CosplayGen X Cristian Dîrstar

Cosplay Gen is the bible of cosplay, from interviews to tutorials, the magazine showcases the best of cosplay and gives you an insight into the minds of dedicated cosplayers – and best of all it is made by fans for fans.

Below are promo cards for issue 3, taking some of the best cosplays from the issue and mixing them up with illustrations by Cristian Dîrstar – it’s interesting to see cosplayers who dress as real life versions of drawn characters being drawn themselves, seems like a weird paradox but we love it.

See the full series here.

John Olson – 70’s Rock stars at home with their parents for LIFE magazine

John Olson worked with LIFE magazine to smash all the preconceptions and “coolness” of rockstars – photographing them with their parents at home – we see independent, iconic and untouchable idols brought down to a human level, no longer rock gods. This project is very humbling and despite being made in the early 70’s is a theme that is still current and interesting.

1 day left

There is one day left to submit your work to #PHOTOGRAPHY magazine. Issue 3 will be released in December but entries sent in after today will be considered for Issue 4.

We accept all form of photography, to see the standards please read Issue 1 or 2 . http://hashtagphotographymagazine.com/readthemag.html

We also have specific features and a competition for Issue 3.

Features:

“Photography Influenced by Art”

Art has influenced photography since its birth,
and although some people regard them as two
completely different mediums, we don’t. That’s why we
want to see your work that is influenced by art, or that
uses the techniques of a specific art movement.

 

“Toy Camera”

It is our belief that it doesn’t matter how much money
you have or how much your equipment cost you,
a talented photographer can produce interesting and
thought provoking images with even the cheapest of
cameras. So this is our challenge to you, using your toy
camera produce an image/aseries of images which prove
money can’t buy talent.

For anyone who isn’t sure toy cameras are simple
inexpensive film cameras, such as Holga or Lomo.

 Competition:

“Story”

We love a good narrative at #PHOTOGRAPHY, for the
issue 3 competition we want you to take a line from your
favourite book and interpret it in an image/short series of
images. Submit your finished image to us along with the
quote it was based on and we’ll choose a winner 20th
October 🙂


Apply here: www.hashtagphotographymagazine.com

#PHOTOGRAPHY Issue 3

Issue 3 is Due for release in December 2012, for the mean time take a look at the cover & don’t forget to submit your work by 20th october.

Image by Beethy – http://beethy.deviantart.com/

www.hashtagphotographymagazine.com

Here’s a list of features and comps you can apply too…

Features:

“Photography Influenced by Art”

Art has influenced photography since its birth,
and although some people regard them as two
completely different mediums, we don’t. That’s why we
want to see your work that is influenced by art, or that
uses the techniques of a specific art movement.

“Toy Camera”

It is our belief that it doesn’t matter how much money
you have or how much your equipment cost you,
a talented photographer can produce interesting and
thought provoking images with even the cheapest of
cameras. So this is our challenge to you, using your toy
camera produce an image/aseries of images which prove
money can’t buy talent.

For anyone who isn’t sure toy cameras are simple
inexpensive film cameras, such as Holga or Lomo.

Competition:

“Story”

We love a good narrative at #PHOTOGRAPHY, for the
issue 3 competition we want you to take a line from your
favourite book and interpret it in an image/short series of
images. Submit your finished image to us along with the
quote it was based on and we’ll choose a winner 20th
October 🙂

It seems everyone wants to escape

Now that I have chosen a subject area, it is popping up everywhere.

In the latest Issue of Neo magazine (101), Director, Shinya Tsukamoto talks about how people acuse him of being sick and twisted because of his gore filled films, but he explains the stories don’t relate to his life, and he thinks that movies are a way we escape reality. It seems this subject area is a lot bigger than I thought, I will definitely have to narrow it down, but not yet, I will continue finding examples over the summer and see where it leads me.

Introducing #photography

#photography is a free online magazine. It is due to be launched this summer. The basic idea is to break the conventions of standard photography magazines, and take all the great work we find online and post on our blogs and put it into one place.

follow us on twitter or facebook

and get excited for issue 1

we appreciate your support more then you know 🙂

Justin M Maller

Justin M Maller is an art director and illustrator, i first came across his work in fantasy art magazine, and decided to look him up. The work i found was completely different to his tutorial featured in the magazine. His Beautiful use of textures and patterns reminded me of John French’s work (which you can see in an earlier blog post here).

presenting … sensei

I finally finished my anime and manga magazine. and just in time too. I am really happy with the results but I think for what it is it doesn’t appear that I have put much effort in time wise. But considering I created it all on photoshop with no templates it did take a long long time. I’ve had some people ask if i’ve used manga studio, no i haven’t and not having a drawing tablet was also a set back especially when drawing the front cover eyes. I think it’s important to note that this is not meant to be a mass produced magazine. choloqueal language is used and lack of advertisements was done on purpose. I don’t like reading magazines about hobbies and obsessions which are influenced by money and don’t give insight to any small items. Hence the unconventional layout which mimics a comic or manga and the lack of page numbers. So really this magazine is just me taking my geeky-ness out on pages. And addressing it to people like me who love anime and manga so much but don’t get to talk about it much. I never intended to be able sell this magazine, thats  not what it’s about, it would be a free online magazine which people would be able to contribute to. Anyway this is the final as a PDF, enjoy…

CAUTION: this link is a download link, PDF was too slow so this is the only way i can do it. sorry.

SENSEI

more magazine.

i’ve been looking into printing and i have to do the pages separately so i’ve started to do that. I’ve also sent off a lot of quote forms but if i cannot get my book printed in time i will have to make an online magazine. which is a shame as i want it to be physical but cannot find the facilities to do it. i’ll have to have a wonder round cov and report on what i find. Anyway for now i’ve done more pages, enjoy…


NEO Magazine

NEO is a UK based Asian Pop Culture Magazine, focusing on Anime, Asian Film, Manga and Games. It is released monthly and is highly influential in the UK Anime and Manga scene.

” NEO has been riding the wave of Asian animation since 2004, bringing the freshest anime, manga and Asian film titles to UK audiences and spreading the good word about Japanese, Korean and Chinese entertainment.
In every issue of the mag, you’ll find features, previews, reviews and guides for the latest anime, manga, Asian movies and games, all written by our team of expert journalists from the UK, the US and Japan. Alongside this exciting line-up you’ll also find profiles on the hottest names in the Asian music world, exlusive interviews and more.
Because we’re an independent publication, NEO’s unbiased editorial means that you’ll always get our honest and informed opinions so you know what DVDs, CDs and books are worth spending your money on. So if we think something’s fantastic, we’ll shout it from the rooftops. And if we think something’s bad, we’ll tell it like it is.
NEO: the only magazine to Asian pop culture that you’ll ever need!” Taken From Neo Magaine Online

THE FRONT COVER…

NEO has been recently renovated, a more sophisticated, professional layout has been created, perhaps because of the success of the magazine.

Here are some examples of past issues…

The New NEO magazines are more contained, clean cut and Simple.

This new layout is something I would want to take forward into my magazine, I want it to appear to be a a specialist magazine, glorifying Anime and Manga as Art. Much like these Art and Fashion magazines…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTENT

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FEATURES ->

*CASSHERNSINS
comparing an old anime to the new remake
*BEELZEBUB

describing and advertising new anime
*LEVEL E
looking at old manga “blast from the past”
*JUMP SQUARE
Review of Manga anthology
*CONFESSIONS OF A DOG
another explanation and review of new anime
*THE MUSIC OF BLEACH
songs in the titles, i think this is important to have, in Japan these would be easy to find as they are well known artists but England needs a magazine which can tell people japanese culture they can’t find for themselves.
*EUREKA SSEVEN
Another comparison between old and new

POSTERS

Posters are always a key part of a a magazine, this one has 4 pages of posters, It makes the audience feel involved with the magazine and for an interest such as Anime and Manga, the target audience are young or obsessed with the topics, posters would be used. Perhaps I could feature some posters on digital art  as well or have a whole section on it.

J-LIFE

COSPLAY ->
Cosplay is a massive part of Anime and Manga culture. People become the characters they obsess over. In NEO viewers send in their own images, but this will be hard in the time frame so I will have to use found images, take some myself or perhaps give a tutorial , and where to buy section.

FASHION ->
Also fashion is a big part, Harajuku, Lolita and Kawaii are Japanese  styles which are current in every anime. NEO has a where to buy in Japan, but as a UK magazine I think a where to buy in the UK would be more appropriate.

STUFF ->
Other Accessories and Toys are shown, online shops and the collect and geekiest models, t-shirts and cards around.

MAN IN JAPAN ->
This would no where near be able to happen in my magazine. One of the journalists travels to Japan documenting their experience. I could however ask around and gain other people experiences or just leave this section out, depending on time.

ARTIST SHOWCASE ->
Showing new artists work and interviews

MANGA SCHOOL ->
How to draw manga

LETTERS ->
Viewers send in letters

OTHER STUFF

One thing i really love about NEO is the attention to detail, each page is written in Japanese and in English. I would say that for Anime which in the UK is mainly watched online there is not much reference to social networking or new technologies. So this is something I would like to include. Also the new design works well on the cover but the inside is very clinical and staged, I think that the pages should be more creative and unique, like time has been spent on them. Perhaps doodles and personal hand written comments should be included. Maybe the pages could be like a Manga book, small sections and the text written in speech bubble with colloquial language.

E.G.