In the beginning were BubbleGods and the BubbleGods did rule the BubbleLand with a velvet hand. They did go forth unto their Peoples and they did say unto them “Here ye. Here ye.” And the Peoples did listen with deaf ears and across the Kingdom, nothing was heard but the sound of crickets (and not the good Paul Vanzella, Jo O’Brien type of crickets either). So the BubbleGods did try again and this time, with vim and vigour did go forth “I SAID – HERE YE, HERE YE” And there was an answer as some of the Peoples had spread the word and there was a growing inertia and their numbers were waiting to hear what would come forth from the BubbleGods.
And the BubbleGods did sayeth unto them “We shall grant unto you the power to create your BubbleGoodies and to display them to the masses using the giant tubes as created by the interGods and you shall be able to peddle these BubbleGoodies in many forms such as cards and mounted prints and even some in frames.” And there was much rejoicing and singing of the praises of the BubbleGods and their BubbleLand.
And those who had been amongst the initial disciples of the Word of BubbleLand did go forth into their other virtual lands and also to the land of IRL and did evangelise the joy and happiness as made possible by the BubbleGods. And they did sayeth unto the BubbleGods “Yea Verily!” And so it came to pass that BubbleLand grew prosperous and did satisfy in a way not entirely unlike snickers.
Over time, the BubbleLand did grow so prosperous that it needed to venture forth and take its Bubbly goodness to other lands such as the Land of the Uncle of Sam and the Land of the QEII and again there was much rejoicing, as the BubbleGoodies were able to be appreciated and made available to a wider range of Peoples, and there could be multi-culturalism and bartering in local currencies. And the Peoples were happy and the BubbleGods were most pleased.
But the Peoples although happy were much as Peoples everywhere and they did sayeth unto the BubbleGods – “Hey BubbleGods – we want T-Shirts” and there was wailing and gnashing of teeth at the Round Table of Argyle which is where the BubbleGods did have their meeting place. After many moons the BubbleGods did once again address the Peoples and did sayeth unto them “You asked for it, you got it!” And the Peoples again rejoiced, but now were able to rejoice in the finery of the T-Shirt covered in the BubbleGoodies as given to them by the BubbleGods. And all was good across the land.
Over time the BubbleLand did grown even bigger and the Peoples were happy and the BubbleGods did decree that the day known as Thursday would henceforth be the day when they would cast their BubbleGod goodness out upon the waters of BubbleLand and would grace the Peoples with their kindness. And the BubbleGods did deliver such BubbleFeatures as Groups and Journals and Posters and they did did allow the Peoples to communicate using their own BubbleMail. And the Peoples were most happy.
Thus did it come to pass that in the Month of September in the Year of the Bubble number 3 (or as some outside of BubbleLand refer to it, 2007), the BubbleGods did begin to make BubbleGod murmurings about parchments upon which the most amazing things could be placed. They did sayeth unto their colleagues known as the Inkspillers – “Oi, how about we pop some pictures up the top and slap the dates on the bottom, bind it all with a metal thingy and flog it as a calendar?” And the Inkspillers did sayeth unto the BubbleGods “Yea Verily” and for many days and nights, after visiting all manner of ink placement merchants the Inkspillers did come to the BubbleGods and did sayeth unto them “We can do it, but it looks like it’ll be about two hundred and fifty bucks a pop.” And the BubbleGods did murmur and did sayeth unto the Peoples “How many of you would buy a calendar for $250” and there was much laughter and merriment across the BubbleLand. So the BubbleGods did once more go to the Inkspillers and they did sayeth unto them “Right, not good enough, have another crack at it would you?” And the Inkspillers did wearily raise their voices as one and respond “Yea verily!”
Then, on the day known forever in the annals of BubbleLand as the 22nd of November, the Year of the Bubble 3, the Inkspillers did sayeth unto the BubbleGods, “Ok, we got it down to twenty Aussie bucks. How’s that?” And the BubbleGods did do the crazy BubbleDance and there was much rejoicing at the Round Table of Argyle. And so it came to pass that the BubbleGods did sayeth to one of their BubbleCommunicators known as “James the Insouciant” – take this new BubbleGoody and go forth and let the Peoples be made aware. And James did, but also included an offer to send a sample BubbleCalendar to anyone in the greater Metropolitan Melbourne area who would volunteer to write a review of it, and it was good.
And this my learned bretheren is where your humble scribe, “Nigel the Inconsequential” comes into this great story; as James the Insoucient did send forth unto him via the big yellow Express Post Box a sample of the BubbleCalendar and did sayeth unto him “If you could write up a review of it, that would be great!” And thus it was delivered and there was much joy and excitement at the great ceremony of the unwrapping.
And Nigel the Inconsequential did hold aloft the BubbleCalendar and he did sayeth unto his spouse (Kerry the Stunning), “Wow, this thing has a bit of weight to it, and the printing on the cover looks great, I hope the rest of it is this good!” and it was so. After much oooohing and aaaahing at the presentation (and also the excellent images as taken by James the Insouciant), some of the details began to become apparent.
- The BubbleCalendar is not in BubbleYears, but in dates as common to the non-bubbly masses. eg, the sample had the numerals “08” on it, which I am led to believe would equate to 2008 or BubbleYear 4. This is repeated on each page with an appropriate month alongside.
- The printing is of typical BubblePrint quality (nice work Inkspillers). If you have seen any of the cards or prints, you will know what I’m talking about. It’s really clean, true to the original image colours and has a very professional feel to it.
- The BubbleCalendar itself is A3 in size, with the front cover showing a single image (portrait or landscape). The sample I had had a landscape image on the front, and it was about 1/2 the height of the page and had a thick black line as its top and bottom borders. At the bottom left of the page is redbubble.com, and the bottom right has CALENDAR08. The font is the same as the redbubble font that you see on the site. Looks really good. I think the sample front cover I had is the final format, I notice the picture of the front cover in the excellent (and very humourous) review done by Melinda Kerr is a slightly different format.
- On each month page, the image takes up the top 2/3rds of the page, under that on the left is the month (eg FEBRUARY08), and on the right the name of the image and the artist (eg Cambridge at Night by James Pierce). Again, this is in the standard redbubble font – again, looks really good.
- This then has a line of (nicely understated) dots underneath, and under that are the days and dates. Each day is a 4cm (wide) by 2cm (high) rectangle with a rounded bottom left corner. The rectangle is outlined with black dots, and has about an 18% grey fill colour (you get to know what 18% grey looks like when you take a lot of photos :-) The colour is the same as the colour for the font used throughout the BubbleCalendar
- The days and dates are in a 7 × 5 grid which is always the same for each month, ie you always have 35 grey rectangles, no matter how many days there are in the month and no matter on which day the month starts. I like this, as it gives a consistent feel to the whole thing. I think it also makes the page feel balanced.
- On the bottom right of the page is the artist’s redbubble url (eg www.redbubble.com/people/james), again, in the same font etc.
- The binding on the top is similar to the typical wire binding you see on things, and has what will be forever known (thanks to Melinda) as a loopy thingamejig in the middle, which seems to work a treat for good hangyness value. Unlike some other calendars I have seen (and owned), this binding feels sturdy enough to cope with a years worth of treatment.
Basically, the BubbleCalendar is excellent. As with everything I have seen from redbubble, the quality is higher than I was expecting. At a $AUD20 price point, I think it’s an absolute bargain. It’s cheaper than most of the commercially available A3 sized calendars, and they aren’t customised to you! If you hurry up, you can tie in with November’s free shipping (there’s a plug for you BubbleGods), then you can’t go wrong for Christmas. I’ve already ordered a few for myself!
As with all Peoples everywhere though, I do have one request to make of the BubbleGods and that is… I think it would be good to have all of the images thumbnailed on the back so for anyone who is selling these at shops or markets or whatever, then the punters can look on the back to see all the images in one hit. It’s not a really big deal, but I think it would be the icing on the cake.
And thus we leave our story of the BubbleGods of BubbleLand and we return back unto the Peoples to continue our quest for creative Bubbly goodness.