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March Madness!

Sparkler Monthly Issue #032 (March 2016)Hello hello!

It’s almost spring, and things are coming up roses here at Sparkler Headquarters. This month we’ve got a glorious new chapter of KaiJu’s historical masterpiece “Inhabitant of Another Planet,” a thrilling costume-and-intrigue addition to Windrose, the hilarious second chapter of a new school-club arc in Orange Junk, crazy timeline espionage in Tokyo Demons, plus an oblivious confession and a surprise sibling in Witch’s Quarry!

To top it off, we’ve got a new podcast this month featuring Jennifer Doyle (Knights-Errant), Lianne Sentar (Tokyo Demons), and me talking about why we love characters suffering in fiction, and our favorite stories that excel at it! Also featuring delightful teasers for future Knights-Errant and Tokyo Demons/Ghosts chapters. Just to get this out there, Doyle is a phenomenal person to do podcasts with, and what should have been an hour-long conversation ran nearly 3 hours. I don’t even know what the reasonable edit came out to be, but y’all definitely don’t want to miss this one.

But why Jennifer Doyle in particular for this podcast, aside from the fact that Knights-Errant is pretty demonstrably about making characters suffer for the greater good/i.e. reader entertainment & high-pitched shrieks? Well, we’ve got some good news about that series later this month, so just stay tuned! ;-)

Sparkler Memberships discounted for March!
The other madness of March is the resurgence of our ongoing Membership Drive! We’ve been letting it quietly simmer for a while, but it’s time to bring it back to the forefront–our goal has always been to make this magazine self-sustaining, and while we do get some revenue from site ads and books/merchandise, your membership dollars are the bulk of our income, and thus a significant pillar of our overall stability. If you like what we do here and want to see it continue…or even expand, your support is crucial to the process!

If you’ve been considering signing up for a membership, this is a great time to do so: since we’re discounting our memberships up to 20% off for the month of March! And in exchange, you’ll not only receive the satisfaction of supporting (paid) independent artists and creators, but you’ll get your pages much earlier than the free readers, downloadable issues, and bonus content.

Help us sow the seeds for the future by making a monthly contribution, and we’ll reward you with awesome comics, prose, and audio for years to come.

<3 <3 <3

-Lillian Diaz-Przybyl (comics editor)



Yaoicon, Lettera, and the TDdaki!

Tokyo Demons dakimakura: SachiFor those of you coming to YaoiCon this weekend, come see the Sparkler table run by comics editor Lillian! She’ll have a ton of our paperbacks (including all three volumes of Off*Beat), free postcards, merch (including the new Knights-Errant keychains), and maybe a surprise or two. :3 And speaking of stuff you can get this weekend…the Tokyo Demons dakimakura is now officially on sale! This was a goal of our Membership Drive and was voted on by our readers – thank you so much for making this ridiculous product a reality!

Lettera_adv2In other news, we’re thrilled to announce that Lêttera (by Studio Kôsen, creators of Windrose) returned this week from its short hiatus! This sexy fantasy series is completely free to read right now, including the most recent pages. Things are really starting to heat up in the newest chapter, so what are you waiting for? Load up on Kôsen comics and have a lovely weekend!



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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May the Fourth (er…Fifth…) Be With You!

(I’m not just a manga nerd! I’m an all-around nerd! :-D )

Ah, I’m so excited about our May issue!! After folding the first 40 pages of Jennifer Doyle’s amazing political drama Knights-Errant into the magazine last month, we finally get to update with new pages!! I’m super psyched to be working with Jen, and even more psyched to bring you all the next phase of this fantastic story. And in honor of the new start, this month’s Member Exclusive is a behind-the-scenes podcast chat with me (and Becca) and Jen—listen in as we basically shoot the breeze for an hour, revealing both my internet lurker tendencies, and Jen and my respective overly-educated liberal arts backgrounds! Yesss…

But that’s not all we’ve got on the comics front. “For Peace” wraps up its mini-series run this month, with a lovely and charming conclusion (lady truckers are so sweet to each other!), and volume 1 of Windrose ends in a seriously epic, classic manga fashion! You’re going to love this amazing finish! Plus there’s a hilarious new installment of Orange Junk and the latest thrilling chapter of Skyglass.

So when do you get to read all this great stuff? Well, paid members can download either high-rez PDFs or ebook files of the full issue right away—not to mention get access to our Membership exclusive, which is the above-mentioned podcast with Jennifer Doyle. For folks reading for free, comics update either Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or Tuesday and Thursday, depending on the series. So you’ll get to read everything, it’ll just take a little patience!

The flip side is that this means we still have a bunch of amazing comics continuing from last month as well—from the eerie finale of the first volume of Gatesmith to the mind-blowing magical battle of Mahou Josei Chimaka, our ongoing comics are not to be missed! And that’s not even counting Lettera and Witch’s Quarry which are still going strong!

In other news, most of the Sparkler team, plus several Sparkler creators will all be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival the weekend of May 10th and 11th—stop by, say hi, and pick up some Sparkler goodies, including print copies of The Ring of Saturn, hot off the presses! Exciting!!

In other, other news, we passed 200 members last week in our Membership Drive, but we’re still a long way from where we want to be in order to keep the company stable, let alone growing—the thing we need the most now, though, is just more awareness. So if you like what we do here, recommend us to a friend! Tell them about your favorite comic, get them to try out one of our awesome audio dramas, sit on them and read them the first chapter of one of our fabulous prose series… We hope they’ll find something that they love about Sparkler too, and then pass it along to the next future fan!

<3

The Sparkler Team



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!