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Sampler Issue and News From Sparkler!

Greetings, readers and listeners! We are making some changes with our release format this month, since August marks the start of Year 2 of the magazine (OMG!!!)–as of this update, we’re switching from releasing new chapters starting on the first Friday of every month to releasing the ENTIRE month’s worth of chapters on the first Monday. Thus, our August issue will officially launch on August 4th. But in the meantime, we didn’t want to just leave you bereft! So now you get a few days of our Year 1 Sampler Issue gracing the front page of the site.

It’s been an exciting first year for all of us, as we reached the long-awaited conclusion of Jen Lee Quick’s comics series Off*Beat, launched a bunch of new series (including the completely original audio drama Awake), and found some amazing new talent through our open submissions. It was great to sit down to create the PDF sampler which is available for free download, and in the process look back at everything we’ve accomplished in the last twelve months. We’re proud to have these chapters represent us as a company–we fully believe that they demonstrate our commitment to engrossing and entertaining stories from a variety of incredible creative voices.

This issue, and the corresponding PDF download, represents just a smidgen of the hard work that our incredibly talented creators (and our tireless staff and freelancers!) have put in over the past year. It’s been so thrilling to go on this ride along with them, and I am confident that Year 2 will be even better. In that vein, chapter 1 of all of our series (comics, audio and prose!), including our two multi-chapter comics shorts, are offered for free as an easy way for us to share Sparkler with new friends and fans. On August 4th, we’ll have a new issue up on the main page, but the sampler will remain in the Issues section, and will continue to be free to access and download for all newbies.

As always, we thank you for your support and value your feedback. Every membership sold helps us pay our creators advances and release even more exciting content, so if you like what you see, please consider becoming a part of the Sparkler community and making Year 2 even better!

The Sparkler Monthly Team