Had an interesting lunch date with one of the country’s webcomics pioneers Ariel Atienza at the “Green Tomato” restaurant in Shangri-La mall EDSA.
The place was serene, considering it was lunch hour and neighboring restaurants like Pho Hoa and Secret Recipe were spilling with customers. Noisy areas aren’t good for long interviews.
Green Tomato serves Italian fare in a wood-paneled, modern-looking space with cozy wooden chairs embossed with a shape of a lettuce leaf on the back rest.
The prices are reasonable and the servings are good for 2 people if you’re one to count calories.
But the dish in general was vaguely unsatisfying. Maybe I should have gotten the Farfalle, a pasta salad dish with lemon garlic dressing, ribbon pasta and meat.
It can be replicated if you buy those canned cheese ravioli and bottled tomato pasta sauces from local delis. It was pretty good.
My interviewee Mr. Atienza got Brandied Shrimp pasta, but I was too shy to ask him how he liked it. I sort of felt bad talking to him all through lunch, instead of letting him enjoy his pasta in peace.
But he gave me an interesting crash course in the history of Philippine webcomics and how it’s likely to develop in the future. Got good material for my Asia Views magazine assignment.
Also, he showed me some art after lunch, and I was so impressed! He sketches in pencil and ink at a local cafe, then edits the colors and backgrounds on his computer. Super galing!
Here’s a sneak peek at his comics panels, influenced by Archie comics: