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Visit your favorite convention(s) and write about half (1/2) page review of your experience; good or bad. You must visit the entire convention (ie... Dealer Hall, Artist Alley, Panels, Masquerade, etc). Basically you must purchase a ticket and give a critique on the con, not just walk around in the non-ticket-required area. You must take a minimum of 20-25 clear pictures of the cosplayers and/or location.

Review must be a minimum of 250 words, about half a page. If your review is too long we may trim it to fit the spread or ask you to edit it. 20-25 Pictures must be included to showcase the convention and it's attendants. We ask that they are at least 300dpi, and must NOT be blurry. A variety of people are preferred over similar looking cosplayers (Don't take pictures of just girls or just boys...etc...)

• You must get the following items from the persons you get photos from:
• Name (or alias)
• City & State they're from
• Name of character & Series they're cosplaying from
• E-mail or site URL (myspace, cosspace, facebook, So we can contact them when the magazine comes out.
• And most importantly: PICTURES OF THEIR COSPLAY!!! At least three (3). 300dpi, and must not be blurry.

Make-up and/or Hair/Wig Stylist
Create a tutorial on how to apply make-up, or on hair/wig styling. You must write a step-by-step tutorial on one or more of options above. Pictures are required with every tutorial submission. Clear pictures must be provided and must be in at least 300dpi. The number of required pictures depends on how long your submitted tutorial is, but the minimum is five (5). A model in a costume showing the end result is a plus! Step-by-step instructions must be written clearly in a language the young cosplayer will be able to understand. Descriptions of colors, brands, and how to apply instructions are required.

Prop Maker
This pretty much the same idea as the Make-up artist rules above, with a few differences.
Create a tutorial on how to create a prop (sword, staff, armor, helmet, wings, etc...) We are looking for anyone who has tried to make a prop, and through trial & error, has found an easy way to create that certain prop. A step-by-step tutorial, with in-progress pictures, is required for every tutorial submission. Clear pictures must be provided and must be in at least 300dpi. The number of required pictures depends on how long your submitted tutorial is, but the minimum is five (5). A model in costume showing the end result with the prop is a plus! Step-by-step instructions must be written clearly in a language the young cosplayer will be able to understand. Descriptions of materials used, brands, colors, and types of paint along with how to create instructions are required.


Cosplay Photographer
We love cosplay photographers! Their work really makes costumes come to life, as well as preserve so many great memories. We would like to meet some of those famous or not yet famous photographers that take great pictures. If you would be interested in being featured in our magazine, contact us with at least five (5) pictures of your previous work, or send us a link to your online portfolio. And let us know why you would make a good fit. Please indicate if you would like to be a photographer for the magazine or be interviewed for the magazine and have your pictures featured in our next issue.

Featured Cosplayer
There's a reason why this item is last. We actually prefer to meet our featured cosplayers in person for a one-on-one interview, however since we obviously cannot be everywhere at once, we are accepting submissions to be our featured cosplayer.
What this means is that you as the featured cosplayer will have the cover shot, and interview with a four (4) or more, page spread featuring you. What are the benefits? Well you will have official bragging rights. Not only that, you will have your costume published in print to be seen by other cosplayers and Anime fans around the country. The requirements are as follows:

• Must have at least two (2) cosplays, that have been photographed professionally. The photos do not have to be professional in the sense of paying a professional photographer, but must be neat and not blurry.
• Photos taken with too many people in the background will not be considered.
• Take pictures outside or against a plain background. We don't mind scenic pictures, those are always fun, just make sure they are neat. We can't stress that enough.
• Must be willing to answer at least fifteen (15) interview questions, or more, honestly.
• Must answer all the questions completely. "Yes", "no", "because it was fun" are not acceptable answers.







This was written in response to something that happened recently in a local San Diego Mall, where a cosplayer was told to either vacate the mall property or go and wash the makeup off. There was a bit of arguing, but thankfully nothing got physical or loud, and the cosplayer asked a friend to come help in removing the makeup.

We thought we'd make people aware of this law:

"CALIFORNIA STATE CODE 185. It shall be unlawful for any person to wear any mask, false whiskers, or any personal disguise (whether complete or partial) for the purpose of: One--Evading or escaping discovery, recognition, or identification in the commission of any public offense. Two--Concealment, flight, or escape, when charged with, arrested for, or convicted of, any public offense. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor."

I understand that if someone was to use a disguise such as makeup or a mask to hide their identity in a robbery or shoplifting, then it could be a problem, and that person would get into more trouble. However, the person involved with this incident was completely open about what they were doing there, and even offered to show ID. A comment was made later that, if mall security had wanted to search the bags in connection to any kind of theft, it would have been accepted without question because they have nothing to hide. I think that the incident was blown out of proportion somewhat, but the cosplayer "at fault" has now said that it will not happen again, and is even considering not doing cosplay outside of the convention scene.

So, be careful about where you cosplay. There are indeed laws and rules regarding wearing masks and face makeup in shopping areas, but we were unaware of this until this incident occurred. Thank you San Diego Mall Security for setting use straight on this. We would hate for something like this to happen again.
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elfgrove Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you planning to pay your journalists or photographers? Where will the profits from this magazine be going?
KimberlyPaul Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
All of the "profits" from the magazine will likely be going straight into the next issue budget, certainly not into my pocket. Unfortunately, until the magazine becomes much more widely known, and we actually start making some money from it, we will be unable to pay our journalists or photographers. However, we could probably throw in some free advertising for their studios or businesses in exchange for letting us use their photos and/or expertise.
Warflight Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
Speaking as one of the photographers, I do know that a start up magazine usually doesn't have a lot to pay photographers without investment capital, and seeing how there are no investors, the profits would logically have to be used for promotion, and other expenses, until it can actually get off the ground, and actually start turning the sort of profits where models, photographers, and writers start getting paid. On the up side, a start up magazine is a great way of getting one's foot in the door, or an artist to start to get recognition, and when profits are starting to be made, those who were there at the beginning already know how the magazine operates, and have their in there, as well as the recognition from having their work in the pages. So, as a photographer that contributes on a less than regular schedule, I see it as a hobby, until it becomes a job. I'm enjoying it, I squeeze things in when it's not going to interfere with other things, and hope it does take off, because I think the magazine is a pretty good idea.
Kamikazi-Cloud Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011
Thank you for affiliating with :iconphantomcosplay:!
Warflight Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
No worries! Thanks for being a part!
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