TAILS OF SPARKY #2 is a 24-hour comic drawn by Steve Peters, and (unlike past Sparky books which were made up of short stories and jam comics) is Sparky’s first full-length story (not counting CHEMISTRY, which was more about creator Steve than Sparky).
The idea for the story in TAILS OF SPARKY #2, which is entitled “Sparky’s Hollywood Ending”, appropriately enough came from an opportunity to make a Hollywood pitch. “A friend in the business was approached by a Hollywood studio,” says Peters; “they said they were interested in looking at comics and graphic novels, and asked him to send them ideas. Since my friend isn’t particularly interested in pitching to Hollywood, he asked other creators that he’s collaborated with if they’d be interested in pitching their own ideas, using him as a liaison. Since he worked on a Sparky story with me in the past, he asked if I’d be interested in pitching a Sparky idea.
“I immediately had an idea for a story I could pitch, but was stuck for a while on how to propose it. All of the Sparky books published so far feature short, unrelated pieces; there’s no coherent narrative. So, I thought, ‘should I write an outline? A script?’ Eventually, I hit on the idea of doing a 24-hour comic which would tell the story I wanted to pitch. Since the story contains autobiographical elements, the Hollywood pitch naturally became part of it—hence the title.”
In the beginning of the comic, we see Sparky much as we’ve seen him before—bouncing from one short feature to another. This time, however, he’s become aware of his transitions from story to story, and he’s become fed up. His angel and devil selves split, as they’ve done occasionally in past Sparky comics, and the devil self eventually finds an evil mentor who shows him the way to the real world to take revenge on his creator, Steve, who is working on his Hollywood pitch. He kidnaps Steve’s love interest, Anna, and his evil mentor gives Steve 24 hours to capitulate to his demands, or Anna dies. Steve tries to defeat demon Sparky and his mentor by meeting them on their own turf, the only way he knows how—by creating a 24-hour comic. With Anna’s life on the line, the pressure’s on like with no other previous 24-hour comic to get the comic done in time!
TAILS OF SPARKY #2 is a B&W 24 page book.
Published in 2009 by Awakening Comics. Art and story by Steve Peters. Back cover jam by Dre Time and Steve Peters.