Oh Comely Issue 50
We put our party frocks on, read books published 50 years ago, sit some inspirational women round a table to discuss what it really means to be a woman in 2019 and look at the art being made in response to the troubled times we're living in. Elsewhere, we hang out in the women's loos, chat to Jesca Hoop and don disguises with Cindy Sherman.
From issue 51 we want to better reflect the changing times we live in. People seem to want to buy less things, own less and focus more on personal development, so we are going to take out many of the shopping pages, and replace them with longer reads and more stories of personal growth. You’ll hear more stories of women (and men) who look inside themselves and out at the world to learn more about themselves and our times. The fashion and beauty pages won’t be in every issue, we’ll only run them when we have something really interesting and relevant to say, and we’ll try to make them real and affordable when we do. We want to be more responsible, so we are going to switch from using plastic bags on our subscriber copies to a potato starch-based wrap which is fully compostable. The magazine itself will be physically slightly larger, which is more efficient to print and produces less waste.
We love the way Oh Comely looks and feels, and Cathy, who has art directed Oh Comely since 2017 will continue to make everything look beautiful. We’ll also still be creating illustrated covers, although we are exploring working with just one illustrator for the next six issues to really develop a story with the covers – something not many magazines do right now. Some of the regulars will stay too – “Three questions with”, “How we met”, “What I stand for” and your first person stories, for example.
…and one more thing, the name! We aren’t changing it, but we are going to get more friendly and curious and so we think ‘Oh’ on its own works much better (just like we already use on our social media channels) and so you’ll see less ‘Comely’ but your magazine will still be just as beautiful and hopefully even more useful.
We are so excited about the next chapter in the story of Oh Comely and we’ll share more as we get closer to our print deadline. But for now, issue 50 is out there to buy and make the most of, so for the next eight weeks let’s enjoy every page.