We’ve got some exciting digital comics news to break today! As of, well, right now, Manga Bookshelf favorite Chromatic Press (Sparkler Monthly) is the official publisher of shoujo-style comedy series Orange Junk, formerly one of the most popular comics at the (mostly) fan-funded Inkblazers.com, which officially shut down earlier this year.
From Mexican comic artist Heldrad, Orange Junk is billed as an affectionate parody of shoujo comedy tropes, and though it certainly delivers on that front, early signs indicate that it stands to offer quite a bit more. Like most truly successful parody, Orange Junk mocks its influences by becoming them, in all the best ways possible.
For the uninitiated, here’s the premise:
“When Louise’s wealthy family loses everything, she has to pull herself up by her bootstraps and start over in a new high school – where the smartest boy is the meanest, and the hottest boy is the weirdest. But Louise needs tutoring, so the three become a team… It’s a riches to rags school story with a whole lot of screaming. In the vein of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun and Ouran High School Host Club, Orange Junk is a comedic love letter to shojo’s ridiculous, beloved traditions. “
In short, Orange Junk is warm-hearted, hilarious, smartly drawn, and skillfully constructed to both entertain and satisfy fans of shoujo manga. And they’re not kidding about the screaming.
The series’ revised back chapters are available in full today, along with a downloadable ebook of the first four chapters (a second ebook will be available later this month), and new chapters of the series will begin running in Sparkler‘s April issue (Issue 21). Ebooks retail for $6.00. For those who yearn for print, the first volume or so is expected out this summer. In the meantime, treat yourself to some delicious shoujo goodness, free of charge, right now at Sparkler Monthly.
lys saysMarch 10, 2015 at 2:06 pm
Ohh, sounds fun!! Thanks for highlighting this. I’m thrilled to hear that print will be an option soon too :D
Jenn Grunigen saysMarch 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm
So good! Already barreling through it, despite the fact I’m supposed to be editing a paper…ha.