Mike Cervantes

Editor in Chief

DailyGirth.com was created when Cervantes and his team decided to unite their talents for the greater good.

Kind of like the Justice League.

Cervantes began writing seriously in high school. He joined the newspaper after reading an article about the football team written by one of its players. A severe conflict of interest notwithstanding, Cervantes decided to write simply because he thought, “I can write better than that guy.”

He started with movie reviews, features and event coverage. Cervantes became a regular contributor to the paper. His senior year he began writing an unpublished novel that today is still raw as hell. To make some extra pocket change, Cervantes wrote papers for some of his classmates in his English classes.

At the end of the year he directed a short film for that class. It featured footage from “Apocalypse Now,” a re-enacted beatdown from “A Clockwork Orange,” and music from the Beastie Boys, Nas, Guns N’ Roses and the Doors.

In college, Cervantes took courses in journalism, screenwriting and creative writing. Cervantes worked at two campus newspapers, honing his writing craft while learning to design pages, manage time and be a well-balanced editor.

The college workload consisted of reading a bombardment of novels, scripts, articles and poems. Cervantes wrote a screenplay adaptation of the anime “Cowboy Bebop” during his senior year. His graduate school thesis was an action movie script set in World War II Germany about Allied Forces teaming up with Nazis to fight against aliens.

Throughout the years Cervantes has covered college and high school sports, written sports and entertainment columns, designed for numerous publications, and freelanced for websites.

Cervantes loves to read. His favorite newspapers, magazines and websites include Complex, Grantland.com, the Los Angeles Times, Maxim, Playboy, Otaku USA, the Onion.com, Cracked.com, GQ, Time, Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, ESPN.com, the Sporting News, Cosmopolitan, MentalFloss.com, and Shoryuken.com.

“Candide,” “100 Years of Solitude,” and “A Confederacy of Dunces” are his favorite books. His favorite movies are “The Dark Knight,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Matrix,” and both “Kill Bill” films.

Cervantes’ hobbies include lifting weights, playing “Dance Dance Revolution” for the fantastic cardio workout, watching University of Southern California football and Los Angeles Lakers basketball, and playing video games from the “Street Fighter” and “Marvel vs. Capcom” series.

If the world were going to end then Cervantes’ last meal would be an Okie burrito from Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Cafe in Los Angeles. It’s all good from that point on.

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