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Chromatic Press Launches Kickstarter to Bring Gauntlet to Print

June 1st, 2014

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 New Imprint for Mature Readers – Cherry Bomb!

April 21st, 2014

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

Sparkler update: The end of Off*Beat!

April 18th, 2014

Off*BeatThis is it–after years and years of waiting, the final chapter of Off*Beat is up on the site now! We can hardly believe it’s over–after so many years waiting for an ending, wanting to see things finally get resolved for Tory and Colin…at least 50% of the Sparkler staff has been reduced to tears this week.

*sniff*

Anyway! Are you already a Sparkler subscriber? You can read the final chapter right now.

Or, if you were waiting for the series to be over before reading, head to the series page to start from the beginning.

Not yet a subscriber? You can fix that right here!

Plus, we’re currently taking preorders for the print version of Off*Beat volume 3! There’s still a lot of work to be done before we have the finished paperback in hand, but if you’d like to buy it now and then get a sweet surprise in the mail in early July, you can use the links below.

Off*Beat (Vol. 03)
Off*Beat Complete Series (Vol. 01-03)

Both the single book and the set can be bought alone, or in a special deluxe edition with a keychain, postcard, new buttons, etc.

We’ve also extended the deadline on the big Off*Beat contest to the end of April!

Thank you SO MUCH to all the fans who’ve made this possible. Getting to rescue a series that we all love so much, that never got an ending–it’s been such an incredible experience, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of so many great Off*Beat fans who wanted to read the ending just as much as we did. 

Anyway, once you manage to tear yourself away from Off*Beat, we’ve got another great update for you–Dusk in Kalevia volume 4 is up for subscribers!

And last week’s chapter of Dead Endings is now free to read for a limited time.

Thanks guys, and we hope you enjoy the ending 

Announcing New Sparkler Distro Service For Self-Published Creators

March 3rd, 2014

Announcing New Sparkler Distro Service For Self-Published Creators

Continuing to bring quality, original content to their global audience, Chromatic Press is proud to announce the launch of Sparkler Distro. This new commission or pay service offers a variety of options to self-publishing creators, including acting as shipping distributor for self-published books and merchandise from its US-based online store.

Sparkler Distro launched with E.K. Weaver’s The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, a popular web comic that had a wildly successful Kickstarter in 2011. Since then, print volumes of TJ and Amal have continued to be strong sellers both online and at conventions, with volume three soon to be completed. As a part of Sparkler Distro, volumes one and two of TJ and Amal are now available to purchase on SparklerMonthly.com along with a number of prints, posters, and buttons featuring the main characters.

“There are so many independent creators out there making fantastic work – people we think our audience would really love, and vice versa. We also know how hard it is to both create content and manage it as a business. We think lending our publishing infrastructure to creators we love is a way to benefit everyone,” says Rebecca Scoble, head of audio development and the company’s retail coordinator. “We’re very selective in the process, so our readers will know that Sparkler Distro books will always be quality, even if they’re not coming from us. Starting with TJ and Amal was the best-case scenario, since we’ve been huge fans of that comic for ages.”

Along with providing a sales platform, Sparkler Distro optional services include advertising, graphic design, storage for merchandise, Kickstarter management, editorial support, and help setting up distribution with companies such as Comixology and Amazon.com. Sparkler Distro is available now with more information at SparklerMonthly.com

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

December 23rd, 2013

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.