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I’ve re-read this a couple times, and this comic is just lovely in ways I wish I knew how to articulate. Great job KAIJU! I also hope to see more from you two in the future. :D
Reading Kalevia is always a treat! This chapter had me dying to know what the hell happened between Toivo and Demyan. There’s so much hinting and gaaaaaaah, I hope we find out something soon.
Poor Vesa… Circumstances are dire and I hope Kai will figure out a way to save him, but given Demyan’s prophecy it won’t go without consequences. D:
YES THIS. As a former band kid myself there was all sorts of fun and mischief on the periphery rife with story material. Music wasn’t my calling but I do miss the comraderie.
But back to the comic, I got major Emma vibes too along with a little Downtown Abbey and The Pianist. I feel like if you blast cathartic orchestral suites while reading this it would go perfectly. XD
As a fan of Nodame Cantabile, La Cords D’oro, and any other performance arts related works I am 100% on board with this story and can’t wait to read more! Love, war, and music go together quite nice. <3
Well! Jamilah’s video key certainly clears up a lot of things. I was thinking that she may be dead but I didn’t expect the pregnancy twist. Where is the child now? My crazy theory right now is that Robbie is Jamilah’s son, but the timing doesn’t match unless he is lying about his age. It’s plausible, considering all traces of Naveen were erased from Persephone’s system. Seems to me Robbie’s nervous breakdowns have more to do with what he knows than what he’s hiding from Rosa. In a previous chapter Janelle revealed she made a pass at Robbie which backfired, which seems particularly significant now. Maybe Robbie didn’t want to make out with his mother’s identical twin. :P There are too many coincidences with Robbie now to ignore.
Horray! I love listening to podcasts. It never occurred to me until now that a majority of the podcasts on the internet are hosted by dudes, so it is especially refreshing to hear a group of smart enthusiastic women share their opinions.
Outside of the manga/anime realm I’d be interested in what movies/TV shows/books/etc the Sparkler crew are currently into.
I’ve been gnawing at the concept of talent and it might be a good topic for a future episode. Is talent an innate trait in a creator, the x-factor that you either have or don’t? Or is it something more accessible, a honed skill after years of trial and error? I think the popular opinion is shifting towards the latter, but I wonder if it’s a combination of both: a potential within someone that can be fully realized if you put in the time and work. Who knows?? I’d be very curious to hear another take on the nebulous subject.
When I saw the promo images, the first thing I thought was “Is there an illustration for the Sachi 18+ story?” So I guess my question is IS THERE CAUSE OH MY GOD do I even want to know (yes I do)
also, the Cherry Bomb logo is spot on (hah pun), love the romance comic pulp vibe I’m getting!November 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm in reply to: Reporting website bugs/problems, such as can't access certain pages #2363
Hmm, I don’t see an edit button either. Logged out and logged back in, and in the grey bar I only see Reply and the post number on the right side.November 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm in reply to: Reporting website bugs/problems, such as can't access certain pages #2320
Horray! I see the character pages are back! *kermit frog arms* Thank you Jordan and Lissa for getting those pages back up and running. :D
A little off topic, but will there be a mobile-optimized version of the new site design in the future? It was one of the features of the initial Sparkler site I really liked. A lot of my internet browsing is done through my phone (I happen to be writing this post on it). I can still access the site just fine, but the experience is a little clunkier than I expected.
I’d love to see some 4-koma strips from the other Sparkler series. The ones done for Tokyo Demons are adorable! I’ve also seen artists do character Q&A’s in strip form so that could work too. I also looooooove process/interview stuff of any kind and will devour anything I can get. *_*
Ahhhh I see, thanks for the clarification! I’m really bad at catching stuff like pop culture references and literary allusions. I didn’t even catch the Star Wars quote in Chapter 3 until I looked it up. (I haven’t seen the prequels or the original trilogy. Blasphemy I know!)
But I think that’s what’s so fun about reading Gauntlet, and the serialization format really helps. It gives you time in between chapters to catch hidden gems and put together the puzzle pieces strewn throughout the story. :)
Hello everyone~ I’m Karen, and currently I’m an art student juggling assignments and working on my own projects when I can. I found out about Chromatic Press and Sparkler through my twitter feed, and I was drawn to the company’s goals of publishing original content and fostering a community I felt I could belong in. I’m pretty reserved online and offline, but I’m feeling brave enough to open up and join in on all the fun! I look forward to my time here on the forums and enjoying all the lovely stuff Sparkler puts out every month! ^^
Gosh, I love how with each chapter I get more and more sucked into the story. There are a lot of things we don’t know about the Gauntlet, yet JUST enough is revealed to leave me wanting to know more. Good stuff! My compliments to the creators and Sparkler crew. :D
I think there’s a typo in this chapter, when Clio finds the mosaic. “A girl in a foolscap slept under the flowering branch of a tree.” A fool’s cap?
Anyway, great chapter! With Clio venturing off into a city within a city I hope this means we get to see more of the Jacks… :3