Memorial Weekend Music All At Once

This little music recommendation project for the long weekend grew out of hand. Here are the four additional picks – each of which should have had their own posts, but sometimes you have to move on. Tom Ravenscroft has been sitting in on another show on BBC 6 Music this week and he played...

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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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nickname: Rebel Is Making A New Album

nickname: Rebel Is Making A New Album

After a few years break. After three members of the band left the greater San Francisco bay area. After Marc got Alternative Comics somewhat set up and Mike got the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Fransisco somewhat set up. We finally got back together and re-started the band we started 15 years...

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Don DeLillo Should get every damn literary prize

Someone (whom I could not find again) posted something to the effect of “I’m voting for the presidential candidate who nominates Don DeLillo for the Nobel Prize” on thee face books. I’m not quite sure it works that way, but I echo the sentiment. Don DeLillo is surely on...

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Join the King-Cat Comix Fan Club

Join the King-Cat Comix Fan Club

I got some exciting mail from John Porcellino today — an official King-Cat Comix Fan Club membership card. Hand inscribed by John P himself to me. You too can get yours by supporting John’s work on King-Cat Comics and Stories and the Spit and a Half publishing imprint and distro on...

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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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Seth Kushner October 30, 1973 to May 17, 2015

Seth Kushner October 30, 1973 to May 17, 2015

Seth Kushner left us one year ago today. Some four months before his book Schmuck would finally be released to the world through Alternative Comics. An event that was to have taken place many months earlier, but was delayed due to his illness. I just found this piece on The New York Observer...

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My computer died on Monday

My computer died on Monday

and The New Intern Starts on Tuesday We are so not ready And I get on a plane Thursday morning to go to Portland, Oregon to work at Linework NW and move Sparkplug Books down here. But that’s OK We’ll make it through somehow What is not OK Is that we are based in Cupertino,

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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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Scenes From Half Moon Bay

Scenes From Half Moon Bay

After a heavy duty couple of weeks that included Free Comic Book Day and two comic book artist signings at the Wow Cool Alternative Comics shop, it was time to take a day off and head to the beach. The high winds and barely 60º temperatures cut into the beach time as it cut into

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Darwyn Cooke Has Left Us

Darwyn Cooke Has Left Us

Unbelievable news today: first, this morning, that comic book artist and animator Darwyn Cooke had gone through a very serious battle with cancer; and then, this evening, that he was dead. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually properly met or talked to Darwyn, but we’ve stood very...

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Have a Psycho Nurse Year All Over Again

Have a Psycho Nurse Year All Over Again

I made a happy surprise discovery today. The 2011 Psycho Nurse Calendar is actually good again this year! From March 1st right through New Years Eve. The dates will be the same for the whole year next in 2022. The calendar was a collaboration between Wow Cool and Silicon Valley’s favorite...

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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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Wednesday is New Comics Day May 11, 2016

Wednesday is New Comics Day May 11, 2016

Today is Wednesday, May 11th and we have a ton of new books for you. We are now officially open until 7pm at the Cupertino shop; and, will start staying open until 8pm on Wednesdays in June. Recent issues of comics from the past year are now available in the store carefully arranged in...

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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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