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Sparkler Issue #001 launched, Christy Lijewski at Otakon!

Posted on August 7th, 2013 by Lianne Sentar | No Comments

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Thank you for a successful launch, everyone! Issue #001 of our magazine Sparkler Monthly went up a week ago, releasing the long-awaited continuation of Jen Lee Quick’s Off*Beat: Chapter 13. (Which seems to be living up to expectations. :D) We also released the newest chapter of Tokyo Demons (Book 2, Chapter 5) and the first chapters of three new series: the comic Dire Hearts, the light novel Gauntletand the audio drama Awake. As a special bonus for Issue #001, those chapters will remain free to read/listen to forever, so check them out!

For those of you reporting bugs since launch, thank you for your feedback, which is helping us iron out wrinkles very quickly. And thank you for your patience while we fixed the payment problems for those first few memberships! For those of you who downloaded the new chapters–we promise to further optimize our ebooks so they look as good as possible on as many devices as possible. Right now the best bet is the PDFs, which work well on computers and many tablets, especially if you use the official Adobe Reader app. You can thank faithful reader Denise Schroeder for that little tip. 😀

As we’ve mentioned before, we’ll be running a table at Otakon this weekend. Stop by to check out our paperbacks, buy memberships with cash, or pick through the merch we’ll have for every single Sparkler series. We’ll be at Booth R11 in Artist Alley, near some of our beloved Sparkler artists who will be running their own tables! And as a special treat, we’ll be hosting:

Dire Hearts event with creator Christy Lijewski! She’ll be at our table Friday 2-4 pm to sign Dire Hearts posters and answer your burning questions!

She may or may not also be equipped to battle Titans. 😀

See you there!

Kickstarter pre-order extended + TCAF update!

Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Lianne Sentar | No Comments

Off*Beat keychain eeee!

 

Thank you for a successful Kickstarter! The Off*Beat Vols 1-2 reprints are at the printer and the first digital rewards will be going out to backers tonight. You guys humble us with your support and hard-earned dollars.

Good news: TCAF is this weekend, and our publisher’s table for Chromatic Press will have the entire editorial team and a mountain of Off*Beat and Tokyo Demons swag – as well as our first announcement of the other creators we’ll be featuring in the launch of Sparkler Monthly! Expect some familiar names, heh heh.

Bad news: The advance copies of the Off*Beat Vol 1-2 paperbacks won’t be arriving in time for TCAF. 🙁

Related good news: Because the books are coming a few weeks later than planned, we can open our Kickstarter pre-orders to the general public for a VERY limited time, ending May 19th. This is for all of you who missed the Kickstarter, can’t buy things through Kickstarter, or just changed all of your life plans now that you’ve seen our keychain mock-up above. We can’t offer all the Kickstarter tiers or free shipping, but the big pre-orders and bonuses are still below, so get ’em while you can. Note: Digital rewards (like the ebooks and desktop background) will be delivered right away, and the books/physical products will ship out in a few weeks, ahead of the official street date. These limited-time pre-orders will be processed through the Tokyo Demons Store:

$12 package: ebooks of Vols 1-2 (.epub, .mobi, and .pdf) + exclusive desktop wallpaper by Jen Lee Quick

$35 package: Everything above + paperbacks of Vols 1-2 + 5 Off*Beat buttons + 2 Off*Beat bookmarks

$50 package: Everything above + handmade tassels for the bookmarks + Off*Beat chibi keychain

$100 package: Everything above + poster signed by Jen Lee Quick herself

Submissions, animation, Kickstarter, oh my!

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Lianne Sentar | 5 Comments

We’re happy to say that we reached our primary goal on the Off*Beat reprint Kickstarter, and we’ve added stretch goals for the last ~10 days of the fundraiser. The response to this Kickstarter has been terrific, proving that our upcoming readership is already awesome. Pat yourselves on the back and then get your friends to pledge, to unlock free goodies for everyone! We really want to do that Off*Beat audio drama. Seriously.

We’ve released our first piece of animation from the talented Angela (http://guzusuru.tumblr.com/) as a trailer for our series Tokyo Demons. View the trailer below, also featuring the work of Moonklutz, Alex O’Shea, and Rebecca Scoble of Tokyo Demons Audio:

Tokyo Demons, Book 1: You’re Never Alone received two new reviews this week: a strong recommendation from Ash of Experiments in Manga and a great feminist critique from Oyceter.

For you creators, we’ve officially announced details on our next round of submissions this summer – which will be completely open to the public. Real all about it here: http://chromaticpress.com/magazine/

Chromatic Press will be running a publisher’s table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in a few weeks, and a table in Artist Alley for Otakon this August. For those of you attending, stop by to get some sneak peeks of Sparkler Monthly and geek out in general.

Zenkaikon, submissions update

Posted on March 21st, 2013 by Lianne Sentar | No Comments

Tokyo Demons Blue Light

Lianne Sentar (head editor of prose) and Rebecca Scoble (head editor of audio) of Chromatic Press will be running a table for Tokyo Demons and its accompanying audio at Zenkaikon this weekend: Artist Alley, Table 54. (See Kuriousity‘s recent review of Tokyo Demons here.) Feel free to stop by for more information on Chromatic Press and Sparkler Monthly.

Chromatic Press will also be running a publisher’s table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) in May.

For those of you submitting a pitch for the current round of submissions, please remember that the deadline is this Sunday, March 24th, at 11:59 PM (EST). For those of you who submitted in the last round, thank you again for your pitches, and we expect to have all responses out by the end of March. Thank you for your patience!