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INSPIRATION EXPLODING INTO THE SUN!

sparklermonthly:

So the final installment of "The Ring of Saturn" has been up for non-members for over a week now, and I really hope people check it out! It was a treat to get to work with Kate & Jen on this, and I’m so pleased with how it came out and the response it’s gotten so far. If you like Downton Abbey or Victorian Romance Emma, or just a good story about driven young women and their manic pixie dream dudes, this is a comic for you. 

A side note for those who are interested, though—"Saturn" is actually a spin-off of a larger story that was pitched to us last year! I don’t want to say too much lest I spoil things (although the lovely illustration above is a good clue as to the nature and content of the series), but while I was really intrigued by what Jen & Kate had come up with, I wasn’t quite ready to give it the greenlight yet. So I suggested doing a side story of some sort, with some of the series characters possibly appearing in cameo roles. The Kaiju team came up with a bunch of different and really great options (including one about sci-fi actors in the 70s!), and after some deliberation, "Saturn" was the one we ended up going with. (I also asked for a sample page or two of Miriam at her piano, also seen above. Conveying sound through static visuals is, I think, one of the hardest things to do in comics—but it’s *so amazing* when you find someone who can nail it!)

We hope that "Saturn" stands alone as a discrete work, but there are definitely aspects that would/will read differently in the context of a larger story. And this is, in part, where things like the Sparkler Membership Drive, or even just our forums, come in. We’re getting to the point now where we’ve got more great stuff that we’d like to publish than we have the resources to produce, which is a great position to be in, but your support and your feedback on what you are enjoying and would like to see more of is therefore incredibly valuable to us! We always love to hear from our fans, and your input can really help direct the future of the magazine over the next year (and onward!) 

So yeah. If you’re as excited about "Saturn" as I was, and equally intrigued by the image above, let us know! ^_^  

sparklermonthly:

It’s Friday update time! 

We’re getting close to the exciting conclusion of Dead Endings with Chapter 7 this week…and it looks like Cailen may not be entirely prepared for the consequences! 

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! 

kaixju:

sparklermonthly:

So I figure anyone who’s an ex-symphonic band/wind ensemble geek like me (alto and soprano sax, baby!) has probably run into Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” suite at some point. But what I didn’t know until KaixJu pitched us "The Ring of Saturn" was that Holst originally wrote the pieces for two pianos, and then later expanded them into the symphonic versions.
If you’re curious what Mr. Rahal is getting all worked up about here, this is what “Saturn” sounds like for solo piano. 
And for two pianos.
And the full version (with bells!).
But this is what high-spirited Miriam would rather be playing: Jupiter for solo piano 

Loving that band/orchestra/ensemble people relate! :)  I first heard Jupiter when I was in middle school band and fell in love with it, not realizing there were other pieces written for the other planets. I didn’t hear the full suite until college and was surprised by the diversity and eeriness of some of the later pieces. I really felt there was something special about Saturn and found out that it was actually Holst’s favorite piece. However Jupiter was an audience favorite and became a lyrical patriotic song for Great Britain.
Another piece definitely worth listening to is Neptune, and I would highly recommend hearing it played by a live orchestra! Holst’s instructions were to place the choir in a separate room. At the end, the door to the room slowly closes, the voices gradually fading. 
Holst wrote the piano versions while teaching at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London, the setting for our comic :)

kaixju:

sparklermonthly:

So I figure anyone who’s an ex-symphonic band/wind ensemble geek like me (alto and soprano sax, baby!) has probably run into Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” suite at some point. But what I didn’t know until KaixJu pitched us "The Ring of Saturn" was that Holst originally wrote the pieces for two pianos, and then later expanded them into the symphonic versions.

If you’re curious what Mr. Rahal is getting all worked up about here, this is what “Saturn” sounds like for solo piano. 

And for two pianos.

And the full version (with bells!).

But this is what high-spirited Miriam would rather be playing: Jupiter for solo piano 

Loving that band/orchestra/ensemble people relate! :)  I first heard Jupiter when I was in middle school band and fell in love with it, not realizing there were other pieces written for the other planets. I didn’t hear the full suite until college and was surprised by the diversity and eeriness of some of the later pieces. I really felt there was something special about Saturn and found out that it was actually Holst’s favorite piece. However Jupiter was an audience favorite and became a lyrical patriotic song for Great Britain.

Another piece definitely worth listening to is Neptune, and I would highly recommend hearing it played by a live orchestra! Holst’s instructions were to place the choir in a separate room. At the end, the door to the room slowly closes, the voices gradually fading. 

Holst wrote the piano versions while teaching at St. Paul’s Girls’ School in London, the setting for our comic :)

kaixju:

The Great War and the Music of the Spheres.
The first chapter of “The Ring of Saturn” Is free to read! http://sparklermonthly.com/comic_issue/the-ring-of-saturn-chapter-1/
Here’s a little Miriam to celebrate!
If you like Victorian Romance Emma, Downton Abbey, Holst’s “The Planets”, or are a music nerd like us, our comic is perfect for you :)
Come and witness Miriam’s metamorphosis as a musician in a time of turmoil in our 3 part comic!

kaixju:

The Great War and the Music of the Spheres.

The first chapter of “The Ring of Saturn” Is free to read! http://sparklermonthly.com/comic_issue/the-ring-of-saturn-chapter-1/

Here’s a little Miriam to celebrate!

If you like Victorian Romance Emma, Downton Abbey, Holst’s “The Planets”, or are a music nerd like us, our comic is perfect for you :)

Come and witness Miriam’s metamorphosis as a musician in a time of turmoil in our 3 part comic!