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Sparkler Monthly Issue #039 (October 2016)Happy October, Sparkler fans!

In honor of the rapidly impending Halloween, we’ve got a spooky, sexy, scary issue for you this month! Cailen and Everett are introduced to the world of ghost whisperers in Dead Endings, Wil’s run-in with the Margrave turns personal in Knights-Errant, a sinister stranger appears in Magical How, Tara is stuck in a horrific hell-mire in Nine Circles, and in Orange Junk…someone’s moving in for a kiss?! Read the Orange Junk chapter that has the whole Sparkler staff in a shrieking frenzy! :-D Plus, man on man, look at that awesome masquerade ball cover. I love it when characters play dress-up!  oj_keychain_option1-584x543

On the topic of Orange Junk, we’re also celebrating the season by turning the site orange in its honor…and to promote its upcoming Kickstarter! We’re long overdue to get Orange Junk Volumes 2 and 3 (and maybe 4!) into print so you can line them up on your shelf in all their shojo glory, so stay tuned to hear more about that in the next few weeks. As a little taste of what’s to come, don’t miss Heldrad’s special Orange Junk merch livestream on Sunday, October 16th, where you can prompt Heldrad for the chibi of your dreams, and we’ll turn the winner into a keychain. :-D Orange Junk is also moving to five free pages per week on the site until Issue #040 comes out–to help you free readers catch up to the magazine faster–and Heldrad is even the guest of this month’s podcast! She’s a joy to talk to, so listen in for some juicy insight into making modern, Western shojo, including her ridiculous production pace!

Dead Endings paperback Goodreads Giveaway (Oct 2016)
Orange Junk mania isn’t the only exciting event we have happening this month, either. We’re also running a special Halloween Goodreads Giveaway for copies of the Dead Endings paperback right here (free to enter!), and our ongoing Tokyo Demons fanstory contest is open until October 21st, where your story can win you a prize pack and get the voice cast to perform an audio version of your entry!

These are just a few ways to thank you all for being such awesome fans. :-D We couldn’t run this place without your support.

XOXO,

-Lillian (comics editor)

P.S. We got some fantastic submissions in last month–more than 90 of them, in fact! We’re busy reviewing them, and are having a great time doing so. XD



Lettera + Witch’s Quarry ebooks, and a special poll!

Studio Kosen's Lettera: Volume 1 now available as an ebook!

Fans of Studio Kôsen (creators of Windrose), Lêttera Volume 1 finished serialization online, so now you can download it as an ebook for $5.99 (in FOUR ebook formats) to support the creators! And Volume 2 has already begun online, so you can jump there to read the continuation immediately. <3

WitchsQuarry_Vol1_coverIn addition, Jen Lee Quick’s classic webcomic Witch’s Quarry Volume 1 is now available in ebook format for the first time! This full-color, gender-bending fantasy by the creator of Off*Beat and Gatesmith is currently running new pages in Sparkler Monthly, where it’s almost completed Volume 2. Also available: the flirtatiously BL backstory Rogue x Knight, a 63-page Member Exclusive about Wes and Deshad released in Issue #024 (July 2015) of Sparkler Monthly.

Rogue x Knight was originally determined by vote back when Jen finished Volume 1, so now that Volume 2 is almost complete…she’s going to do another exciting backstory, and YOU get to choose the character! Will it be Vee, the stoic champion knight who was widowed in her youth, or Deia, the powerful Selkoi witch who shape-shifted to save her people? The readers will decide!

Poll has ended, and the winning story Sworn to Light is now running in Sparkler!

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Year 3 begins next week!

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Thanks to all of you, our Kickstarter was a success, and we’re barreling into a third year! Yaaaaaaaay! \^o^/ Check out the awesome Dead Endings “thank you” graphic from Irene Flores!

Year 3 will begin with Issue 25, and we’re already deep in production–it’s another GIANT issue and we can’t wait to show you guys. We’ll release it sometime next week, once our Kickstarter supporters have been integrated into the site and we’re ready to start this year with a bang!

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And if you haven’t been following the Tokyo Demons Dakimakura Showdown (#TDdaki), it’s not too late to get a vote in! Sachi’s going on that body pillow, and now you get to pick his outfit. :3 Voting ends Saturday!

See you all next week!



UPDATE: Tokyo Demons body pillow voting: Final Round!

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. And it’s determined by vote!

Sachi’s outfit has been chosen: casual! Now vote in this final quickie poll by Saturday, Aug 22nd, 11:59 PM EST:

Follow on social media: #TDdaki (Twitter | Tumblr)

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For reference, these are yukata:

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And this is (more or less) a Japanese police uniform:

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Thank you, Free! boys, for modeling these outfits in a wholly appropriate way.



UPDATE: Tokyo Demons body pillow voting: Round Three!

Update: Sachi has won #TDdaki Round Three!

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See the FINAL round of voting: Sachi’s outfit!

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. And it’s determined by vote!

Kiyoshi won round one and Sachi won round two, putting them head-to-pretty-head in this third round. (The fourth round will be to determine the barely-actually-on outfit.) Rem did new illustrations to help you make your decision. :D

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Follow on social media: #TDdaki (Twitter | Tumblr)

ROUND THREE

Kiyoshi vs Sachi

Voting will run until Friday, July 31st, 11:59 pm EST

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UPDATE: Tokyo Demons body pillow voting: Round Two!

Update: Sachi has won #TDdaki Round Two!

Sachi Wins #TDdaki Round Two!
(Illustration by Angeline Mauri of Devil’s Cake and Dusk in Kalevia: The Range.)

See the third round of voting (Kiyoshi vs Sachi)!

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. (And we’re in good company.) 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.

Kiyoshi won round one! Follow on social media: #TDdaki (Twitter | Tumblr)

Don’t save your vote for later–you’ll automatically get another vote in the next round. Vote every round, and comments are open on this page for your biased screaming!

ROUND TWO

Sachi vs Miki

Voting will run until Monday, July 20th, 11:59 pm EST


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UPDATE: Tokyo Demons body pillow voting begins now!

Update: Kiyoshi has won #TDdaki Round One!

Kiyoshi Wins #TDdaki Round One!(Illustration by Angeline Mauri of Devil’s Cake and Dusk in Kalevia: The Range.)

See the second round of voting (Sachi vs Miki)!

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. (And we’re in good company.) 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.

Don’t save your vote for later–you’ll automatically get another vote in the next round. Vote every round, and leave your biased arguments for why everyone should vote for your favorite dude in the comments below!

ROUND ONE

Jo vs Kiyoshi

Voting will run until Friday, May 29th, 11:59 pm EST

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200 Members!

We’ve reached 200 members! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

Now that we reached this new level of our membership drive, we ran the raffle for five lucky members to get prize packs full of books and other fun Sparkler stuff! Here are the winners:

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cgcornett
sanga.eas
ladykrysis
gnawylime

The winners have already been contacted via email–if your name is on this list, check the email account attached to your Sparkler membership.

Now that we’ve passed the 200 level, it’s on to the 300 members prize! Check out all the info on the membership drive here.

Here’s the deets: At 300 Members, the incredible Rem is going to design a sexy Tokyo Demons bishonen dakimakura (sorta-NSFW link). 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 (somewhat) good taste. Prepare for an intense grudge match on social media as you decide on your hero! The handsome fellows below are your options. Choose wisely! 〜(^∇^〜)

Tokyo Demons dakimakura! (300 members)

And if you haven’t read any of Tokyo Demons before, this is a great time to do so! Volume 1 even comes in awesome audio book form, if you like to ingest your stories aurally.

We hope you join us for all the geeky horrible wonderfulness to come!