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The good, the bad and the ugly. You'll find them all here.
Each week you'll get my take on the intriguing, and sometimes
peculiar, titles to recently hit the newsstand.
Cover Price: $14.99
This title shows the publishing world why magazines
are and will continue to be the reader's best friend. With more
content and a lower cover price than your average book,
AnOtherMan is well-worth the $14.99 cover price. Even if
that seems pricey, the content leaves the reader soon
forgetting what they paid. AnOtherMan is full of striking
photography and text that tells as much as the body text
itself. The artisticly-driven layout and design are
refreshing but can make it difficult for the reader to read.
At times the content itself can do the same. This isn't a
magazine for a passive audience. AnOtherMan is for the
involved man who cares about how he looks and how he thinks.
A newcomer to the British GQ family, GQ Style is
a new men's
fashion magazine that touts itself as the "definitive
guide to men's fashion." This doesn't seem arrogant or
far-fetched considering GQ Style retains top notch fashion
ad clients such as Ralph Lauren, DKNY and Prada. But GQ
Style also retains the wonderful photography, striking
models and superb layout of its big brother. But this
biannual title charts its own course with content entirely
related to fashion for the modern male. Its aim is to
present "fashion in a new, unashamedly masculine
context." Strong content is pumped up by stunning,
full-page photography and artistic yet masculine layout. The
name is proper: even the magazine itself exudes style like
If you like how their Opera House in Sydney looks, you'll
love Notebook. This Aussie publication has a design that is
eye catching to say the least. As its name suggests,
Notebook is designed to look and feel just like the folders
you used all throughout your school days. From fold out
tabbed dividers to pockets in the back to hold notes and
recipes, Notebook's design always harkens the reader back
to the name and concept of the magazine. According to the
tag line, Notebook is full of ideas for living. It's copy
covers everything from food to entertainment to home
decoration. But don't think this is simply another home
magazine telling you how to bake a good pot roast. The
layout of Notebook is immaculate to say the least. Even if
you're not interested in the content of this title it
would be well worth your money to pick up a copy just to
flip through and admire.
S Darkroom Art
Cover Price: $19.95
It's full of photography. It looks like it should be
delivered in a discreet brown wrapper. It's S Darkroom
This new Brit launch is devoted to art photography. With
less than five pages of copy in the whole issue, S Darkroom
Art is packed with full-page, full-color photos that exhibit
the human body in ways that many have (hopefully) never seen
before. From tasteful semi-nude photography to a
photomontage from behind the scenes at a porn shoot,
S Darkroom Art shows just how versatile the combination of
body and camera can truly be. The photography is wonderful
with beautiful printed shots with good color and quality.
However, the high-caliber, quality photography is often
times trumped by the half nude women in children's
Halloween masks or the midgets in full-body bondage leather.
For the serious art photography fan this title may be just
up your alley, but don't look for this on the Jones'
coffee table any time soon.
Cover Price: $8.95
What would happen if Elle and Esquire had a child? Probably
something like Wonderland. This new British fashion title is
not a magazine for him, not a magazine for her, but a
magazine for both. Wonderland shows that fashion, art and
life are inextricably intertwined. The photography and
design are done so well that often it is hard to realize
where the Gucci ad ends and the editorial content begins.
Wonderland's pages are graced with dazzling models dressed
in the latest fashions. This title is not for everyone. The
fashion explored in Wonderland is cutting edge and may be
too intense for some. But that's where Wonderland did a
great job at finding their niche.