Once Upon A Beast - Issue Three (Violence)

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Once Upon a Beast is an online magazine, but deliberately designed to give the impression of a physical medium. It welcomes contributions from writers, artists, designers, photographers and illustrators, and lovingly collates these contributions to emphasise storytelling, moral importance, and visual beauty.

Issue three is the Violence issue, in which Ben compares the conflicting philosophies of a martial artist, and of a video game enthusiast.


"Once upon a beast is essentially a printed magazine, but online. There is a layout and an order and the feel of turning and flicking through pages. An online magazine means less waste, more accessibility and the opportunity to use film and movement. Most online magazines take the form of a blog or generally have a completely different feel to a printed magazine. It's just not the same. It can't be. But I want to try for what I miss in a digital format. I want visual beauty, but about things that matter, and with a strong element of storytelling.. Things that matter include sustainability & ethical living, personal emotion & memory, history, future, science...er...almost anything. Issue 3 is the Violence issue. Using violence as a general point of inspiration we have articles, thoughts, and drawings that look at human violence, video games, martial arts, morality and nature. A mixture of opinion, meandering thought and fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ." - Emmie Joseph (editor)

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