Friday, July 29, 2011

Tom Lechner in the store!

Today we've added seven (seven!) of Tom Lechner's dream-themed, darkly strange comics to the Sparkplug store. Take a look at Cold Fusion, Consumption #11 and #12, Nightlife, Nightlife 12:01 and Tales of Inertia #2 and #3.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Books in the Store!

Many new comics for y'all to check out today! Above is Ariyana Suvarnasuddhi's Tales of Tiger Balm. It's gorgeously detailed, full of exuberant energy and hilarious.

Next are two of Eamon Espey's minis: Death Deals and Ishi's Brain. Espey's art is dense, dark and heavy (literally and figuratively). I especially enjoy his use of symbolism and Mayan-art-reminiscent pictography.

Then we have Eroyn Franklin's Sorry Sheets. Eroyn's drawing is stunning in this apparently simple story about a woman trying to take a bath.

And finally, another deconstructionist comic from Jason Overby: Exploding Head Man. Jason takes on the superhero mythos as the titular character comes to terms with his new identity and abilities.

That's all I got for ya today! Have a good one.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sparkplug in your Inbox!

If you'll peek to the right you'll notice we now have an email sign-up! Just enter your email address (we won't spam you/flood your inbox, we promise!) and you'll get updates about events, conventions, newly released books and more.

And don't forget to check out our latest book, Passage by Tessa Brunton!

Two new reviews: Flesh & Bone and Reich #8

Paul D. Houston, at his new blog Coverless, has new reviews up for Reich #8 by Elijah Brubaker and Flesh&Bone by Julia Gfrörer. Take a look:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Passage out now!

Sparkplug's newest book is this gorgeous thing by Tessa Brunton! Passage is a moving tale of awkward adolescence and even more awkward parenting. The storytelling is a perfect blend of funny and honest and Tessa's heavily textured art compliments the quirkiness of the characters very well. Get your copy today!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rob Clough reviews Reich #8!

Rob Clough has reviewed Reich #8 over at his blog, High-Low. Check it out! "...Brubaker's moody and angular drawings throw the character's emotions into sharp relief; his use of shadow in particular evokes despondency and uncertainty, while a careful use of cross-hatching and naturalistic drawing in places and objects anchors his pages and gives them weight."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Gay Genius reviewed at the Gay Comics List

A completely interesting and complicated review of Gay Genius over at Gay Comics List. It is actually really well written and self-aware.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New in the Store Today: You Don't Get There From Here #19, Labanotation, The Monsters Make a Stew and Food Stamp Foodie #1

I really love quarter-size zines, so when Dylan told me to put whatever I wanted in the store, obviously I picked all smaller size comics. First up is Carrie McNinch's latest: You Don't Get There From Here #19. Entertaining as always, with a clean and comfortable-to-read style, Carrie's strips turn the mundane, magical.

Labanotation, by Sean Christensen and Amy Kuttab, is another great book...and it's huge! 96 pages! Both Sean and Amy are masters of fantasy/fantastical realism/folk tale sort of stories and I love anything set in Sean's "Church of Awesome Thought" universe. So you should probably check it out.

Next up is Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg's The Monsters Make a Stew. Lisa is mostly known for her journal comics (I Cut My Hair) but she is a great storyteller in general, and her ligne claire style suits this cute tale perfectly.

And finally, one of mine. Food Stamp Foodie #1 is a recipe zine (we've got a little collection going) with 10 cheap vegan recipes and some doodles. It's pretty cute.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Sparkplug at Derby City Comic Con!

I will be tabling for Sparkplug at Derby City Comic Con next week! The con is taking place on Saturday, July 16th at the Kentucky International Convention Center in lovely Louisville, Kentucky. I'll be bringing copies of Gay Genius, Reich #8, Bookhunter, Whirlwind Wonderland, Lemon Styles and lots more.

Please be sure to stop by. The con is from 10am to 5pm and only $7! There's more information about guests and panels and so on on the Derby City website.

In the Store: Jason T. Miles' Pines

For your reading pleasure: I just added Pines #3 and #4 to the Sparkplug store. Jason T. Miles' artistic versatility is on display in these two minicomics; they are both very different and both very good. Check them out!