As magazines move from paper to digital or just fold entirely, those publications that exist purely as tangible printed matter are dedicated and brave souls. Camp Out Magazine publishes four issues a year, offers no digital version, and does not reprint sold-out issues. Camp Out is the creation of model/publisher Christine Fury, the magazine combines the pin-up model and burlesque culture with the early ’60s men’s magazines that featured cheeky pictorials and low art humor.
Fury’s magazine is pure camp — each issue features brashly sexual pictorials that make a direct nod to the camp aesthetics of ’60s television shows like Star Trek, Batman, The Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo. Camp Out holds dear the tenets of camp where beauty and sexuality are heightened to absurd levels, the fun is over the top and extreme. The models, or Campettes, are willing bombshells and cheesecakes, eager to play with stereotypes and expectations for their own, and the reader’s, enjoyment.
The magazine consistently brings incredible models into their pages, issues have featured models such as Vanessa Lake, Lillias Right, Sarrissle, and Arabelle Raphael, each a known figure in the online world. The models are placed in handcrafted scenes constructed with a visible artifice, pushing them further into character. Frequent collaborators like photographers Le Mew and Shannon Brooke bring the camp to life in a magazine that shows true appreciation for the genre and for the joy of printed matter.