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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! 🙂

Catalog now available: Chromatic Press and select Sparkler Distro titles!

Posted on November 20th, 2014 by Lianne Sentar | 1 Comment

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View the Winter 2014-2015 Retail Catalog

Request an Order Form or Place an Order

As of November 2014, Chromatic Press has launched a quarterly retail catalog to distribute the books we publish, plus books and comics by a selection of great independent creators through our Sparkler Distro program.

You can view the catalog online using the link above, and send an email to retail(at)chromaticpress.com (or fill out our contact form below) with the name of your store/library/club so we can send you an easy-to-fill-out order form with your appropriate discount. We offer a standard retail discount to brick-and-mortar or online retail stores, as well as discounts to libraries, schools, anime or book clubs, and other educational organizations.

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

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Lianne Sentar | 8 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.

Chromatic Press Launches Kickstarter to Bring Gauntlet to Print

Posted on June 1st, 2014 by Rebecca Scoble | No Comments

Chromatic Press Launches Kickstarter to Bring Gauntlet to Print

Big news: we’re running a Kickstarter for Gauntlet!

The last chapter of Ellery Prime and T2A’s survival horror/romance Gauntlet will be released this coming Friday, and in order to fund a paperback version, we’re running a Kickstarter through the month of June. We can’t go to print unless we meet this goal, so I hope you check it out!


A survival horror romance for adults and older teens, Gauntlet is the first illustrated novel to begin and end in the digital pages of Sparkler Monthly magazine. Help us lift this great story from the computer screen and into the pages of a paperback! And while we’re at it, we’ll expand Gauntlet with some brand-new items…including a replica of the bracelet our hero Clio uses in the labyrinth. If a Female Gaze magazine isn’t going to publish fiction with a jewelry tie-in for adults, then who will? Who will do that for the world?!

Read all of Gauntlet online for free, only for the length of this Kickstarter! And if you agree that keeping it a digital exclusive would be a shame, please consider pledging to help us reach our goal of putting Gauntlet to the printed page.

Announcing Dead Endings and Dusk in Kalevia: two new light novels for Sparkler Monthly!

Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by Lianne Sentar | 1 Comment

Chromatic Press is pleased to announce two new light novels (illustrated prose) for serialization in Sparkler Monthly magazine: Dead Endings by Jessica Chavez and Irene Flores, and Dusk in Kalevia by Emily Compton and Onorobo! Dead Endings debuted in the December issue of the magazine (#005) and Dusk in Kalevia will debut in January (#006). These series are the first taste of our exciting 2014 lineup for Sparkler.

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Dead Endings
(light novel/illustrated prose)
Jessica Chavez and Irene Flores

In the city that never sleeps, spirits are equally restless and vie for the attentions of those who can sense them. Cailen Delaney, grad student and long-suffering ghost magnet, would rather spend her break getting reacquainted with her pillow, but is instead dragged into the aftermath of a strange series of murders by Everett Jung – a fellow sensitive with an…usual ability. Armed with nothing but coffee and alcohol-fueled cynicism, Cailen reluctantly joins him on a search that seems to end in death at every turn.

Join author Jessica Chavez (formerly of XSEED Games) and Irene Flores (Mark of the Succubus, Shojo Fashion Manga Art School) through the streets of modern New York in this darkly comedic mystery about the connection between life and death…and how sometimes, literally, the separation is razor-thin. This series got its start as a novel for NaNoWriMo, for you creators out there. 🙂 Chapter 1 of Dead Endings available now and free to read in Issue #005 of Sparkler Monthly. Discussion has been opened for this series in the Sparkler public forums here.

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Dusk in Kalevia
(light novel/illustrated prose)
Emily Compton and Onorobo (rest of Tumblr NSFW)

Like most secret agents, Toivo Valonen is not what he seems. An angelic embodiment of hope living on earth in the guise of a human, he has acted throughout history as a source of wartime inspiration and comfort. In the year 1960, he embarks on an undercover mission in the Communist state of Kalevia, allied with a rebellion against the government–and pursued by rival agent Demyan Chernyshev, a dark angel in the employ of the KGB. But as Toivo’s mission is complicated by his explosive past with Demyan, the two of them discover that a young human couple may be the key to the Kalevian conflict. The otherworldly spies begin a dangerous game, only to end up in a conspiracy that could bring the entire country to its knees.

Written by new author Emily Compton and illustrated by webcomic artist Onorobo (Something to Talk About), Sparkler Monthly is proud to present this alternate history series beginning in Issue #006, January 2014. Dusk in Kalevia is a Cold War epic of espionage, legends, and star-crossed lovers. Discussion has been opened for this series in the Sparkler public forums here.

If you haven’t seen the November redesign of sparklermonthly.com–or the various one-shot projects that have been running in the magazine–you can visit there now and catch up on what you’ve missed. And if you’re looking through our many new products in the shop, we have a special promotion where coupon code sparkler2013 at check-out gets you 10% off your order (subscriptions not included) until the end of the year.

Happy holidays from Chromatic Press! Thank you for a wonderful 2013, and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the coming new year.