"It'd be cool if we actually RAN that magazine. Even better if the editors of the mag would be Lolitas also.
That'd be such a dream..."
That got to buzzing around in my brain. We can't take over their magazine, ;) but why can't Lolis run their own magazine? English-speaking Lolitas number in the thousands, but still don't have anything they can really call their own as far as publications that speak with their voices. They have interests, spend money, and clearly from the membership of this community like interacting with each other.
Why not make an English-language magazine? By Lolis and for Lolis?
Not as a "bible" of what is right or wrong, but just a fun group of things most Lolis will probably be interested in?
EDIT: To make this clear: While the layout would be that of a magazine, for now it would be in a .pdf format that each reader would print out and staple together if they wanted to. Printing the magazine right now would be impossible for me to do, unless people were willing to pay for it.
MOAR EDIT: If people are willing to pay around a total of $10, for a glossy color magazine, shipping included, this might be something to consider for printing it: http://www.lulu.com/products/books/brochure.php People living outside of the US or Europe could possibly be shipped through me? It'd take some consideration to work out.
For those of you who say we don't need one because we have EGL, think of it this way. Wouldn't it be nice to have a magazine you could sit down and read? Wouldn't it be nice to have a collection of reviews, information, fashion, and Loli goodness that wasn't wedged between a ton of sales posts? If people handed around copies to their friends or left them in bookstores, etc., it might be a nice way to bring in Lolis who aren't on the Net or know about EGL.
A successful English-language Loli magazine with a high enough readership would also raise the visibility of non-Japanese Lolitas and possibly encourage more brands and designers to consider non-Japanese sizing and audiences in their lines.
What would it be like?
Please click here to see a .pdf, a very rough mock-up cover I made, borrowing random pictures and making up titles.
This is more or less the feel I would like to create: something that looks like a magazine and not a web site. As quality is a big part of Lolita, I would like to create a quality magazine, with high-quality writing, photos, and art. There would be submission guidelines for all three. (For example, no photos with messy apartments in the background, no writing LIEK THIS, and so on.)
Working title so far: La Vie en Rose (I know it's an old romantic song title, but I think it's a nice, subtle Loli-esque title without LOLITA LOLITA DESU! all over it. ;) Feel free to share your opinion of it!)
Audience: As the tag line says, "all styles, all types, all sizes!" Every kind of Lolita would be welcome, including darker styles.
Tone: Fun and fashion for Lolitas everywhere. How-to articles, reviews, meet-ups, recipes, photos, art. No negativity, preaching The One True Way, bashing individuals' outfits.
Format: For now, ad-free in .pdf form to allow people to read it online or print it out and staple it together. If the readership eventually gets high enough to draw advertisers, we could examine using advertising fees to print out in glossy "real" magazine format but keep the magazine free for readers.
Length/Frequency: For now, three or four pages, once a month.
What qualifications do you have to be the editor? And why do you want to be?
I'm an editor and writer with several years of experience in the real world working in mostly online editorial positions. I have a journalism degree which includes a sort of minor in magazine design and layout. I'm also an artist and freelance illustrator and calligrapher.
As I'm new to Lolita, I am also in the rare position of not being so close to it and inside it that I lose objectivity. I don't know who is supposed to be a god and who isn't, and I don't care for elitism much in general. I feel that fashion should be fun and entertaining, and this magazine would be a fun, positive gathering of all things Lolita. As the sample page says: "all styles, all types, all sizes!" :)
I think this would be a good amount of work, but it would be great to help bring together people and have fun with fashion. I like a challenge and it would be a nice creative outlet for me. :)
Some ideas for content:
Authors would be unpaid(like me), but would of course get by-lines and credit and would be able to put their work down on their writing resumes. The same would apply to photographers and artists. Again, quality would be very important and as a professional editor I would not be afraid to shoot down work I felt did not meet the standard of the magazine. All contributors would retain the rights to their work, granting the magazine only one-time rights to print it.
(Don't be afraid if you're not a pro, I want to add. :) If you have talent but lack polish I'll be happy to work with you!)
-Local Lolis (A profile of a Loli meet-up group in a certain city and how to get in touch with them)
-Loli Recipe of the Month
-Sewing Tip of the Month
-Seasonal Features (How to deal with heat in the summer, Christmas decorating ideas in winter, etc.)
-Venue Review (someone provides a review of a local tea house, Loli-friendly restaurant, etc.)
(feel free to add more, if you like!)
Whew... So what do you think? Please be honest.
Would you be interested in reading this magazine?
Would you want to contribute to it?
EDIT Would you be willing to pay for a glossy magazine delivered to your house? Or would you rather it be a free .pdf you can choose to print out on your own?
Either way, thanks for reading! :)