New In The Shop Frontier Three and More

New In The Shop Frontier Three and More

Newly added to the shop is the latest issue of Youth in Decline’s Frontier — issue number three — featuring the work of rarely seen in the states German artist Sascha Hommer, who fuses the sensibilities and styles of Jon ‘Learn to Draw’ Gnagy and László Moholy-Nagy...

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Support This: Seth Kushner’s Schmuck Kickstarter

A semi-autobio graphic novel anthology about one schmuck’s quest for love and the meaning of life in New York City. SCHMUCK is a 168-page trade paperback autobio graphic novel about one man’s awkward coming-of-age-quest to find love in New York City, written by SETH KUSHNER with design by...

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Linework NW Seeks Volunteers for Event!!

Hi friends, this is Emily Nilsson with a special request. Linework NW needs volunteers for the event, Saturday April 12th, for various jobs: setting up, taking down, helping people find their tables, to name a few.  We’re hosting an after-party as well, at which we’ll need some...

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Reading at Powell’s!

Just to let y’all know, I (Virginia) will be reading from Milkyboots #14 for Powell’s Books Smallpressapalooza on Monday, March 17th.  It should be fun, and there will be lots of other talented folks reading as well.  Hope to see you there!

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Cover preview of our next book!

Here’s a peek at the next book in the Sparkplug Minis Series, The Anthropologists by Whit Taylor.  The Anthropologists follows the author’s trip to Australia and subsequent reevaluation of her chosen field of study.  It will debut at this year’s CAKE in Chicago. Get...

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Kickstart This: Matt Howarth’s Myriad Quest

Matt Howarth brings you a graphic novel of two star-crossed adventurers braving the dangers of the Myriad Song. Myriad Quest will be a self-contained, 48-page graphic novel written and drawn by Matt Howarth and produced by Sanguine Games, makers of the Myriad Song role-playing game. With your...

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Sparkplug Highlight: The Virtuous by Fiona Smyth

The Virtuous is visceral in both senses of the word; provoking a strong emotional reaction and having to do with guts.  Intestines pour from torsos and crotches on every page.  It sounds grotesque, and it is, but also beautiful.  Bodies in this art zine are distorted, elongated...

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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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