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All Sparkler back issues are now FREE TO READ!

Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Lianne Sentar | 2 Comments

Sparkler back issues are now free.As Chromatic Press strives to propel Sparkler Monthly magazine into a third year – a goal that requires 1,000 sign-ups to the Membership Drive by July 2015 – the floodgates have been opened. Now all 17 back issues of the magazine are free to read online! In addition, all back chapters of Off*Beat, dating as far back as TOKYOPOP’s first publication in 2005, are available for free online reading for the very first time!

Sparkler Monthly aims to be a new model for the webcomics world – creators are paid advances for their work, receive veteran editorial and promotional support, and are carefully selected to provide a robust Female Gaze package for eager readers. With back issues now free and cyclic open submissions for new content, Sparkler Monthly has opened an organized and supportive industry channel for independent, fem-positive fiction frequently limited to self-publishing online. Although open to any creator who can work in the Female Gaze, the vast majority of Sparkler’s creator line-up and staff identify as female and are building a new industry community where women are the default – not the exception.

But the model will only succeed with a membership base to support it, and the Membership Drive is entering its critical stage. Sparkler Monthly requires 1,000 sign-ups by July to stay open, and is still offering a number of incentives – early access to new content, downloads, and even access to the magazine’s complete Cherry Bomb line for older readers – to paying members who support the magazine. In addition, the website has undergone significant structural changes to be more user-friendly to readers, including a new mobile version of the site and increased encryption security so members may pay for their memberships directly on the website with a personal credit card.

The free back issues have made the magazine easier than ever to enjoy, so Chromatic Press invites you to sample the immersive comics, illustrated novels, and audio dramas created by a generation of fem-positive creators who know how to tell a great story. Just beware – the material is addictive! 🙂

Announcing Skyglass (prose) and Windrose (comic) for Sparkler Monthly’s summer lineup!

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Lianne Sentar | 7 Comments

Chromatic Press is pleased to announce the addition of two new titles to its expanding library of original, Female Gaze content in Sparkler Monthly: Skyglass, an illustrated prose series, and Windrose, an ongoing comic series. Skyglass will debut in Sparkler Monthly’s June issue (#011) and Windrose will debut in July (#012).

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Skyglass
(light novel/illustrated prose)
Jenn Grunigen and Mookie

Written by Strange Horizons alumna Jenn Grunigen and featuring the explosive art of Mookie, Skyglass is a collision of post-apocalyptic science fiction and sexy rock gods. The adult-content prologue, Cinderseed, was released in March as a short story for Sparkler Monthly’s Cherry Bomb line. Skyglass tells the tale of two mismatched roommates, their volatile take on friendship, and the messy path to self-actualization, with some intergalactic stardom along the way:

Four years after his human mother and elven father died by double suicide, Moss lives a shadow of a life. He’s an anorexic, aromantic drummer who wallows in apathy and inadvertently wooed his boss in a bathtub. But when Phoenix – a fire elemental turned human pop star – lands on earth and decides to move into his apartment, his stale life gets torched. Phoenix is on a manhunt to find and kill her father, and she has no problem dragging everyone around her into the fire.

Skyglass is exactly the kind of book I always wanted to publish with Chromatic Press – something so wild and fantastic that it explodes out of genre boxes, so delightfully bizarre that you have trouble explaining it to people,” says Lianne Sentar, head of prose development and editor of Skyglass. “It’s like throwing Ai Yazawa’s Nana, a space opera, and a really fresh take on post-apocalyptic Earth into a blender. Grunigen’s writing style will suck you into a portal. And Mookie was our one and only choice for illustrator, because her work always looked like glam-rock aliens having a party to me. You couldn’t ask for a better match.”

Chapter 1 of Skyglass will be available and free to read in Issue #011 (June 2014) of Sparkler Monthly.

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Windrose
(comic)
Kôsen

From Spanish creative team Kôsen, authors of Yaoi Press’s Saihoshi and Stallion, and TOKYOPOP Inc.’s Daemonium, comes the fresh and original fantasy adventure Windrose, full of gorgeous art, exciting battles, and heart-stopping romance: 

Daniella, the pampered daughter of a French nobleman and a Spanish noblewoman, receives a mysterious gift from her missing father that sets her off on a quest that will not only alter her life, but possibly the entire world around her! With only a miniature astrolabe and a cryptic message to guide her way, Daniella quickly falls in with a handsome pair of thieves – the dashing Angeline and the darkly attractive Leon. But what are they really after? And who will wind up stealing Daniella’s heart? Daniella’s travels will take her to the court of Versailles, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, and into dangers and wonders beyond her wildest dreams.

“Our tales in Sparkler Monthly have taken us from contemporary Brooklyn to deep space and back again, with stops along the way in Tokyo and fictional Soviet satellite states,” says Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, head of comics development and Windrose’s editor. “I’ve always had a fondness for old-fashioned swashbuckler stories, though, and so when Kosen sent us a romp through the 18th century Mediterranean featuring fierce damsels, lady sword fighters, and brooding rogues, I was totally sold. I’m going to be right there with our readership, eagerly awaiting the next thrilling stop on Daniella’s epic adventure!”

Chapter 1 of Windrose will be available and free to read in Issue #012 (July 2014) of Sparkler Monthly.

Announcing New Imprint for Mature Readers – Cherry Bomb!

Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Lissa | No Comments

Cherry BombExpanding its reach even deeper within its global audience, Chromatic Press has launched their newest imprint – Cherry Bomb! Stories published under the Cherry Bomb banner are for mature audiences and provide a sexier angle on the already fun, flirtatious characters present in their ongoing serials on SparklerMonthly.com.

Cherry Bomb content is available for purchase from the Sparkler Shop with individual pricing separate from the magazine’s current subscription service. Readers can purchase single stories or product bundles including prose, pin-ups, and comics featuring characters from series including Tokyo DemonsGauntlet, Awake, and the upcoming novel Skyglass.

“Even with the strong existing traditions of Female Gaze erotica both in Western media and Japanese manga (including romance novels, josei, boys’ love, and yuri), we’re picky. We want our erotica to be emotionally cathartic, with a purpose and meaning behind some smoking content. If it’s all smut and no context, that’s not good enough – we demand both!” says Lianne Sentar, head of prose development and Cherry Bomb coordinator. “We’re running this department really carefully so that the stories hit our audience right in the heart. Among other places.”

The imprint launched with five original releases, and more can be expected in the coming months.

More information on Cherry Bomb is available at SparklerMonthly.com/CherryBomb