfect cup of coffee?





(32 interior pages, 7.5" x 9.5", B&W with color cover, self-published, 2014)
Available for purchase here!

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Reich Bundle is here!

You can now purchase all 12 issues of Reich at once, and save $6 off the total cost of the collection!  It's a steal for this great series.  Order here!