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Sparkler Monthly Kickstarts Knights-Errant: Volume 1 (by Jennifer Doyle)

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 by Lianne Sentar | 10 Comments

Knights-Errant Volume 1: Kickstarting now!

After a successful Kickstarter to fund Year 3 of Sparkler Monthly, Chromatic Press is now Kickstarting a deluxe paperback of Knights-Errant: Volume 1 by Jennifer Doyle. One of Sparkler’s newest and most popular additions to the magazine, Knights-Errant is a long-running political drama known for its dark humor and complicated LGBT themes. The series was originally self-published starting in 2011 and was folded into Sparkler Monthly digital magazine in 2015.

“Knights-Errant is a deeply personal project that has allowed me to explore themes of religion and gender that have always been important to me,” says Jennifer Doyle, creator of the series. “Working on it has helped me learn a lot of things about myself, and I’m excited for you to join my characters on their own rocky roads to self discovery…and/or destruction!”

The series is also a major focus of the new partnership between Chromatic Press and webcomic giant Hiveworks Comics.

The Kickstarter will run through May 3rd, 2016.

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 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.

Announcing sparklermonthly.com and audio drama: Awake

Posted on July 2nd, 2013 by Lianne Sentar | No Comments

The website for Sparkler Monthly magazine is up at sparklermonthly.com! This includes the Sparkler Shop, where non-Kickstarter people can finally buy the Off*Beat Vol 1-2 reprints and select Off*Beat merchandise, including keychains and posters. (Please note that digital products are e-mailed instantly, but physical products will begin shipping next week.) The new site also reveals the final title that will be part of our launch line-up in Sparkler Monthly Issue #1: the audio drama Awake!

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Several hundred years in the future, a war-torn United States sends 40,000 people to start a new colony on an earth-like planet in a different solar system. All passengers are cryogenically frozen for the duration of the 3,000-year voyage, except for a small crew to keep the machinery running. For people who can’t afford the high cost of buying fare on the ship, they can pay their way in work: ten years on the crew equals passage for one person. These individuals are taken out of cryogenic sleep once, left awake to work their years, and then are frozen again. People are woken in staggered shifts–a full crew is six “awake” people at one time.

Six hundred years into the voyage, Hina Hwan is woken to work her half of the 30 years needed to pay the fare of her fiancee and his young daughter. But she swiftly learns that the only thing worse than six people isolated in space…is six people and an unidentified corpse. Written by Tory Woollcott and Barabara, directed by Rebecca Scoble, and illustrated by Angela Sham, this psychological drama features the voice talents of Rielle Braid, Alex O’Shea, Jae Jae Lopez, Jesse Hodson, Adam Ford, and Annemieke Wade. In Sparkler Monthly Issue #1, the crew of the spaceship Persephone will face a terrible mystery in their sleeping world.

The Sparkler Monthly website will undergo a number of changes before Issue #1 at the end of July, but readers can find art and information (and a few previews) of  the six launch titles: Off*Beat, Tokyo Demons, Gauntlet, Dire Hearts, Tokyo Demons Audio, and AwakeCheck out the character pages, creator profiles, and bonus material of each series for extra fun.

For those of you submitting pitches to Sparkler Monthly, prose submissions are now closed, and audio drama script submissions are officially open for the month of July. Thank you for your great prose submissions and we look forward to your audio scripts! Please follow the PDF guidelines if you’d like to submit.

Title announcement: Dire Hearts (Christy Lijewski) and Gauntlet (Ellery Prime and T2A)

Posted on June 5th, 2013 by Lianne Sentar | 3 Comments

Chromatic Press is proud to announce two brand-new serials that will launch with Sparkler Monthly Issue #1 in July 2013.

Dire Hearts by Christy Lijewski

Dire Hearts
(comic)
Christy Lijewski

At the prestigious Vector Arms Academy, boys are trained to be Knights of the Kingdom, skilled in physical combat–while next door at the Vector Magic Academy, girls are trained to be Casters, proficient in both spells and social graces. Students are expected to eventually choose a partner with the complementary skill to be their Dias, forming a working relationship that becomes a profound lifelong bond…and often leads to marriage.

For Rose, a Caster who can barely work the most basic spells, it ought to be a blessing to have Eigen as her Dias, since he’s a top student and a rare young Knight who can actually use magic. But instead it feels like a curse. Uncomfortable in her own skin and frustrated by her struggles with what society expects of her, Rose’s prickly relationship with Eigen is complicated by the fact that he seems to know something about her missing memories. What happened in the clock tower three years ago that led to Rose’s injured arm? Who was the figure in the shadows that Rose can just barely recall? And why does Eigen keep looking at her like that?!

A new comic series from Christy Lijewski (dA link), author of RE:Play and Next Exit!

Gauntlet by Ellery Prime and T2A

Gauntlet
(illustrated prose novel)
Ellery Prime (writer), T2A (illustrator)

Happy to embrace her adult independence, Clio moves to the sprawling city of her dreams. The layered beauty of the metropolis lives up to her expectations…until one terrible night, when she discovers the dark world at its core. Clio is launched into a frightening labyrinth where everyone seems to be playing a different game. This hidden inner city blurs the line between reality and illusion, concealing both dangers and rewards–and Clio’s forced journey is complicated by friendship, sexual awakening, and betrayal. Clio’s search for the secret inside the gauntlet’s heart will leave her questioning who she is and what she really wants.

In this pulse-pounding thriller by Ellery Prime (eprime) and illustrated by T2A (also known as teaat2am), Clio must play her hand wisely against the stacked deck of the house.

Read these series and others in Sparkler Monthly, starting July 2013! Website (sparklermonthly.com) launches in June.