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I have been keeping this a secret for a while, but I have been working on a completely brand new, 32-page original mini-comic story for Sparkplug Comic Books as a part of their outstanding Sparkplug Mini Series. Tentatively, the mini-comic is titled “Bird Girl and Fox Girl.” As with the two previous titles, only 500 copies will be printed as a limited edition print. 

“Bird Girl and Fox Girl” is the story of two best friends who have a falling out and the lifelong ramifications of that falling out. It is an idea I’ve had for a very long time and I would love to share this with all of you by the end of this year. 

This will only be completely possible if Sparkplug Comic Books reaches their stretch goal of $8450 in the next 24 hours. Please donate to their Kickstarter campaign now (still lots of amazing backer prizes left!) right now to ensure that “Bird GIrl and Fox Girl” will be published and available for all of you by Comic Arts Los Angeles in December 2014. 

>> Donate to the Sparkplug Fall Books Project Kickstarter campaign >> 

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BIRD GIRL AND FOX GIRL is a magical story of a broken friendship between Bird Girl and Fox Girl, stretched across two lifetimes. 

BIRD GIRL AND FOX GIRL is the third book in the Sparkplug Minis Series, a series of short-run (500 copies) mini comics by new and/or under-appreciated artists.

32 interior pages, black and white with color cover, half-letter-sized mini-comic. Published by Sparkplug Comic Books in December 2014. 

$6. Order online here >>  Sparkplug Comic Books | Yumi Sakugawa Bigcartel Store | Giant Robot 

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Sparkplug and Retrofit, together at last!  We’re pleased to announce Sparkplug has begun distroing a small selection of Retrofit books in our store.  Hopefully we’ll be adding more in the future, but for now please check out and enjoy:

Theth by Josh Bayer

Bear, Bird and Stag by Madeleine Flores

The Ignatz Award winning Wicked Chicken Queen by Sam Alden

Keep Fresh by Zejian Shen

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Reich #12

By Elijah Brubaker

Published by Sparkplug Books

Reich is a thrilling biographical account of psychoanalyst and sex researcher Dr. Wilhelm Reich, a protégé of Freud. He courted scandal throughout Europe where he became known mostly for his controversial and radical ideas. Reich claimed to discover a palpable sexual energy, which he called “Orgone.” Reich was forced to move to America in 1939. In America, Reich founded Orgonon, a commune/laboratory located in Rangely, Maine. There he continued his research into Orgone energy. Reich claimed the energy was a panacea and was determined to prove it to the world. Soon afterward, he was abruptly persecuted by the United States government. Reich tells the story of a man who lived with unwavering conviction in his beliefs and shows the danger and tragedy that can arise from such conviction.
The final chapter of Reich’s story finds him in court trying to defend his research, a fellow scientist and his own sanity. After some deliberation and psychiatric review, a verdict is reached and he is sent to live out his final days in Lewisburg Penitentiary.

(28 pages, black and white with color cover, saddle stitched)

Publication Date: November 14, 2014

Reviews for the Reich series:

Rob Clough for Foxing Quarterly

Brian Heater for The Daily Crosshatch

$4.00

Order here.

Wholesalers order here.

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Today Sparkplug Books launched a Kickstarter campaign for their fall books: Reich #12 and Vortex.

I’m super stoked about this! Vortex will collect all four of my mini comics in a definitive edition with a cover by my partner Glade Hensel. I’m posting a preview of the cover and selected pages from the first issue. I’ll continue to post previews throughout the campaign.

I started Vortex, my first graphic novel, on June 4th, 2011 and I’m looking forward to holding a copy in my pixel-stained hands. This summer I’ve poured over every page, fixing mistakes, editing some text, messing with the patterns, and redrawing pages. I’m really proud of the final book and, if you like psychedelic sf, I think you’ll dig it! Please support this campaign with a share or a preorder.

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Newest mini-comic title BIRD GIRL AND FOX GIRL from Sparkplug Comic Books will be debuting at Comic Arts Los Angeles (CALA) this Saturday (12/6) at Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles from 10AM to 6PM! 

BIRD GIRL AND FOX GIRL has a limited press run of 500 copies, which will be sold at my table and the Sparkplug Comic Books table at CALA. I will be sitting at table 8A, right in-between amazing graphic memoirist MariNaomi and best indie comic publisher ever Sparkplug Comic Books. 

More information about CALA here. 

Can’t make it to CALA? Preorder online through Sparkplug website here! 

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At the micropress panel during Autoptic last year you addressed the possibility of starting a whole new publisher so as to allow you the freedom to pursue works that might confuse Sparkplug’s brand identity. Do you feel you’ve overcome that fear? Or otherwise found a way around any discomfort you may have with that?

Yeah, I just said “Fuck it, I’ll do what I want.” I overthink things sometimes.

(so this is funny or weird, but after reading this my initial thought process was to “like” your response – couldn’t find the button, haha)

Oh haha, I do that all the time.

Over at 2dcloud.com I interview rad cartoonist and publisher, Virginia Paine. For the full read, visit!

GET TO KNOW YOUR ZINESTER: Sparkplug Books

What are you working on for the Fest this year?
I personally won’t have anything new, but I will have two new books from Sparkplug – Reich #11 by Elijah Brubaker and Hungry Summer by Asher Craw. I’m very excited about both!

How did you get involved in making zines?
I’ve always been a writer/artist and aware of zines since I got my first one from a riot grrl out of Baraboo, Wisconsin. I think at some point in my 20s I had a “Oh yeah, I can do this too!” moment. But mostly I blame Nicole Georges and her totally excellent Invincible Summer for getting me started making zines.

Read the rest over at the LA Zine Fest blog!