Beasts! A theme that’ll never die, a book that’ll never be completed; a product it could still be but perhaps not yet but lets see.
I’ve blogga-ccino’d about this project or theme over the past couple of years so I won’t delve into why but rather what I’ve done now. Last year I made a book via Huggler and one previous failed attempt at a Blurb Mag but I decided to go again with Blurb to see if it really was a screw up on my side, but it appears it wasn’t.
Here’s Beasts-Mag/Zine 2.0 … (dot dot dot) and it looks the same. Whatever printing methods/styles Blurb were using back in 2013 when I made my first ever Blurb mag they ‘aint’ using them now and/or the paper makes all the difference. I tried to make this mag with the ‘better’ paper option but I kept being told by the InDesign plugin that Economy was all I could have; must look into that (there’s also the missing 8 pages from the zine, I must look into that as well!).
The magazine has a decent printed cover but the insides are a little grey and lack contrast much like the last Blurb Mag .. BUT … there’s something interesting about that.
The colours are weird, reds are now orange-esque but the blues and bright greens are very strong and clear. Black and white images also look OK and gain contrast over colour pictures.
I’ve grumbled before and again a little bit right now about the murky print quality but, y’know, it still kinda works. It’s a zine, it’s supposed to look like shit on some level but saying that I’m not sure if I want to monetise this magazine, offering it up to everyone or anyone.
This, I think, might sit with me for a while or I’ll convert it into an actual Blurb book where the print quality will be infinitely better.
After being a bit grumbly about it I actually think I’m sold on this interpretation of my photos so until I choose what to do next and as anyone who follows this blog knows … here’s the bloody video of me gargle-blasting about what I’ve done …