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April 13th, 2017
At 400 members, we’ll run a raffle to mail out 5 free copies of the winning Orange Junk keychain!
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Congratulations to caporushes, the winner of our first Prize Pack raffle!
kanara00 | cgcornett | sanga.eas | ladykrysis | gnawylime
300 Members – The incredible Rem warmed up her pen for a sexy Tokyo Demons bishonen dakimakura (sexy body pillow), and our readers voted on the design through a series of intense match-ups! Now you can claim your prize… *cough*
400 Members (New!) – To celebrate one of our newer series, Orange Junk, we’re doing a chibi keychain–and the fans got to choose it! At 350 members, creator Heldrad did a livestream to sketch keychain options and take prompts from fans, and at the end, readers voted on their favorite design. At 400 members, we’ll run a raffle to mail out 5 copies for free!
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 – For Year 2, the magazine has 5 chapter slots for each issue, and all of them are already filled up with our current series, shorts, and other upcoming works we have from the last submission round. 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 (and more open submission rounds). 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 – 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 – 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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Hey, readers and listeners!
What a ride it’s been. Since our first issue in 2013, we’ve started, continued, or completed more than twenty-five 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, paid advances to creators both seasoned and brand-new, 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 more jobs to creators, 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. 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 a few thousand subscriptions. That’s all it takes to keep those jobs open, those books and CDs coming, the community thriving.
We need more people to dedicate that $5/month so we can continue. We know we can do it, but we need your help! To make this more fun, we’re running a Membership Drive (see below) with new bonuses and prizes for every goal we reach!
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 two years. Now we need you to keep this going and to make Sparkler even more awesome.