Tales from my Childhood: Fish Bubble Magazine

Internet, I was a bit of a strange child. For roughly a year when I was about 9, I maintained a publication called Fish Bubble Magazine. It was a general interest magazine… for fish. My parents were very supportive. But then how could they say no to this face?

Cute, huh? Come to think of it, my parents are also very supportive of this blog…

Gasp! Is this just a grown up version of Fish Bubble? Maybe. But I do at least have more than two readers this time.

Anyway, about the magazine. It was very advanced. I think I released about 7 issues before we were shut down due to… um, lack of funding? Let’s go with that.

Because colors are for fancy people, each issue was created using printer paper and a graphite pencil. Here is a typical cover, but with colors added via the magic of the digital age.

Brilliant, eh? Inside you would find an advertisement for a product a fish might find appealing, a couple of ocean-related articles, and a public service announcement advising the denizens of the deep against some watery peril.

While other girls played with dolls, I created a publishing empire. I can safely say it was the premier fish-related magazine maintained by an over zealous 9 year-old with a pencil. (If I recall correctly, it was during this time that I wanted to be a marine biologist.)

So basically I’m a creative genius. Or I just had a lot of time on my hands. I wasn’t allowed to watch TV on weekdays.

But what about you? What elaborate and/or nonsensical projects occupied the days of your youth?

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3 responses to “Tales from my Childhood: Fish Bubble Magazine

  1. Darcy Rocha

    Yes, you certainly are a creative genious.

    I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic. I cut out a lot of travel-type pictures from other magazines and pasted them together. When I got my first camera I took at lot of pictures of….drumroll please… the fish in our fishtank. 🙂 I also finger-knitted yards upon yards of scarfs, necklaces and garland for the Christmas tree. Come to think of it, my folks were pretty nice to make use of my creations!

  2. I organized my siblings into a yearly circus that performed for our parents and grandparents.

    We had juggling acts, clown skits, pogo-jumping, dance numbers, “tightrope” walking, magic tricks, costumes, makeup… the last show we did even had a full soundtrack!

    We created advertisements for our circus, The Looney Show (admission was a $1 coin, or loonie). We also set up a gallery of artistic creations for audience members to view and critique before and after the show.

    Eventually it became harder to boss my siblings around. =P

    • My goodness, that is downright impressive! I never had that kind of control over my siblings (although I did carry out my role as eldest child with an iron fist).

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