Thursday, November 18, 2010


No. 86
Editor: Michael Key
Publication Date: September/October 2010
Publisher: Key Publishing Group
Color covers/full color interior
84 ppg. (including covers)
Cover price: $6.99
Subscription rates (U.S.): 1 year (6 issues) $24.95

Well, MAKE-UP ARTIST magazine has hit it out of the ball park again, this time with a "Special Halloween Edition". Everybody is jumping on THE WALKING DEAD bandwagon these days, and MUA is no exception. What's cool is their unique perspective on the make-up and special effects aspects of the series. Again, we see the new maestro of monster make-up, Greg Nicotero's creations of reanimated corpses, complete with dripping, flaking, and torn, rotted flesh!

In the "Industry Buzz" column, we learn news of Stan Winston's family launching brand new "Stan Winston School of Character Art". In association with "The Gnomon School of Visual Effects", the school will combine streaming video tutorials, DVD lessons and hands-on workshops to cover such topics as character design, sculpture, fabrication, animatronics, puppetry, and physical/digital hybrid techiniques. If you're interested, go here for more information.

Also announced is Dick Smith's Cinema Make Up School and FANGORIA magazines collaboration to award a $10,000 scholarship to the winners choice of make-up schools. To find out more info or how to apply go here.

Next, there's a few pages with some really cool make-up shots from this year's International Make Up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) in Los Angeles. These shows could easily become the next destination for fans after the various monster conventions.

The article, "It's A Scream" focuses on this fall's horror films. With such titles as RESIDENT EVIL and PIRANHA 3D, there is a definite slant towards gore -- obviously a monster make-up artist's nightmare come true!

"Fear Factory" shows what's the latest in the Halloween and haunted house industries. Several creators share their experience in bringing on the horror to the masses.

Rounding out the magazine's contents are a retro film review, a couple of "how-to" columns, and a few more articles that showcase what's going on at the cutting edge of the art of make-up and special character effects. Loaded with fabulous, sharp, and colorful photographs, insightful text, and stunning beauty (as well as dripping, flaking, and torn rotted flesh!) MAKE-UP ARTIST magazine is the best non-monster monster 'zine being published today. If you are even remotely interested in the fascinating field of make-up art, I suggest you seriously consider checking out this mag!

1 comment:

Yellow Phantom said...

Thanks for posting the write up on the Halloween issue of MUA mag! The issue looks great, I just ordered one up :)


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