The comics industry lost an amazing man with the death of Dylan Williams, but it isn’t losing Sparkplug Books. Williams’s widow, Emily Nilsson, has announced that she, Virginia Paine, and Tom Neely will be keeping the publisher going for as long as they can:
Some of you have been asking what will happen to Sparkplug now that my husband, Dylan Williams, is no longer with us. This is to let you know that Virginia Paine, Tom Neely and I will be continuing to run things as best we can. Our immediate plans are to continue online sales, and to get through the conventions for this Fall and Winter. We’ve just been to A.P.E. in San Francisco, and we’ll be present at MIX in Minneapolis next month, as well as the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival in December.
We need your support now as much as ever. We are grieving at the same time as we are trying to keep business afloat, and trying not to overstrain ourselves. We want to publish again soon but that is a step we will consider more once we get through the next few months.
Thank you for all of the kindness you have given us in these recent weeks.
With Sparkplug’s terrific backlist, there is much to support — and hopefully new books to follow.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.