welcome!

Welcome to the blog/website for EK Gonzales.

Basic writer information and free-website moderator information about me is present within these pages. Also available are a bunch of personal reviews for Filipino indie/semi-indie komiks.

If you’re here for the komik reviews, please type in the name of what you’re looking for at the search box to your right.

More recent reviews are in these places:
PinoyKomikNinja on tumblr (longer-ish recent reviews)
Komikninja on Instagram (short reviews with pictures)

Enjoy your stay!

Expendable on #JustWritePH

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Activated semi-short story Expendable has been included in the For Justice bundle, one of five bundles from the JustWritePH seminar (responsible people given above). Buqo is the publishing sponsor of the event. The other stories included are another fantasy and two detective stories, so…can’t go wrong. :)

Please support the other bundles as well, which have romance in various levels and kinds, slice-of-life, and fantasy (and a steampunk story, I understand). ^^v

story in PSF10: Soulless

I am incredibly surprised and incredibly happy to report that the…um…kawayan-punk? Pinoy steampunk?…story “Soulless” has been accepted into Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 10, edited by original tandem Dean and Nikki Alfar. It will be released near the end of this year. Links to Flipreads will be given once available.

It has been several years and several attempts ago since. The story was fun to think for, but a long shot, so I am grateful to be included.

Others chosen have also been announcing (including the Osiases and Eliza Victoria), so the volume is expected to be a wonderful selection of genre fiction.

joining april camp nanowrimo

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This is to inform that, after so many years, I’m doing Nanowrimo again. Just at a lower level, 30K. Because I’m taking Camp Nanowrimo, which allows for flexible goals, as long as it is done in a month.

I sorta-kinda have a story, through a given broad prompt by the awesome and kind Mina Esguerra.

I may even have a battle plan, because unbelievably I find myself accepted into the first AILAP Writing Lab in the Young Adult division.

I’m taking this up while I can. The months after April may no longer let me do this.

Here goes, and wish me stuff.

long-listed story: Frozen Delight

“Frozen Delight”, part of Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults edited by Dean Alfar and Kenneth Yu, has been included in the long list for the Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2013, by Twelfth Planet Press, edited by Julia Rios and Alisa Kranostein.

Eliza Victoria (her awesomeness!) is included in the anthology itself, so cool. Two other Pinoys from the horror antho are also cited in the long list: Elyss Punzalan and Charles Tan. Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is also cited in the long list for a story in Clarkesworld. Congrats all around to everyone!

drabble: auction

This is kinda the annual Rizal day tribute thing. I hope you like. ^^v

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The sullen man sat at the back of the auction hall. His hair was white, fell to his shoulders, and was partly hidden under his top hat. He raised the dark spectacles over his eyes. HIs hands were perched over his cane, simple, hardwood, hiding a reliable but plain sword in its center, without any of the jewels that he peddled across the Asian isles.

He bided his time, as he had for years now, waiting for the perfect moment.

The auctioneer pounded his gavel for order. He grew alert.

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Mukat volume 2 (mel casipit) (mukat comics/fl3)

Prince Eric, Jani, and Sapok are in Abraria, resting and restocking on supplies for the continuing journey. But the powerful mage Patro has stolen many human souls and awakened Samal, a strong demon with the ability to possess humans. The only people who even have a chance to stop Patro’s damage in Abraria may be just these three, plus Yeyen, Samal’s guard-mage.

These are the 2006-2008 material, just a little before Mel’s successes at the Komikons. The raw-ness is still visible in the written-in speech balloons and the occasional uneven illustrations. But in this set, you see the rising quality of his comic art, and you cannot help but be beyond impressed. The set is filled with action scenes and panels that are rendered wonderfully with high detail and the feeling of high-impact motion. Many of these scenes, of course, were clearly derived from the way manga does these things. Yet the way they are utilized in the series is beyond imitation, but are signs of an excellent artist still experimenting with his craft.

Also visible are Mel’s improvements as a storyteller, for the pacing in this set is much better, and laying-down of information is spread gradually across the chapters. Patro properly comes out as dangerous and crafty. Sapok’s cheerfulness and friendliness while hiding secrets is better presented. Jani’s strengths in battle are highlighted, along with a family history. Eric’s fighting skill combined with humility is expressed very well.

Mukat is still most likeable because it is what it is: the work of a developing artist, pouring heart and soul and craft into something he totally believes in. It’s fun because it suddenly tangents into local comedy, into in-joking (surely the Sherwin of Abraria person, Sapok’s ‘besprenz!’ is a classmate in real life?), into info-dumping, then dips into action, into being YuYu Hakusho (Ghost Fighter), then Pokemon, then well-thought fantasy, then something else. All of this without losing the course of the main story, and continuing to show character development. It won’t work in this current stage of Mel’s comicking career, knowing what he already knows and having improved his craft so much since then, now that he knows better control. But it was awesome and totally fun back when it was written. Because he had fun, so do we.

Overall, we continue to see the artist’s journey in this series, and you continue to be impressed at how Mel Casipit kept pushing himself to improve through the years. As a time capsule, and as itself, Mukat continues to be a key part of the new indie age, in its own cheerful happy way.