Big Plans Four and a Half

Hello people. I just posted a long story online that you can read if you wish RIGHT HERE. I know it’s been a long time since the last issue of Big Plans, so hopefully this will do for now. Thanks!

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IPRC Comics Program

We are about to start the production semester of the Comics Program at the IPRC, there is still room for last minute enrollment and a few special classes are open to individual class enrollment: Minicomics and Paste-Up with John Isaacson Image Science with Jesse Reklaw Prepress and Indesign with...

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Gay Genius Released! Free Comic Book in Stores!

Hi everyone, We’ve got great news! After a brief hold-up Gay Genius will see its official release this weekend and next. In Portland there will be a release/dance party tomorrow night! Lots of artists and excitement. Saturday, April 30 · 7:30pm – 11:30pm In Other Words 14...

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More Yumi!

Rounding out our Yumi Sakugawa catalog, we’ve added An Unfilled Circle and There is No Right Way to Meditate to the store. Hooray! Both really gorgeous books with a meditative quality, from an under-appreciated artist who is totally worth your time.

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Enjoy The Fireworks

Hello. WowCool.com is undergoing a massive, and quite public and live, stripdown and rebuild over the next few days. Things will be looking a bit different as they are ripped apart and pasted back up in different order. Most of the content – the posts and pages – will remain...

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Pete Von Petrin Live on KPSU April 23, 2011

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/14202928″] As mentioned here recently, Pete Von Petrin just did a little West Coast Tour with his noise making springs and such. To close things off he made an appearance on Portland’s KPSU with fellow local sound meister...

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Bill Blackbeard

I got some sad news this weekend. An old friend died last month. Bill Blackbeard was a guy like no other I’ve ever met. In this era of trendy books on old comics, second rate scholarship and a sense that the love has gone out of old comics, Bill was and will always abe a

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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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