Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rob Clough Reviews Hungry Summer!

Once again Rob Clough reviews a Sparkplug Mini! Hungry Summer by Asher Z Craw is one of our latest releases, and we are cheered by Rob's apt writing! Here is an excerpt: 

"Craw’s quasi-autobiographical comic, Zebediah, was an unpredictable, absorbing and ultimately humane fantasy account of how he came to understand his nature as a trans person. Hungry Summer covers some of the same territory with regard to gender and identity through magical realism, but this time the focus is entirely different. The main character of the comic is a bike-riding, shape-changing Baba Yaga, the Eastern European supernatural figure. Always an ambiguous figure, encounters with her often result in both good and ill."

You can read the whole review here!

Thank you, Rob!

Rob Clough Reviews Golem of Gabirol!

The ever-on point Rob Clough reviewed Olga Volozova's Golem of Gabirol! We are honored to have Rob take a look at our books. Here's an excerpt: 

" For Volozova herself (who dedicated the book to her late husband, who was also a rabbi), The Golem of Gabirol represents her own attempt to create life using text, in order to honor an old legend, to establish a memorial for her husband, and to construct a feminist narrative where she builds a creative space for herself and Zuleicha, word by word."

You can read the whole review at Foxing Quarterly, here!

Thank you so much, Rob!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Website Maintenance & a Hungry Summer review!

Hey all!  If you're trying to visit our site today or have tried to in the past couple days, you'll notice it isn't there or looks weird.  Milo, our wonderful web-go-to guy, has been doing some work and ironing out the kinks.  It should up and running and back to normal soon.  You can email me if you have any questions: virginia (at) sparkplugcomicbooks (dot) com.

Also, Rob Kirby has written a little review of Asher Craw's Hungry Summer for his blog.  Rob says: "(Hungry Summer) is wonderfully, weirdly original and totally engaging."  You can read the entire review here.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Sparkplug Books Will Be At Portland Zine Symposium!

 Hello all! We will be tabling at the Portland Zine Symposium this weekend (July 12&13) at table 37B! Come say hello and check out our new releases, as well as our wonderful selection of other books~

The event will be in Portland, Oregon at the Ambridge Event Center (1333 NE MLK BLVD) at 11am each day!

Rob Clough Reviews The Anthropologists!

We are pleased to share Rob Clough's review of our most recent release: The Anthropologists by Whit Taylor! 

"The idea was to study and talk to Aboriginal people as part of their cultural anthropology program. Paired with a hyperenthusiastic fellow American student and filled with ambivalence about the trip, Wren’s anxiety is really just an expression of her own cultural, racial and identity issues in microcosm."

You can read the whole review at Foxing Quarterly, here. Thank you, Rob!