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BTSSB + other lolita articles from Shoujo Beat Magazine! 
21st-Jan-2011 02:29 pm

hey there eglers! 
hope  you're all having a nice friday.
i had the day off today since i just had finals.
thursday was my 15th birthday! ^o^ 
i was going to have a photoshoot yesterday but i am waiting for my dreamy dollhouse salopette to come, so i'll post a photoshoot of that asap! :]
side note; if you wanna see non-lolita photoshoot of my birthday go here! :D
i was looking through my shoujo beat magazines after reading the post about how you got into lolita and the why you LOVE lolita contest (which i was a winner of!)
i found all these cute articles and ads for lolita and wanted to share! :)
sorry that some of them (mostly the first few) are cut off.
if you'd like, i can easily re-scan them! i was just too lazy XD

from august 2007

from december 2007
a btssb contest!

the picture that got me into lolita; i have this dress it's beautiful!

from february 08

from may 08

the contest winners! 

from july 08

look, imai kira!

more imai kira!

from september 2008

from october 2008

from january 2009

from february 2009

from march 2009

from may 2009

from july 2009, right before shoujo beat was cancelled (ironic because the BABY store opened in august!)

i hope you enjoy looking at these! :)
have a great day everyone!
love love love,
sara, aka iomoo
21st-Jan-2011 10:32 pm (UTC)
ahhh this just breaks my heart AGAIN remembering they were canceled. BUT YES! I forgot how much lolita was advertised and written about in SB!
21st-Jan-2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
i know right! </3 SB introduced and familiarized me with so many different things. i can't believe it got cancelled, but shonen jump didn't! crazy world. :(
21st-Jan-2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
I wish it would come back. It was such a great read. Aside from the obvious manga chapters, they had several DIY articles, recipes, and tons of lolita related stuff. It was helpful in so many ways.
22nd-Jan-2011 03:13 am (UTC)
They cancelled? :( I used to have a sub.... I still have like the first year or two of issues.
21st-Jan-2011 10:39 pm (UTC)
My heart jumped because I thought SB was coming back!

Edited at 2011-01-21 10:40 pm (UTC)
21st-Jan-2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Me too... and I love your icon ;o;
21st-Jan-2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
ty, I like your's, too.

I was recently at a convention and there was def a bit of A Very Potter Musical sing-a-long~
21st-Jan-2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, how cool XDD
21st-Jan-2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought too! I was like :D then I was like :(
21st-Jan-2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
awww i didn't mean to disappoint you, sorry :(
21st-Jan-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
Aw, it's okay :D

I got to read some bits I have missed before.
21st-Jan-2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for putting these scans up! Makes me want to look through all of my old SB issues-but they are back home. -_-
21st-Jan-2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
no problem at all!
ahhhhh i know right; i was flipping through all of them, and every time i did i would find something new :D
21st-Jan-2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
I loved Shojo Beat! I first discovered lolita from the FRUiTS magazine, but SB is what made me take the leap and start wearing it :) I just loved all of those pictures!

Also, I've always loved that last picture. Misako appears to be reading a BABY book, but in truth, she's reading Blindness (the novel by José Saramago) which always made me laugh :D
21st-Jan-2011 11:37 pm (UTC)

Also I see that anime xP
22nd-Jan-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
...If I had known that SB had been canceled, I wouldn't have thrown all of my old issues in the trash about a month or so ago. -__-;;

In all honesty, some of their articles were really hit-and-miss with me, but I really liked their interviews and their DIY. Their fashion and makeup tips... ehhhhh, maybe I'm just too old or something, but I found some of their trend forecasting and makeup color palettes just plain odd. O.o Either way, it was a sweet magazine and it's too bad it went under.

I want that Ribbon Cream OP like BURNING. O__O
22nd-Jan-2011 02:24 am (UTC)
i completely agree.
most of the time, it seemed like they were aiming everything towards budget lolitas/readers, but sometimes they got REALLY good interviews and stuff.

and YESSSSSSSS I KNOW! boo baby, why so many cute prints back in the day? D;
22nd-Jan-2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Why did SB get cancelled? I can't remember. >_____<''
22nd-Jan-2011 02:22 am (UTC)
i think it was because there weren't enough people who were buying the magazines, or something along the lines of that (of not making enough money! >_<)
22nd-Jan-2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Oh really?! That sucks.
22nd-Jan-2011 06:17 am (UTC)
Not enough subscriptions to be exact. As that was their main way of income, also at the time it was cancelled the economic crisis was at one of it worst times. Many magazines were cancelled before SB and many cartonists were fired over that period of time. In fact S.B. hold out longer than most.
22nd-Jan-2011 04:26 am (UTC)
I still have all mine under my bed ha ha. I have from Febuary 2006 to December 2008. I was so sad when they stopped putting in chapters of Nana, but I fell in love with Honey and Clover. <3
It's too bad SB was canceled. =(
22nd-Jan-2011 06:19 am (UTC)
The images died T.T

I am missing at most 8 of all S.B. run, there is a comic book shop that especializes in imports very near my house and month by month I went dilligently to buy my copy, along detective comics,fables and runaways. *.* Now only D.C. and Fables are still standing... I am getting depresed now :(
22nd-Jan-2011 07:43 am (UTC)
errm...are you sure? they're working for me! O:
if it's not working for anyone else let me know--photobucket is a whore :(

and aw, i'm so sorry! >_<
i just wish there were more magazines like SB. do you think it'll ever come back?
22nd-Jan-2011 08:11 am (UTC)
It appears "bandwith exceeded" in my case -.-

And honestly I doubt Viz decides to try the anthology in the next years, shonen jump has survived because it carries the most popular titles on the style (like or not Naruto and Bleach sell A LOT of mangas). Shojo Beat specialized in better chosen but somewhat more "obscure" titles. The titles with the highest profile there were Nana and vampire knight and nobody knew if they were going to be actually sucesful. Even SB predecessor, Animerica Extra had bigger titles, and the magazine was sentenced to death the very moment Shonen jump USA was birthed into existence.

Maybe if economy gets better for comics they will try again, but I doubt they get the same level of care in a magazine again. I always felt all the D.I.Y. tutorials in Shojo Beat gave some extra for my money besides bigger pages of manga.
22nd-Jan-2011 08:19 am (UTC)
you're right--photobucket emailed me and starting bitching about bandwith. so i reuploaded on my flickr--hope it works this time!!

that definitely makes sense. i didn't really take the manga into consideration, considering i rarely ever read them (i know, bad me.)
maybe within the next few years another company will start up...if not, thank god i can go to japanese bookstores near my house for what i'm ACTUALLY looking for! XD
22nd-Jan-2011 08:41 am (UTC)
Gosh.... I have a ton of the SB mags under my bed! Can't squeeze them on my book shelf. They were a great help in exposing lolita for me, and I loved reading the articles so much! Wish the magazine would live again :(
22nd-Jan-2011 08:44 am (UTC)
i know right! it seems like all lolitas have SBs secretly under their beds...heehee!

do you have earlier editions, from before fall 2007?
do you know if there are any other btssb ads? i think they were mostly from 2008 and beyond, but just wondering! :D
22nd-Jan-2011 08:53 am (UTC)
I will check, I have the whole 2007 set and a few 2006. :)
22nd-Jan-2011 08:59 am (UTC)
awesome, thank you! let me know ;D
22nd-Jan-2011 09:28 am (UTC)
There are some, not alot. Mainly ads from vivcore :)
22nd-Jan-2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
ahh yes vivcore and i think candy violet always used to advertise a lot ^^
thank you!
22nd-Jan-2011 09:50 am (UTC)
i wish it didn't get cancelled :[[
22nd-Jan-2011 11:33 am (UTC)
I miss SB :/ They really knew what was right and checked their facts. I love how they presented lolita c:
22nd-Jan-2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Aw, I miss these.
Do you happen to have the one with the teacup decorating tutorial by vivcore I totally lost my copy and can't remember what sort of paper to use :\
22nd-Jan-2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
i'll look through and see what i can find! i'll get back to you later today :)
24th-Jan-2011 06:14 am (UTC)
Aw man, I knew it was cancelled, but wasn't aware it had lasted THAT long! X3; I was subbed for the first year or two. It's too bad, their articles were generally much better than the stuff you see in Shonen Jump, probably because they were segwaying more staff over from Animerica. Poor SB ._. I think I'm only missing a few issues from my run too, and ironically it's because I left them in Japan XD;;; I used one of those maps of Shibuya to find a club I'd been hearing about!
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