We have some unfortunate news. Chromatic Press will be
shutting down our major publishing operations at the beginning of August. The
final issue of Sparkler Monthly will come out in July, two issues from
now–the final issue of Year 6 will now be the final issue of the entire
magazine. After that, we plan to finish up some projects before shutting down
the entire company in December.
This has been an extremely tough decision for us. Although
we had several years with a small but encouraging profit, this past year we’ve
struggled to make enough money to run on, and despite trying to turn things
around, our readership just isn’t as big as we need it to be to keep going.
We’ve spent the last few months trying to find ways to keep the company and the
magazine going, but nothing worked out, and we don’t want to cause stress and
pain by dragging something out if we don’t have confidence it will get better.
We hope at this point that we can end Sparkler with dignity and close this
chapter in all our lives, allowing our creators and staff to move on to better
Thank you so much to all of our fans–everyone who’s left a
comment, drawn a piece of fanart, bought a book or a membership, or just read
and enjoyed the work we put out there. Your support has meant the world to us.
None of this would have been possible without you, and words can’t convey how
grateful we are that you gave us a chance.
We also wanted to give an extra shout-out to the batch of
very special Sparkler fans out there–you know who you are–who supported
EVERYTHING we did. There were some names we saw pop up for years pledging to
every Kickstarter, buying in on every membership drive, and jumping to help in
every call for support, even if it was something they’d already done. Some of
these incredible Sparkler fans have been active on social media and in our
Discord, but others were more reserved and just privately helped us carry on
through thick and thin. We know plenty of intensely loyal fans of individual
creators and series, but showing that kind of support for an entire
publisher truly floored us, and we want you to know that when we saw your
name come up again and again, we all laughed and smiled together at the office,
and you gave us the fuel to keep going when times were hard. Truly, thank you
so much for always being there.
We plan to spend the next few months tying up loose
ends–finishing off Kickstarters, selling through our stock of books, and
publishing the endings of several of our series that are close to finishing.
Stories that are still ongoing will likely be moving to different platforms or
publishers, and we hope you’ll continue to support our creators wherever they
go. We’ll be making an update about the logistics shortly on this thread.
We started this company because we wanted to publish the
kind of stories that we wanted to read–progressive, accessible, and fun, where
everyone is welcome but women and queer people are the stars of the show
(including the creators, staff, and the ones owning and making decisions for
the company). Even if Sparkler is ending, we are so, so proud of the work we
did, and when we look around at the wildly talented people we’ve had the joy of
working with–creators and staff alike–we know you haven’t seen the last of
any of us. I hope that, in some small way, we’ve been a positive force in this
Thank you all so much for taking this journey with us. With
gratitude and love,
Rebecca, Lianne, and the Sparkler Staff
Some logistics about the next few months:
In order to focus on finishing the magazine, our shop will
not be shipping orders between now and the end of July–however, shipping will
resume in August, and we will be throwing a big warehouse sale starting this
week so our readers can pick up any pending books they’ve been eyeing. Here are
1.) This Friday, June 14th, we will be discounting our books
and ebooks as much as 50% off, and we will start selling the four new books we
recently got in: Tokyo Demons Book 3, Decoy and Retrofit, The Jackson Lunta
Snow Dance Song, and the Magical How Cherry Bomb (17+) bonus story doujinshi.
2.) You will be able to purchase the books immediately
starting on Friday–please note that some have limited quantities–but the
books will ship in August. Once we’re in August, shipments from that point
forward will ship at a normal speed (a few days after purchase).
3.) We plan to sell our remaining books at least through the
fall. Our website should also be running at least through the fall, with new
comic pages coming out on the website as their serialization catches up with
what we published in the magazine.
Any outstanding Kickstarter orders or problem packages will
be shipped by August as well. Kickstarter items that we’re still working on (Before
You Go, plus some merch mostly) will be shipped as soon as the items come in,
and you’ll be updated through Kickstarter itself.
Thank you all again for your support.