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Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With G. E. Gallas, Washington City Paper

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I was recently interviewed by Mike Rhode for Washington City PaperCheck out the interview here: 

washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/general/2014/03/07/meet-a-local-cartoonist-a-chat-with-g-e-gallas

Enjoy!!!

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


Upcoming Zines: “The Ink Drinker,” Etc.

Related Post: First Zine Progress and Contest: Round Three!!
The Ink Drinker Title

Over the years, I’ve accumulated a number of short stories. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to submit them to literary journals or put them up on my blog. But my recent discovery of and appreciation for zines led me to find the perfect solution of self-printing/self-publishing.

There are about five short stories from my collection I think I’d like to one by one turn into zines, not necessarily in the following order:

  1. “The Ink Drinker”
  2. “Bludgeoning The Walrus”
  3. “Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend”
  4. “Ulysses in Hell”
  5. “Go Jump in the Lake”

Each zine will include cover art (illustrated by me, of course), a card stock cover, and will be hand-bound with awl, needle and thread.

I begin with “The Ink Drinker,” a dystopian story about a young girl who learns the truth about an outcast of society. This story is somewhat influenced by Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast and illustrations, possibly some Edgar Allan Poe and definitely some Edward Lear among other things.

I’ve always wanted to continue or expand upon this story (as a novel, graphic novel, or screenplay), but haven’t had the chance yet. So I thought I’d share it with all of you as it is now for the time being. :)

You can expect “The Ink Drinker” up on my store (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com) once it opens!!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


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


First Zine and Future Shop

★Please Note: Feedback on this post would be extremely appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Only January, and I’m already beginning to tackle some of my New Year’s goals (New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone?)!!!

First and foremost, I’ve been working on goal #1, making progress on some of the finished illustrations for Elias & The City of Cats. I’m hoping to make a bit more progress in the coming days and then meet up with Gabe on Friday to show him my work. :D

In the meantime, I’ve been brainstorming on goals #6 and #7, my first self-printed zine and my online storefront!

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Possible envelopes for first zine.

The other day, I decided that my first self-printed zine will be an illustrated poem.

I was doing some research on The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and came across the perfect poem for my first zine! I think this poem will be unexpected and exciting while still tying in with The Poet and the Flea. The poem will remain a secret for now, but I’ll give a free copy of my zine to the first person who can correctly guess which one it is. Hint: The Seven Deadly Sins. I’ll be truly impressed if anyone gets this!

As far as production goes, I’d like to keep this zine relatively simple since it’s my first: about 6 to 8 pages, black and white with simple lines, a number of special hand-watercolored copies, all packaged in a lovely envelope. I’ll probably print about 25 or 30 copies, but I’d love to know if anyone is seriously interested in purchasing a copy so that I can figure out if I need to print more or less.

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I’ve been planning my online storefront for a while now, but I’m waiting for the right time to set it up and launch it.

I’ve decided to use Storenvy, because it seems user-friendly and stylish. And it helps that it’s free.

Other than my first self-printed zine, I’d like to offer a wide range of products including The Poet and the Flea merchandise (prints/posters, t-shirts, tote bags, badges/pins, etc.). For prints, I’d like to keep them high-quality but made-to-order so that one can request any page of The Flea or whatnot.

The most ambitious product I’d like to see in my store is a The Flea plush toy. I’ve been playing around with many ideas for this, but know it has to remain relatively simple. The plush toy will definitely be handmade in black fabric, possibly with buttons for eyes and silver/gold (maybe glow-in-the-dark) fabric paint to add texture/scales. It will take me a while to get to this project (and I might recruit some help for it), but I’m excited to see how everything turns out.

Also, I’d like to offer commissioned illustrations, but I have to work out the details on that!

Again, feedback is very welcome! Just leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at gegallas@hotmail.com!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


The Beautiful Blogger Award!

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Updates

January 9th:

I’d like to thank Daniel Budiarto/Sky Sairyou of Bottomless Sky (skysairyou.wordpress.com) very very very much for nominating me for The Beautiful Blogger Award for the fourth time! Don’t forget to check out his intriguing short stories. :D

January 4th:

I’d like to thank the amazing Gabrielle (illostrophy.com) and the wonderful Jiandra (thingiemajingie.wordpress.com) for nominating me a second and third time for The Beautiful Blogger Award! Words cannot express my appreciation!!!

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I’d like to thank Bhutan Girl (karmakrazy.wordpress.com) very very very much for nominating me for The Beautiful Blogger Award!

How is it that I keep getting all these awards? I know they’re all a little silly, but I really appreciate them because I feel that my blog is at least reaching somebody!

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Rules

1. Link back the person who nominated you.
2. Post the award on your page.
3. Tell seven facts about yourself.
4. Nominate seven bloggers and let them know they have been nominated.

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Facts

Check out these other posts for more than seven facts about me!

  1. A Bit More About Me
  2. Very Inspiring Blogger Award
  3. Reader Appreciation Award
  4. Liebster Award

Since this is a ★BEAUTIFUL award, I thought I share a photo instead.

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Nominations

I keep finding such talented artists on WordPress! It’s difficult to choose just seven…

  1. aspaceboydreamcomic.wordpress.com
  2. thethirdredapple.com
  3. universalson.wordpress.com
  4. crownsandpeacocks.wordpress.com
  5. professionalmoron.com
  6. thingiemajingie.wordpress.com
  7. strangerillustrations.wordpress.com

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Reader Appreciation Award!

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Wow, I can’t believe I was just nominated for another award — that’s the 3rd one in a very short span of time! I guess my dedication is starting to pay off. :) Feels especially good after receiving a number of various rejections over the past few weeks.

I would like to thank The Geek Transition for nominating me and for these kind words: “She just released a graphic novel called The Poet and The Flea, and I think it’s pretty cool. You can tell she put a lot of work into it. Congrats on the premiere, G.E.!” Thank you very very very much!!

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Rules

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Attach the icon to your site.
3. Answer the questions.
4. Nominate some other bloggers whom you feel deserve this award!

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Questions

Your favorite color?

As covered in my post “A Bit More About Me“: Since childhood, I’ve always favored blue. But nowadays everyone would accuse me of being passionate about the color black.

Your favorite animal?

Difficult question! I’m torn between llamas/alpacas, red pandas, and Shiba Inu (if a breed counts as an animal).

Your favorite non-alcoholic drink?

Tea! Especially Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and Chai.

Your favorite number?

I’m not particularly fond of numbers. Though I prefer odd to even — it’s a question of aesthetic!

Your favorite day of the week?

Don’t really have a favorite day. My least favorite day is Wednesday.

Your favorite flower?

I have developed a fascination with the history of tulips after reading The Black Tulip by Alexandre Dumas.

What is your passion?

As you can hopefully tell by my blog, writing and illustrating. Also, Japanese language and culture.

Do you watch television?

I am a junkie for high-quality dramatic series like Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men, including a million BBC shows like The Hour, Whitechapel, and House of Cards. I just fall in love with the brilliant writing, the multidimensional characters, and the amazing actors. I also love really cheesy Japanese dramas — right now, my favorite is Guilty: Akuma to Keiyaku Shita Onna (Guilty: The Woman who Made a Deal with the Devil).

Who is your favorite author?

Another difficult question! Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces is practically my bible (I mentioned I’m a Jewish atheist, right?). I’m also quite fond of Robert Graves’s I, Claudius, Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow (Haru no Yuki), E. L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, etcetera, etcetera. My bookshelf looks frighteningly like a Penguin Classics library!

Do you like 80′s movies?

Not particularly. The closest I get are the BBC series Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Smiley’s People (1982) starring Alec Guinness. And yes, I also love the 2011 version of  Tinker Tailor.

What social issues bother you?

Oh, don’t even get me started — we’ll be here forever! Just know that I watch The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and MSNBC (Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and all of them) religiously.

How do you like your eggs?

Usually, I like them scrambled. But I also like them poached, especially for an Eggs Benedict!

When did you discover blogging?

I truthfully can’t remember exactly. I remember first using a computer when I was 4 years old. And I started using deviantART sometime in middle school, if that counts.

Why do you like to blog?

I don’t always like blogging, but I’ve discovered how incredibly wonderful bloggers are on WordPress. Unlike other social media sites, bloggers here seem to have a bit more etiquette. I enjoy sharing my work and receiving positive feedback from other talented bloggers!

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Nomination

G. Martinez Cabrera

It’s been a true pleasure collaborating (Elias & The City of Catswith Gabe thus far, and I look forward to our future projects!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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