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nattosoup:

Right now, Sparkler Monthly, an American manga-inspired comics anthology magazine put out by Chromatic Press is having it’s two-year membership drive.  If you follow my Twitter, you’ll know I was blowing it up last night talking about how important it is for American artists with an anime-aesthetic to support publishers that actually publish OEL manga and American anime inspired comics.

Some of my favorite American artists got their start in TokyoPop’s Rising Stars of Manga contest, and these were the artists I looked up to when I decided to go into comics myself.  Unfortunately for me, TokyoPop had sorta fouled the water with abusive contracts and poor marketing, so when it went under, nobody wanted to publish OEL or anime-inspired comics.  This meant that many artists with an anime influenced style who weren’t already published had difficulty attracting paying comic work, especially since manga-inspired styles developed a stigma as being a ‘copycat’ of Japanese manga, rather than taking influence from.  Many artists still find it difficult to find professional work, and many have difficulty finding receptive publishers for their pitches. In my opinion, this is why it’s so important to support a publication like Sparkler and a publisher like Chromatic Press.

This is a publisher that actively publishes OEL manga and manga inspired comics.  This is a publisher that publishes comics aimed at women and girls specifically.  At Chromatic Press, we aren’t a happy bycatch.  We’re the intended audience.

Maybe you’re an American artist with an anime influenced style who’s never had difficulty finding work, finding an audience, paying the bills utilizing the style you’ve cultivated over the years.  You’ve never doubted that your audience will find your work, since your reach was extended with the aid of influential friends or a publisher to promote your work.  Maybe you don’t personally need a publication like Sparkler to exist for you to make ends meet, you don’t need it as a professional goal.  Perhaps you’ve never had difficulty gaining the respect of your peers, and people have always taken you seriously as a comic artist.

You should still consider supporting Sparkler in order to check out talent, new and old.  You should consider signal boosting their Membership Drive Tweets and posts, to introduce your own fans to this publication and to the artists within.  

If Sparkler doesn’t gain enough new members, if Chromatic Press doesn’t see enough sales, they’ll fold just like many of the other publishers who’ve focused on OEL manga.  They wont fold because of a lack of talent, skill, or drive, but because they didn’t get enough support.  Not enough people know about Sparkler Magazine, not enough aspiring creators realize what it’s taken artists like myself years to realize- the market you enjoy as a professional stems from the market you supported while still learning.  If you enjoy manga inspired comics, like OEL manga, or want to see more American shoujo comics, you should support Sparkler in any way you can.

Reblog the hell out of this! Go support them! I recently got a one year subscription! Even just a one month trial means a lot.

Please take the time to spread the word about Sparkler Monthly!

I am a paying Sparkler subscriber and already own several of their print editions, because a) they’ve got exciting new stuff I haven’t seen before and b) they’re building a new publishing avenue for us creators and That Is Amazing and Doesn’t Happen Often because it’s frikking HARD. They need bricks so they can keep building, so if you are a part of the culture, it’s in Your Interests that they be able to continue this!

Feast your eyes on all the stuff they have and then join usssss:

http://sparklermonthly.com/membership-drive/

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Please check out Lisa’s fundraiser, share if you can’t donate, and if you’ve got any cash to spare, every little bit will be appreciated!!  Lisa’s a wonderful creator with whom I was webcomicking back during Girlamatic.com days and it was such good times  <3  Here’s Halloween fanart I did for her webcomic back then, “Arcana Jayne”!

Here’s the link again for Lisa’s campaign, please check it ouuuut: http://www.gofundme.com/dwf8qs

agirlnamedally:

I COULD NOT LOVE THIS MAN OR THIS QUOTE ANY MORE

agirlnamedally:

I COULD NOT LOVE THIS MAN OR THIS QUOTE ANY MORE

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getreadytosw-eat:

Pascalle
our ends are beginnings

wow what a picture…

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nati-art:

Porco Rosso - Scenery

<3 <3 <3

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The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Vidal Sassoon (via maxkirin)

seventypercentethanol:

amidst the ruins of a sealed gate, patience.

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leseanthomas:

Many of these rates (before taxes, might I add) haven’t changed in 20 years. $100-$250 in 1994 aint the same as in 2014. This is why Comic Book Conventions for many comic illustrators, in many cases, are the lifeblood of their comic making (commissions, direct fan interaction books sales). 

Support your local mainstream or indie comic artist!!!!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/info_8068093_much-artist-make-per-project.html

tiny-fierce:

dragons don’t ever really leave their princesses
(and their princesses never really want them to go)

eeeeeeeeeeee

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Hullabaloo is a 2D hand-drawn animated steampunk film that hopes to help preserve the dying art of 2D animation. We want you to join us in making a short film that will showcase the world of Hullabaloo. In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.

For more information about Hullabaloo, its creators, and how you can help bring this story to life, visit here! Their goal is to reach $80,000 by October 1st, 2014, so every donation helps and help spread the word!

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audreyii-fic:

"Ghostbusters" starring Mindy Kaling, America Ferrera, Aubrey Plaza, and Rebel Wilson

I don’t know if this is true or a hoax but i do not care because I AM ALREADY WATCHING THIS IN MY HEART RIGHT NOW

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Warm-up doodling with sexy new pens a friend brought me from Japan. Thanks, Chris! :D

faitherinhicks:

morrisbox:

"The only reason I think it’s inaccurate to say that this is the golden age of graphic novels is that implies it isn’t going to keep getting better and better — and it is." - Calista Brill

Me, Raina & my editor Calista talk up a storm about graphic novels & other interesting things!

Really good interview, must-read!

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pdelahanty:

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I couldn’t NOT make this!

Dancing baby Groot that Patrick made!! I helped a little by sculpting the head *preens* This thing is So Cute, no photo or video can really do it justice

sparklermonthly:

Sort of belated update? It’s our girliest cover yet, courtesy of the fabulous Jamie Lynn Lano, who I got to meet at San Diego Comicon last week! 
Anyway, Sparkler Year 2, Issue 1 launches August 4th—as of this month, we are switching from weekly Friday updates to one monthly update (just like a real magazine!), on the first Monday of the month—so you’ll get all your regular Sparkler goodness then. Including the first chapter of Jen Quick’s new series!! 
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy (and share!) a special Year 1 sampler issue, compiling the FREE first chapters of all our multi-part series. You can read them all on the site here, or download a PDF of all of them here! 300-plus pages of original, girl-oriented comics and prose, all for you! 
Thanks for an amazing first year!  
&lt;3 The Sparkler Team

OMG this cover is gorgeous D:  I&#8217;m a Sparkler subscriber already so I don&#8217;t need to grab this, but YOU DO, yes YOU, go and download its FREE mammoth Year 1 anniversary thinnnnggggg
&#8230;i lied, I might grab this for myself, anyway just because i can

sparklermonthly:

Sort of belated update? It’s our girliest cover yet, courtesy of the fabulous Jamie Lynn Lano, who I got to meet at San Diego Comicon last week! 

Anyway, Sparkler Year 2, Issue 1 launches August 4th—as of this month, we are switching from weekly Friday updates to one monthly update (just like a real magazine!), on the first Monday of the month—so you’ll get all your regular Sparkler goodness then. Including the first chapter of Jen Quick’s new series!! 

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy (and share!) a special Year 1 sampler issue, compiling the FREE first chapters of all our multi-part series. You can read them all on the site here, or download a PDF of all of them here! 300-plus pages of original, girl-oriented comics and prose, all for you! 

Thanks for an amazing first year!  

<3 The Sparkler Team

OMG this cover is gorgeous D:  I’m a Sparkler subscriber already so I don’t need to grab this, but YOU DO, yes YOU, go and download its FREE mammoth Year 1 anniversary thinnnnggggg

…i lied, I might grab this for myself, anyway just because i can