Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Imagine That

You may have seen this new magazine on the stands: it's massive, colorful and attention-grabbing, and it's called Imagine. Congratulations to Yonina Chan and company on the first issue! :)

Imagine is very visually-oriented, so in its pages you'll find spread after spread of fashion concepts and other forms of eye candy. There's lots of good stuff to read as well, of course. I'm one of the Contributing Editors, and for this first issue I wrote two short short stories ("Emily Around the World" and "Zo Invents"), as well as a short feature on award-winning comics creator Arnold Arre and his upcoming projects. An excerpt:
“I'm in the process of developing two stories,” Arnold tells us. The first is Martial Law Babies, “a coming-of-age story about a group of 30-somethings. We follow the lives of the characters, from their childhood memories to a present-day setting. It's a very personal story, and it came to me during one of those conversations with college friends over coffee. I also wanted to tackle some issues like where have our peers gone, what did they become? Why are we losing more and more talented people to first world countries? What role do we play in society? And aren't the younger generations getting better breaks in terms of work since they're adept in technology and from our perspective, more pampered? So I guess in a way another take on the title is that of us being trapped, we're under Martial Law so to speak. It's nearing completion, so hopefully we’ll get to see it in printed form sometime soon.”

The second project in the works is “another fantasy story, a different take on Filipino myths. The story is geared towards a younger audience, which I find to be a challenge since it's very new to me. In a nutshell, there is a worldwide organizing body of magic and myth holding friendly competitions for all creatures, gods, folklore beings and characters. Imagine an Olympics for the world of magic. Our delegates are a hodgepodge of troubled characters trying to band together as one team-a problematic tikbalang, a rebellious kapre, and several others being led by the team captain, a mambabarang who tends to be misguided in her decision making.”

Both projects are definitely something to look forward to -- not just for fans of local comics, but for people who appreciate stories in general.

5 comments:

wysgal said...

It's great that there are a lot of new magazines that come out (I hear Rogue is really good), but I do feel bad for the ones that eventually die out due to: other jobs taking up the time of the editorial board, not enough readership (willing to pay P100+ for a glossy magazine), not enough marketing power to get sustainable sponsorship tie-ups.

Luis K. said...

According to a conference I attended last week sponsored by the National Book Development Board, we Filipinos are reading as much as we ever did -- just not necessarily books, magazines, newspapers and the like. I guess a lot of people get their reading material on the 'net now. Still, print magazines aren't dead yet, and am hoping advertisers realize print's advantages over online media.

Rogue is an excellent magazine! Of course, I'm biased -- Yvette and I are occasional contributors, and we have friends on the staff. Speaking of Rogue, I worked on a special story/object for their next issue, in collaboration with artist Yvonne Quisumbing-Romulo. Am really proud of it and I hope it turns out the way we envisioned. :)

joelle said...

yay luis, so many things to write for, so many projects, so many things! (wait, didn't i say things already? what kind of a writer am i???)

another what kind of a writer am i thing (again, that useful word), i've been meaning to reply to your email, but the world gets in the way. i will soon though, hehe. am i going to see you on thursday? even though it's the imagine launch? please say yes!

love,
joelle :)

Luis K. said...

Joelle! So nice to 'see' you here. :) I really should check the Comments section regularly, I only saw your note now. And of course you know that I *did* attend the wedding in Tagaytay after all. So wonderful to see you and all the others there. :)

Sadly, I did have to miss the Imagine launch -- we got back to Manila past midnight. I got all mixed up earlier on, actually. I thought the two events were on different dates and that I could go to both. :p Anyway, of course I couldn't miss seeing Lala and Karlo get hitched! :)

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