New books from this month!

Just a reminder!  This month we added two new books to Sparkplug’s published catalog.  Reich #11 is the second to last book in Elijah Brubaker’s Reich series.  Reich’s world is beginning to crumble in this not-to-be-missed issue! Also out this month, we added the...

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Some Boxes

Some Boxes

I had some time to kill with the kids yesterday evening and we happened to be near the “Comic Collector” shop (yes, that’s it’s name) in Sunnyvale, CA. They have many bins of strange old comics, typically for a dollar. In one stack of beat up coverless comic books I found...

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What The Hell We’ve Been Up To

What The Hell We’ve Been Up To

Although this here blog has been pretty quiet for a week or so, we have been far from idle at Wow Cool / Alternative Comics HQ. Most recently we have upgraded our web servers, so WowCool.com, IndyWorld.com, MagicWhistle.com and several other sites we host should be running much faster now. A...

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Radiohead release PolyFauna Tablet App

Radiohead release PolyFauna Tablet App

Follow the red dot… enter new worlds. With surprisingly less fanfare than usual, Radiohead has released something new into the world. PolyFauna is a mobile and tablet app that takes audio elements from the King of Limbs sessions and visuals from Stanley Donwood’s jagged tree-limb...

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LA Zine Fest this weekend!

Hey all!  Sparkplug will be tabling at LA Zine Fest this Sunday, February 16th, at Helms Bakery in Los Angeles.  For more info on the fest, click here.   We’ll have our normal, awesome collection of books and zines PLUS the new issue of Reich and the first of the...

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Henriette Valium Great Success 1983-2013

Henriette Valium Great Success 1983-2013

As noted recently, newly added to our shop is the greatest career retrospective yet released of Quebec’s ‘Pope of Comics’ Henriette Valium. This book comes from a new publisher from the little heard from country of Macedonia. Our old friend Janelle Hessig got the full scoop...

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Book Announcements and Convention Schedule!

HELLO ALL! Hope you are enjoying your winter and New Year so far!  Sparkplug has a couple announcements for you. First, due to some paper mix ups, Reich #11 is taking a little longer than expected to print.  It is still available to pre-order here.  I am expecting to have it in...

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Go listen: Inkstuds episode 500

Go listen: Inkstuds episode 500

The mighty Inkstuds podcast and radio show has logged 500 episodes in just over eight years. The guests for this landmark episode are Frank Santoro and Brandon Graham. Go give a listen. Special guests Frank Santoro and Brandon Graham help me bring in the 500th episode of inkstuds. 8 and a half...

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Hot off the Press – Insect Bath

Hot off the Press – Insect Bath

Just arrived in our shop is Insect Bath, the new anthology of cosmic horror edited by Jason T. Miles. Includes comics by: Max Clotfelter (Henry & Glenn Forever), Alex Delaney (Rapt in Fear), Eamon Espey (Wormdye and Songs of the Abyss), Noel Freibert (Weird Magazine), Sammy Harkham (The...

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Many New And Recent Books Now In The Shop

Many New And Recent Books Now In The Shop

We have added a whole slew of books to the shop in preparation for our grand opening in just a couple of weeks at the new Cupertino store. The store is already open for business from Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6pm. Big opening party coming soon. Among the new additions are: the giant...

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Sparkplug Highlights: Gin Palace, Issue One

In this funny, sweet, and bizarre British anthology, a variety of stories and styles are presented for your reading pleasure! Gin Palace features seven different comics, all of which are pure entertainment. In Rob Jackson’s two-part “The Ballad of Hatty Jack,” a plucky young...

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Thirty Years of The Apple Macintosh

Thirty years ago today, on Tuesday, January 24, 1984 the 128K Apple Macintosh went on sale for the first time. I’m writing this in Cupertino, California, the home of Apple, and there are not yet signs of the free apple pie and ice cream I had hoped for. Apple seems to be doing little to...

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Last Day to Join The SAW Indigogo Campaign

Help SAW – The Sequential Artists Workshop – continue its mission of supporting artists, putting artists and students together and offering quality, affordable education in comics/sequential art. SAW was founded by Tom Hart, who co-founded the original Wow Cool and is Alternative...

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Happy New Year & Thanks!

Hello and Happy New Year everyone! First off, I would like to thank everyone who has already donated and pre-ordered Reich #11.  You guys are the best and we really appreciate it.  Amy at 1984 said the books will be shipping next week, so you should be getting your copies soon. On that...

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A Million Links Per Second

A Million Links Per Second

Things have been a degree of busy around the Wow Cool | Alternative Comics shop and studios that would be hard to sum up. In the meanwhile, my collection of tabbed web pages of most awesome are overwhelming my browser space. By sharing them I can be free. Thank you to the various folks that

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We’ll miss you Valentine’s

It’s not gone yet, but the writing is on the walls. My old friend Howard Glassman’s long running music hall and beer joint Valentine’s in Albany, New York, is due to be bulldozed soon to make way for some sort of hospital expansion plan. This has been a long and drawn out death...

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