Thursday, April 30, 2009

Michael Ring from Bridge City Comics on the Radio

Michael Ring from Bridge City Comics in Portland will be on 99.5 The Wolf (a country station, reaching a new audience for Free Comic Book Day) on their Morning Show on Friday (tomorrow). He'll be promoting the free comics, including our very own Bird Hurdler. I'm sure they'll be playing Hank Williams Sr. to keep me happy.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bird Hurdler released for Free this Saturday at stores nationwide.

Teenage Dinosaur, Tugboat Press and Sparkplug present the release of Bird Hurdler by Andrice Arp, Theo Ellsworth, Faryl Dalrymple, Zack Soto, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg & Julia Gfrörer and printed at Brown Printing.

The book will be available at 27 stores nationwide on May 2nd (this Saturday) for free:

Atomic Books Baltimore, MD
the Beguiling Toronto, ON
Big Brain Comic Minneapolis, MN
Bridge City Comics Portland, OR
Chapel Hill Comics Chapel Hill, NC
Chicago Comics Chicago, IL
Comic Relief Berkeley, CA
Comic Swap
State College, PA
Comix Revolution Evanston, IL
Copacetic Comics Company Pittsburgh, PA
Cosmic Comics NYC, NY
Desert Island Comics Brooklyn, NY
Excalibur Books & Comics Portland, OR
Forbidden Planet NYC, NY
Green Brain Comics Dearborn, MI
Hi Jinx San Jose, CA
Jim Hanley's Universe NYC, NY
Phantom of the Attic Pittsburgh PA
Rocketship Brooklyn, New York
Showcase Comics Bryn Mawr, PA
Space Cat San Jose, CA
Thompson Street Comics New York, NY
Titan Comics Dallas, TX
Zanadu Comics Seattle, WA

To celebrate the release on Free Comic Book Day (May 2nd), in Portland, OR the artists and publishers will be signing, giving out the book, and presenting their own work at three local comics stores in the early afternoon (12-3pm).

Guapo Comics and Books will have Andrice Arp (Mome and Hi-Horse) and Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg (I Cut My Hair and Monsters Make Stew). Publishers from Teenage Dinosaur, Tugboat Press and Sparkplug Comic Books will also be at the store located at 6350 SE Foster Rd. Phone # 503-772-3638, website:

Floating World Comics will host Julia Gfr
örer (How Life Became Unbearable and All the Ancient Kings) and Theo Ellsworth (Capacity). The store is located at 20 NW 5th Ave; phone # 503-241-0227, website:

Cosmic Monkey Comics will be hosting Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War and Meathaus) and Zack Soto (Studygroup 12 and Secret Voice). The store is located at 5335 NE Sandy; phone # 503-517-9050, website:

Monday, April 27, 2009

Jesse Reklaw events in Portland, OR and Vacouver, WA

Sparkplug friends will be reading and signing:

An Evening with Derek Kirk Kim, Sarah Oleksyk and Jesse Reklaw
at Powell's Books Downtown.

Derek Kirk Kim, Sarah Oleksyk, and Jesse Reklaw read from their
latest works at Powell's Books this coming Monday, April 27th.
Kim will debut his latest graphic novel, "The Eternal Smile"
(in collaboration with writer Gene Luen Yang) from First Second
, Oleksyk will read from a brand new chapter in her "Ivy"
series, and Jesse Reklaw will read from his recently released
"The Night of Your Life" from Dark Horse Comics. A Q+A and
signing will follow the reading.

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Powell's Books
1005 W Burnside
Portland, OR 97209


And if you find yourself in Vancouver, WA on May 8th, Jesse'll be
at the Barnes & Noble at 5pm.

Book Signing With Popular Comic Book Artist Jesse Recklaw
Friday May 08, 2009 5:00 PM
Barnes & Noble, Vancouver Plaza
700 NE 4th Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98662

Friday, April 24, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jin and Jam plugged on Indie Street Radio!

The nice guys at Indie Street just mentioned Jin & Jam on their website:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Danny Dutch in the Stranger!

Sparkplug sensation Danny Dutch made its way into the Seattle Stranger this week:

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Three New Books at the Stumptown comics fest!

This weekend (April 17th-19th) at the Stumptown Comics Festival, Sparkplug will be premiering three new books:
Department of Art by Dunja Jankovic
Reich #6
by Elijah Brubaker
Bird Hurdler
by Andrice Arp, Theo Ellsworth, Faryl Dalrymple, Zack Soto, Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg and Julia Gfrörer (this is a free book of original material co-published by Sparkplug, Teenage Dinosaur and Tugboat Press)

These books are all totally amazing. For a more detailed look or to purchase them you can go to
On Friday (April 17th) at 4:30-5:30pm
@ the Portland Central Library (in the U.S. Bank Room) Sparkplug artists Hellen Jo and Ignatz Award-nominated Dunja Jankovic discuss and read from their work. Make sure you come!

Now, if you'd like to party and see all the new books in person they'll be available on Friday night at the Guapo Comics & Coffee extravaganza. For more info on that you can check out: and take a look at the flier for the event, which is a giant reading and Kukoc awards ceremony. Reading at the event will be: Vanessa Davis, Jon Chadurjian, Coleen Frakes, Julia Gfrörer, Jason Martin, Hellen Jo, Calvin Wong and Corinne Mucha There will be all kinds of stuff going on there.

And then, ALL weekend Sparkplug and the Bad Apple (a store I run with Tim Goodyear) will be exhibiting at the Stumptown Comics Fest. We'll have tons of obscure and weird movies, books, t-shirts and comics. You basically need to give me an excuse if you can't make it.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bughouse Sale!

Man, Daedalus just got a bunch of copies of Steve Lafler's Bughouse Vol. 1, for $1.00 plus postage each. The book is supposed to cost $15 so this is some kind of crazy bargain. While supplies last.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Art for sale!

I'm selling some old art on my blog.

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Airy Tales on High-Low

Rob Clough gives a really thoughtful review of Olga Volozova's Airy tales at High-Low his wonderful review blog.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Windy Corner Reviewed at Bookgasm

Well, I don't agree with this one about a few things but it is an interesting review of Windy Corner #2.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Once in a lifetime chance to buy Zak Sally artwork!

Zak is one of my all time favorite artists and he is selling his work for a limited time:

And he has an awesome blog.