Our friends at PSU’s Ooligan Press throw a yearly publishing conference here in Portland, and this year, Sparkplug will be tabling at their book fair! Write to Publish takes place on Saturday, January 31st at Smith Memorial Student...Read more
Sparkplug Tentative Convention Schedule, 2015!
Hello, friends! It looks like 2015 is going to be a pretty busy year. We have a convention planned nearly every month from now until September. Here is the schedule so far: Jan. 31: Write to Publish, Portland, OR (confirmed) Feb. 15: LA...Read more
New Books Making Their Way into the Shop
In the build-up to the popular holiday season, Wow Cool added bajillions of new books to our physical shop in Cupertino, CA (Book thieves, take note). We are now finally getting these books added into our online catalog at WowCool.com. Some are...Read more
Je Suis Charlie
Art by John Derf Backderf. Click to make big. Share widely.Read more
Happy New Year!
Hey all! I hope you had safe and fun holidays! I getting back into my rhythm here at Sparkplug, wrapping up our Kickstarter rewards, adding new distro books to the store and getting together our travel and publishing schedule for...Read more
Happy New Year!
Image from the Punch 1915 Almanac. Available to view or download on Archive.org.Read more
Support the Sequential Artists Workshop
Twenty seven years ago I shared a studio at the School of Visual Arts dorms with Tom Hart — a visionary young artist who showed much potential for becoming a great cartoonist. He did become a great cartoonist. What no one knew then was that...Read more
We Was Robbed
The Wow Cool | Alternative Comics shop in Cupertino, California was broken into sometime this weekend by way of a very large rock. Several hundred dollars of comics and books were stolen. We were very fortunate that there was a replacement window...Read more
I Saw A Thing… Punk Rock and all that…
fumbling about for something to have on in the background while messing around with such esoteric concerns as GS1-128 barcodes and the west coast trucking crisis I stumbled across a pair of what I think were German TV documentaries on punk from...Read more
A Couple Reminders
Just a reminder: Sparkplug has put out three books this fall! The trippy space epic Vortex, by William Cardini, and the final chapter in the Reich series, Reich #12 by Elijah Brubaker are both up for sale in the store. The third book...Read more
Sparkplug at CALA and the debut of Bird Girl and Fox Girl by Yumi Sakugawa!
Sparkplug will have a table at Comic Arts Los Angeles this weekend! The fest is Saturday, December 6th from 10am-6pm at Think Tank Gallery. It’s free and open to the public. More info here. Our friends Aaron Whitaker...Read more
Kickstart This: Smilin’ Ed Comics
It is very likely that I would not be working in comics now without the influence of Raoul Vezina, the creator of the classic four issue series of Smilin’ Ed Smiley comics that were released more than 30 years ago. Raoul was also the front...Read more