Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sparkplug at Write to Publish in Portland!

Our friends at PSU's Ooligan Press throw a yearly publishing conference here in Portland, and this year, Sparkplug will be tabling at their book fair!  Write to Publish takes place on Saturday, January 31st at Smith Memorial Student Union - there is info about registering for the conference here.  We hope to see you there!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sparkplug Tentative Convention Schedule, 2015!

Hello, friends! It looks like 2015 is going to be a pretty busy year. We have a convention planned nearly every month from now until September. Here is the schedule so far:

Jan. 31: Write to Publish, Portland, OR (confirmed)
Feb. 15: LA Zine Fest, Los Angeles, CA (confirmed)
March 28-29: RIPE, Providence, RI (confirmed)
April 19: Linework, Portland, OR (confirmed)
June 6-7: CAKE, Chicago, IL (confirmed)
July 18-19: Portland Zine Symposium, Portland, OR
Aug. 8-9: Autoptic, Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 19-20: SPX, Bethesda, MD
And more to come!

Hope to see you at one or more of these shows!

Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy New Year!

Hey all!  I hope you had safe and fun holidays!  I getting back into my rhythm here at Sparkplug, wrapping up our Kickstarter rewards, adding new distro books to the store and getting together our travel and publishing schedule for 2015.

I wanted to remind everyone in case it was overlooked during the hectic month that is December - Sparkplug put out the last of our Kickstartered books, Bird Girl and Fox Girl by Yumi SakugawaBird Girl and Fox Girl is the story of the end of a friendship and how it echoes forward through the main character's lives.  It is, like so much of Sakugawa's work, a phenomenal example of minimalist storytelling with maximum emotional impact.  Her linework is loose, simple and ragged-edged; the tale it weaves is heartbreaking.

Be sure to pick up your copy of this limited edition book soon!