Even if Cyber Monday’s over, use the coupon code HOLIDAY in the Sparkler Shop to get 10% off all* purchases in your cart until December 31st, 11:59 pm EST! Includes Gift Memberships you can use yourself!
To continue our annual tradition of Halloween covers (see past years here: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4), Keezy Young has given us a scarily charming Yellow Hearts cover to celebrate a new chapter of the comic this month. Even better: if you like this cover, it’s available as an 11 x 17 print RIGHT NOW at the Hivemill!
If you really want to treat yourself this Halloween, we’re debuting another Sparkler print in Hivemill today: last year’s Orange Junk “masquerade” costume cover by Heldrad is now available, but as a full-color print in the 11 x 17 size, too! Get a little Sparkler art for your wall this October to cast a spell over you all year. <3
Today’s Halloween issue is packed with 100% comic updates, for series both new and old: things turn scary for Gabe in Magical How when he wants to patch things up with Booker but a mysterious hottie stands in his way, Luca tries to deal with the darkness in his heart in a spooky cliff inn in Firebird, Max is faced with a (literally) cursed locker in Uncanny Valley High, and Nami must deal with the most terrifying thing of all in the conclusion of Null Point: clawing through her introversion to confront an inconsiderate friend! EEEEEEK! On top of all that, the Sparkler podcast this month features a discussion on Female Gaze erotica with special guests Onorobo from Dusk in Kalevia and Starfighter: Eclipse and writer Moonklutz from the podcast /report and the world of fanfiction…and it largely centers on how ladies wanna bone monsters and ghosts. ;-D
You’ll also see a thank-you page included in this issue, listing all you wonderful backers who funded this year of the magazine in the Year 5 Kickstarter. <3 If you pledged for a magazine tier, check your inbox–an email directing you to your membership awaits, which should now be fully operational on our site. But if you have any trouble, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you out.
Have a hauntingly good time with the new issue, folks! And Happy Halloween!
The Witches of Sparkler
Where did this month go?! Between conventions and travel and Kickstarters and production delays, it’s been a crazy March here at the Sparkler Offices (in all our varied locations). But we finally have our March issue ready…just in time for April!
This month we have a little blast from the past with Team KaiJu–we’ve got a shiny new ebook of their amazing “Inhabitant of Another Planet” debuting today, so in honor of that, we’ve got a re-release of their complete first story for Sparkler, “The Ring of Saturn,” which is connected to “Inhabitant.” Both stories are part of KaiJu’s epic latest work, Novae, which runs on its own site but also makes an appearance as a special preview in this issue! (“Saturn” is a great intro to what terrific storytellers KaiJu are, and even though it’s set during the early days of World War I, several hundred years after “Inhabitant,” you may see some familiar faces… ;-D)
We’ve also got new chapters of Magical How and Orange Junk, both of which feature some tough conversations (and aaaaall the feeeeels!!), plus a sequel light novel story to our first game project, Out of Sync, continuing after the best ending of the game! We love multimedia storytelling, in case you couldn’t tell. This issue also features our first-ever Cherry Bomb (17+) story to run in Sparkler proper–some tasty Tokyo Demons/Tokyo Ghosts for you all to enjoy! If you like what you see, there’s plenty more Cherry Bomb where that came from.
A million thanks again for your support on the Tokyo Demons Kickstarter last month. It was a great success, and voting on the new Stretch Goal merch will start soon. We’ll have more details on the rewards and deliveries for the Orange Junk Kickstarter this month as well–Heldrad is taking April off to work on the new bonus comics for Vol 2-3…and will be joining us at our Dealer’s Table at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May! Come say hi!!
And last but not least, we’re finally done with our submissions review–if you haven’t heard from us, definitely give us a ping. Now we’re talking with an exciting bunch of new talent, and we’re eager to share their work with you all in upcoming months!
Onward and upward!
The Sparkler Team
Shipping delays in February.
Sorry for the short notice, but the Sparkler Shop staff will be away from the shipping office from Feb 6th through Feb 22nd. That means all physical packages (in the mail) that are ordered between those dates will not start shipping until Feb 23rd.
You can still make all your purchases as normal, but we just wanted you to be aware of the unusual delay before the items will ship. Digital products, as always, are automatically emailed as download links and are not effected by this.
Sorry for the inconvenience!
Happy Holidays, loyal readers, whichever winter-solstice-timed ones you may be celebrating. :-) Our present for you this month is an issue entirely jam-packed with exciting new comics content–our first all-comics issue ever! Starting with the conclusion of the Christmas arc in Orange Junk, we also have a thrilling new chapter of Windrose, adorable updates in Magical How?, supreme awkwardness in Knights-Errant, and the beginning of Veolynn’s backstory in Witch’s Quarry, after YOU voted for her in the reader’s choice poll! Our Sparkler Podcast of the month features two of our lovely prose authors discussing their work: Ellery Prime of Gauntlet and Jenn Grunigen of Skyglass. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff in there for both fans and aspiring writers, so check it out!
For those who may have missed the first round, this month we started a (hopefully) regular Sparkler RPG campaign, using an original tabletop RPG system created by the talented Rebecca, GM’ed by Lianne, and featuring Jen Lee Quick, Rebecca, and me as students at a university for people with psychic powers. Expect many shenanigans, and probably a lot of smooching and crying, if Lianne’s past campaigns are anything to go by. You can watch/listen to our character creation session here: http://sparklermonthly.com/sparkler-rpg/ And the next installment (the start of the story) will be streamed live on Saturday, December 12th, at 7:30 PM EST! Join us and contribute to the game through the chatroom!
In the spirit of the holidays, we also have a bunch of new print and ebooks for you all to enjoy…and maybe share with your loved ones! If you like what we do here at Sparkler, the best way to keep us going is to pick up some of our paperbacks (Dusk in Kalevia and Dead Endings are now in stock!!), check out our ebooks on Comixology or in our own shop, or even get some merch like our adorable keychains, so you can have Wil and Oz fight each other on your backpack.
So to further our capitalistic gains, we’re doing a 10% discount in our shop through the end of December with the coupon code HOLIDAY. Time is flying, and you don’t want to miss out!
What’s on the agenda for 2016? You’ll just have to wait and see, but I’m personally very excited for January already, since we’ll have an exciting new short comic series from the fabulous KaiJu, plus the launch of the second volume of Dead Endings, one of our premiere prose series! Have a wonderful close to 2015 in the meantime.
-Lillian, comics editor
Use the coupon code HOLIDAY in the Sparkler Shop to get a discount on ALL purchases in your cart, including Distro titles and Gift Memberships (you can buy for yourself)! Free USA shipping on orders $60 and above!
If used between now and Monday, Nov 30th: 15% off!
If used between Dec 1st and Dec 31st: 10% off!
Recent and restocked!
For 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!
In 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!