Monday, August 10, 2009

Magazines / Mag Rack: August 2009 / Uno, Flow, Preview, Garage


As usual, Rogue's always the last one to appear at the stands. But if, like me, you want to see the new covers ASAP, go directly to the site (or here!).
  • UNO / I never really planned on buying Uno again, but upon seeing the stuff inside (via an open copy at the store), I gave in to the temptation and got one. Interesting eds and features, though it's quite bitin. And ohyeah, the JC-super-raw-burnt-sepia-effect/style plus the squat pose? IMHO it's kindof getting tired na. But a nice issue, overall. I esp. liked the illustrations on the "bombshell" feature. (I just hope they would reconsider a soft redesign to make Uno look less Rogue-ish.)
  • FLOW / Very very very nice. And quite unexpected too. When I found about who this issue's curator was (Cesar Gaupo), I thought I was in for some fierce shoe/fasyon surprise. Not! I like how they avoided the Cesar-Gaupo-let's-feature-shoes-and-fashion formula and offered us something different (though I would def not mind if they included a pair or two, hehe). I just noticed that it used the same paper all through out (compared to past issues where different papers are used) and that it did not have any page numbers (interesting move although I'd love to ask why because somehow I find it confusing).
  • PREVIEW / I think the cover is quite static. Which is probably the point? Cause the healine says "back to basics"? It's okay looking but ok looking is not something I'd use to describe Preview, esp its covers. The past six, seven issues all had the wow covers save for this one. But inside, bravo. I like. Just bitin, as usual. More eds, please! :-) Let's all hope that the September ish would be something thick and heavy.
  • GARAGE / Happy birthday! Garage turns one with this issue. This is also the male fasyon mag equivalent of Preview's best dressed issue. I loved all the eds, the features, and the new design which looked solid and polished. I liked everything about it except for one thing: the section openers that looked part-Elle, part-Vogue Paris. Also, just a humble word of advice: it's nice to see Garage's design getting better issue after issue but redesigning over and over is quite tiring, no. Also, I think that the foil blocking could be better. Nice move there but IMHO, it just looked quite sad (I checked all the copies, they're all the same..). Look at Preview's foil-blocked title, it's flawless. Still, this is something worth buying esp. now since it's Garage's anniversary issue. Again, happy mag birthday!


  1. Fantastic review THL!!! Same thoughts on Preview. It looks so... bare? Haynaku. I got the Ltd edition Garage in Fully Booked Gateway. imho, they have the best magazine rack in all of the metro. The latest mags delivered on the dot. Where do you buy yours pala?

  2. thanks!!!
    me, i usually get my mag fix at fullybooked powerbooks/national (the block/trinoma), in that order. then when it gets desperate, hypermarket or 7-11! haha kasi it's not consistent eh. sometimes this store stocks up the earliest; other times, another store naman.

    and yes i'm so malas i didn't get the limited ed garage cover. i guess i got mine too early? i double checked the other copies, (powerbooks/fullybooked @ MOA) they're all the same eh. oh well.

  3. OMG! antagal ko nagreply d2. waw ur from around qc pala! I also do the rounds at exactly the same order as yours: fully booked the block muna then trinoma. pero lagi silang late, i hate it! Buti pa ang National sa Technohub mabilis. Indeed when all else fails, its ministop pour moi naman. But i've been tracking Fully Booked Gateway and it seems consistent naman sila. Well, it's "new issues" season again (september yay!) and i will wait for your reviews! Cheers!

  4. thank you! :-)
    speaking of new mag season, have you seen preview september? haylovit! and surprise, surprise, august palang they have sept 09 issues at the stands na. so bravo!! will get my copy tomorrow :-)