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Experience of Smudge Comics Arts Expo 2014

Related Posts: Experience of SPX 2013 and Experience of APE 2013.

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Smudge was an interesting experience. Firstly, it was held in a very lovely space in the Artisphere. And, because it was only one day (rather than the usual two), it was pretty crowded throughout the whole event. The one thing that drove me crazy though was that they played soundtrack music consisting primarily of Darth Vader’s theme for most of the day for no apparent reason. But overall I met some nice people who I’ll most likely see again at SPX in September and discovered that there’s a lot of interest in Scared Stiff. :)

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Smudge in the Artisphere!

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My table! :)

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My table from an angle!

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From another angle!

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


Experience of SPX 2013

Related Posts: Plans for SPX 2013 and Long time no see, D.C.

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SPX was a surreal experience — so many exhibitors and attendees, it was sensory overload for everyone!

Unfortunately, I didn’t sell as much as I had hoped. But I did pass out a couple hundred postcards, so that was an accomplishment!

The best part — I met so many amazing artists and hope to keep in touch with them. Maybe I’ll see them again at SPX 2014?

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Very special thanks to my friend Tina Lee! We’ve been friends since high school and have kept in touch over the years even though I’ve moved away from Maryland. Tina let me crash at her place, share a table with her and her college friends, drove me around, and even cooked dinner for me. So many thanks to Tina! :D

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Dreamcatcher minicomic by Tina Lee.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee.

Here is my high school friend Jade F. Lee and her collaborator Desmond Seymour. I had a good time venting about racism/anti-semitsim/sexism/political correctness with them over dinner. Also, I thought it was cute that Jade’s mom stopped by my table and bought a button. :)

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Weapon Girls: Waltz by Jade F. Lee
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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3:16 by Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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My neighbors Henry Eudy, Kelly Williams, and Christian Sager

These guys were the best! I had a lot of fun chatting with them, and I think they were kind of surprised that I had similar tastes in film, etc. as them. :) We ended up trading zines/comics at the end, which was wonderful. Hope to see them at SPX 2014!

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Works by Henry Eudy.

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Works by Christian Sager and Kelly Williams.

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Works by Christian Sager and Kelly Williams.

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Nepali-American illustrator Anuj Shrestha.

I kept passing Anuj’s table and just couldn’t resist buying all three volumes of Genus. I think his flower-headed characters are so cool and really admire the two-page spreads in each volume. I think he was a bit surprised by my enthusiasm, ha ha ha.

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Genus Vol. 1-3 by Anuj Shrestha.

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While exploring the floor, I spotted a man carrying two copies of Little Fish, published by Zest Books (where I interned/for whom I am doing some freelance illustrations). I felt a little silly not knowing that Ramsey Beyer was attending SPX, but now that I knew I wanted to introduce myself. Ramsey was really sweet and even bought a copy of The Ink Drinker! Liz Prince, who I believe Zest Books would like to publish, was also there — so I was excited to meet her too.

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Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer (Zest Books).
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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Self-Portrait by Liz Prince.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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To my surprise, James recognized me from Tumblr. I had a wonderful chat with him. :D He gave me some free mini-comis and even bought one of my zines — so many thanks to James!

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Minicomics by James Point Du Jour.

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Paul bought The Ink Drinker and liked it so much that he asked me to contribute to his anthology. Yay, I am so excited for that!!!

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Zine by Paul Starr.

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Rio and I connected via Twitter, and he stopped by my table to trade. So awesome! Very happy to have his zines in my library.

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Works by Rio Aubry Taylor.

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Inside the Works of Rio Aubry Taylor.

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I am very impressed by Aodhan Cumming’s After Uruk (based on the Epic of Gilgamesh) and can’t wait for future chapters. :)

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Works by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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From After Uruk by Aodhan Cummings.

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The film-noir aesthetic of G’Night Old Man immediately caught my eye and I had a nice chat with Jared Cullum too.

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Works by Jared Cullum.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


First Zine Contest WINNER: Killkaties!!!

Related Posts: First Zine Progress and Contest: Round Three!!

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As some of you may know, we finally have a winner for my first zine contest!

★THE WINNER: killkaties.wordpress.com

Killkaties, a fellow blogger/illustrator/storyteller, correctly guessed that my first zine is an illustrated rendering of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s poem “Smithereens” also known as “Mammon’s Ring-Posy.”

It’s a pretty obscure and strange little poem, but that’s why I enjoy it so much (and hope you all will too). Production of the zine is underway and I hope to have it for sale on my upcoming online store sometime this Summer.

I admire Killkaties quirky and expressive illustrations greatly and have so much fun reading his blog, so I’m very excited to have sent him a free copy of my zine in the mail. :) I was also thrilled that he drew me into his crazy adventures!

The following images belong to Killkaties.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

★ Don’t forget to check out my graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea!

A new page every Wednesday!

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Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

Tuesday, April 2nd

  1. The Liebster Award: 4th Nomination!
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  4. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Wednesday, April 3rd

  1. The Liebster Award: 5th Nomination!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #18: Worked on image research and editing.

Thursday, April 4th

  1. Comics I Admire: “A Space Boy Dream”
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Friday, April 5th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #19: A little bit of editing, a little bit of Facebook-ing, a little bit of photoshopping, and a little bit of mailing.

Saturday, April 6th

  • Hanging out with family today. Went to see Oz: The Great and Powerful, which was pretty bad except for the opening credits and the Danny Elfman soundtrack.

Sunday, April 7th

  • Did a bunch of scanning today.

Monday, April 8th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Tuesday, April 9th

  1. Keeping an Eye on Expos.
  2. Updated the “Links” page — check out Lewis Manalo’s webcomic MetaMorphosis!
  3. Submissions, submissions, submissions…!
  4. Finished working on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Wednesday, April 10th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #20: Worked mostly on mailing today… I think I put together over 60 packages. Wrote a blog post for the Zest Books official blog about upcoming titles Little Fish and Super Pop! with an accompanying illustration — can’t wait to see this go up online!

Thursday, April 11th

  1. Ran some errands and worked on some preparation for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. Made an account with Storenvy and am beginning to set up my own online store. :)
  4. Went with Wes to an event at San Francisco Film Society. Talked with some of Wes’s former employers and met a filmmaker named Joey who will also be at Cannes.

Friday, April 12th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #21: Worked on some cover designs for an upcoming Zest Books title. Everyone really seems to like what I’ve done!
  2. Invited to be an illustrator for an upcoming collaborative project with a small publisher. More details to come!
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  4. Worked on setting up the online store.

Saturday, April 13th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Went to North Beach to eat really tasty Italian food. ( ´◔‿ゝ◔`)

Sunday, April 14th

  • Date with Wes! Went to see The Place Beyond the Pines, which was interesting. Ate Vietnamese food afterwards. (・∀・)
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Movie Theater on Van Ness!

Brief Update 2

Bun Mee on Fillmore!

Monday, April 15th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Working on Blake Society talk!
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.

Tuesday, April 16th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Ran some errands and worked on some preparation for my Cannes/London trip.
  3. Thinking of investing in a professionally printed preview zine of The Poet and the Flea to sell online and at expos. Looking into various local printers!
  4. Still trying to figure out London.
  5. Received through e-mail a sneak peak of what The American Pavilion at Cannes will look like (see below). :D
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Wednesday, April 17th

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Exiled to the boss’s office!

Thursday, April 18th

  1. Interview today on Treasure Island. 
  2. Registered for SF Zine Fest!
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Treasure Island is a strange place…

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Yep, very strange…

Friday, April 19th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #23: Sat in on staff meeting. Created a blog post for Earth Day. Worked on WordPress, editing some content.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Saturday, April 20th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Helped mom prepare for the art show next weekend.
  3. Did some research on local printers.

Sunday, April 21st

  • Elias’s 1st birthday party! Bit of a strange day… Wes and I went to Gabe’s house to celebrate his son’s first birthday. :) Unfortunately, we didn’t actually get to see Gabe since he had to take his father to the hospital for a broken leg. Later, Wes and I went to The Ice Cream Bar since it was so hot outside and we needed to cool off. Then, we ended up eating at Sunflower Vietnamese for dinner and later had dessert with my folks and Nikki the shiba inu.
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View from Gabe’s backyard.

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The Ice Cream Bar… again!

Monday, April 22nd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Ran some errands for Cannes/London trip.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, April 23rd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Cannes/London 2013: Pre-Travel Planning.
  3. Cannes/London Trip Hiatus!
  4. Working on Blake Society talk!
  5. Jotted some ideas down for a future screenplay. :)

Wednesday, April 24th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #24: Put together some interview questions for Dan. Worked on some button designs in Photoshop.
  3. HOLY MOLY MACARONI! I just received the most amazing e-mail. (A secret for now…)

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Thursday, April 25th

  1. Working on Blake Society talk!

Friday, April 26th

  1. Wow, received another awesome piece of news. Can’t really say anything yet, but everything is really coming together it seems!!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #25: LAST DAY! Finished button designs and ordered them online. The office ladies took us out for lunch, which was very sweet.

Saturday, April 27th

  1. (´∩`。) Watched the first 2 hours of Sundance’s original series Rectify — words cannot describe how incredibly emotional this show is.
  2. “On Paper” at Gallerie Citi!

Sunday, April 28th

  1. Spring Cleaning: Wanted to clean up my room and get rid of a lot of junk before leaving for Cannes/London trip! Now that most of the junk is gone, it should be easier to pack. :)

Monday, April 29th

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Tuesday, April 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Helped mom with some photos I took of her work for various purposes.

Wednesday, May 1st

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Even put together some important snail mail today!
  3. Ran some errands for Cannes/London trip.

Thursday, May 2nd

  1. Reblogged portrait of me by Matthew Curry
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Finally got my hair cut! Now I feel like I’m almost ready for my trip. (◕‿◕✿)
  4. Correspondence with a recruiter for a potential job.

Friday, May 3rd

  1. Ran around EVERYWHERE today to finish up errands for the Cannes/London trip. Utterly exhausted!
  2. Jotted some more ideas down for a future screenplay. :)

Saturday, May 4th

  1. Today’s motto: 七転び八起き= Nanakorobi yaoki. Fall seven times and stand up eight.
  2. Family Bonding Day! This is the last weekend before I leave for Cannes/London, so spent time with the folks. Ate lunch at a great Puerto Rican restaurant. Finally got to see Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s Century at the de Young.

Sunday, May 5th

  • Date with Wes! Went to see Iron Man 3, which really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. :) Ate tasty Japanese dinner at Sanraku. Hopefully will see Wes one more time before I leave!

Monday, May 6th

  1. New suitcase arrived in the mail.
  2. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  3. Continued correspondence with a recruiter for a potential job.
  4. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, May 7th

  1. Ran some errands for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  3. Working on Blake Society talk!

Wednesday, May 8th

  1. Ran some errands for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  4. Working on Blake Society talk!
  5. Jotted down some more ideas for a future screenplay.
  6. Dinner with Wes! :)

Thursday, May 9th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  3. Packing for trip!!
  4. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Friday, May 10th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  3. PACKING!!!

Saturday, May 11th

  1. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  2. Flight leaves San Francisco at 7:05 p.m. Will arrive in Nice, France at 6:10 p.m. :D

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-30 completed, and 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.
  • First Zine: 8 pages of illustrated work completed. Zine production pending.

To Do:

  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Finish setting up online store.
  • Continue adding blog content to The First Reich.
  • Complete script for The Poet and the Flea.

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The Liebster Award: 4th and 5th Nominations!

The Liebster Award: 2nd Nomination!

Thank you so much to David Blake (davidblakeimagemaker.wordpress.com and thebearggrr.wordpress.com) for nominating me a fourth time for the Liebster Award! Don’t forget to check out David’s fascinating work.

And thank you so much to Annamita Virosa (annamitavirosa.wordpress.com) for nominating me a fifth time for this award! Check our Annamita’s awesome doodles and dream memories.

To view the post from my first and second nominations, click herehere, and here.

I’d like to apologize in advanced for my answers to David and Annamita’s questions — I found a number of these queries a bit confusing. But I tried to answer to the best of my ability!

As I mentioned previously, I continue to accept these awards because I love being able to share/promote other talented WordPress bloggers by nominating them. So please take a look at the list of nominations below!!

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Rules

  1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
  3. Choose eleven people to give this award to and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them.

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Instead of eleven facts about myself…

Some of My Favorite Japanese Words

  1.  めちゃくちゃ, mechakucha: absurd, nonsensical, incoherent.
  2. 奪う, ubau: to snatch away, to steal.
  3. 見失う, miushinau: to lose sight of, to miss.
  4. 罰, batsu: punishment, penalty.
  5. はしゃぐ, hashagu: to make merry, to frolic.
  6. 飛び立つ, tobitatsu: to fly away, to take off, to leap to one’s feet.
  7. 吐き出す, hakidasu: to spit out.
  8. 叫ぶ, sakebu: to shout, to cry out, to yell.
  9. 降り注ぐ, furisosogu: to rain incessantly, to downpour.
  10. 山椒魚, sanshouuo: salamandar
  11. 鹿煎餅, shikasenbei: rice crackers for feeding deer (in Nara).
  12. 理事長, rijichou: board chairman.
  13. 伯爵, hakushaku: count, earl.
  14. 恐ろしい, osoroshii: terrible, dreadful, frightening.
  15. 戸惑い, tomadoi: losing one’s bearings, confusion, wonderment.

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David’s Questions

1. What encouraged you to start blogging (honestly)?

I wanted to share my work with the world. :)

2. Heart broken or never touched. Would you rather risk it all for love or not at all?

Neither. I’m not a romantic. But I have a wonderful boyfriend!

3. What is your favourite medium to write, paint, draw or generally create with?

Difficult question. If I could only have one implement, I would choose a black felt-tip pen.

4. I love to day dream (but I’m also very proactive ). Are you a dreamer?

A dreamer, yes. But also a “radiant pessimist” — I hope for the best, but expect the worst.

5. Skipping this question.

6. If you were an artist, living or deceased, who would you be?

Myself. Not that I’m “the best” artist — I just have no desire to be anyone else.

7. In answering 6, do you think you have the qualities to do that person justice?

I hope I do myself justice.

8. What is your favourite hot drink?

Chai.

9. What quality do you admire most in people?

Determination and ambition without being self-absorbed.

10. Did you believe I was a bear (ggrr bear)?

Frankly, no.

11. I love imperfection, to me it is true beauty. What do you love?

Creativity and culture.

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Annamita’s Questions

1. Hello, do you know me? ( Biffy Clyro – Living is a problem because everything dies) I’m not sure — do I?

2. How did you get that way? (Lana Del Rey – Millions Dollars Man) What way? What?

3. Do you believe ? (The cardigans – Do you believe?) Not so much.

4. Are we safer or in danger? ( Otep – Confrontation) I’m guessing “in danger.”

5. Can anybody help me make it better? (BFMV – Tears don’t fall) Err…

6. Do you have an opinion? (Garbage – Special) Yes.

7. What was said about this man? ( Chevelle – sma, the man can be anyone you want) What man? Who?

8. Someone who’ll protect you? (Muse – Deadstar) Myself.

9. Remember me when you clinch your movie deal ? (Placebo – Special Needs) If I must.

10. How do we made it? (Black Infinity – Rise of the blackstars) I think I misread something.

11. Do you have any questions? (Annamita Virosa) No, I don’t want to know.

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Nominations

In no particular order… but each one filled with talent and creativity!

  1. tabascocatart.com
  2. arisbethcruz.wordpress.com
  3. juannavarro.wordpress.com
  4. shashinkaichiban1.wordpress.com
  5. emilyfellah.wordpress.com
  6. mysilvermemories.wordpress.com
  7. lewisleanne.wordpress.com
  8. sharonmanndesigns.com
  9. loudhailer.net
  10. judywatson.wordpress.com
  11. oldkingcurry.wordpress.com
  12. kathrinspycher.com
  13. thedrawingshop.wordpress.com
  14. craftedincarhartt.wordpress.com
  15. madmanchegan.com
  16. hamsterandthebee.com
  17. myhomemakes.com
  18. synkris.wordpress.com
  19. gribouilleuselondon.wordpress.com
  20. joannadunn.co.uk
  21. violetgallery.wordpress.com
  22. wildersoul.wordpress.com

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My Questions

  1. What is the strangest dream you’ve ever had?
  2. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
  3. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. Who is your role model?
  5. What is your favorite holiday?
  6. What is your least favorite vegetable?
  7. What is your guilty pleasure?
  8. Are you an optimist or pessimist?
  9. What are your short-term goals/New Year’s resolutions?
  10. What did you last eat?
  11. Do you have any special and/or bizarre talents?

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


The Flea’s First Fan Art!

Yesterday, I was incredibly excited to discover that the awesome Ms. Blake Woodruff of imoutoart.wordpress.com (I’ll call her Ms. Woodruff as to not get confused with Mr. Blake!) posted a fan art of my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. As far as I know, this is the first ever fan art of The Flea and feels like a huge milestone in The Flea‘s progress!!

I asked Ms. Woodruff for permission to repost her illustration here on my blog (see below) and hope that all my readers/followers will take a look at the impressive work on her blog and website!

I especially admire the deep colors/tones she used for this piece and get a total kick out of The Flea lurking in the background!

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Next, I plan on creating a fan art page on thepoetandtheflea.wordpress.com and will post Ms. Woodruff’s piece there as well.

I wholeheartedly welcome all The Poet and the Flea fan art and would be more than delighted to showcase your work on my blog!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Comics I Admire: “Pre-Raphernalia”

Who says comics can’t be educational and hilarious?

Today, I’d like to share a very special online comic I admire very much! Please, let me introduce you to…

Pre-Raphernalia: The Pre-Raph Sketchbook Cartoons of Raine Szramski!

Raine Szramski is the awesome (and, not to mention, super nice) artist/illustrator of Pre-Raphernalia as well as another amazing series called Heaven & the Dead City, which can be either read online here or purchased here.

Pre-Raphernalia centers around the Victorian avant-garde artists known as The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, including the likes of John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. These artists were quite eccentric, even by today’s standards, and lived oftentimes rowdy and scandalous lives.

What’s so wonderful about Pre-Raphernalia is that Raine takes the true historical events/relationships/facts and depicts them to the full extent of their eccentricity. When reading, I often find myself laughing out loud! Furthermore, she takes the time to write a full historically-accurate explanation of each comic, thoroughly detailing the backgrounds of each individual involved.

I highly recommend Pre-Raphernalia for anyone who wants to learn a little bit of history while having a fun time doing so. :D

Below are a number of my favorite images/pages from Pre-Raphernalia.

The following images belong to Raine Szramski.

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For more Pre-Raphernalia and Raine Szramski, please check out the following websites…

preraphernalia.blogspot.com

thewatchertree.blogspot.com

www.facebook.com/raine.szramski

rainesz.deviantart.com

www.co2comics.com/pages/co2_heaven_and_the_dead_city.html

www.lulu.com/spotlight/co2comics

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


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