Late last year we documented SH magazine’s trials and tribulations. The English-language weekly stopped publishing in December, but it continues to be a source of drama in 2009. A final “funeral issue” — death themed from front to back — was finished and set for publication on December 19. But the swan song never saw the light of day. Until now. The issue in its entirety can be found after the jump on this post. Here’s some back story from someone familiar with the situation:
It was supposed to be published on December 19th but the China Foreign Language Advertising people, SH magazine’s partners and the holders of the actual license, demanded so many changes that it became unfeasible. There’s evidence of one in the PDF, which is the shopping “I Want It”. In this version, it’s an acoustic guitar. In the original, it’s an urn, and the contact details for the urn are still there. A little glimpse of what it would have become with all of their suggested changes — terribly boring.