Get to Know Your Zinester: Sparkplug Books

Describe your work in two sentences or less. I write and draw zines (mainly Milkyboots) that are mostly diary comics but some fiction as well. I also own Sparkplug Books, which has been publishing up-and-coming comics talent for over 10 years!

Where are your favorite places (in your neighborhood or online) to find new zines?
I like to buy stuff from people directly, so I do a lot of ordering stuff on etsy that I see on tumblr. I like to buy stuff at zine and comic fests too. In Portland, I go to Reading Frenzy, Floating World, Bridge City Comics or Portland Button Works.

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.

What’s your favorite part of LA Zine Fest?
Well, the Fest itself is just perfect. Beautiful space, enthusiastic crowds, the DJ (seriously, best idea ever), helpful organizers. That combined with the weather in LA makes it the most vacation-like and fun festival of my year.

Check out more of Virginia’s work at Milkyboots, and visit Sparkplug Books!

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