Holly Rose Swinyard
Editor & Head Writer
Holly was once described as a 21st Century Marlene Dietrich, but if Dietrich were British and a cosplay geek. A cosplayer for over a decade, and now working as a fashion journalist, Holly was the obvious choice to spearhead this new magazine for the UK cosplay scene, hoping to inspire cosplayers old and new alike.
Megan “Megg” Amis
Megg Amis is currently studying photography at university and loves challenging the perception of cosplay with their photos and helping models show the best of their work.
Editor In Chief & Head Designer
Ian is an award winning comic book writer, inker, letterer and editor and also a voice actor and audio producer. He had an idea to do a book about cosplay and the sense to ask Holly and Megg to make The Cosplay Journal so much more than that. He’s a little short for a Stormtrooper.
Editorial Assistant & Writer
Alyson is a writer, historian and artistic Jack-of-all-trades, currently living in Bath. She has been cosplaying for five years, and is best known for her portrayal of Batwoman. On occasion she is mistaken for a serious academic.
Isa is a cosplayer who focuses on armour and robot builds. A designer for theatre and film, working in a variety of creative roles ranging from set and costume design, to the design and fabrication of masks, armour and props, she is also an organiser for TFNation, where he is a cosplay contest judge and co-hosts the cosplay panel.
Sophia is a professional Make Up and SFX artist based in Bristol. She has been a cosplayer since 2014 although these days you’ll normally find her making costume pieces for other cosplayers rather than donning the costumes herself. Find out more about her work and get in contact about your own creations via: www.sophiahadenmakeup.co.uk
Jennifer is a thirty year old cosplayer based in South East England. By day she’s a full time administrator for a medical company, by night she writes articles on films and cosplay and organises inclusive cosplay comic cons around the country with her partner.
Luke is a performance cosplayer with over eight years of experience under his belt. Specialising in live in-character work and cosplay tutorial, he is a member of the YouTube creative group Bandursnatch Studios.
Georgia is a writer, actor, and cosplayer who occasionally works
towards her BA in English at the University of Cambridge. She’s worked in theatre, film and television, and when she’s not furiously sewing she can often be found working some Instagram magic as a social media marketing manager.
Writer & Photographer
Xanthe is a London based photographer shooting digitally and on film.
Toby is an illustrator, designer, cosplayer and dabbler in tailoring with an interest in everything and anything creative. They have been officially working and studying in the arts for over five years, and cosplayed for nearly as long (but have been making things since old enough to hold the tools).
Sam Nicholson is a disabled nonbinary sewist. They have been cosplaying for over five years, and sewing for much longer. When not concentrating on a cosplay, they work full-time in pharmacy.
Thom is the founder of Sorenzo Studios are a replica prop, bespoke fabrication and FX studio based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Velveteena Leigh is a London based costume and cosplay maker working for both theatre companies and private clients.
Beth is a children’s party entertainer by day, and a cosplayer by night – it never stops! Specialising in detail work, she spends months meticulously crafting her costumes, with her skillset proudly extending to metalwork, leatherwork, armour, and her one true love, embroidery.
Photography & Design
Gina has been working as a photographer since 2012. She works all over the place from studios to quirky houses, to desolate or elegant locations. She is incredibly lucky to have a brilliant, mad and super talented team supporting her, so that there is nothing that can’t be handled.
Laura has been a cosplayer for five years and has had a side interest in photography for as long as she can remember.