*excited dancing while I wait for the inks*
*excited dancing while I wait for the inks*
The names question will be answered in one of the two ask us anything episodes! Our music was specially composed for us by Rebecca Scoble of Sparkler Monthly / Chromatic Press! I guess you could call it “Slash report opening” and “Slash report close”. I mean, that’s what we call them.
I always called them the Slash Report intro and outro :D
If people who follow me didn’t know, I did the theme music for slashreport a couple years ago. They do a really hilarious, smart, awesome podcast about fandom.
If you’re into great podcasts and you’re not listening to Slash Report, you should be!
Whatever gets you through your horrible days, Jo.
Sachi in the second panel (right comic), heeee. <3
Maybe people wouldn’t punch you so much if you weren’t so pretty, Jo! Maybe.
A true romance for the ages!
For some very silly reasons, most of which are now unclear to me, initially I was hesitant to read Tokyo Demons, a trilogy of novels written by Lianne Sentar and illustrated by Rem. But after finishing the first volume, You’re Never Alone, I was hooked. I immediately went out and devoured…
A lovely review of Tokyo Demons vol. 2 from the fine folks at Manga Bookshelf!
Reasons to subscribe to Sparkler Monthly:
- It’s cheap as fuck
- $5 a month cheap
- That’s less than 3 cans of NOS at retail price.
- NOS lasts an hour or two.
- $5 sub lasts 30 DAYS
- There’s a ton of cool shit behind the paywall.
- The more $5 there are the more cool shit there is
- The more cool shit there is the more likely it is to get FREE cool shit (they can’t keep it all behind the paywall, can they?? I hope not!)
- $5 a month
- Also Tokyo Demons A WEEK EARLIER THAN THE FREE READERS
- $5 a month
Aw, Pachi! <3
As mentioned in Sparkler Podcast #2 and on Twitter (here, here, and here), we have a big Year 2 planned, and we want to hire even more of the great creators who pitch to us, but we don’t have the subscriber base to support it yet. We’re putting a freeze on a lot of things until we sell more subscriptions, which are the main way we raise the operating costs of our magazine and the advances we pay our creators.
The magazine is going “truly monthly” in August (all chapters are released on the same day) to simplify our website and downloads, we’re releasing a special issue for newbies, and we’re going to introduce new incentives during our August Membership Drive. But all existing members will be grandfathered in, so you don’t have to wait - if you want to support us, we’d be over the moon if you did it today!
In fact, starting in August, our 1-month subscription is going up to $6 (all monthly subscriptions are staying at $5/month, to reward those who sign up to be regulars), so if you want to buy the 1-month subscription just to try everything out with no commitment for $5, now’s the time! We think you’ll be more than pleased with the delights behind our paywall.
Thanks, guys! This is a tough industry, but we can make it together. <3
Sparkler’s staff are some of the kindest, most helpful people, and their magazine is phenomenal. We’ve come so close to losing Crossed-Genres, another diversity related magazine, and in this economy, a lot of publishers are feeling the heat, especially the indie ones. Tumblr has kept so many diversity-related projects alive, and even made them flourish. And reading and freelancing with them, I can honestly say that Sparkler is wonderful, utterly dedicated, and probably the best 5$ you will spend.
*blushing* I got a great editorial compliment today when someone told me that an art note I made helped them untangle a problem they’ve been struggling with for a while … We really try, guys, and it’s so great to hear that we’re appreciated! ^_^
I only hope we can keep getting the support we need to do even more!
It’s Friday update time!
And we have part 2 (of 3) of Kaiju’s lovely short comic, "The Ring of Saturn"! Miriam goes stargazing with the charming Mr. Rahal, and starts to find some new inspiration! *swoon*
Plus, if you’re around Connecticon this weekend, Sparkler editors Lianne and Rebecca, Dusk in Kalevia author Emily Compton, and Sfeer Theory/Small Town Witch author Alex Singer are on a panel about writing for the Female Gaze—Friday at 5pm!
And on Saturday morning, Lianne and Emily will be running a writing workshop—10:30am in Workshop 2!
Stop by and say hello!
BTW, I got the final pages for “Saturn” chapter 3 today (minus the epilogue), and they’re lovely!! They’ll go up in two weeks with our August issue, so now’s a great time to check out this new short comic if you haven’t already!
For this tumblr’s launch, I asked several of my favorite and most talented artists, what makes them see red when they get a script from a writer? This response is from the wonderful, Eisner-winning artist of Y: The Last Man, Pia Guerra. Writers take note!********************************************Here goes…- More than one action in a panel.I’v seen this a lot with new writers, they put two separate actions into one panel “Tom drags the bag of money over to the pick up truck and drops it into the flat bed.” Visualize the panel when you’re writing. Draw a little thumbnail if you have to but understand that only so much can happen in a panel and still be clear.
Comicssurvivalkit is a blog anyone interested in making comics professionally should be following. Gail Simone is curating and has some amazing people contributing articles and sharing their experiences.
It’s 1AM and I’m suddenly wondering what would happen if Ayase got pregnant and then turned into bees.
Like would she turn ENTIRELY into bees?? Baby included? Would she turn into bees and her baby turn into baby bees??
Or could she just not turn into bees for 9 fucking months.
Why am I even thinking about this.
This…comes up in canon later. :) Of course it does. Did you notice the recurring connection between bees and body and sex for Ayase? Book 2 had BEE FOREPLAY. When she was crawling around Sachi and…yeah, you remember it. And since her uterus is also made of bees, of course we’re going to explore that shit. Nothing is too weird if you crawl bees all over dudes as a way of flirting with them.
No one can just have a healthy, normal relationship with her/her own body in this series. It always has to be WEIRD.
There always has to be BEES.
This conversation has me SERIOUSLY interested in Tokyo Demons now.
(Eddie Izzard voice: “COVERED IN BEES!”)