Troy Brownfield writes to tell us of his new webcomic SPARKSHOOTER, which debuts next Wednesday. In the meantime, he’s been running a series of teasers, and passed one along to The Beat. Brownfield writes and Sarah Vaughn draws the series.

“The comic follows a young Indianapolis band circa 2003 that reforms with a new female lead singer after a disastrous Battle gig,” Brownfield writes.  “It’s inspired in part by the time that I spent booking, managing, and playing in bands between 1991 and 2004 or so. ”

A suspense/horror comic then. j/k

More info here and here.

Previous teasers: one


  1. Uh, just wondering out of curiosity sake… why this is particular comic (which personally I find very uninteresting from the links provided) getting such promotion on this site when all the other similar webcomics won’t get this kind of coverage?

  2. Hey everybody, make sure you read the memo where it is clearly outlined that, if it doesn’t appeal to Scott, you shouldn’t be discussing it on the internets. Do what you can to help paper Hollywood with signs reminding the talent not to make films he has no interest in seeing, too. Thanks!

  3. Hey, I was just asking an straightforward question and stating my personal opinion. (Mainly I think it’s that the art has too much of a computer generated/Illustrator kind of feel based on these images)

    I mean, I had no idea who Troy Brownfield is. I guess the article could have mentioned it, I wouldn’t have asked otherwise.

  4. The article does say everything I told you about Troy, though.

    And let that be a lesson to people who want to get stove covered:

    1. Spread the word.

    2. Supply art.


  5. Well, Kurt is….sort of right this time.

    Since there’s a lesson to be learned here, perhaps I’ll explain. Troy is an old colleague from the Pulse days. He also writes for numerous websites. When he approached me about running one of his weekly teasers I was interested because I knew who he was, and the subject matter was Beat-centric, plus the campaign was running at several other topline sites.

    NOW…you say, right, he only got this attention because he’s friends with people at topline comics websites.

    To which I reply: YES. That’s called paying your dues. I’ve often said that to break into comics as a writer you need to pay a lot of dues, and that could include years of writing comics journalism.

    Not that you have to be a Beat pal to get a post here. I posted that Ouiji Board comics from someone I never heard of before.

    So where Kurt is right is that you just have to supply a good story and some art and you have a shot.

    I do scroll through my email every day, which inevitably includes at least a dozen emails about things I “might” be interested in. Most of the time I’m not. But….you have to try somewhere.