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.
(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.
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.