Sparkler Monthly is the new manga-magazine style publication on the block, and their publisher (Chromatic Press) presents an awesome opportunity for cartoonists whose crafts have been influenced by the Japanese comics and animation market to get paid for their work! Very few publishers respect “manga style” artists or actively look for them, so Sparkler Monthly is a huge deal in my book! They are also committed to a wide array of POC and LGBTQ+ representation in what they publish and center themselves around catering to the female gaze. I don’t think enough people know about them yet, »>clickity»> which is probably why a membership drive is necessary «<click«<! It’s totally worth it to support this! At the very least, take a quick look at their titles (comics, prose, and audio dramas) and see if you can’t find something you enjoy. They even have a section called Cherry Bomb for more saucy/sexy material, loads of subscriber exclusives, and a distro service pushing out stuff like fucking Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal books and merch. Seriously. Go there now.
(“Awake” illustration by Angela Sham)
I wholeheartedly and fully agree with everything said here! Sparkler Monthly is SO GREAT you guys! So great! I used to constantly, loudly, obnoxiously lament that something exactly like this didn’t exist— and now it does! So please, subscribe! Give a subscription as a gift, tell a friend, whatever! They’re so cool and great and think of how many cool and great people could get PAID to make COOL AND GREAT STUFF with your subscription! JUST THINK!!
Y’all know how Heidi and I talk about supporting the industry you want to work in? Sparkler Magazine is just such an opportunity. In fact, Chromatic Press is pretty much THE opportunity an American has to draw manga inspired comics in the US right now. I live on the east coast, so I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting the staff at any cons (yet), but as an east coaster with limited opportunities to see my comics printed or distributed by others, I understand how very important it is to support a publisher that’s willing to take such a big risk. OEL manga and manga influenced comics are a hard sell, and it’s only getting harder, so please consider supporting such a wonderful magazine. I just signed up for a year membership, which was really quite affordable, and I look forward to enjoying the upcoming months of comics, and look forward to being introduced to new artists.
The serious question now is do I want the standard year membership, or the super awesome VIP membership…..
Reblogging! Its only a few $$ for a month or more of comics, prose, audio dramasand podcasts from pros!
Support these awesome ladies however you can! X0
Ditto to everything said here! Sparkler is pushing for everything the industry is lacking right now and they need your support! If you want a taste of what they do, check it out! Every first chapter is free! And there’s only more good stuff to come! You might be very surprised by the variety and uniqueness of each series!
More female leads! More LGBTQ+ and POC representation! More manga style comics! If you have the same frustrations that we do or have ever experienced prejudice because of your style or what you write about, please reblog. A little goes a long way :)
Been a subscriber since the beginning and LOVE all the stories offered! I’m TOTALLY looking forward to all the Year 2 titles. :D -Coco
They passed 100 new subscribers and had a raffle! When they hit 200 subscribers, five more folks get a chance to win the swag below:
I hella wanna be one of them AND YOU DO, TOO, TRUST ME! 8’D
*points up at all the lovely words already said*