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A spooktacular new issue with Halloween swag!

BOO! Have we got some October treats for you, Sparkler readers! :-D

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 store@chromaticpress.com and we’ll help you out.

Have a hauntingly good time with the new issue, folks! And Happy Halloween!

XOXO,

The Witches of Sparkler



Sizzle It Up With Sparkler!

Hello, Sparkler fans!

Welcome to the hottest part of the Summer of Sparkler. :-D We’ve got yet another great debut this month: the start of Tacto’s fantastical ballet-piano romance “Firebird”! We’ve wanted to work with Tacto for ages (particularly because she’s done amazing work with Cherry Bomb side stories), and we’re thrilled to finally get the chance, especially on such an innovative and exciting project. We hope you love it as much as we do!

And that goes along with new installments of Orange Junk (new careers and cute phone chats!), Knights-Errant (featuring a particularly perfect mix of emotional torture and drunken flirting!), Magical How? (scary fairies!), Yellow Hearts (magic and memories!), Sunshine Boy (drama and trauma?!), and Uncanny Valley High ([virtual] teenage hijinks continue!). Plus we’ve got a podcast about NaNoWriMo and game jams, and how having a deadline and a community can help you reach your creative goals. It’s a whopping seven new comic chapters and the podcast in this special (giant) issue, continuing the jam-packed Summer of Sparkler!

And speaking of goals, it’s that time of year again…where we’re launching a new Kickstarter to fund Year 5 of Sparkler Monthly! Your support has been our foundation since our beginnings back in 2013, and we’re eager to keep going for another year, bringing you great content in comics, prose, and audio (and maybe more?!). We’ve brought in a lot of new and exciting series this year, but we can’t keep the magazine going without your help. We’ve been evaluating different ways of keeping Sparkler open, and our regular Memberships, which run in parallel to the yearly Kickstarter, are always a key way, but selling year-long memberships (plus ebooks and paperbacks) in this Kickstarter is still the best way to keep things rolling and make sure our creators get paid–and to ensure we can keep content coming to YOU, our beloved audience, month after month. We’ve got about five weeks to hit our goal, and we have special ~bonus incentives~ in the Kickstarter itself (check out the first one we’ve announced about a Sunshine Boy future!boys bonus), so please help us get the word out so we can keep great stuff coming your way!

And as always, thank you so, so much for your support all these years. <3 Let’s do this!

XOXO,

The Sparkler Team



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



Spring has sprung, and the Summer of Sparkler is on the way!

Happy April, Sparkler fans!

We’re thrilled to present our latest issue, headed by the launch of a brand-new Sparkler series! The fantastic Yellow Hearts is moving from Tapastic/Tapas to join our line-up, and it’s over 50 pages long (including 6 brand-new pages) already, all of which can be downloaded in this issue. We’re sure you’re going to love it–Yellow Hearts’ captivating fantasy world, focus on found family, and marvelous character designs all jumped out at us immediately as something we wanted to have in our magazine. Please join us in welcoming the creator Keezy Young to Sparkler! \^o^/

We’ve also got Knights-Errant back after its brief hiatus, with a whopping 8 new pages in the issue, so we’re back to a twice-a-week release schedule on the site. Hooray!! It’s time for some snarky backstory and light torture–our favorite! This issue also has a Magical How? short story, funded by the success of our Sparkler Year 4 Kickstarter–did you ever wonder how Gabe found out that Booker is gay? The answer is a real hoot! Plus, we’re in love with the hilarious and sweet ending to Before You Go: Now and Then while shivering at the thrilling new chapter of Dead LeadsIt’s a fresh batch of chapters for the spring, all ready for you to enjoy!

What’s coming up on the horizon? Well, now that our submissions are complete, you can look forward to a lot of new content starting in the magazine over the next few months, in a little initiative that we’re calling The Summer of Sparkler! It was great to have so many people pitch us such exciting stuff, and we’re psyched to get to share it with all of you. Stay tuned to our social media feeds to make sure you don’t miss a thing. <3

Also, our crew will be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) next month, along with the fantastic Heldrad, creator of Orange Junk…and we may have some fun new merch along with us?! Come by to say hi, get some books signed, and pick up the latest and greatest from the Sparkler Shop!

XOXO,

The Sparkler Team