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December 20, 2013

By Request/Bundled Extra: Sparkplug Makes Plea For Support In Year-End Letter; Notes 2014 Plans

imageVirginia Paine of Sparkplug sent out a year-end letter to the company's supporters and customers that did two things: provided a rough outline of publishing plans for 2014 from the longtime publisher and distributor started by the late Dylan Williams, and folded in a public plea for support.

The plans include:

* a conclusion to Elijah Brubaker's long-running comic book series Reich, hopefully by fall.
* a hopeful fall release date for the long-awaited Orchid 2
* the launch of a "Sparkplug Minis" series with four books planned for the year, including work by Asher Craw and Ariyana Suvarnasuddhi in February and May, respectively.
* a collection of William Cardini's Vortex for summer

Paine also described the company's need for financial support, noting first that she has suspended the modest payments she received to run the company. She suggests direct action in one section of the letter:
To make these books happen, though, we are going to need a lot of support from our fans and friends. As always, you can make a donation directly to us via the Donate button on the right-hand side of our blog. These donations are so greatly appreciated and go directly toward producing our books. I'm also going to offer preorders for our books, which will be the best way for you to help us and add some great comics to your library simultaneously. Reich #11 preorders start today! Please, just look at that cover and tell me it's not one of the most beautiful things you've ever seen. Visit to get your issue and contribute to a good cause: keeping us in business so we can continue to publish these amazing independent comics.
I enjoy that Reich series, and hope it finds its way to completion, and was a great fan of the first Orchid anthology.

From that letter and from other sources, it looks like the company will exhibit in several places in 2014, including the LA Zine Fest, the inaugural Linework show in Portland and CAKE.
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