One of my northern-neighbors and readers (Nikko) is working on an interesting project that I thought I would highlight in it’s own blog post. Some people might not know this about me, but I used to do cosplay! (For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a great hobby where fans of TV, movies, and video games will create costumes of their favorite characters. It’s like an elaborate halloween, but with wardrobe engineering challenges!) I don’t participate anymore, mostly because of the time it requires, but I am always fascinated by the work others put into their costumes.
Anyway, Nikko started a Ottawa-based magazine around the culture of cosplayers a few years back. While everyone may not see the need for it, cosplaying is actually an important part of almost every major nerd convention, including the big ones like Comic-Con, so there is a lot to cover. The name of the magazine is simply CosCulture and can be found at CosCultureMagazine.com. After looking it over online there were a few things that truly caught my attention. The photography in this magazine is amazing. There are some fabulously talented portrait photographers working hard on this project. While this magazine started out as an online publication, there is no doubt in my mind that it’s worthy of purchasing in print.
As I mentioned, cosplaying usually coincides with a geek gathering of some kind and so the magazine includes some beautiful pieces covering a number of conventions. The galleries of course are the best part covering the humorous cosplay troupes (men dressed as the wives from the latest Mad Max movie) as well as the more serious individuals.
Of course, the last thing I’d like to point out is that all of these magazines are printed completely ad free. That does mean it will cost you money, but not much! It also means that the editorial quality of this magazine is much higher than the tabloid-style clickbait-trash you come across most of the time. If you have even the slightest interest in cosplay I think you’ll enjoy this magazine. Hell, even if you’re just a nerd who likes to look at attractive people dressing up in production-quality costumes and props you’ll probably enjoy the magazine. (And who doesn’t like that?)