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

April 22nd, 2016

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.

All Sparkler back issues are now FREE TO READ!

January 22nd, 2015

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!

November 20th, 2014

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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.

Membership Drive for Sparkler Monthly: Year 2

August 14th, 2014

Membership Drive for Sparkler Monthly: Year 2Hey, readers and listeners!

What a ride it’s been. As you probably saw from the Year 1 Sampler Issue – and newbies, you can download that for free right now to try us out – in our inaugural year, we started, continued, or completed twelve different series, not including our one-shots (both comics and prose), our many Member Exclusives, and the Cherry Bomb imprint. We ran several rounds of open submissions and partnered up with a bunch of other fantastic creators in the Sparkler Distro program. Our goal was never just to publish great stories – it was to inject more fem-positive fiction into the industry, to offer jobs (and advances) to talented creators both seasoned and brand-new, and to help foster a community of inclusive creativity.

But beyond those ideals, we wanted to make a place where everyone could have fun. Taking cues from shojo magazines in Japan with their seasonal delights, talent contests, and waves of new content wrapped up in a neat package, our digital format let us play with different mediums and interactivity while plucking talent from all over the globe. We get to scout creators from our favorite fanfiction communities and Tumblr, for crying out loud. And we’ve been taking the opportunity to embrace our fujoshi ways and listen to your requests and just…offer you a ton of weird, wild, wonderful stuff.

The good news is, all of this was designed around a single goal: if we sold memberships at $5/month, this entire magazine and the rest of the company could comfortably operate on 2,000 subscriptions. We only need 2,000 people on the planet to give us $5 a month to sustain this magazine and keep those jobs open, those books and CDs coming, the community thriving.

The bad news is: on our best month of Year 1, we barely broke 100 members.

If we can’t get at least 1,000 people to dedicate that $5/month to us by the end of Year 2 – July 2015 – there will be no Year 3. We know we can do it, but we need your help!

To sweeten the deal, we’ve restructured a few things:

Monthly Memberships

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These are still at the price of $5/month, even though a 1-month alone is now $7. Get your constant, all-you-can read pass to all of our series and Exclusives, plus a download of the current issue. Buy now!

Year+ Memberships

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These will now be $50 for 12 months (instead of $60), plus a free ebook from our shop (not including Sparkler Distro titles). If you’re already a Year+ Member from before now, you’re also getting that free ebook as thanks for supporting us in our first year. Buy now!

V.I.P. Memberships

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For those of you who want convenient downloads of our current series and all archived Member Exclusives, and all our Cherry Bomb titles at no extra cost! (See all downloads here.) Series files will be updated every month with the new chapters, so you can just delete your old version and replace it with the bigger version to keep your e-reader neat. This membership costs $15 for the first month, and $10 for each additional month – or $125 up-front for the year. And since you’re paying the VIP rate instead of the standard rate, you’ll count as two people in our tally toward 2,000 members. Buy now!

And right now we’re running a Membership Drive (see below) with new bonuses and prizes for every goal we reach. So you’re not just keeping this magazine running – you’re also unlocking new goodies along the way.

*One-month “Trial” memberships (now $7) are a great way to explore our magazine, but are not included into the totals and promotions below – because although we’re grateful for any sale, it’s the committed memberships that will keep this magazine afloat. But every Monthly and Year+ members will count in the tally below, and VIP Members will count twice!

Buy your Sparkler Membership today!

Membership Levels

Level Initial Subscription Pricing Counts in Drive Total
Monthly Member $5.00 $5.00/month +1 Select
VIP Member $15.00 $10.00/month +2 Select
Year+ Member $50.00 N/A +1 (comes w/free ebook) Select
1-Month Trial $7.00 N/A 0 Select
View your current membership account

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Year 2 Membership Drive

Current active members count:

**166**

Jan 19, 2015

Buy your Monthly, Year+, or VIP Membership to add to that total!

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Congratulations to caporushes, the winner of our first Prize Pack raffle!

200 Members

200 Members – When we reach this milestone, all members (except caporushes) will have their names thrown into a raffle, and VIP members will have their names thrown in twice. Five lucky winners will be sent a Sparkler Prize package in the mail: which includes a selection of our paperbacks, zines, merch, sparkly things, and candy. Because you should be eating candy while digging through that. See sample pic below!

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(The pocket sketchbook in the bottom right is a new Sparkler product; winner may receive a different design.)

300 Members

300 Members – The incredible rem is going to design a sexy Tokyo Demons bishonen dakimakura (NSFW link) for ages 16 and up. Yes, we’re doing a sexy body pillow case, because fujoshi. You’ll also get to vote which dude from Tokyo Demons is going on there and what outfit he’ll be falling out of, within good taste. Maybe that police cosplay from the jewelry store heist in Book 2.

500 Members

500 Members – Off*Beat comes back…with an all-new short story in audio drama format. YOU HEARD ME. Jen Lee Quick will be working with our audio department to write the story and help cast the actors. YOU WANT THIS.

1000 Members

1000 Members – For Year 2, the magazine has 5 chapter slots for each issue, and most of them are already filled up with our current series, shorts, and other upcoming works we have from the last submission rounds. We’re opening submissions again soon, but it will be very limited, since so few jobs are left. But if we hit 1,000 members, we’re opening up a 6th slot in the magazine so we can run more content. That means more stories and more jobs. We really want to do this, because we’ve seen such incredible work submitted and we want to publish more of you.

1,500 Members

1,500 Members – We go from 6 slots to 7 slots. Every issue of Sparkler will run 7 chapters. More jobs, more series, more shorts. More excellence.

2,000 Members

2,000 Members – We’ve been quietly working on Sparkler video games for over a year. (Mostly visual novels with a romantic bent, like the stuff from Date Nighto.) But until the magazine is self-sustaining, we can’t dedicate the time to making those games happen, even though we already have an extended staff waiting in the wings. If we hit 2,000 Members, the magazine can keep running…and the Sparkler Video Game department opens up to fulfill your fujoshi gamer needs. Don’t forget that lijakaca is on our staff. She’s an expert on these things.

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We’ll be updating this page weekly with the tally of our active members. Please be one of them and help us reach these goals.

We’re extremely proud of our creators and support staff – their hard work has resulted in a great magazine and a ton of great books and audio dramas over the last year. Now we need you to keep this going and to make Sparkler even more awesome.

Get your Sparkler Membership and join the drive here!

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

June 2nd, 2014

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.