The Beauty of Urban Decay 2

As documented earlier, we continue to build with either no real purpose to the buildings themselves or no realistic plan to sustainably maintain these buildings. There is much glorious decay that remains to be explored by the intrepid and the foolish. Infiltration zine has done a great deal to...

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Gwenaelle! Yumi Sakugawa!

We picked up Yumi Sakugawa’s new mini, Goodbye Turtle, at Stumptown last weekend. Another fantastic story from this comics artist! And also new in the store today is our Gwenaelle catalog, a total of six zines. I love her two recipe zines, Little Book of Recipes Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. And the...

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A Brief Bit About Comic Book Shows

Last year I didn’t go to MoCCA, Brooklyn Comics Art, TCAF or SPX for Sparkplug. Other people did those shows for Sparkplug. This was noted by a few people as Sparkplug not being at the shows. This year, I’ve gone to MoCCA and will be doing TCAF. But the truth is I’m only...

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(Un) Pleasant Over Drones at Resound Falmouth 2011

(Un) Pleasant Over Drones at Resound Falmouth 2011

Resound Falmouth 2011 was a three day festival of sound art, contemporary audio performance and installations that happened in Falmouth/Penryn in Cornwall UK March 25-27, 2011. The event was centered around the local community radio station Source FM. The event included presentations, talks and...

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Pete Von Petrin West Coast Tour

I’m writing this right after getting home from the second show on Pete Von Petrin’s West Coast Spring Tour, where I joined him for a special fognozzle reunion. Thank you so much to the super enthusiastic (and freaking huge) West Oakland crew! As one guest told me, “the room is...

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An Error at the Printing Plant.

We just found out that there was an error in the printing of Gay Genius and so, it won’t be out this weekend. The party will be moved to later in the month (the 30th) and the official release of the book will be at the party/TCAF in Toronto. Keep your eyes out. The book

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See fognozzle Reunited in Oakland Friday

See fognozzle Reunited in Oakland Friday

Mid-1990s noise project fognozzle – a collaboration between Pete Von Petrin and Marc Arsenault (me) – is getting back together for a show on Friday night in our old home base of Oakland, California. fognozzle never really got out of the warehouse, but did appear on the Mandibles in...

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Stumptown and Events this Week in Portland

Sparkplug will be involved in a few local events surrounding the Stumptown Comics Festival this weekend. And we’ll be a the show itself too. Thursday: “Learn about the cultural and economic significance of comics with: PSU Special Collections Librarian and Archivist Cris Paschild...

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Sofortbild: Control your Camera with your Mac

Sofortbild: Control your Camera with your Mac

I don’t write much about my photographer’s life here, apart from the occasional mention of the latest big martial arts or fashion thing… Anyway, today I found myself in a serious crunch. My DSLR is having some sort of major hemorrhage or something. Compact Flash Card Reader...

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Portland Comics This Thursday at 4pm

http://www.multcolib.org/events/comics.html Srsly Big Deal: Living and Breathing Comics in PDX (April 14 at 4:00pm)   Cris Paschild; Dylan Williams; Diana Schultz; Julia Gfrörer From self-published mini-comic zines to traditional comic books, manga and lengthy graphic novels, comics are a...

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Conventions with New Books!

Sparkplug Comic Books is going to both MoCCA Fest and Stumptown Comics Fest and we’ll be premiering new books at each show. The MoCCA Festival is this weekend in Manhattan, NYC Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th 11am-6pm. It will be at the Lexington Avenue Armory 68 Lexington Ave...

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Steven Cerio art on Comedy Central’s Workaholics

Steven Cerio art on Comedy Central’s Workaholics

Tune in to Comedy Central tonight at 10:30 (9:30 Central) to catch the debut episode of the new 10-part series Workaholics. Word has it that several of Steven Cerio‘s prints and/or posters adorn the wall of the cubicle and/or bedroom of one of the characters. We will investigate further...

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Hello, Gay Genius and Dan Quayl!

We are busy at Sparkplug today! Two more just-printed books for you – the completely amazing anthology Gay Genius (edited by superstar Annie Murphy) and a multi-publisher, Portland-centric collaboration called Dan Quayl (a steal at just $.01 from our website!). Gay Genius includes work by...

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The Disgusting Room and Reich #8 out today!

Yes! Today we have two brand new books in the shop! The newest issue of Elijah Brubaker’s fascinating Reich series, Reich #8 and Austin English’s The Disgusting Room.Reich #8 tackles the beginning of Wilhelm Reich’s new life in America as well as explaining the origin of the...

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Parallel Strokes Tote Bag Offer

Parallel Strokes Tote Bag Offer

Hello! We’ve just been alerted that Wordshape – publishers of Ian Lynam’s book Parallel Strokes – is all sold out of the book, and it seems that we are the last known outpost to stock this fine tome. So, by way of a super-random special offer, Wow Cool will be giving the...

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