Friday, February 16, 2007

Issue Number 2

(We decided to change the cover for issue 2, see below for explanation)*


An excerpt from The 101st Michael, by K. Osias:
He was exhausted. All the battles that he had fought and won seemed inconsequential now, as if in the final reckoning they did not matter. As if all that did was the one battle he had run away from.

Ignacio snuffed out his tobacco as the Challenger began to whir to life. Around him, men and women began to shuffle in, buckle up and settle down. He could almost hear the blood pumping from their hearts, through their veins, to their limbs, as they impatiently waited for their chance to grasp life by the collar and demand their due.

Ridiculous. Life owed them nothing but what they had. And even those could be taken away.

An excerpt from Beacon, by Nikki Alfar:
I don’t know, Serai, I said to you once, when you asked after the scars that cross my back, chest, and limbs, intertwined like jagged lacework and white with age. I think you must have thought it a lie, a pallid attempt to conceal my name and nature, when in truth I do not know whence the scars came. I am a stranger to my self; I cannot read the secrets on my skin.

I had hoped, unfairly, that you might know how.

An excerpt from The Scent of Spice, by Crystal Gail Shangkuan Koo:
She was everywhere when he returned to his home in the city. When he went riding in his hansom, he found her seated beside him, and as they drove across the streets, he pointed out to her every bookshop he had visited as a child. She was sewing on the armchair as he sat down to write his poetry after supper, she stood with him when he visited his mother's grave, until Griande could no longer stand the speculations of what he would do were she really there.

An excerpt from Beneath The Acacia, by Celestine Marie G. Trinidad:
"I believe it is not your place to be so familiar, being a stranger here," she said. "Who are you, young man?"

Juan looked up to meet her gaze. "My name is Juan," he said. "I came here to marry you, Maria."

The Lady Sinukuan stepped back, and after a few moments of staring incredulously at him, began to laugh imperiously. "Marry me?" she said, looking at him with a mixture of pity and scorn. "I believe I never gave you any permission to do so--"

"But there are other matters at hand," Juan continued as if he did not hear her. "We shall discuss this some other time, Maria. For now there is the death of Mang Andres' daughter. Could you take us to your home then, Mang Andres?" The man nodded blankly. "Straight ahead? All right, let's go."

An excerpt from The Final Interview, by Sean Uy:
Sarah jumped at the sound of the closing metal door, the folder and its contents almost spilling from her arms. She stumbled in the darkness and almost cried out, but at the last second, her sense of propriety stopped her from screaming.

She steadied herself. This was a test, she nervously concluded. A professional banking firm wouldn't have locked her in an empty room for no reason at all. Some HR representative somewhere probably had a warped sense of humor. Or maybe it was Mr. Hazhenaas who had the warped sense of humor, if he existed at all.

Slowly she regained her composure. It was most likely a test, yes. They wanted to see if she would panic. They wanted to see what she was going to do.

An excerpt from The Saint of Elsewhere, by chiles samaniego:
I never felt safe in that City, only knew lately the touch of its warmth, and even then it was not enough. I never knew the place she had known, and where, I knew, she was still.

But now I knew, I had a chance. I knew where to look.
How to look.

I laughed defiantly into the breeze that was slowly building into a stiff wind, whipping spray into my eyes, brine into my mouth. I laughed at the thick, endless blanket of clouds that had started to creep from the far horizon of the sea, looming over me and threatening to smother the island.

And I stretched my hands out before me, flexing my fingers, preparing them for the moment when I would once more be able to close them about her beautiful, fragile throat.

cover artwork by: Andre Medina
cover concept by: Jenny Penas
interior design and layout by: Elbert Or

*Note: Regular visitors to this blog are sure to notice that the cover for Issue 2 has been changed. Outside of "witness street" (who gave a positive reaction to the old cover--see the comments section) and a few others, many PGS readers didn't particularly like the first version. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. We were trying to go for an "old" feel, something pulpy, from the 60's and 70's. But even if we liked it, it's obvious that many didn't. We pride ourselves in listening, and so, this change. It's a more modern look now, and it's a format that we're going to adopt for a while. The landscape format of the cover will set it apart from other publications (don't worry, inside it'll still be in portrait form, but there'll be some changes there too). Bear with us. We're learning as we go and doing our best to make PGS better over time.

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Blogger Kate said...

yay! Kate

2:34 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Kate! :) Indeed, yay!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Celestine Trinidad said...

Oh, yay too! And thank you. Sorry again that I wasn't able to speak to you earlier.

The other stories in the issue look intriguing, and I look forward to reading them...:D


10:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

yey ish 2 at last!

and congrats with issue 1, btw. loved it to bits! :3

10:03 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Celestine and Anne. Thanks too. Hope you enjoy the other stories also.

9:21 PM  
Blogger alienempress said...


I was just wondering if you were still accepting submissions for future volumes. Oh and do you take submissions from Pinays living abroad? Thanks.

2:17 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi wanda. How are you?

Yes, we're still accepting submissions. It's become a steady, open call right now (Issue 3 is due out in June). And yes, we do take submissions from Pinays and Pinoys living abroad. Thanks a lot!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Migs Bassig said...

Wow. What a wonderful cover. Looking forward to when it hits the stands!

3:39 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi witness street! Thanks! Really! Your comment is very, very, very much appreciated!

In fact, we will appreciate any and all other comments about the cover, or even about the excerpts, from anyone else. There is still time to do some adjustments/modifications to the cover before press-time.

So please, comment away, and let us know what you think!

7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't able to make the deadline, but which of those stories won the 'Siluet Writing Contest'?

11:19 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi curious. The winner for the Siluet writing contest has been chosen, and will be printed and released in issue 2 by Mar. We won't be posting it here on the site until some time after issue 2 has been out. Our reason is to keep fresh the pleasure and surprise of seeing the work on print, on actual paper. See below the comments for the writing contest. Thanks for asking! There'll be another writing contest in the 2nd issue.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the first issue still available?
i still have to buy a copy :-(

9:42 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi anonymous. The first copy should still be available at any of the stores and distributors listed on the right side of the blog. Thanks!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Don said...

is the Second issue available already?

11:35 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi der fuhrer. How are you?

Not quite ready yet. It should be out in the stores by month's end. Thanks for asking.

7:56 AM  
Blogger banzai cat said...

Well, I like the new cover.

But then again I'm a sucker for the color blue.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hmmm... Well, actually, I liked the first cover better. It reminded me of all the 60's and 70's comics my mom handed down to me, particularly this one story about a pretty flesh-eating monster and her dad, the last human in the universe, who built dozens of humanoid robots to keep him company. She found out about the rest of the world being robots after she ran off with her boyfriend into the wilderness and her real family tried to eat him. Together with her new flesh-eating monster friends, they went back to see her dad, and, well...

Uh, yeah. :) So I guess the change explains why issue two wasn't in stores when I went last week...?

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just discovered PGS a few days ago. In fact, I'll take the time to scout the mall stores just for DPGS Issue One for me and a few friends.

With the cover change, does this mean the Second Issue is still not available? I had an impression a few days ago Issue Two is already available. BTW, I like the new cover better.

Thanx, guys, for the vision and the guts.

2:08 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi kat. Thanks for your kind words, and yeah, that was the kind of feel we were going for, but the previous cover left quite a number of readers, younger ones mostly, but not all, feeling ambivalent. You're one of those who knows what the older look is, so I suppose if one hasn't experienced the old look one wouldn't know what it was about.

Hi yebastick. Thanks for liking the new cover. We think it hits a more universal note than the previous one.

To both of you, yes, because of the cover change and a number of other issues, issue 2 still hasn't been released, but it will be soon! Stay tuned to this blog. We'll announce it here by changing the "coming this March" to "Now available" when it's finally out. PGS issue 1 is still available.

Thanks very much!

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new cover looks sleek! Personally, I prefer the first one -- you won't find many retro covers on magazine racks. However, IMHO it was the type of cover that would've been left unnoticed by casual "skimmers" perusing the racks. The new cover, on the other hand, grabs attention by the throat. Kudos to the artist :)

2:31 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi corsarius. The artists are sure to see your comments since they check this blog regularly also. Thanks for your kind comments. We agree with you that the old cover, though retro, might not be as fully appreciated since one has to have known or experienced the old style to understand what it was about. The new cover establishes its own identity. See you on the stands soon. Thanks very much.

8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the new cover better too! You are one gutsy guy kyu!


9:49 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Kate! Glad you like the cover!

10:02 AM  
Blogger skinnyblackcladdink said...

not to needlessly complicate anyone's life, but, since open dialogue seems to be an important part of what you're doing here...

speaking strictly from an aesthetic (i.e., subjective) standpoint, neither issue 2 cover really works for me, but if i had to choose, i'd have to say i prefer the original. this one's too slick, too clean, too Hollywood-does-Indie rather than Indie-does-Indie.

for me, this one doesn't 'grab the throat' as corsarius says. put it on a contemporary comic book stand and it blends right in. of course putting it on a non-comic-book book shelf would create a different effect entirely, but in that case you could have achieved the same result with the original cover.

on the other hand, if you're talking about the spirit of pulp, it really does have to keep its finger on the pulse of 'today' more than try to resuscitate the past. this second cover certainly has a more modern sensibility. that's what the 'younger set' was bound to miss about the previous cover: the sense of nostalgia it tried to impart would be, to them, nothing more than meaningless kitsch.

in that regard, you may have made the right choice here after all.

personally, though, and it pains me to say this, i haven't yet seen a PGS cover that i like.

8:52 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi skinny. Sorry to read that you didn't like either cover. We'll be sticking to this one. We'll try even harder for the next issue. Thanks.

9:30 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Sorry, forgot to explain why we'll be sticking to this one: production schedule has been set and we are well into pre-press already. Changing it would be too late for the schedule. Thanks again.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Will said...

hi pgs! have to say that I love the 1st issue! keep it up! I'm really happy that we finally have a publication like this! Kudos! When's the submission deadline for the next ish? ALso we can't find a copy of the 2nd ish anywhere, is it alrady available?

9:12 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi mulderandscully. Thanks very much! Feel free to submit your work anytime. The second issue isn't out yet, but it will be very soon. We'll announce issue 2's availability on the blog. Thanks again!

10:22 PM  
Blogger skinnyblackcladdink said...

oh, no worries, i have no qualms about you sticking to the cover. in the end, it's your choice. *your decision to make*. i was merely stating my personal aesthetic.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Dean said...

Kyu, I think your cover selection is excellent, much better than the initial one, from a design and marketing perspective. But I do hope you choose and stick with a definite logo. Changing it every issue doesn't help with creating brand equity and developing brand recognition :)

9:15 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi Dean. Thanks very much for your comments. They are very encouraging. As for a definite logo, we're sticking with this one. We'll be using that bar where the "PGS" is clearly seen and the list of story titles and authors are right beside it. The color of this bar will change to match the colors of whatever illustration each issue will have. I hope you (and the others who've seen the cover) enjoy the many easter eggs that the artists drew (some out in the open, some fairly well hidden). Best regards!

9:32 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hey, corsarius! Sorry for this late greeting. Just wanted to congratulate you for getting your essay published in the Philippine Star some Sundays ago in the "My Favorite Book" section. Congratulations.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kenneth, no worries -- thank you very much! :P good luck with the imminent release!

12:07 AM  
Blogger Alex Osias said...

I do enjoy the current cover. It seems to add more mystery to the contents of the new issue, and - while an avid fan and collector of pulp stories - feel this matches the more modern pulse of genre stories that you seem to be going for.

Just one man's opinion, of course.

7:04 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Thanks very much for your positive comments, Alex! I apologize again for the delay, but when issue 2 comes out I guarantee it'll have many improvements over issue 1.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Will said...

just read issue two and it's great! i actually think the stories in this issue are better than in issue 1, which I love. Although something can still be done with the theme variety. :) Kudos! Hope you produce more issues!!!

8:30 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Hi mulderandscully! Thanks a lot for your positive comments! Glad you enjoyed PGS2. We'll try to improve further with theme variety for PGS3. Try and join our writing contest, or send in a story yourself. And if ever you're up to it, please do send the writers feedback (or you can course it through us here at PGS if you wish to remain anonymous). Thanks and regards!

10:10 PM  
Blogger skinnyblackcladdink said...

i still don't like the artwork per se, but having seen the actual thing, i now have to agree, it's a right purty package. kudoes, Kenneth.

10:51 PM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

Thanks, Skinny! Hope you enjoy the rest of it too.

9:09 AM  

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