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Brief Update

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A new page every Wednesday!

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

Monday, January 28th

  1. Received package from Elena!
  2. Went to travel agent to finalize plans for Cannes and London!
  3. Went to Britex to buy supplies for The Flea plush toy!

Tuesday, January 29th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Prepared for tomorrow — the first day of my new internship!!!

Wednesday, January 30th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #1: Wonderful first day! Having an easy time getting into the flow of everything.  Staff is extremely friendly and excited to get to know them better. Get awesome sneak peaks of upcoming titles. Friday, will be working on Tumblr and possibly doing some image research — can’t wait!

Thursday, January 31st

  1. Not ready to announce anything yet, but amazing news (from January 20th) continuing to develop!
  2. Received e-mail from follower Hannah Meiklejohn (bellusmundus.wordpress.com) asking if she could write an article for a magazine about The Poet and the Flea, yay! Excited to learn more details about the article and magazine. (^-^)
  3. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, February 1st

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #2: Worked on historical-themed image research for most of the day, which was mostly a lot of fun! Started working on Zest’s Tumblr (zestbooks.tumblr.com). Ate lunch in nearby park, which is very pleasant and relaxing and will definitely be repeated.

Saturday, February 2nd

  1. Happy Groundhog Day!!
  2. Filled out the rest of Cannes paperwork and made a checklist for what to bring (I’m Going To Cannes!!!).
  3. Went to see Warm Bodies with Wes! Not the most brilliant movie, but adorable and a lot of fun. (︶ω︶)

Sunday, February 3rd

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. E-mailed Gabe a number of photos to show him my progress on Elias & the City of Cats.

Monday, February 4th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. For those of you watching the new Netflix series House of Cards, I highly recommend watching the original BBC version starring the brilliant Ian Richardson also available on Netflix.

Tuesday, February 5th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on first zine.
  4. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.

Wednesday, February 6th

  1. Ran into a neighbor on the bus to work today, and she’d like to hire me to help her with her WordPress. We’ll see what happens… (^-^)
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #3: Worked on creating prom tips for Zest’s Tumblr as well as a mailing project. Getting to know everyone in the office better — everyone’s super easy to talk to. Took home a copy of Zoo Station to read.
  3. Wow, I adore this new FX show The Americans! Amazing character development and really scary/exciting. Can’t wait for the next episode.

Thursday, February 7th

  1. Meeting with Shannon! She is so sweet and was so incredibly excited to see what I had drawn so far. For more details, check out “The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1).
  2. Doing some research on webcomics.

Friday, February 8th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #4: Continuing work on Tumblr! Sat at Ann’s desk today — she happens to have a David Bowie paper doll (with multiple outfits) taped  to her computer, which brings me endless joy.  Got to know fellow intern Olivia a bit better. Extremely excited to proofread/edit the back cover blurb for an upcoming book. Also got to share my opinion on some cover art!
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Today’s constant companion: David Bowie!

Saturday, February 9th

  • Went to see Lewis Black with Wes and the folks! Stomach hurts from laughing so much!

Sunday, February 10th

  1. Finally got to talk with my good friend from high school Tina! Talked on the phone for over 2 hours! (^-^;;)
  2. Worked on TOP SECRET project.

Monday, February 11th

  1. Went downtown today to pick up some more supplies from Britex for The Flea plush toy.
  2. As I mentioned before, one of my followers Hannah Meiklejohn (hannahmeiklejohn.wordpress.com) asked to do an article about me and The Poet and the Flea for an online magazine called Lemonade: Freshly Squeezed Art & Culture Magazine — so exciting!!! Today, I’m working on answering some interview questions from her. Can’t wait to read the finished article. ヽ(°◇° )ノ

Tuesday, February 12th

  1. Did a little shopping in preparation for Cannes. A lot more shopping to do in the next few months.
  2. Finished writing responses to Hannah’s questions. Just have to edit a bit and then send them to her.
  3. Worked on TOP SECRET project.

Wednesday, February 13th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #5: More historical-themed image research and Tumblr. Asked to do some brainstorming for book ideas. Ended up walking all the way home today since the bus skipped a lot.

Thursday, February 14th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Friday, February 15th

  1. A few days ago, e-mailed the Tate Gallery about information on their William Blake collection. Today, received response with good news. Will talk about this more in upcoming post.
  2. Received e-mail from Hannah! She sent a draft of the article, and it looks really wonderful so far. Just have to answer a couple follow-up questions. \(^-^)/
  3. Zest Books Internship, Day #6: More historical-themed image research and Tumblr. Also, talked about a potential book idea I came up with, and some of the staff seems interested! Next week, will be attending the Teen Advisory Board on Wednesday and a staff meeting on Thursday. Very excited!

Saturday, February 16th

  1. Ordered a beautiful dress to wear at Cannes. I needed a maxi dress for pool parties, etc. and couldn’t find the right one in stores. So I browsed Etsy and found the talented Nicole Lebreux! Not only does Nicole have really fun designs, but also she was extremely helpful in answering my questions. So go ahead and check out her shop!
  2. Went to see a simulcast of the new Met production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. The opera is usually set in the 16th century, but this production cleverly reimagines the story in 1960s Las Vegas. Wonderfully creative and engaging production with incredible singers! Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-zXLKd76fk.

Sunday, February 17th

  1. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  2. Date night with Wes! :)

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  • The First Reich: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.
  • First Zine: about 6-8 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

  • Add more information to my Behance.net profile.
  • Add more information to my Coroflot.com profile.
  • Continue adding blog content to The First Reich.
  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Continue to work on Elias & The City of Cats.
  • Complete script for The Poet and the Flea.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


October 2010: VAMPS at Roseland Ballroom, NYC

I can’t believe it’s already been two years since I saw VAMPS in New York City. I made so many great friends in line, and I still communicate with them via Facebook today! –G. E.

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Waiting for Hyde:

Curiosity Killed The Average New Yorker

It was 7 in the morning when a skinny, middle-aged woman in a tracksuit jogged up to us and asked “What are you guys waiting for?”

Carey, one of many fellow fans I had met for the first time that very morning, asked her friend Shannon to hand her the signs. After receiving the pile of lined paper from Shannon, Carey proceeded to display the first page to the skinny woman. In crude Sharpie marker, the sign read:

We are here for VAMPS.

After staring at the words for a moment with a confused expression on her face, the skinny woman responded by asking, “What is that?” Carey tucked the first page behind the others to reveal the second sign.

They are a Japanese rock group!

“VAMPS” is the popular side-project band of Japanese rock star Hyde. In Japan, “Hyde” has been a household name for over a decade.

Hyde’s major band, L’Arc~en~Ciel, keeps busy dishing out one hit single after another and playing Tokyo Dome (a venue with more than twice the capacity of Madison Square Garden) for the umpteenth time. This year, the band celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Hyde performing at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

Although Hyde doesn’t sport fame in the United States equivalent to that of bands like Green Day per se, his fame among American Japanophiles is enough to earn VAMPS a spot in the 2009 Vans Warped Tour and a 2010 World Tour including four concerts across America.

On Saturday, October 9th, I attended VAMPS’s concert at The Roseland Ballroom in New York City.

After reading the second sign with an increasingly confused expression on her face, the skinny woman asked “How long have you all been here?” Carey revealed the third sign.

Yes, we’ve been here ALL DAY.

VAMPS fan Carey and her signs.

My friends thought me insane for heading over to the venue at 5 in the morning. But I knew better. By the time I got to Roseland, there was already a block filled with VAMPS fans standing in line for the 8 p.m. concert.

By “standing,” I mean fans huddled in blankets, sleeping sprawled out on the dog-piss-covered Manhattan sidewalk.

Chatting in line, I could tell that these fans were truly dedicated.

According to Josh (a friendly, chubby VAMPS fan dressed in a kangaroo costume for some unknown reason), some fans had been waiting in line since Wednesday.

Many had come in from Syracuse, Connecticut and the like. Some – such as die-hard fan Mayline – had flown all the way from faraway places – in Mayline’s case, Puerto Rico – just for the concert. Mayline had even lied about a death in the family just to get time off work.

The skinny woman, confused as ever, continued asking questions. And for every question, Carey had a pre-made sign with the corresponding answer. “7 in the morning, and Carey was already an expert at this,” I thought to myself. “Only 13 hours to go.”

Taxi drivers stopped at the light would shout out their windows at us. We would shout back and, once the light turned green, they would drive away still chuckling.

Tourists stood with their cameras snapping pictures of us. Fans in line would retaliate with their own cameras. Upon seeing cameras flashing in their direction, the tourists would flee.

Theater-goers would ask us, “Is this the line for Jersey Boys?” or “Is this the line for Promises, Promises?” They would leave moping about how young people don’t appreciate Broadway anymore.

Sometime during the afternoon, the VAMPS American tour manager came around and handed out flyers with Hyde’s face on them. We figured the flyers would make our lives easier, a visual tool to show curious passersby.

VAMPS World Tour official flyer.

Unfortunately, the flyer just seemed to confuse people more.

Around 5 p.m. and about the gazillionth curious passerby, VAMPS fans in line started getting fed up with all the questions. Down the line, we started hearing people walking past, complaining, “Why didn’t anyone tell me there was a Justin Bieber concert today?”

By that time, the VAMPS line must have already reached the Letterman Show a few blocks up. I can only imagine the kind of hell that part of the line was getting. “What, you’re not here for Letterman? What’s wrong with you?”

After all her questions were answered, the skinny woman seemed disappointed. As she jogged away, she sighed, “Okay then, enjoy yourselves.” She didn’t even stop to read Carey’s last sign:

Thank you for your time! :)

Perhaps the skinny woman would have been less disappointed if Carey’s first sign had read “Bette Midler.”

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2012: L’Arc~en~Ciel went on to become the first Japanese band to headline Madison Square Garden. The “WORLD TOUR 2012 LIVE at Madison Square Garden” concert DVD will be released December 26th.

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For more updates, don’t forget to follow me on tumblr and/or twitter.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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