Saturday, June 19, 2004

Ironing some details (left-right): me, Brian, Ganns, & Harold.

The contributing writers and artists of the up and coming magazine, Live the Life had its first meeting earlier today at Mister Donut in Greenbelt, Makati City after a long time planning. It was a first time for most of us to meet each other (except for Ganns whom I'm very acquainted with) and there was a small amount of awkwardness hanging in the air but everything went smoothly. We were briefed on the vision of the mag, what it's all about, who the target audiences are (16-21 year olds), plans for the next issues were brought up (pop culture and the alternative scene), volunteers and ideas for articles were tossed around, and other what-have-yous. I'm also set to do some caricatures for some of the articles and most of the staff people. Before we finished the discussion everyone seemed hyped up and raring to go and write their assignments. They're targetting a September release for the magazine (which also coincides with another "secret" project that I have. Mwahahaha!!!). After the others have left, Ganns, his friend Harold, and me had lunch at Popeye's Fried Chicken afterwards and checked out the Tech-Mobile convention upstairs in one of the transformed cinemas. The whole place was somewhat packed and the music was groovin' but it was just "dead". As in dead serious. I thought that with all these gadgets going around the young set the least thing the organizers could have done was to liven the whole thing a bit more. We left after going around the place and having our 'passports' stamped in hopes of winning one of those notebook computers they're giving up for grabs in their grand raffle. I hung around Powerbooks for a couple of hours going through the books. Good thing they have all these couches where you can just lounge around with a pile of books. There was a children's hour halfway through the afternoon and the girl who was doing the narrating was really good. I could only hear what was going on from behind the shelves surrounding the main floor area and she was going though these whole range of sound effects with much gusto. She was doing so much of a good job that she had to remind some of the parents and guardians to stand at the sidelines and give the kids more room. I left the place a little past 7 p.m. I'll start on the comic strip for Wednesday maybe tomorrow. I already have everything planned and it's not going to be that much work.

* Domo arigato gozaimashita to Ricky Manzano for the photograph.

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