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Off*Beat by Jen Lee Quick returns! Pre-order the new Chromatic Press print editions and score sweet Off*Beat goodies.
Off*Beat by Jen Lee Quick returns! Pre-order the new Chromatic Press print editions and score sweet Off*Beat goodies.
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More Off*Beat, more Witch's Quarry, and the Sparkler Monthly Kickstarter!

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Hey, guys! We're here with more news on Off*Beat, Jen Lee Quick, and Sparkler Monthly!

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First of all, we've been running a Kickstarter to help Sparkler Monthly run for another year, and our first Stretch Goal is that elusive Off*Beat Audio Drama--a project we've wanted to do for two years now! We're in the last few days of the Kickstarter, so any signal-boosting is appreciated. In addition, Jen Lee Quick is doing specialty commissions/original art tiers at $180 for that Kickstarter, and four of the five slots have already sold...so this is your last chance to grab one! Check it out. :3 

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If you didn't hear, Sparkler's back chapters went free-to-read last year, which means that every chapter of Off*Beat--from Chapter 1 to the Epilogue--can now be read online totally free. So it's easier than ever to share this great story with your friends. <3

In addition, did you know that Jen did a new chapter of Off*Beat back in June?! True story! :D It's a deleted chapter from Volume 3 that she went back to draw, and it includes some great moments (including a squee-worthy dream sequence filled with school uniforms!!). Read online here, or download below:

Eeeeeee! XD
Eeeeeee! XD

In other Jen news, she finished Volume 1 of her Wild West suspense/horror series Gatesmith a few months ago (ebook and paperback coming soon!), and now she's returning to her LGBT+ fantasy Witch's Quarry!

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Click to read online now!

Some of you guys probably remember this webcomic--Jen worked on it between Volumes 2 and 3 of Off*Beat, while TOKYOPOP still had the rights. We're happy to say that we're re-releasing Witch's Quarry in a revised, all-color edition, and Jen's going to do new pages...starting in Issue 25 of Sparkler on August 11th! We've already started releasing the back chapters with new colors and text, so you can check that out now! And we hope we'll see you in August for the new pages as well, because this comic freaking rocks. :)

Off*Beat 3 paperback is out now!

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Hi Off*Beat Kickstarter supporters!

I hope you're all having a wonderful summer! All of us over at Chromatic Press/Sparkler Monthly are thrilled that, after so many years, the end of Off*Beat is finally out in paperback! 

Those of you who've already ordered copies--your books will be shipped out starting on Monday, and I hope to get all of them sent next week.

If you haven't ordered a copy yet and you'd like one, you can order here.

Or get the full three book set at a discount here.

If you work at a comic store, bookstore, library, school, anime club, or other organization that sells or lends books, and you're interested in ordering Off*Beat or other Chromatic Press titles, we're launching our official retail catalog next week! Email me (Rebecca) at retail@chromaticpress.com with your organization name and contact email if you want more information.

Off*Beat 3!
Off*Beat 3!
A mountain of Off*Beat!
A mountain of Off*Beat!

Thank you all for your help making this happen! 

Off*Beat Volume 3 ebook, paperback proofs, and Gauntlet!

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Hi again, Kickstarter backers!

The complete ebook of Off*Beat Volume 3 (including new bonus material) is now for sale in the Sparkler Shop! That's the only place on Earth it's being sold at the moment, which is extra exciting. We're still taking preorders for the Volume 3 paperback (and the Complete Series Set), which comes out next month...and we have a photo of the proof! It's being modeled by our comics intern, Pepper the Cat, who methodically tests our books for resistance to Hairballs and Being Sat On.

As always, paying Sparkler Monthly subscribers can also read the chapters of Off*Beat online (along with all the other great series we publish) on our webpage starting here

And speaking of what we're up to at Sparkler Monthly...

Only 4 days to save the Gauntlet paperback!
Only 4 days to save the Gauntlet paperback!

Gauntlet, written by Ellery Prime and T2A (teaat2am), was chosen as the first illustrated prose novel (light novel) to be exclusive to Sparkler Monthly and run alongside Off*Beat, and we worked carefully with the creators to make the book as awesome as possible. But now, unlike this Kickstarter (and the one we ran for Tokyo Demons), the Gauntlet paperback Kickstarter is in serious danger of not succeeding. We're an indie publisher with 90% female staff trying to build an audience for our fem-positive fiction, so if you've enjoyed the work we're publishing, please consider checking out Gauntlet and helping us bring the creators' hard work into paperback form. (And tell your friends, if you think it would be up their alley!) There are only a few days remaining!

Thanks, everyone! You'll hear from us soon, once the Off*Beat Volume 3 paperbacks are finally in our hot little hands.

-Lianne and Rebecca

The end of Off*Beat!

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Hello Kickstarter backers!

I'm writing to let you know that the final chapter of Off*Beat was just released on our site! This ending is 9 (?!) years in the making, so we really hope you enjoy it :D

First off, thank you again for your support! We're so thrilled that we could give this series a real ending, and we couldn't have done it without your help. 

Sparkler subscribers can read the final chapter here. For those of you who haven't been following us for the past few months, everything we release stays under a paywall for subscribers for a week before being released for free for a limited time one week later. A subscription will also open up the paywall on back chapters, so you can read all of Off*Beat today for $5. To subscribe, go here.

It's going to be a little while before we have print copies available, but we did set up a preorder system for anyone who'd like to pre-buy the books and then be first packages shipped once we get them in. Click the links below to buy Off*Beat 3, which you'll receive in early July. 

Buy volume 3

Buy the full set (vol 1-3)

Final ebook versions that include all the print book bonus material will also be coming soon--I'll send another notification once that's released.

Thank you all so much!

-Rebecca

Off*Beat Chapter 14!

Hey all,

Chapter 14 of Off*Beat is live on the site! From this issue on, subscribers to our digital magazine Sparkler Monthly get new chapters a few days early...so, if you want to read it now, you can subscribe to Sparkler here! On Monday (Sept. 23), the chapter will be free for everyone for about a month.

This is the last time I'm going to be contacting all you lovely Kickstarter supporters about new chapters through the actual Kickstarter site. If you'd like to keep receiving updates when new Off*Beat chapters come out, you can sign up for our weekly newsletter on the main Sparkler site--there's a box to type your email address into at the top of the right column. 

Thank you, as always, for your support! I hope you all enjoy the new chapter!

-Rebecca

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