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Tons of Zine Reviews!

gegallas:

Many thanks to Robert Mitchell Jr. for his enthusiastic reviews of The Poet and the Flea and The First Reich! It was wonderful meeting him at D.C. Zinefest and I look forward to reading his zines too. :)

Originally posted on Robert Mitchell Jr.:

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Some of the ‘zines I picked up at DC Zinefest

Now that I’ve had a chance to sit down and actually read the zines I picked up at DC Zinefest last weekend, here are some quick reviews (clockwise from upper left in the photo).

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 Mt. Olyphant is a graphic novel in eight parts — only the first installment is available just yet — written by Zack Ziemba and illustrated by Christine Skelly.  This is the tale of Paul Tomarchio, a mythology scholar who wakes up in a mental hospital  only to find that the doctors, patients and staff are all figures from Greek mythology.  Is Paul frightfully insane, or is he seeing the machinery behind the curtain of reality?  The production value is perfect and professional, the writing is skilled and original, and the artwork is inspired.  I was blown away!  If the quality holds up until the…

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Celebrating 1,000 Followers on Twitter!

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It’s hard to believe, but last week  my Twitter account @gegallas reached 1,000 followers and over!

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all my followers, both on Twitter and WordPress. I truly appreciate your support!

Also, I’d like to mention a few cool people on Twitter (some of whom are also on WordPress)…

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Professional Moron (@CreativeMoron) – professionalmoron.com

Mr. Wapojif is a special creature. His nonsensical absurdity is sure to entertain!!

Recommended Posts: Do You Have “LOL” Tourette’s Syndrome? and Would You Go On A Date With a Planet?

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Vince Dorse (@vincedorse) – vincedorse.com and Untold Tales of Bigfoot

Not only is Vince a lovely person, but his Sasquatch is a lovable beast. :D

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Shannon Wheeler (@MuchCoffee– Too Much Coffee Man Shannon Wheeler

Shannon left me this great tweet about The Poet and the Flea: “Just read it. I liked it. Blake is Dante and Ginsberg. You’re right.”

Check out his wonderful online comic strips — he’s been making ‘em since 1995!

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Levi Hastings (@leviathanleague) – leviathanleague.com

Take a look at Levi’s beautiful watercolor illustrations.

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Jessica Hayworth (@angrycomics) – angry-comics.tumblr.com/tagged/Comic

Been a huge fan of Angry Beige for a couple of years. Wonderfully surreal little comics.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Correspondence with The Blake Society

"Night Startled by the Lark" (1820) by William Blake

“Night Startled by the Lark” (1820) by William Blake

The other day, I got in touch with The Blake Society (www.blakesociety.org) hoping to bring their attention to The Poet and the Flea and to ask them about next year’s Blake Society Tithe Grant.

To my surprise and delight, The Blake Society had already heard of my graphic novel and had made an announcement on their December newsletter as well as their Facebook page.

I think it’s really wonderful that The Blake Society seems to keep tabs on as many Blake-related projects as possible. They have a great website with many resources, including a full biography of William Blake and links to other useful sites.

If only I were in London, I would have joined this society long ago. But San Francisco is so far away and I’m unaware of any local societies here (although according to The Blake Society, there was a William Blake society in Palo Alto around 1940 :D ).

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Excerpt from The Blake Society December newsletter:

BLAKE IN THE WORLD OF GRAPHIC NOVELS

A  new graphic novel is being published in installments on the web.  The Poet and the Flea is written and illustrated by G. E. Gallas and a new page appears every Wednesday.  Gallas is inspired by Blake as ‘the junction between Dante Alighieri and Allen Ginsberg’.

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Excerpt from The Black Society on Facebook:

The Poet and the Flea is a new online graphic novel by G. E. Gallas which re-imagines the life of Blake. A new page is added every Wednesday; today we reach page 7, when William tells Kate about seeing a tree full of angels.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Summaries

Here is some information on my works…!

Full-length Screenplays

  1. No Longer Human: A story of obsession. Inspired by the deaths of the artists Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan.
  2. Valentine: A retelling of Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, focused on the story of Maximilian Morrel and Valentine de Villefort.
  3. The Man Who Never Smiled: A contemporary film noir.
  4. Houdini & Conan Doyle: An exploration of the friendship, falling-out, and rivalry between the escape artist Harry Houdini and the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Short Screenplays

  1. Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend is the story of a troubled middle-aged man who attends a Halloween party dressed as Marilyn Monroe. A life-changing encounter with an “inanimate object” helps him come to terms with his identity.
  2. Death Is No Bad Friend: Based on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson. Robert Louis attempts to escape his guilty conscience through honeymooning on Mount Saint Helena. But his illness catches up, forcing him to face his demons.
Fiction
  1. “Go Jump in the Lake”: The precursor to Who is Laurence Harvey? An imagining of Laurence Harvey’s experience on the set of The Manchurian Candidate (1962). During filming in Manhattan, Larry is required to jump into the frozen waters of the Lake in Central Park. With this feat looming over his head, he questions his ability to cope with the pressure.
  2. “Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend” (See above.)
  3. “Bludgeoning The Walrus”: A ‘60s period piece about a movie set designer who is fed up with his lecherous, big-shot boss.
  4. “Ulysses in Hell”: An account from the perspective of the hero Ulysses as he burns in Dante’s Inferno.
  5. “Coin-operated Golem”: Inspired by “A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg.
  6. “The Ink Drinker”: A dystopian story about a young girl who learns the truth about an outcast of society.
  7. “The Scar Still Hurts” (In Progress)
  8. “The Man with a Television for a Head” (In Progress)

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For more information, please visit my homepage: www.wix.com/gegallas/writer.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brainstorming

Ideas for future projects…

The following is a list of various works (literature, poetry, art, etc.) that have influenced me and may influence new projects in the future, as well as ideas that have been churning around in my head.

Also, this is a sort of semi-reading list for books I would like to read and re-read. Some advice for anyone interested in reading these books: Project Gutenberg, Bartleby.com, etc. are WONDERFUL for literature written in English. But if you are interested in Dumas, Hoffmann, Pushkin, or any other author who did not write in English, I would highly recommend Penguin Classics — their English translations are always BRILLIANT (although the very best, of course, is to read a work in its original language — for instance, I happen to hate Dazai Osamu and Yoshimoto Banana translated [no offense to the translators, it's not their fault], but I absolutely love them in the original Japanese)!!

In no particular order…

  • Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin: about to read.
  • The Tales of Hoffmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann: must read.
  • The Moonstone, etc. by Wilkie Collins: must re-read/read.
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri: have read.
  • The works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: have read/must read.
  • Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther and his friend Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem: have read/would like to continue to research.
  • Philipp Otto Runge, Romantic German painter: have researched.
  • The Count of Monte Cristo, The Black Tulip, etc. by Alexandre Dumas: have read.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson: must read.
  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater by Thomas De Quincey: must read.
  • John Singer Sargent and the Portrait of Madame X: have seen at the Met/must research.
  • Lord Byron (“The Limping Devil”), Mary Shelley, and Percy Bysshe Shelley — the origins of Frankenstein: have read/must research.
  • Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: have researched/would like to continue to research.
  • Franz Liszt (as a young piano teacher): would like to continue to research.
  • Béla Bartók (and his research into folk music): would like to continue to research.
  • David Popper (Bohemian cellist and my all-time favorite composer): need to find more information about him!
  • The Love of Don Perlimplín and Belisa in the Garden by Federico García Lorca: have read.
  • A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg: have read.
  • The works of Christopher Isherwood: have read.
  • The Quiet American and The Third Man by Graham Greene: love movies/must read.
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardener by John le Carré: love movies/must read.
  • Hollywood stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Mary Pickford, Sessue Hayakawa, etc.
  • The Stones Cry Out by Okuizumi Hikaru: have read.
  • The works of Dazai Osamu: have read/must read.
  • The works of Ibuse Masuji: must read.
  • The works of Mishima Yukio: have read.
  • The works of Kenzaburo Oe: have read.
  • Okinawan literature: have read.
  • Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American inventor: have researched.
  • Hendrik Goltzius, the Dutch engraver: have researched/would like to continue to research.
  • Morris Louis, American Color Field painter: have researched/would like to continue to research.
  • Jean Cocteau, French filmmaker: would like to research.
  • Philippe Halsman, Latvian-born American photographer: would like to research.
  • The operas of Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, Georges Bizet, Giacomo Puccini, etc.
  • …?
To be continued…!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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