Gothic & Lolita Bible

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Gothic & Lolita Bible
GothicLolita Bible.jpeg
The cover of the first English-language volume as published by Tokyopop in February 2008 in North America
EditorJenna Winterberg, Michelle Nguyen
FrequencyQuarterly
Circulation100,000 (2008)[1]
FounderMariko Suzuki
Year founded2001
Final issue2017
CompanyIndex Communications (1-49)
Jack Media (50)
J-International (51-63)
Tokyopop (English edition)
CountryJapan
Based inTokyo
LanguageJapanese

Gothic & Lolita Bible (ゴシック&ロリータバイブル, Goshikku ando Rorīta Baiburu) is a quarterly Japanese fashion "mook", a combination of a magazine and book, which focuses on the Gothic and Lolita fashions. It was first published in 2001 by Index Communications, and is a spin-off of the Japanese fashion magazine Kera.

In February 2008,[2] an English-language version was released in North America by Tokyopop. English-language critics praised the Gothic & Lolita Bible as an entertaining magazine with nice pictures and content.[citation needed] It was discontinued after 5 issues in Spring 2009.

History[edit]

First published in 2001 by Index Communications, the Gothic & Lolita Bible is a spin-off of the Japanese fashion magazine Kera.[3] The founder was Mariko Suzuki.[4] It is a "mook", the combination of a book and magazine.[3] The Japanese musician Mana originally proposed the creation of the Gothic & Lolita Bible and along with Kana, a Japanese singer-songwriter, helped to promote the magazine and the Lolita fashion by dressing in the fashion while performing.[3] Essays by Japanese author Takemoto Novala about "the proper behavior and attitudes" of girls also influenced many to join the Lolita fashion and lifestyle.[3] Most of the Gothic & Lolita Bible focuses on the Lolita fashion as it is "the more popular of the two fashions".[3]

The idea of publishing the Gothic & Lolita Bible in North America was first suggested in 2003.[5] In June 2007, Tokopop announced the decision to publish an English-language version and released the first volume in February 2008.[6] It contained articles from past issues, which the editors chose based on available material, and original content.[5] Beginning with the second volume, the English-language Gothic & Lolita Bible features articles, short stories, and interviews that originally ran in the Japanese version a year ago, along with original content about the fashion, events, and trends in the United States.[5]

Reception[edit]

Gothic & Lolita Bible ranked tenth in About.com's 2008 reader poll for the best manga magazine or magazine and book hybrids.[7] It received positive reviews from English-language critics. About.com's Deb Aoki listed it as the 11th most anticipated manga for 2008.[8] Active Anime's Sandra Scholes wrote: "Superb, this is an essential buy for any Lolita's bookshelf!"[9] While noting some "dated" content and that it "isn't a serious scholarly journal", Danielle Van Gorder of Mania Entertainment praised the magazine as "gorgeous glossy mook that should satisfy both the casual fan of lolita fashion as well as the most discriminating sweet lolita princess."[10] Writing for Coolstreak Cartoons, Leroy Douresseaux commented on the "lovely photographs" of the Gothic and Lolita models and called it "a photographic art mook from "The Twilight Zone" via A Clockwork Orange, Dangerous Liaisons, Mad Max, etc."[11] In March 2017, Gothic & Lolita Bible announced they would be going on hiatus May 24, 2017 after 16 years of publication.[12]

Issues[edit]

Japanese language edition[edit]

There were a total of 63 regular issues and 5 special issues.

Issue Publication date* ISBN
#1 2001
April 21, 2007 (Premium reprint)
ISBN 4894614170
ISBN 978-4894614178
#2 July 18, 2001 ISBN 4860480015
ISBN 978-4860480011
#3 December 1, 2001
January 10, 2002*
ISBN 4860480163
ISBN 978-4860480165
#4 April 30, 2002
June 13, 2002*
ISBN 4860480392
ISBN 978-4860480394
#5 July 29, 2002
September 5, 2002*
ISBN 4860480481
ISBN 978-4860480486
#6 October 7, 2002
November 16, 2002*
ISBN 4860480562
ISBN 978-4860480561
#7 December 11, 2002 ISBN 4860480678
ISBN 978-4860480677
#8 March 22, 2003
April 30, 2003*
ISBN 4860480775
ISBN 978-4860480776
#9 June 28, 2003 ISBN 4860480856
ISBN 978-4860480851
#10 September 29, 2003 ISBN 4860480961
ISBN 978-4860480967
#11 December 19, 2003 ISBN 4860481100
ISBN 978-4860481100
#12 March 12, 2004
April 9, 2004*
ISBN 4860481232
ISBN 978-4860481230
#13 May 28, 2004
June 23, 2004*
ISBN 4860481356
ISBN 978-4860481353
Hair & Makeup August 31, 2004 ISBN 4860481518
ISBN 978-4860481513
#14 August 24, 2004 ISBN 4860481461
ISBN 978-4860481469
#15 November 25, 2004
December 22, 2004*
ISBN 4860481615
ISBN 978-4860481612
Extra #1 January 31, 2005 ISBN 4860481690
ISBN 978-4860481698
#16 February 24, 2005 ISBN 4860481720
ISBN 978-4860481728
#17 May 24, 2005 ISBN 4860481836
ISBN 978-4860481834
#18 August 24, 2005 ISBN 4860481933
ISBN 978-4860481933
#19 November 24, 2005
December 21, 2005*
ISBN 4757333099
ISBN 978-4757333093
#20 February 24, 2006 ISBN 475733317X
ISBN 978-4757333178
#21 May 30, 2006 ISBN 4757333323
ISBN 978-4757333321
Extra #2 June 24, 2006 ISBN 4757333366
ISBN 978-4757333369
#22 August 24, 2006 ISBN 4757333420
ISBN 978-4757333420
#23 November 24, 2006 ISBN 4757333544
ISBN 978-4757333543
#24 February 24, 2007 ISBN 4757333625
ISBN 978-4757333628
#25 May 24, 2007 ISBN 4757333749
ISBN 978-4757333741
#26 August 24, 2007
September 21, 2007*
ISBN 4757333838
ISBN 978-4757333833
#27 November 24, 2007 ISBN 4757333943
ISBN 978-4757333949
Boudoir January 31, 2008 ISBN 4757334028
ISBN 978-4757334021
#28 February 21, 2008
March 23, 2008*
ISBN 4757334052
ISBN 978-4757334052
#29 May 24, 2008
June 21, 2008*
ISBN 4757333943
ISBN 978-4757334137
#30 August 22, 2008 ISBN 4757334222
ISBN 978-4757334229
#31 November 21, 2008
December 21, 2008*
ISBN 4757334281
ISBN 978-4757334281
#32 February 24, 2009
March 22, 2009*
ISBN 4757334346
ISBN 978-4757334342
#33 May 25, 2009 ISBN 4757334427
ISBN 978-4757334427
#34 August 24, 2009 ISBN 4757334486
ISBN 978-4757334489
#35 November 20, 2009
December 20, 2009*
ISBN 4757334540
ISBN 978-4757334540
Gothic & Lolita Ensemble April 5, 2010 ISBN 486190563X
ISBN 978-4861905636
#36 April 10, 2010
May 8, 2010*
ISBN 4757334702
ISBN 978-4757334700
#37 August 24, 2010
September 20, 2010*
ISBN 4757334834
ISBN 978-4757334830
#38 November 24, 2010
December 20, 2010*
ISBN 4757334869
ISBN 978-4757334861
#39 February 24, 2011
March 24, 2011*
ISBN 4757334923
ISBN 978-4757334922
#40 May 24, 2011
June 20, 2011*
ISBN 475733494X
ISBN 978-4757334946
#41 August 24, 2011
September 21, 2011
ISBN 4757334958
ISBN 978-4757334953
#42 November 24, 2011
December 21, 2011*
ISBN 4757334982
ISBN 978-4757334984
#43 February 24, 2012 ISBN 4757335032
ISBN 978-4757335035
#44 May 24, 2012 ISBN 4757335059
ISBN 978-4757335059
#45 August 24, 2012 ISBN 4757335075
ISBN 978-4757335073
#46 November 24, 2012
December 21, 2012*
ISBN 4757335083
ISBN 978-4757335080
#47 February 23, 2013
March 23, 2013*
ISBN 4757335091
ISBN 978-4757335097
#48 May 24, 2013 ISBN 4757335113
ISBN 978-4757335110
#49 August 24, 2013 ISBN 4757335121
ISBN 978-4757335127
#50 November 25, 2013 ISBN 475733513X
ISBN 978-4757335134
#51 February 24, 2014 ISBN 4757335148
ISBN 978-4757335141
#52 May 23, 2014 ISBN 4757335156
ISBN 978-4757335158
#53 August 25, 2014 ISBN 4757335164
ISBN 978-4757335165
#54 November 25, 2014
December 21, 2014*
ISBN 4908158002
ISBN 978-4908158001
#55 February 24, 2015 ISBN 4908158029
ISBN 978-4908158025
#56 May 25, 2015
June 21, 2015*
ISBN 4908158037
ISBN 978-4908158032
#57 August 24, 2015 ISBN 4908158045
ISBN 978-4908158049
#58 November 24, 2015 ISBN 4908158053
ISBN 978-4908158056
#59 February 24, 2016 ISBN 490815807X
ISBN 978-4908158070
#60 May 24, 2016 ISBN 4908158096
ISBN 978-4908158094
#61 August 24, 2016 ISBN 4908158118
ISBN 978-4908158117
#62 November 24, 2016 ISBN 4908158126
ISBN 978-4908158124
#63 February 24, 2017 ISBN 4908158134
ISBN 978-4908158131
  • Many times there are differences between the release date from the publisher's website[13] [14]and the publication date printed on the issue itself. Dates marked with a * are dates printed on the back cover of the issue.

English language edition[edit]

Issue Publication date ISBN
#1 February 12, 2008 ISBN 1427803471
ISBN 978-1427803474
#2 June 17, 2008 ISBN 142780348X
ISBN 978-1427803481
#3 September 16, 2008 ISBN 1427803498
ISBN 978-1427803498
#4 December 9, 2008 ISBN 1427803501
ISBN 978-1427803504
#5 April 1, 2009 ISBN 142780351X
ISBN 978-1427803511

References[edit]

  1. ^ Talmadge, Eric (August 7, 2008). "Tokyo's Lolita scene all about escapism". Japan Times. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Gothic-Lolita-Bible-1-Various/dp/1427803471 February Edition Gothic & Lolita Bible
  3. ^ a b c d e Aoki, Deb. "Interview: Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen - Page 1". About.com. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Mariko Suzuki: a Tokyo Guidebook from a Lolita's View". Matcha. June 28, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Aoki, Deb. "Interview: Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen - Page 2". About.com. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  6. ^ "Tokyopop to Ship Gothic & Lolita Bible in February". Anime News Network. December 4, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  7. ^ Aoki, Deb. "2008 Reader's Poll: Best Manga Magazine". About.com. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  8. ^ Aoki, Deb. "2008 Preview: 20 Hot New Manga". About.com. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ Scholes, Sandra (June 17, 2008). "Gothic & Lolita Bible Vol.1". Active Anime. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  10. ^ Van Gorder, Danielle (April 22, 2008). "Gothic & Lolita Bible Vol. #01". Mania Entertainment. Demand Media. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  11. ^ Douresseaux, Leroy (April 21, 2008). "Gothic & Lolita Bible Volume 1". Comic Book Bin. Toon Doctor. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  12. ^ "Fashion Magazine KERA to End Print Publication". ARAMA! JAPAN. 2017-03-29. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Gothic & Lolita Bible Index Mook KERA". Index Communications. Archived from the original on 2012-10-14. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Gothic & Lolita Bible Index". J-International. Retrieved June 20, 2021.

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