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The official start of the Summer of Sparkler!

Hey there, Sparkler fans!

One week until summer officially begins in our corner of the world, but we’re going to get a jump-start on it, since it’s a particularly exciting one for us here at the Sparkler offices. We’ve got a whopping SEVEN new chapters (all from different series!) out this month, including another new comics serial joining our line-up! The days are nice and long and school’s on break, so it’s the perfect time to dive in your favorite Sparkler stories and maybe even find something new that you love. <3 We’re going to have special deluxe-sized issues all summer, as thanks for all your support over the past year (hooray Magical How Kickstarter! In right under the wire!) and as we prepare for our big yearly Kickstarter for Sparkler Year 5. Woo!

First up, we’re psyched to have Uncanny Valley High joining the magazine! High school is weird enough, but imagine if you were part of a nearly-but-not-quite-real simulation. It’s all the expected problems of grades and romance and angst, but with glitchy software, slow render times, and a near-constant sense that something is just a little off… We’ve also got fresh installments of new favorites Sunshine Boy and Yellow Hearts, the latest chapters of the fantastic light novels Decoy and Retrofit (from creative team powerhouse Bell and Hazel) and the always clever and spooky Dead Endings 2: Dead Leads, and new chapters of old favorites Orange Junk and Knights-Errantwith Louise having a moving father-daughter moment and Oz trying to liquor up Wil, respectively. :3 Plus, we’ve got a brand-new podcast where the Sparkler team is joined by Magical How creator Eurika Yusin Gho and Zoey/Capo of podcast Gutter Queens (and video game Out of Sync) fame to talk Wonder Woman and action/adventure stories told through the Female Gaze.

But that’s not all! We have even more new releases this month: Before You Go story #3 Now and Then is now completed online and available as an ebook; the June Sparkler Survey is up, ready for your feedback and offering a cool raffle at the end; and we’ll have a booth at Connecticon this July, so come see us! And in our pursuit to make the Sparkler experience as fun and convenient as possible, we’re in the process of updating many of our systems, which includes…

A brand-new Patreon option for Sparkler membership, if it’s more convenient for you to sign up there! The Patreon route will get you the same free member issues, VIP files, and Cherry Bomb products you download through membership on our site, just delivered through their system, if you’re already on Patreon and want to grab all your stuff in one place. :D This option was added by popular demand~

Summer fun, here we come!

XOXO,

The Sparkler Staff



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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