Jack Kirby | Thor | Parallax View

Jack Kirby | Thor | Parallax View

A series of frames from the Parallax Corporation training montage from the 1974 Alan J. Pakula film The Parallax View. “The montage also uses a drawing by Jack Kirby of the Marvel Comics character Thor. The drawing is a cropped image from the cover of Thor Annual #4 (December 1971), which...

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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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Alvin is gone

Alvin is gone

I lost a one-time bandmate the other day and comics lost one of its greatest champions. I’m still confused and shocked by the news. I rarely had the opportunity to just talk casually to Alvin Buenaventura away from something else going on. I’ve only known him for the last couple of...

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Sparkplug Highlight: The Anthropologists

Wren and Miriam, two anthropology majors studying abroad in Australia, are selected for a trip to the Kimberley Desert to study aboriginal culture. While Miriam is overly enthusiastic and gung ho about the trip and meeting aboriginal people, Wren seems ambivalent about the trip and unsure of...

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Sparkplug Highlight: Hungry Summer

The inaugural title in the Sparkplug Minis series, Hungry Summer follows several characters’ interactions with Baba Yaga, a supernatural figure with roots in Slavic folklore. An ambiguous, witch-like character, Baba Yaga resides deep in the woods and has the ability to bless and curse in equal...

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Ebin Lee interview!

“There’s just something awesome about seeing something, physically holding it, being able to sit with an image. That somebody can sit and look at it and interpret it anyway they want to. I think that’s pretty powerful.” Our friends at Bitch Magazine have interviewed...

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Magic Whistle 3.0 Sketch Variant Edition

Magic Whistle 3.0 Sketch Variant Edition

It’s been a year long wait since the last issue of Sam Henderson’s Magic Whistle. You pick up the latest edition at your local comic book shop. It’s the same basic size. It costs a dollar more. There are many more pages and artists in it then last time… but something is...

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Wow Cool 2-Day Cyber Sale

Wow Cool 2-Day Cyber Sale

Cyber 2 Days Sale at Wow Cool Alternative Comics Every order from Wow Cool.com completed from Noon Monday, November 30th through Midnight Tuesday evening, December 1st pacific time will be discounted 20%. Discount is applied when you add items to your cart. Dozens of already discounted items...

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Sparkplug Pop Up This Weekend!

We’ll be doing a pop up shop this weekend in Portland.  Screaming Sky Gallery is a lovely little collectible toy shop and local art gallery and we’re honored to be hosted by them!  Please stop by to check out the shop and pick up some books!  The pop up is this Sunday...

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Sparkplug at Short Run! New book debut!

Sparkplug will be at Short Run this weekend! It’s on Saturday, October 31st (spooky!) from 11am-6pm at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center. We’ll have kid-friendly postcard packs for trick-or-treaters and plenty of books, including the debut of our next book, A Wretch Like Me by...

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