Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I.W.D.Y. at APE with Sparkplug...

I Will Destroy You will be heading up to San Francisco for the APE comic festival this weekend.

I'll be joining my friends at the Sparkplug Comic Books table.

This will be the first time I've had The Blot at APE.
I'll also have The Melvins Comic Book "Your Disease Spread Quick," and "Brilliantly Ham-fisted" and a few other things.

EXCLUSIVE and NEW: The Obama vs McCain poster above will be a giveaway at the APE comic festival this weekend. Don't forget to VOTE!

Also- I have a few pieces in the PANELISTS IV show at Giant Robot San Francisco.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Danny Dutch! Check it out!

New Books and New Shows

Sparkplug Comic Books is premiering three new books at this weekend's Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco, CA.

The Airy Tales by Olga Volozova - A collection of ethereal and beautifully illustrated fictions.
Jin & Jam #1 by Hellen Jo - The first part of an on-going series drawn and written like a brick wrapped in a velvet pillowcase.
Danny Dutch by David King - Would-be webcomics that are too papery for the internet.
All of the new books and more are up for sale at the website. There are also much better descriptions (blame me for those silly summations). Orders will go out next week.

Sparkplug Comic Books with be tabling at the Alternative Press Expo on Saturday and Sunday, November 1st & 2nd with Teenage Dinosaur, Juliacks and Jesse Reklaw. We'll be right next to Tugboat Press. Our booths are number 360-362. Please come by, we'll have an amazing selection of minis and small publisher books including the fifth issue of Elijah Brubaker's Reich, Theo Ellsworth's new Capacity book and a new Steve Ditko comic.

ALSO, the next weekend Sparkplug will be set up as part of the Comics Garden at the Wordstock Book Fair in Portland, Oregon. Saturday, November 8th & Sunday, November 9th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. It is held at the Portland Convention Center. For more information, check out their website:

Saturday night in San Francisco:

Hellen Jo, Olga Volozova, David King and Trevor Alixopulos will all be involved at the amazing reading on Saturday November 1st at the Cartoon Art Museum in SF. Keith Knight, Jesse Reklaw and Julia Wertz will all be reading too. Basically you have to be there. It starts at 8pm and goes till 11. More info on the C.A.M. is available at their website:

ALSO that same night is the grand opening for the Panelists show at Giant Robot San Francisco. Sparkplug sweathearts Trevor Alixopulos, Shawn Cheng, Hellen Jo, David King, Mats!?, Tom Neely, Kazimir Strzepek, Vanessa Davis, Theo Ellsworth, Renee French, Lark Pien, Jesse Reklaw and about a million more artists are going to be showing. The Panelists opening runs from 6:30 to 10 pm so you could go there and then over to the CAM reading. It'll be great.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Steve Albini on business

I'd seen this a long time ago but man, is it amazing to hear now:

The documentary that is from was great.

This one has more stuff that makes sense with comics:

And I can't believe I never saw this piece he wrote called the problem with music.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Trevor Alixopulos on the Comix Claptrap

This week Rina and her buddy (who now reminds me of Henry Rollins) have put up yet another AMAZING webisode (sorry). Trevor Alixopulos is his usual, disarming self. Take a listen here:

Sunday, October 19, 2008

New blog by me

Hey, I started a new blog of cartoonist interviews. Check it out over here:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Comix Claptrap interview with Renee French.

Renee French has been interviewed on my new favorite comics blog: Comix Claptrap
The role of Alger Hiss is played by Thien Pham and the role of most awesome interviewer ever is played by Rina Ayuyang. Also, Josh Frankel gives good solid reviews of the new books out, or at least some good history on them, since he can't read them all that quickly. Renee is hilarious.

Dunja Jankovic's Department of Art

When I was first handed this book from Sparkplug's Distro to review, I was so frazzled from SPX that I didn't know what to make of it. At the time I couldn't even decipher the title and the red demonic face screen printed on the cover intimidated me even further from opening this - what I was soon to discover- amazing book.

Department of Art is all over the place, the comic maintains a very gloomy aesthetic, as the story deals with the chronic frustrations of sustaining focus around a group of procrastinating peers. Dunja's energetic line work gives her bleak characters an animated feeling that's always on beat gives the comic an impecible sense of timing and loss thereof. The strongest quality in this story is the use of time, how it bears down on the main character and also how one can get lost in trivial games of self encouragement that only further one's procrastination.

Dunja's use of mixed media (most of this is pen and ink, collage, pastel and even some paintings) enhances her comic's Kafka-esque impression yet it adds humor to the protagonist's constant attempt to maintain a Positive Mental Attitude throughout the drudging monotony of the 9-5 routine.

There's some very interesting influences/similarities in the art that I enjoyed seeing, those who also enjoy Blutch, Baudoin, Fly or Taiyu Matsumoto would really appreciatte what Dunja has going on. Much like the aforementioned artists there's such an elegant quality to the chaos she's managed to somehow harness in an incredible piece of work that hopefully will continue and blow more people out of the water, as it should.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Alixopulos at Quimby's Saturday Night - 10/11!


October 11, 2008, 7 – 9:00 PM
Quimby’s Comics
1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Come celebrate the release of Trevor Alixopulos’ 2008 Ignatz Award nominated graphic novel, The Hot Breath of War by Sparkplug Comic Books, with some of Chicago’s finest emerging cartoonists. Join Trevor’s friends and fellow 2008 Ignatz Award winners and nominees Laura Park, Lilli Carre and Jeremy Onsmith for a signing to celebrate the release the Hot Breath of War.

The Hot Breath of War explores love amidst conflict and the seduction of violence itself. Trevor lives and draws in Santa Rosa and is also the author of Mine Tonight (also by Sparkplug Comic Books).

"a genuine joy to read."

-Rob Clough, on Alixopulos’ Graphic Novel Mine Tonight (also by Sparkplug Comic Books)

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Hot Breath of War Review

The Hot Breath of War by Trevor ALixopulos just got a great 5 star write up on Comic Critique. Take a look:
(also they don't like hotlinking)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Happy Accident Soiree at Desert Island!

Yah mo' be there.

My Favorite Momentos of SPX

SPX was super fun this year! In addition to having the privelege to lose Ignatzes to so many talented publishers and creators, Sparkplug had, what I am fairly certain was a collective blast. While I had an all around tremendous time, what follows are my five favorite moments:

1) Wiping poop off my step cat's butt the morning after Gabby Schultz, Jesse Reklaw, Sean Ford, and me drank an entire bottle of whiskey. This moment, while not really an official part of SPX programming, was nonetheless imortalized by Jesse in his tour diary:
2) Reading the "normal lady" part from Gabby's rad rad rad excerpt from Welcome to the Dahl House at the Atomic Books SPX-plosion party. Jesse read the boy part

3) Driving to SPX on Saturday with Kim and Ben (embedded video to follow as soon as Ben stops playing Wii or gets off the google and sends it to me).

4) Running into Brett Warnock at the post Ignatz ceremony fondue and cocktail hour and meeting Swedish cartoonist and rapper dudes extraordinaire, Simon Gardenfors and Johannes Klenell. They are so cool! They know my friend Christian Pallin who is pretty much the King of all of Sweden (although I can find no evidence of it on the interwebs) and who is not related to Sarah Palin in any way shape or form.

Look! Here's Simon rapping!

Check it out! Here's Simon's Wikipedia entry!

Top Shelf is putting out a book of Simon's comics which I think is going to be AWESOME. You can read about Simon and some of his fellow Swedish cartoonists' work in this write up on Comic Book Bin of "From the Shadow of the Northern Lights", an excellent Swedish comics anthology that Johannes edited and published through his Swedish based publishing house, Galago, that I believe Top Shelf is distro-ing:

5) Spending quality time with Theo Ellsworth on the ride back to Queens with Secret Acres. Theo is a really nice fellow. He politely listened to me blather on endlessly about all of my insights about how everything that is wrong with America today can be gleaned from a single viewing of I wanna work for Diddy.
Additionally, peeps of Portland should be on the lookout for for Theo's new catch-phrase (stolen from P. Diddy) which I believe I thoroughly convinced him to adopt and to employ under any and all circumstances:
"Yo that's whack. I roll with God all the way, y'all."
Theo may have just been being polite but I think he might also start saying it all the time too. I can't be sure though due to my East Coast location, so people of Portland keep me informed as to whether or not the aforementioned catch-phrase enters Theo's lexicon, n'kay? Thx.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Clamix Cloptrip

Rina Ayuyang and Bill O'Reilly have started a comics blog. It is pretty funny and they interview Vanessa Davis and Josh Frankel. It is worth a listen:
The role of Bill O'Reilly is played by Thien Pham

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Loads of new distributed comics at SPX!

SO Many new books at SPX!
Spaniel Rage 2008 by Vanessa Davis
Department of Art (Ignatz Nominated) by Dunja Jankovic
Sweetheart #3 by Austin English
Eschew #1 by Robert Sergel
Stumblers #1 by Jeff LeVine
Tranquil Time by Onsmith and John Hankiewicz
Fine Tooth by Onsmith and John Hankiewicz
Tranny by Steve Lafler
Water Flies by Renee French
The Natural World by Damien Jay
I Am Often Mistaken For Miles Davis by Sarah Louise Wahrhaftig
Plus On Sait by Julia Gfroerer
All the Acient Kings by Julia Gfroerer
Real Madness #2 by Bobby Madness
The Marty Chronicles by Liz Dunning and Teppei Ando
Manhole #3 by Sacha Mardou
I Cut My Hair by Lisa Eisenberg
Estrus #6 by Mari Niaomi
Avenging Mind by Steve Ditko
Cryptic Wit #2 by Gerald Jablonski
Laterborn #6 by Jason Martin

And lots lots more. Seriously. But no Tim Goodyear, sorry.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008