PREPXTRA UPDATE: Have already fielded calls and emails saying newsracks are sold out in some areas, and that the wrong magazine was inserted. If you run into this problem, head on over to the Star-News office at 911 E. Colorado Blvd. (between Lake and Colorado) and purchase it for $1. We don’t have an unlimited supply, so get down here today to get your copy. I’m finding out that home delivery had the right insert and the problem is at the newsstands. Can you guys confirm?
Nobody from the Tribune office will admit that our magazine cover is the best, but it is. Nevertheless, we are excited to bring you the first-ever PrepXtra Magazine, which hits the newsstands and on home delivery Wednesday. This project took all summer, but it was well worth it. As much as it was a lot of work it was also a lot of fun to produce. It’ll be fun from here on out figuring out who we will grace on the cover. Below is Monrovia’s Nick Bueno, arguably the most notable returnee, who also was the only underclassman to grace the cover with four other seniors (Dietrich Riley, Mitchell Crockom, Isaac Valdez, Max Ruckle) in last year’s special preview section. So far, the magazine is receiving rave reviews within our newsgroup. I’m confident our advertisers and readers also will be blown away. Oh, and in case anyone is wondering, our fabulous photographer Keith Birmingham shot the covers. The cover below took a lot of planning, throwing ideas here and there before we decided to go with a black backdrop, two fog machines and four lights. The shoot itself took nearly three hours, and in case you’re wondering, that’s mud on Bueno’s face and jersey. We shot it on a hot day early July in a stuffy locker room at Cliffton Middle School in Monrovia where the Wildcstas were holding summer practice. Our thanks to Bueno for his time and Monrovia coach Ryan Maddox for providing us with equipment and free time in the locker room.