Monday, February 08, 2016

Sparkplug Highlight: The Anthropologists

Wren and Miriam, two anthropology majors studying abroad in Australia, are selected for a trip to the Kimberley Desert to study aboriginal culture. While Miriam is overly enthusiastic and gung ho about the trip and meeting aboriginal people, Wren seems ambivalent about the trip and unsure of what she will learn. Miriam’s fascination with foreign societies reads like cultural tourism, which clearly makes Wren uncomfortable. While Miriam is blonde and white, Wren is of mixed heritage, which leads to a few awkward confrontations, as when one of the aboriginal guides asks Wren offhand, “So what are ya?” In a society in which there doesn’t seem to be much cultural or racial overlap, Wren is somewhat of an oddity. Miriam is clearly an outsider, but Wren is more different to categorize. When a different guide later asks about her racial background, she replies that she’s black, part Native American, and part white. “It can be confusing, you know, defining yourself. Sometimes I don’t feel like I fit in,” she concludes. These conversations act as microcosms of Wren’s ambivalence about her mixed cultural and racial heritage in a society that prefers things to fall into distinct categories.

Read a review of The Anthropologists at Vixen Varsity!

See more of Whit Taylor's work here!
Buy The Anthropologists here!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Sparkplug Minis Series Set now in the store!

You can now get all five issues of the Sparkplug Minis Series at once, for the low price of $25 (plus shipping)!  Check it out here.  Quantities are pretty limited for the complete set since we are nearly out of Yumi Sakugawa's Bird Girl and Fox Girl.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Sparkplug Highlight: Hungry Summer

The inaugural title in the Sparkplug Minis series, Hungry Summer follows several characters’ interactions with Baba Yaga, a supernatural figure with roots in Slavic folklore. An ambiguous, witch-like character, Baba Yaga resides deep in the woods and has the ability to bless and curse in equal measure: a popped-collar bro who insults her is turned into a ghost, while someone who assists her with her heavy bag gains the ability to cough up jewelry. Craw’s scratchy but deliberate linework imparts a degree of realism to the otherworldly narrative while preserving its ambiguity.

Read a short review of Hungry Summer (along with a number of other minicomics) by Rob Kirby on his blog.
Here's another short review from The Comics Journal.

See more of Asher's work here!
Buy Hungry Summer here!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ce/Ze review!

Greg Hunter did a great, thorough review of Ce/Ze for The Comics Journal. Read the full review here!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Ebin Lee interview!

"There's just something awesome about seeing something, physically holding it, being able to sit with an image. That somebody can sit and look at it and interpret it anyway they want to. I think that's pretty powerful."
Our friends at Bitch Magazine have interviewed artist Ebin Lee about his work and process.  Check out the interview here, and A Wretch Like Me, Lee's book with Sparkplug!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Wretch Like Me review!

"This is hard art. Unrelenting and necessary." Daniel Elkin has written a wonderful review of Ebin Lee's A Wretch Like Me, which debuted last month.  Check out the full review here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sparkplug Pop Up This Weekend!

We'll be doing a pop up shop this weekend in Portland.  Screaming Sky Gallery is a lovely little collectible toy shop and local art gallery and we're honored to be hosted by them!  Please stop by to check out the shop and pick up some books!  The pop up is this Sunday, November 22nd from noon to 2pm.