After almost a year of absence, Manual Jakarta finally resurrects the much-anticipated print issue. People is a single word to describe the issue. The Print Issue No. 2/ June 2018 is filled with various young individuals from different backgrounds. Through a rubric titled ‘Youth Session’, they shared their personal stories of the complexity of life.
There’s Go-Jek driver, brand manager, barista, student, and suddenly there is youth pastor, lead UX researcher, wedding photographer, and even Pakistani refugee. The stories are brief, but the depth of the angles truly create an impression of every single person. Their distinctive characters are able to stand out when you read the narrations.
On June 7th, Manual officially released the print edition at arguably one of the most acclaimed museums in Jakarta to date, Museum MACAN. The release party wasn’t necessarily grandeur. Nonetheless, there were a lot of members of the Manual Team, particularly the editorial team.
There were Manual Jakarta’s Director Hadi Ismanto, along with Editor-in-Chief Julius Kensan and Managing Editor Pingkan Palilingan. They warmly welcomed the invitees, mingling with them, and explaining the creative processes behind the issue.
We had the pleasant chance to talk with Julius and discussed a few bearing questions on our mind. The size of the print edition somehow exceeded our expectation. We expected it to be smaller, but actually, the tabloid-sized magazine was meant to display larger and vivider images, taken by Chris Bunjamin and Jordan Marzuki of The Balletcats.
Then, the magazine isn’t binded for one simple reason. Readers can easily separate it and be creative. Cut it to be a poster, placed in a moodboard, or essentially anything they want. The features articles are also intriguing, especially the article about Bobo Magazine, a legendary children print publication who’s trying to survive in the digital age.
All in all, the magazine acts as a supplement to Manual’s digital contents. The exclusive print contents wouldn’t be posted on their website and it is kind of refreshing to hold a print publication in the midst of rapid digital environment. That indescribable feeling when you turn a page, hold the book with both hands, and actually sense the physical form of what you read. Probably a rare experience for current digital savvies.
Manual Jakarta Print Issue No.2/ June 2018 can be purchased at MINIMALTKET starting from June 8th onwards. There is also a special edition version with addition of a booklet close-up portraits of the young individuals, Jordan Marzuki’s latest children book cover illustration, ‘Into The Unknown’, and four postcards from this issue’s photo essay, ‘Under Construction’.