9 Best Free Online Magazines Perfect For Creative Inspiration

9 Best Free Online Magazines Perfect For Creative Inspiration

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If you're like me, your creativity is fed by artwork of all types: photography, creative writing, illustration, personal experiences, and more. Over the past year, I've become increasingly interested in magazines, specifically online ones where I can read many different publications in a matter of minutes. If you're in need of some inspiration, check out these outlets:

1. Mad Sounds

Mad Sounds is the perfect publication to get inspired by young creators. The individuals being highlighted have trail-blazed in one way or another, and have created a name for themselves through hard work and creativity. I specifically love the photography of this publication and the unique portraits of models through the use of color and lighting. They recently featured Devon Carlson, creator of Wildflower phone cases and fashion icon, and the magazine shown below features Meredith Foster, YouTube personality and hair goals.

2. Atlas Magazine

Atlas has mastered the skill of remaining true to its image while still pushing boundaries. Through the use of themes and globetrotting tendencies, the publication takes you around the world by showcasing photography tied to a message, spanning from "femininity" to "realization." Although heavily supplied by photographers, the magazine still brings in writers through explanations and articles.

3. Local Wolves

Local Wolves was one of the very first online publications I really ever followed. Ever since high school, I still regularly check their page to see the new magazines and a stark reminder of familiarity. Showcasing young voices, LW allows these writers to collaborate with photographers and illustrators to make their ideas pop on paper and screen. Not to mention, the publication accepts submissions so other creators can send in their work for a chance to be featured. You can have the perks of getting published without the commitment of being a consistent contributor, so be sure to try your hand at the system!

4. Wander

Although Wander started 2 years ago and also ceased publication after three issues, it's still nice to refer to the magazine for its creativity. By highlighting interesting artists who thrive on pushing boundaries, the publication was tied together with the words of writers and color splashes of photographers. Its urban feel brings you to the inner city and amplifies the heart all these people pour onto the pages. Although it was a one-woman-show, Wander showed how one girl's dream can be made a reality.

5. Nude.

This magazine takes aesthetic to the next level. Nude incorporates creatives on all levels: photographers, actresses, stylists, makeup artists, surfers, tattoo artists, comedians, hair stylists, painters, musicians, DJ's, actors, skateboarders, models, designers, and you (as said in their description). By including so many people, the magazine incorporates visions far-exceeding expectations. In their latest issue, they featured Paul Klein, front singer of LANY and LA heart throb.

6. 1340 Art Magazine

If you're an art enthusiast, 1340 Art Magazine is the publication for you. With colors that span the spectrum and unmatched concepts, this magazine will bring you ideas and topics that can be brought to other mediums of art, especially for writers. This publication doesn't fear boundaries and embraces creativity. If the artwork shown in the magazines were put in a musuem, I don't think I'd ever leave.

7. Kanto

Kanto highlights places, activities, people and design concepts, matched with explanations and visuals. The discrete aspects are not only shown but explained for so you can gain a deeper appreciation than that of which you noticed at first glance. Although visuals are a driving factor of this magazine, the writing is sharp and smart with its encouraging language.

8. Oh Comely

Oh Comely is short and sweet yet packed with intensity. Through fashion and design, the publication ties in artistic design and bright colors. The most recent issue feels like something that came out of Hayley Williams' mind with the use of primary colors and retro textures and objects. If you are inspired by people and ideas, this publication is for you.

9. Juxtapoz

Juxtapoz provides art and culture to those who need more creativity in their life. This publication is much more alternative in style and provides some of the best, most attainable fashion inspiration. The recent issue pictured below has some of the most beautiful murals and art pieces that I would die to get painted on my walls if I could. Also, the Rebecca Louise Law's "Painting On Air" is quite possibly my favorite section in the magazine.

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13 Things That Need To Happen Or Be Answered In Season Two Of 'The Umbrella Academy'

The first season left us with so many questions, ones we need answers to ASAP.

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This new Netflix show has only been out for around two months, but it's already a hit. People, including me, are wanting the second season right away, just because there were so many things unsolved and so many WTF moments in the season one finale. Here are some of the things that I want to see or have answers to when the second season comes out.

WARNING: There are spoilers ahead for season 1!

1. Where Did They Go?

The main cliffhanger: where did the Hargreeves "kids" go to when Five teleported them away? Or more importantly: when? Did they go in the past, so that somehow they can try to prevent the world from ending (again)? If so, was it a time in their childhood? Dating further back?

2. Will Vanya Be Redeemed?

People have a lot of mixed emotions about Vanya as a character. She isn't my favorite by any means, but I definitely think the apocalypse is more on Luther than her if I'm being honest (but that's a whole different issue).

She didn't seem to have any humanity of any sort left during the final episode of season one, considering Allison had to knock her out to stop her from killing their siblings. But, who knows, maybe being a kid again a being somewhere else with her family will give them a chance to help her. Or maybe not.

3. Is Ben Still Dead?

Since we only saw the Hargreeves turn into kids and disappear as the world ended, we never got an answer to this question. The whole time travel thing threw me off, because if they are kids again, does that mean that Ben is back alive, getting a second chance as a child again?

Or, since Five was still the same person just in his child body when he came back, is Ben still dead, just a dead child now? Although it would make more sense for it to be the latter, I would really like some miracle to happen where Ben is alive again, it could really change the dynamic of the siblings and make for an interesting story.

I also just love him so far, so I definitely want to see more of him.

4. How Did Ben Die?

As much as I love this show, I'm salty that we never got any explanation on what happened to Ben. Obviously, when Klaus sees and talks to him, he is about their age, so his death must have been fairly recent to them, but it's impossible to tell.

The siblings never really talked about what happened, or just Ben for that matter, they all seem to have their own issues to deal with. Still, I really want to know what could kill something as powerful and deadly as Ben was, so hopefully, we get a flashback or explanation of the day that he died.

5. Klaus' Powers

Okay, that moment when Klaus was supposed to be the lookout, but he ends up using a new found power to bring Ben into being somehow to save his siblings is one of my favorite moments from the entire finale. Klaus' powers were perceived as useless by his siblings, so this was an epic move where it showed how powerful he really is. I'm excited to see how he develops these powers in season two and becomes more of a fighter.

6. Will Allison Get Her Voice Back?

In the finale, it was still unsolved as to whether or not Allison was ever going to be able to speak again. This is a huge deal, not only because it was Vanya who slit her throat, so that's a whole obstacle to get over for them, but also the fact that Allison's voice is the source of her power.

Although I don't want her to lose her voice forever, I think it would be interesting to explore how she gets used to life with no powers and no voice at the same time.

7. Who All Was Teleported Away?

Obviously, Five took the Hargreeves with him wherever he was going, but right after that, it showed some random people that seemed to also be surrounded by the blue light that was the portal. Hazel and Agnes seemed to have been sucked into it, possibly Cha-Cha but I don't remember if I saw the portal by her.

And then some random people that the portal seemed to grab. It made me wonder if these really were random people, or if maybe they are some of the other children with abilities. And will they all be the only ones who remember what happened to Earth?

8. Will Luther Actually Feel Bad For What He Did?

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Coming back to my idea that Luther is the real cause of the apocalypse, not Vanya, I wonder if he will actually feel bad for locking her up. Then again, he may be too selfish or dumb to connect the dots that Vanya may not have lashed out if he had to listen to LITERALLY all of his other siblings that just wanted to help her.

His ego got in the way, and even though he claimed it was because of what Vanya did to Allison, I think it was really just because he enjoys the title of Number One a little too much, and uses his mutation and strength to intimidate the others to listen to him.

Therefore, it has me wondering if he and Vanya will have a confrontation about it in season two. I wonder how that will go since he would no longer have his huge build to boost his ego and strength. Sorry if you are a Luther lover, but part of me wishes he was still on the moon when Vanya blew it up.

9. Flashbacks To Their Childhood/Teenage Years

Even though it might be weird to include flashbacks of their childhood as they are currently living as children again, I kind of want to see more of them growing up. I am just always interested in the backstory of characters, and although they did include a few flashbacks in the first season, I want to see more.

I mainly want to see closer to when they all went their separate ways, instead of them just describing it. I just think this always helps develop relationships and characters if we know more about their upbringing.

10. Relationship Development

I am always a fan of family dynamics, especially when those people aren't related by blood. I love watching relationships develop through issues and triumphs. This show is filled with so much action and so many different storylines, that it was kind of hard to focus on the relationships of all of the siblings.

There was an obvious emphasis on some, like Allison and Vanya's relationship, and even Klaus and Five's relationship as well. But I hope in season two they have room to slow down a little bit and develop all of the siblings' relationships with each other, instead of just choosing a few important ones. Who knows, maybe them being kids again will give them that opportunity.

11. Will We Meet More of The Special Babies?

In the very first episode, the hook of the entire show is the fact that 43 babies were born across the world randomly on the same exact day, without being pregnant. While I definitely want to find out what was up with that, and what exactly happened, I also wondered if season two will explore them discovering more of the other 36 babies with superpowers that are all over the world.

I definitely want to them to at least meet a few more, and maybe band together to once again stop the apocalypse.

12. Where is Hargreeves Really From?

The finale started out with Sir Reginald Hargreeves on seemingly another planet or another universe entirely. Does this mean he wasn't human? Or he was exploring other planets?

I think this definitely needs to be expanded upon, and maybe the Hargreeves siblings can discover something about their adoptive father, who he truly was, and what his real intentions were, cause let's face it: that man is still a huge mystery.

13. Klaus

I'm obviously picking favorites, but I just want to see a lot more of Klaus. Not only is he funny and sarcastic, but his powers are pretty cool, too. Oh, and he talked to God, so I'm interested to see if they will keep having talks. If so, that's definitely an interesting friendship to explore.

Also, I just want Klaus to be happy. I want to see more of Dave and their story, and just more of Klaus' experience in the war. I'm especially excited to see his powers develop, and his relationship with Ben as well. In season two, Klaus deserves more appreciation from his siblings.

I mean come on, the guy saved their lives, and they were the ones who didn't even notice he was kidnapped and tortured. I'm basically excited for anything Klaus related.

So many questions, so long to contemplate them. Hopefully, time flies and season two is here before we know it. With everything that happened in just season one, I can't even imagine how season two will unfold, but I'm definitely excited.

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