Thank you so much.

I figure I should check in and let people know I’m doing okay. I’ve got more treatments ahead but I’m doing well. And me and Sparkplug owe a giant thank you for all the help everyone has given us during me being conked out. I’m a lot less worried about the way things will...

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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: http://www.renderwrx.net/apps/blog/show/7774038-review-reich-8 http://www.renderwrx.net/apps/blog/show/7773867-review-flesh-and-bone

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J.T. Dockery Book Sale, get on it!

J.T. Dockery is having a bit of a summer sale, offering both of his books, In Tongues Illustrated and Spud Crazy, together as a package deal and also separately at a reduced rate. Go, check out the page for this “event,” and pass on the word to anyone you think might be interested...

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COMICS ON THE RISE

  Box Brown is starting a publishing house specifically to publish short, cheap, stapled ALTERNATIVE comics a la Drawn and Quarterly in the 90’s.  It’s called Retrofit and they’ll be publishing a new monthly comic for 17 straight months! To kick off funding they are...

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This Saturday in Olympia Washington

This Saturday, in the sleepy town of Olympia, WA there will be an amazing collection of artists that rarely all end up at such a good show. Check out their exhibitor list: http://olympiacomicsfestival.org/?page_id=386 We’ll be at the Expo part of the Olympia Comics Fest and all around...

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Edie Fake interviewed!

A great interview with the inimitable Edie Fake: http://therumpus.net/2011/05/the-rumpus-interview-with-edie-fake/ Edie did the cover and a story in the new Gay Genius. And, if you don’t already have it, you should check out Gaylord Phoenix by Secret Acres

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TCAF and comic conventions.

 The Toronto Comic Arts Festival Last month I wrote a short piece about my thoughts on the MoCCA festival, the Stumptown Comics Festival and other shows. In it I mentioned how much I’ve liked the Toronto Comic Art Festival, TCAF.  And last week was this year’s TCAF. I went...

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IPRC Comics Program

We are about to start the production semester of the Comics Program at the IPRC, there is still room for last minute enrollment and a few special classes are open to individual class enrollment: Minicomics and Paste-Up with John Isaacson Image Science with Jesse Reklaw Prepress and Indesign with...

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Gay Genius Released! Free Comic Book in Stores!

Hi everyone, We’ve got great news! After a brief hold-up Gay Genius will see its official release this weekend and next. In Portland there will be a release/dance party tomorrow night! Lots of artists and excitement. Saturday, April 30 · 7:30pm – 11:30pm In Other Words 14...

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Bill Blackbeard

I got some sad news this weekend. An old friend died last month. Bill Blackbeard was a guy like no other I’ve ever met. In this era of trendy books on old comics, second rate scholarship and a sense that the love has gone out of old comics, Bill was and will always abe a

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A Brief Bit About Comic Book Shows

Last year I didn’t go to MoCCA, Brooklyn Comics Art, TCAF or SPX for Sparkplug. Other people did those shows for Sparkplug. This was noted by a few people as Sparkplug not being at the shows. This year, I’ve gone to MoCCA and will be doing TCAF. But the truth is I’m only...

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An Error at the Printing Plant.

We just found out that there was an error in the printing of Gay Genius and so, it won’t be out this weekend. The party will be moved to later in the month (the 30th) and the official release of the book will be at the party/TCAF in Toronto. Keep your eyes out. The book

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Stumptown and Events this Week in Portland

Sparkplug will be involved in a few local events surrounding the Stumptown Comics Festival this weekend. And we’ll be a the show itself too. Thursday: “Learn about the cultural and economic significance of comics with: PSU Special Collections Librarian and Archivist Cris Paschild...

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Portland Comics This Thursday at 4pm

http://www.multcolib.org/events/comics.html Srsly Big Deal: Living and Breathing Comics in PDX (April 14 at 4:00pm)   Cris Paschild; Dylan Williams; Diana Schultz; Julia Gfrörer From self-published mini-comic zines to traditional comic books, manga and lengthy graphic novels, comics are a...

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Conventions with New Books!

Sparkplug Comic Books is going to both MoCCA Fest and Stumptown Comics Fest and we’ll be premiering new books at each show. The MoCCA Festival is this weekend in Manhattan, NYC Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th 11am-6pm. It will be at the Lexington Avenue Armory 68 Lexington Ave...

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Family Store on Heavy Hand

  The Family Store in LA is carrying The Heavy Hand by Chris Cilla and they’ve written a really thorough discussion of the book on their blog: http://blog.familylosangeles.com/2011/03/heavy-hand.html

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