Sparky In Love


Sparky, a strange, magical imp who is half-angel, half-devil, returns with another collection of stories centering around a single theme.  Sparky In Love sees both Sparky and his creator, Steve Peters, embark on a quest for romance and true love.

Some of the book’s tales are autobiographical, but with fantasy elements woven in in the form of Sparky.  Peters has been documenting his personal, spiritual search for love, and the heartbreak that often results from his failures, throughout his previous books, Awakening Comics, Everwinds, and Chemistry.

As with the previous Sparky book, Peters is including a number of comics that are “jam” collaborations with other independent comic book creators.  These are passed around at comic book conventions, such as Wizard World East in Philadelphia, PA, SPX in Bethesda, MD, and SPACE in Columbus, Ohio.  Among the over 40 contributors to the book are Alex Robinson, Carla Speed McNeil, Matt Feazell, Tony Consiglio, Mike Dawson, Jimmy Gownley, and Jeff Nicholson.

Sparky In Love continues the idea that every reality has its own Sparky, explaining all the different versions of the character that appear in the jam comics.  As is usually the case with jam comics, the stories take all kinds of wild twists and turns.  One jam finds him in a coma, hallucinating that he’s a character in a twisted animated cartoon; another has him in love with a woman whose boyfriend is a jealous Frankenstein’s Monster (drawn, of course, by Supernatural Law’s Batton Lash); still another sees him rejected and depressed, taking a potion that turns him into a female Sparky (drawn by Mike Manley).

Sparky made his debut in 2005 in Steve Peters’ autobiographical comic, Chemistry, which received the 2006 Gene Day Memorial Prize, which was awarded at the SPACE convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Sparky In Love is a B&W 32 page book.
Diamond Comics order code APR07 3467
Published by Awakening Comics.  Art and story by Steve Peters and various artists.

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[Review by Atomic Avenue

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