We take it all back!

YIPE! Volume 3, Issue 0, “Redacted,” is now available for download:

Volume 3 issue 1 is due out in February, but we’re still looking for photos and articles from you, Gentle Reader. If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com.

Kids make their wishlists without any care for how realistic said hopes are given socioeconomic trends and their tax bracket.  It doesn’t matter if they get a jet pack or a ray gun or a nuclear-powered arm cannon.  The important thing is, for a brief moment, they think they might.

Even if it’s just for a fleeting moment, a kid’s mind opens up to the vast universe around them.  Maybe it’s possible for a decrepit, morbidly obese man to harness a team of faster-than-light ruminants to distribute roughly 18 billion presents across the entire globe in less than 12 hours.

Sure, Kevin wants a Jet Pack, Ms.Sheriff wants a Ray Gun, I want the power to crush skulls between my cruel digits, and Mette wants everything all at once… but are we going to get them?
Does it matter, as long as we WANT them in the first place?

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 12, “All I Want…,” is now available for download:

Volume 3 is due out in 2011.  Oh, is it 2011 NOW?  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com before we run out of year!

We all just slapped on our Travel Clothes, loaded up a suitcase, and set out for wherever the wind would take us.  Or any airport Southwest had a deal on.  Not important.

Sure, Kevin didn’t have to go so far for the PEERS Le Bal des Vampires, but it was entertaining, filled with costumes, and beyond walking distance.  Plus:  vampires.
Ms. Sheriff made us all look like wimps with her trip to D.C., but it was the unintended stopover in NYC that put her smack in the middle of the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade; a festival so far gone we aren’t legally allowed to show most of the photos.
Beloved Yipe! contributor Bob Hole graces us with some pictures of just what you need to wear when visiting Scotland and attempting to make everyone think you’re a genuine Scot in such a way no one will believe you at all.
And, of course, our own Mette Hedin serves as clean-up with her long-awaited report on Las Vegas’ incomparable Punk Rock Bowling tournament.  Oddly enough, the photos are all perfectly legal to display in a fanzine.  Madness.
So keep reading, costume lovers.  We scoured the… well, we left the house and mostly used large commercial vehicles to bring you the words and images you see here today.  How many fanzines can say the same?
Don’t answer that.

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 11, “Travel Clothes,” is now available for download:

Volume 2 Issue 12 will soon be coming to a website near you.  This one!  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com

This month has Kevin exploring the intricacies of the Imperial Court, España pondering the rise of crossplay in fandom, and Mette’s in-depth feature on the inimitable Chika.

We may be late, and it’s drag, but it’s also our first issue dedicated to Drag, and that’s no– Oh, you get it.
Happy Halloween!

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 10, “What a Drag,” is now available for download:

Volume 2 Issue 11 will soon be coming to a website near you.  This one!  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com

Yipe! takes this opportunity to build one Giant Size Otaku, reflecting on the early days of anime fandom and the seemingly boundless growth of the cosplay community. Karen Dick graces us our pages with her personal story of the seminal days of anime costuming, complete with pictures of her Starblazers and Captain Harlock creations from what might be considered the dawn of Cosplay.


Then Dawn McKechnie takes us on a tour ofAnime North, Toronto’s sprawling home to cosplayers, masqueraders, ravers, lolitas, and maids alike.

España chimes in with her own take on the glory of Cosplay and anime fandom before bashing the hell out of them for being prettier and more talented than her, then Kevin sets the wayback machine to his own childhood and dredges up his formative years influenced by Kimba the White Lion, Astro Boy, and 8-Man.

I resume my unending thesis paper on anime fandom vs. general fandom in our later pages, then Mette Hedin returns to form with 10 Questions for Bay Area Cosplayer Mea.

Incendiary? Perhaps. Definitely one big damn fanzine.

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 9, “Giant Size Otaku,” is now available for download:

Volume 2 Issue 10 will soon be coming to a website near you.  This one!  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com

After considering it for a number of months, we finally got in touch with six time Hugo loser (a number soon to be increased) Christopher J. Garcia  to put together the article we’ve been intent on blackmailing him for– a story of costuming taken past roleplaying and into the world of professional wrestling.  Yes, we speak of the artform known as Kaiju Big Battel, where adults dress up as giant monsters a la Godzilla films and beat the tar out of each other in a ring filled with a miniature city.

Then it’s Ms. Sheriff’s turn to share the evil with her tale of the disastrous experience that is making a deadline with a faulty Macintosh.
Finally, for the first time in… cohesively… a year?  Robert Hole does his research and tells us all what’s wrong with research and how it affects our notions of historic costuming.

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 8, “Loose Threads,” is now available for download:

Volume 2 Issue 9 is on its way with loads of… stuff!  But that doesn’t mean we don’t need more.  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment, contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com

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Longtime friend of Yipe! and first time writer Chris O’Halloran starts us off with some musings on the many regrets of masquerade stage crews.  Then we look back to the last transmission from Anti-Kevin, translate it into English, and completely fail to orient the lettering to the dimensions of our… dimension.


España retorts against herself by judging a masquerade for the first time, then I clog up the page count with messages scrawled when I lost my voice at BayCon in “Diary of a Mute Fan.”

Finally, Kevin steps out of the Wayback Machine with old partner in crime Jennifer Tifft in tow because Mette’s too busy trotting around the globe to be bothered with 10 Questions for a Costumer.

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 7, “Dregs,” is now available for download:

Volume 2 Issue 8 is already in the works!  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com

Our first BayCon tale comes from our good friend Leo Schwab, who writes of his out of costume life as a man everyone accuses of being in costume.  The awkwardness is reinforced by Joanne Pelaschier’s take on her first ever outing to the San Francisco Bay Area’s… um… BayConiest… convention?

Then, right on schedule, España gives the Masquerade system an atomic wedgie and steals its lunch money.  Longtime reader and first-time contributor Deborah Bretschneider follows with the tale of “Eat the Guests”, BayCon’s first attempt at a zombiewalk… or zombie sit, as the case may be.
And, because we’re all a bunch of selfish bastards who can’t stop talking about ourselves for one instant, Mette puts us back on track with 10 questions for Cosplay goddess and BayCon regular Karisu.

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 6, “We’ll Take It In A Little,” is now available for download:

Volume 2 Issue 7 will soon be coming to a website near you.  This one!  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com

We sat down at some conventions with some of our favorite costumers, got good and loaded, and were dumb enough to record the exchanges for your perusal.

First, Radar gets together with beloved masquerader Cordelia Willis to analyze the process of large group performances from concept to execution.  Then Kevin assembles a review of some of his favorite humorous costumes, culminating in the ultimate hall costume/religious event:  The Great Washed.


As per usual, España tears us all a new one because we can’t stop making great costumes based on terrible books and movies.  I enter the fray with an interview of Rockabilly fiend and ne’er-do-well Sylvia Muñoz, and Mette Hedin returns with another episode of 10 Questions for a Costumer, this time putting Galifrey One and Comicon skit master Bob Mitsch in the hot seat.

YIPE! Volume 2, Issue 5, “Hem and Haw,” is now available for download:

Volume 2 Issue 6 cannot be stopped!  Are you willing to join the madness?  If you have something to submit (or want to send a letter of comment), contact us at editors (at) yipezine.com

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