Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rain Taxi review of Airy Tales

Olga Volozova's Airy Tales got this great review in Rain Taxi.

Indy Euphoria!

Coming up this year! The second Indy Euphoria in Sacrament. I'm really looking forward to it. Me and Theo Elsworth will be road tripping down there and Tom Neely is driving up from the South. Tons of new guests and it is in Summer! So keep that date saved.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Scot Gillis Drawings

A cool video:

from Scott Gillis

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Forsley Brothers

Christopher and Cameron Forsley are working on a new book book with Sparkplug. It will be a 40 page epic called "A Joe Story". The cover totally blows my mind already. Look for it in the next year or so.

(I just updated the Cameron link to his Facebook which has even more amazing art)

T. Edward Bak for the IPRC

Sparkplug OG for life, T. Edward Bak sent out an email request for help with the IPRC this week:

As you may now, I currently volunteer at very special organization called the Independent Publishing Resource Center. The IPRC is the only self-publishing community center of its kind anywhere in the world; in addition to serving artists and writers, their special Media Action Project teaches teenagers to be more conscious about the major media's harmful messages about beauty and thinness, masculinity and violence, and mindless consumerism.

The IPRC has grown considerably in the past year, and right now we really need help meeting our increased expenses. IPRC membership rates are surprisingly affordable; membership gets you access to this magical place and all our tools and resources, plus it supports our important outreach projects.

We're also hoping to get more folks signed up for the amazing Zine of the Month program. It's basically like joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), but instead of receiving farm-produce, each month we deliver a fresh, handmade zine directly to your mailbox.

To learn more about the IPRC, sign up for a membership, or watch a short documentary about the center, please visit

Huge Thanks,
t edward bak
IPRC volunteer

Diamond Comics on Kickstarter

Okay, can I just tell you how much I love Diamond Comics, it is one of the most interesting and artistic anthologies I've seen in years of comics fandom. Seriously. Jason, the editor, has put it up on Kickstarter as a means of generating funding. The new issue is pretty color intensive and looks to be a real step up in production. Please take a look and think about pledging if you can:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Support Taffy Hips!

Taffy Hips is a great zine/newsprint mag. It's done with a lot of energy and full of interesting art. There should be a million things like it. Zara and Gil lost funding from Sarah Lawrence so now they're raising funds at their online shop to publish the next issue

Go buy a shirt and some zines!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Top Comics of the Decade: Sparkplug!

There has been a recent push for top 100 books of the last decade. Sparkplug books have made some amazing placings. It is pretty awesome and we're pretty proud to have been given the chance to publish such masterpieces.

Rob Clough's Top 100:
7. Asthma by John Hankiewicz
28. Bookhunter by Jason Shiga
37. Department Of Art #1 by Dunja Jankovic
42. Inkweed by Chris Wright
70. Orchid edited by Dylan Williams and Ben Catmull
95. The Hot Breath Of War by Trevor Alixopolous

and a few honorable mentions too. Take a look at his list in full here. I left Department of Art the first time I posted this.

And then the Top 60 comics of the past decade on Only the Cinema, as chosen by Ed Howard chose Asthma by John Hanckiewicz as #6 which is pretty amazing considering the mainstreamy-ness of the list over all. Awesome news.