Costume Maker Magazine

Costume Maker Magazine

Description

   Costume Maker Magazine is a magazine for any and all costumers, from cosplayers (people who dress up as characters from movies, books, Japanese animation, etc) to historical clothiers. I came up with the idea when I found there was no preexisting magazine for costuming in English or that was easily obtainable outside of Asia. I started organizing the magazine (without fully comprehending what I was getting myself into :P) at age 15 in May of 2007. With the help of people online, Issue 1 came out in December of 2007.

   The majority of the content inside of the magazine--the articles, tutorials, costumes, and photos--is submitted to the magazine by talented costumers from around the world (I only write a few articles). I put together the layouts (all of Issue 2 and all but 2 pages in Issue 1)  using Adobe InDesign. I use Adobe Photoshop to touch up photos, draw illustrations, etc. I also use Adobe Illustrator to create backgrounds and other images.

   I created the current version of the web site ( http://www.costumemakermagazine.com/ ) with Drupal 5, an open source content management system.

 Specifics:

  • Costume Maker Magazine is available in both printed and .pdf versions
  • 150 copies were printed for Issue 1
  • Issue 1 has sold to countries all over the world (Australia, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States)

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Website

February 28, 2009 at 6:46 pm by szmoon

   The original version of CostumeMakerMagazine.com I created using Drupal 4. The current version runs on Drupal 5, with much tinkering around with modules. Before working on the web site for the magazine, I had only used html to create web sites. Drupal took a lot of getting used to, but I learne...

Selling the Magazine

February 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm by szmoon

   Mainly I sell the magazine online, directly from the web site and from my Etsy.com account. It’s available in two formats; a printed copy and a .pdf file. Usually I buy ($1) stamps from the post office to ship out single copies (it’s $2 to ship a copy in the U.S.), and I’ll use paypal shi...

Printing

February 28, 2009 at 6:40 pm by szmoon

   Throughout the printing process, I visit the printer multiple times. After the first time I drop off the .pdf file of the magazine, he will print a proof and give it to me to check for mistakes or things I’d like to change (such as if important information is close to the edge and might accid...

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