Dylan Williams alerts the media of impending activities for many:

This weekend we will be premiering Reich #5 by Elijah Brubaker at the upcoming Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. Also, copies are now available to buy online, but may not go out till after SPX. You can order them at the sparkplug website.

The night before SPX, we’ll be co-sponsoring the SPX-plosion event at Atomic Books, a free event on Friday, October 3, 7PM – 10PM. Atomic’s address is: 3620 Falls Rd in Baltimore, Maryland. Man-about-town Austin English will be reading at the event.

We will have tables at the Small Press Expo, as usual. It is this weekend, Saturday & Sunday October 4th & 5th. We’ll probably have too many comics for the tables. Lots of new minis and books and new T-shirts as well. Sparkplug artists and friends will be on a number of panels. I’ll be on a panel on small-press publishing on Sunday at 12:30pm with Randy Chang (Bodega Distribution), Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press) and Leon Avelino (Secret Acres), moderated by Rob Clough.

The Ignatz awards recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning will be presented during SPX.
Sparkplug is up for six Ignatz’s in total:
Inkweed – Chris Wright – Best Anthology or Collection
Windy Corner – Austin English – Best Anthology or Collection
Hot Breath of War – Trevor Alixopulos – Outstanding Graphic Novel
The Urn – Chris Wright, Inkweed – Outstanding Story
Austin English – Windy Corner #2 – Promising New Talent
Reich – Elijah Brubaker – Outstanding Series

The following weekend (Saturday, October 11th) Sparkplug will be at the Richmond Zine Fest in Richmond, Virginia with Rob Ullman. It is a one day zine fest, and sounds like they have a ton of amazing books and workshops. I’m looking forward to going to Richmond.

And following SPX, Trevor Alixopulos (artist of the Hot Breath of War and Mine Tonight) will be on a whirlwind tour of the East Coast and Chicago
October 6, 2008, 5 – 7:00 PM George Washington University Washington, DC http://www.gwu.edu/index.cfm
October 7, 2008, 6 – 8:00 PM Robin’s Bookstore, Inc. Philadelphia, PA www.robinsbookstore.com
October 8, 2008, 7 – 9:00 PM Desert Island Brooklyn, NY www.myspace.com/desertislandbrooklyn
October 11, 2008, 7 – 9:00 PM Quimby’s Chicago, IL www.quimbys.com