Sunday, August 21, 2011

Big Plans 5 on Kickstarter

Hey everybody, I just launched this Kickstarter project to fund issue five in my autobiographical comic series, Big Plans. You can check out my video, and then watch and laugh with friends. Ho, ho. But seriously, it's a fun book. Plus, my wolfman character makes several more appearances than before. I've also thought up some rewards that include original artwork from the book. Just click here.

For reals!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lewis, Cagle, Ellsworth and Gin Palace, in the store today!

A couple new books for y'all to check out today. First: Minty Lewis' PS Comics, which is chock-full of stories of betrayed yorkie dog friendships and disgruntled fruit office workers.

In a slightly more serious vein, but still hilarious, we have Susie Cagle's Notes on Conflict, which documents her trip to Israel and the conflicted feelings the journey provoked.

Also new today is Theo Ellsworth's Sleeper Car, which collects several short stories from this (deservedly) acclaimed comics artist.

And finally, the British comics anthology Gin Palace #1. Though not all alcohol-related, the stories are entertaining and the variety of artistic styles make an entertaining read.

Sparkplug in the Ignatz Nominees!

Sparkplug is well-represented in 2011's Ignatz Awards nominees! Gay Genius, The Heavy Hand, Habitat #2 and the Reich series have all been nominated along with a bunch of other great artists and books. Read the full list of nominees here.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Newness in the store today!

Sparkplug has several new titles for you to peruse today! First, Matthew Thurber's enthralling, complex, surreal series 1-800-Mice. We've got all five issues.

Also new today is Dave Kiersh's Neverland, a poetic examination of having to grow up, with densely textured panels and heavy lines. A beautiful book!

And finally, Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man by John Porcellino. The author's love of nature is rendered profound with simple, graceful linework and perfectly paced text.

Reich #8 reviewed on Exquisite Things!

Matt over at Exquisite Things has written a scintillating review of Reich #8! Please check it out.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Heavy Hand, Reviewed on Attentiondeficitdisorderly

Sean T. Collins has written a great review of The Heavy Hand by Chris Cilla. Check out the full article here.

"Fascinating book, this. It combines the textural, noise-based visual aesthetic of caves and monsters and melty stuff that you may have seen from many of Chris Cilla’s fellow contributors to the Paper Rodeo and Kramers Ergot anthologies with the down’n'out beer-swillin’ shit-talkin’ big-schnozzed characters of ’90s altcomix (big noses are to alternative what big feet were to the underground), so right off the top it’s doing something unexpected. And in the same way that the art is both densely intense and breezily funny, the story somehow coheres from jokey banter, grand-guignol monster attacks, and surreal non sequitur splash pages into an utterly convincing world." -Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Sparkplug at PZS!

Sparkplug will have a (small) table at the Portland Zine Symposium this weekend! It's happening Saturday and Sunday at Refuge in SE Portland. Click on the link for more details!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

New review of Lemon Styles

Paul Houston at Coverless has posted a good but confused review of David King's Lemon Styles: