Hellen Jo’s Jin & Jam – Review

Hellen Jo’s Jin & Jam – Review

There’s little that’s quiet about Hellen Jo’s Jin and Jam, a Sparkplug Comic Books release. In the tradition of cartoonists like Charles Schulz, she’s clearly exploring different aspects of her self through her various characters. Jo’s characters are very much...

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Jason Shiga’s Bookhunter – Review

Jason Shiga’s Bookhunter – Review

One reason why I love comics is that I occasionally run into a creator producing art that would only work as comics. I prefer not to use reductive terms like “pure cartooning”, but I have a great appreciation for many artists who rethink this idea of making marks on paper for a...

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Julia Gfrörer’s Flesh And Bone – Review

Julia Gfrörer’s Flesh And Bone – Review

Revisiting another Sparkplug classic, here’s my original review of Julia Gfrörer’s debut book, Flesh and Bone, from 2010. Julia Gfrörer’s Flesh And Bone  takes fairy-tale and folk legend tropes and both turns them on their heads and gets at their true roots.  The plot of the...

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Sparkplug at CAKE!

Sparkplug at CAKE!

Hello y’all!  Sparkplug is heading to the Midwest for one final show. We’ll be exhibiting at CAKE Chicago with Suzette Smith.  This is one of our favorite fests and it’s free and open to the public, so be sure to check it out!  Info below: Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)...

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Closing & CAKE

Closing & CAKE

SPARKPLUG BOOKS IS NO LONGER OPEN. Please visit Alternative Comics for updates and to purchase our books. THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS OF SUPPORT! {If you have any questions, please email virginia (at) sparkplugcomicbooks (dot) com.} June 11th & 12th – Sparkplug will be at CAKE in Chicago...

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Sparkplug at Linework NW!

Sparkplug at Linework NW!

Sparkplug will be at Linework NW this weekend! Linework is free and open to the public. There is a different group of tablers each day, so be sure you visit both days. We’ll be selling our books with Suzette Smith (Ce/Ze) on Sunday from 1pm-8pm. Hope to see you there!

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One Day Left!

One Day Left!

Hey y’all, tomorrow’s the last day to place orders!   May 17th – This is the last day to place any online orders, including wholesale orders. Marc Arsenault is picking up the books from me the weekend of Linework.  I’ll be taking the shop part of the site down after this.It...

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Closing Sale!

Just a reminder: May 17th – This is the last day to place any online orders, including wholesale orders. Marc Arsenault is picking up the books from me the weekend of Linework.  I’ll be taking the shop part of the site down after this. It would be really wonderful if you wanted to...

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Reminder – One Week Left to Order

Just a reminder: May 17th – This is the last day to place any online orders, including wholesale orders.  Marc Arsenault is picking up the books from me the weekend of Linework.  I’ll be taking the shop part of the site down after this. It would be really wonderful if you...

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Upcoming Events!

Hey friends! Sparkplug is attending a couple of our favorite events in the upcoming months! Linework is in our hometown of Portland, Oregon, and will take place May 21 and 22 at Norse Hall. AND it’s free to attend! CAKE is in Chicago, and is set for June 11 and 12. It’s also free to...

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Upcoming Important Dates

Upcoming Important Dates

Hello again friends!  I hope you are having a good spring.  I wanted to let you know a couple upcoming dates for Sparkplug. May 17th – This is the last day to place any online orders, including wholesale orders.  Marc Arsenault is picking up the books from me the weekend of Linework. ...

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Sparkplug in the news!

Sparkplug in the news!

Suzette Smith gave us a shout out in her Portland Mercury article about Vision Quest #4, a free paper that features a comic by former Sparkplug publisher Emily Nilsson. And Comic Book Resources did a spotlight on Whit Taylor, author of The Anthropologists.

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Sparkplug at LA Zine Fest!

Hey LA! Sparkplug will have a table at LA Zine Fest this Sunday, March 6! It’s at the Majestic Downtown at 650 S. Spring St from 11am-6pm and is free to attend! We’ll be at booth 165. We hope to see you there!

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Sparkplug Highlight: Ce/Ze

Ce/Ze, Suzette Smith’s dreamy take on science fiction/fantasy, follows two 7th graders who share a psychic link. Amelia Smith and Honey Czarny discover that they share fragmented memories of their past lives in another universe as powerful beings named Ce and Ze. A rival king’s plot to kill Ze...

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The Future of Sparkplug

The Future of Sparkplug

Hello friends, It is with mixed feelings that I must announce that I will be shutting down Sparkplug this year.  I appreciate the opportunities that running Sparkplug has given me and the wonderful people it has introduced me to.  I know Sparkplug means a lot to many people and I want to...

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Sparkplug Highlight: Bird Girl and Fox Girl

This minicomic follows the threads of Bird Girl and Fox Girl’s lives after the dissolution of their friendship. Bird Girl moves from the desert to the city, where she works as a secretary, eventually saving up enough money for surgery to look like a human girl. Fox Girl becomes a daredevil...

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