Kickstart This: Steve Ditko’s #20

Kickstart This: Steve Ditko’s #20

Robin Snyder and Steve Ditko promise “something unusual and fresh and original” in the Kickstarter campaign for their latest publishing project, #20. After 26 years of publishing indie comics I’m pretty sure they can be taken at their word on this. Go support #20. Wow Cool...

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The Wonderful and Frightening World of Gary Panter

The Wonderful and Frightening World of Gary Panter

Gary Panter is well deservedly a much revered artist for his scratchy line and his many very influential works scattered across various media in a long career. Whether by accident or chance or plan, many of these works – as well as some obvious examples by his peer cohorts Matt Groening...

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New Noah Van Sciver and More in The Shop

New Noah Van Sciver and More in The Shop

We have just added three new Noah Van Sciver books to our shop: A City of Whisky and Fire (with writer Daniel Landes); and, the full-color sketchbook replicas from Tinto Press Weekend Alone and Weekend For Two. Also from Tinto we have the Eisner Award nominated Homesick by Jason Walz. In the...

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The Anthropologists is available for pre-order!

I’m so stoked about our next book, The Anthropologists!  Taylor does a great job portraying travel: the awkwardness, the self-analysis, the uncomfortable cultural implications.  Her art work is deceptively simple; she is a master of capturing the nuances of expression and her...

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New In the Shop! Barrio Mothers & TEMI #1!

Good morning, all! Two new books are up in the shop today- first off, you can order the incredibly cool and incredibly free-except-for-shipping Barrio Mothers Free Comic Book Day comic if you missed it in stores! With such a lovely cover and good local Portland artists, there really is no...

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Sparkplug Highlight: Long Legs by Julianna Green!

Long Legs is the first book in a series. What really strikes me about Julianna Green’s comic style is it’s density. Each page is filled with rich blacks and linework. Each character is designed to grab your attention. My eyes scan over the craft of every panel before I allow myself...

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A Quarter Each or 25 for Five Dollars

A Quarter Each or 25 for Five Dollars

In case you hadn’t heard, we are having a big sale on Saturday at our Cupertino, California store and on WowCool.com all weekend. You will have to make it to Cupertino to dig through the 17 longboxes of comics we are selling at a quarter a pop (or 25 for five dollars, as it says

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Free Comic Book Day!

Tomorrow is everyone’s favorite holiday: Free Comic Book Day!  This year Sparkplug teamed up with Portland publishers Floating World Comics, Snakebomb Comix and Teenage Dinosaur to bring you BARRIO MOTHERS!  With art and stories by Souther Salazar, Nick Norman, Josh Juresko...

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Wow Cool Grand Opening Sale

Wow Cool Grand Opening Sale

Come join us in Cupertino on Saturday, May 3rd for our big party at the store; or, online at WowCool.com all weekend for lots of free comics and 20% off everything we sell. All the details you need are here.

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Sparkplug Highlight: ZIRP #4 by Till D. Thomas

ZIRP #4 starts off where #3 ended: Elisabeth and Raoul relaxing together in a stunning penthouse, giggling and splashing in the pool. While all this is going down, Rizzo departs on a sea voyage to find Elisabeth and convince her to take him back. Will he overcome his fear of living in order to...

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Sparkplug Highlight: ZIRP #3 by Till D. Thomas

Featuring both beautifully stylized comic pages, as well as painted splash pages, ZIRP #3 is a delight to behold. The story opens with half-baked author Raoul as he lives his loser life, trying to read his own book. After becoming disgusted with it, he searches the internet for the book, and...

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New Books From Alternative Comics and More

New Books From Alternative Comics and More

It looks like we are doing new comic book day on Thursday this week. We have three new books from our house label Alternative Comics in stock online and in the Cupertino store: Jed Alexander’s (Mostly) Wordless, Kevin Scalzo’s Sugar Booger #2 and the second edition of the Big...

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Steve Moore Has Minutes To Go In Suspension

Steve Moore Has Minutes To Go In Suspension

I was about ten or eleven when I was first exposed to the writing of the recently deceased Steve Moore in the pages of Doctor Who Weekly. He and Alan Moore (no relation) wrote back-up stories in the magazine. Some of the ones that first caught my attention were the tales of the Cyberman who

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Kickstart This: Study Group Comics

Help fund Study Group Comics’ upcoming slate of super awesome print editions by pre-ordering your copies today! Study Group is running a Kickstarter for pre-orders on their 2014 books. It is one hell of a lineup, with the best ever looking issue of Study Group Magazine (#3!) – now in...

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Suport This: Suspect Device 4 Kickstarter

Suspect Device 4. Anthology of collage based comics dedicated to linking comics history with its future. Cover by Raymond Pettibon. Suspect Device 4 is the 4th installment in a series of comics first begun in 2011. Its principal conceit is that the artists work on comics based on older...

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