I was drawn in originally by the intriguing cover and spare, but, somehow calming layout of the magazine. It doesn't scream at my eyes, like so many of the other magazines on the market, it just gently presents interesting stories and appealing images to you, inviting you to wander in and enjoy what it has to offer. Their 'cover girl' is not a glossy, photoshopped film star but a simple portrait of a fresh-faced young woman because, as they put it, "different, interesting women are our heroes".
|Adorably illustrated advice from Grandparents.|
|A regular playlist of the music the editorial team|
listened to whilst creating that issue is also made
available on Spotify.
One of the best things about the magazine, in my opinion, is the interaction between the readership and the team behind its creation. Each month features one of the most adorable letters pages ever, where the front of each note or postcard appears on one page and the reverse of each on the back of the same page. It is wonderful to see how Oh Comely has inspired people all over the world to get drawing, making, writing and pondering and the enthusiasm for those, like me, caught up in this magic little oasis of escapist calm. As well as running a film club for their readers, they decided to deliver some of their editions by hand, to celebrate their third birthday (as seen in the video below).
|The back cover often includes a positive|
message - such as this one from last issue.
For my birthday in 2012, David bought me a year-long subscription to the magazine as a gift and, not only did I get a lovely hand-written postcard from the team to tell me that I had been bought a subscription, but every new issue was delivered with the message 'Happy Birthday' in my address. It was such a fantastic present as, naturally, it lasted all year. I was lucky enough to receive the same gift (amongst other treats) this year - brilliant!