Issue 68 of MyM magazine is out now, featuring superstar cosplayer Yaya Han, a bumper geek gift guide and Peaky Blinders!
“May you live in interesting times,” says the old Chinese curse. Well we don’t know what we’ve done to upset the universe, but we’re mighty glad of the interesting things that come our way. You should see all the red marks from the times we pinch ourselves that they actually pay us to do this! It’s like an essay written in the Predator’s Yautja language on our bodies.
This month our living-the-dream moments include spending three days at MCM London Comic Con, our mouth dragging on the ground at the sheer brilliance of your cosplay (see page eight). Given our love of this practice, we were obviously delighted to be able to speak to the world-famous Yaya Han (page 46) and to have her be the first cosplayer ever to grace our cover! It’s only taken us 68 issues peeps, and we promise it won’t be so long next time.
We also got to indulge our love of merch in a couple of different ways this month. First up, we track down the pressies that are going to have them smiling like the Cheshire cat on Christmas morning in our extensive gift guide (page 26). Then we take a look back at the toys that kickstarted a phenomenon, as we uncover the secret history of the Transformers (page 60).
Movie fans also get a real treat this issue. From the B-Movie posters that promised bucket-loads of sleeze (page 64) and an 80-year-old composer still churning out stone-cold movie score classics (page 19) to a horror icon who has seemingly risen from the dead (page 82), we kick it old school.
Yet the most interesting thing to happen this month is also easily the most exciting. Pop culture event company ReedPOP has acquired MCM Central, the firm behind the MCM Comic Con series of events, and the owner of this very magazine! To paraphrase Kent Brockman, “We, for one, welcome our new overlords…” Since ReedPOP’s existing line-up of super-popular events already includes New York Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, TwitchCon and Penny Arcade (PAX), we can’t help but think we’ll be running out of places to pinch in the near future!
Matt Chapman, Editor-in-chief
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ISSUE 68 FULL CONTENTS
World-renowned cosplayer Yaya Han should need no introduction, having amassed a huge following since joining the scene in 1999. UK cosplayer Louise Saul met up with her at New York Comic Con to get some advice.
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
Take the stress out of shopping and give the gift of awesome, with our indispensable list of the best presents available to man, woman and child!
Director Atsuko Hirayanagi chats about independent cinema and Japan’s obsession with teens.
THE SECRET HISTORY OF TRANSFORMERS
Ever wondered why the first Insecticons and Dinobots had tiny cockpits and compartments? Russell Sheath reveals the hidden past of the Transformers toy line.
THE ART OF THE B-MOVIE POSTER
Pete Tombs revels in the lure of the lurid that made B-movie posters such an amazing source of art.
Roxy Simons joins the up-and-coming director and his cast to talk about his dark debut, Noise.
Actor Paul Anderson chats with Matt Chapman about the real-life pain that drives his stellar turn as Arthur Shelby, Jr.
Including the best cosplay from MCM London Comic Con.
A busy day sees our fashion icon scrambling for limited-edition goodies and chowing down on the sweetest of treats.
COSPLAY & FASHION
Alongside our chat with Yaya Han (see above), Katharine Byrne chats to Melfina about her Revolutionary Girl Utena outfit and Emily Valentine meets Minori, a Japanese fashion icon famous for her white-painted shironuri style.
MY MUSIC: PHILIP GLASS
The legendary composer on his intimate soundtrack for Jane and the price of a changing world.
Dave Axbey hits the campaign trail in search of board games with a political and diplomatic spin.
VIDEO GAME PREVIEWS
This month’s look ahead includes virtual reality outings for Doom, Marvel Powers United and Skyrim, as well as the highly anticipated sequel to Star Wars Battlefront.
COMIC & MANGA REVIEWS
Andy Shaw sees things you shouldn’t remember, spends seven days with Dracula, goes on the lam with Milan K and gives Johnny Martian a damn good hiding. Meanwhile, in manga land, Ian Wolf chows down with Tokyo Ghoul:re, scrums down with All Out!! and is just plain down on SP Baby.
Classic anime titles get a new lease of life as Pokémon Indigo League, Eureka Seven and a trio of Mamoru Hosoda movies land in stores, while two more fabled franchises are brought up-to-date thanks to Dragon Ball Super and a second helping of Digimon Adventure Tri. We also check out A Silent Voice, Matoi the Sacred Slayer, more Fairy Tail and an Italian-flavoured Girls und Panzer OVA.
FILM & TV REVIEWS
This month’s movie haul includes Paddington 2, Cars 3, Thor: Ragnarok, My Friend Dahmer, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, The Fortress, Close-Knit, Junk Head, Swaying Mariko, Oh Lucy!, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, 3FT Ball and Souls, and Tag.
MY MEDIA: BARBARA CRAMPTON
The horror movie icon on her triumphant return and her love of Texan chainsaws.