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Conflicted About “47 Ronin”

Related Post: Attack on Titan: Analogy to World War II.

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From Left to Right: Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, Keanu Reeves, and Kou Shibasaki.
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I am very conflicted about going to see 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves in theaters December 25th.

On one hand, the film seems to have little to do with Chūshingura (忠臣蔵), the original kabuki (歌舞伎) play I read in the “Traditional Japanese Literature” class I took at Sophia University (上智大学) in Tokyo. Moreover, the film has reportedly not done well with Japanese audiences.

BUT, on the other hand, I really want to support the amazing selection of Japanese actors cast in the film. And, for that reason, I’ve devised the following list…

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Hiroyuki Sanada (真田広之)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Dogen on Lost (Season 6).
  • Notable Accolades: He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and received an honorary MBE award.
  • Why is he awesome?: While filming The Last Samurai (2003), he almost cut off Tom Cruise’s head (“Cruise has brush with death”).
  • Film Recommendations: Sanada-san stars in my favorite samurai film The Twilight Samurai (2002). This film has only two fight scenes (one short and one long), but they are both jaw-dropping in their seemingly effortless choreography and will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Kou Shibasaki (柴咲コウ)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Mitsuko Souma in Battle Royale (2000); she was slated to play Gogo Yubari’s twin sister Yuki in Kill Bill, but dropped out due to other commitments.
  • Notable Accolades: She won a Japanese Academy Award for her performance in Go (2001).
  • Why is she awesome?: She starred in the first Japanese television drama I ever watched called Orange Days (2004) in which she played a deaf character, performing all her lines in Japanese sign language.  Plus, she’s an adorable pop singer (“KISS Shite” by KOH+).
  • Film Recommendations: Shibasaki-san stars alongside Joe Odagiri in one of my favorite Japanese films called La Maison de Himiko (2005) about a young woman who is asked by her dying father’s young male lover to work in her father’s nursing home for gay men.

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Rinko Kikuchi (菊地凛子)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Mako Mori in Pacific Rim (2013).
  • Notable Accolades: She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Babel (2006).
  • Wh is she awesome?: She’s the first Japanese actress in 50 years to be nominated for an Oscar! Plus, she’s appeared in a number of films with Tadanobu Asano (see below) including his directorial debut Tori (2003).
  • Film Recommendations: I absolutely adore The Brothers Bloom (2009), starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and (of course) Rinko Kikuchi!! :) Kikuchi-san silently pantomimes throughout this film and is an absolute delight to watch.

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Tadanobu Asano (浅野忠信)

ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE ACTORS!

Some of these film recommendations might be hard to find outside of Japan. If you’re having trouble finding a title and really want to watch it, message me at gegallas@hotmail.com and I’ll see if I can help! :)

Also, for those of you who go see 47 Ronin, leave a comment here and let me know what you think!

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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


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…!

Monday, February 18th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on first zine.

Tuesday, February 19th

  1. Meeting with Gabe! Showed him some new work for Elias & the City of Cats
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  4. Spoke with my high school friend Tina L. about SPX (Small Press Expo) in Maryland. We (Tina, some of her friends, and I) are going to try to get a table there this September! Also, Tina may share a table with me for this year’s APE!

Wednesday, February 20th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #7: Super busy with some editing/fact-checking work! Also, sat in on a Teen Advisory Board meeting, which was interesting. Going in again tomorrow instead of Friday to sit in on a meeting and meet a tight deadline!

Thursday, February 21st

  1. Sent Hannah some follow-up answers.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #8: Came in Thursday instead of Friday. Managed to complete a big project before the deadline. Finally met Dan in person (had only talked on phone before). Going to help Hallie with a photoshop project on Wednesday. Busy, busy, busy!

Friday, February 22nd

  1. Day off from Zest Books Internship!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on some extra assignments for Zest.

Saturday, February 23rd

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Sunday, February 24th

  1. Lunch with cousin Cheryl Ann.
  2. Date night with Wes!
  3. Nominated for The Very Inspring Blogger Award.

Monday, February 25th

  1. Did some errands downtown.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Worked on some extra assignments for Zest.
  4. Nominated for The Liebster Award.
  5. Contacted by potential director for one of my short scripts!
  6. The Flea‘s First Fan Art!

Tuesday, February 26th

  1. Correspondence with potential director.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on first zine.

Wednesday, February 27th

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #9: Did some more image research and worked on photoshop to convert images into multiple formats.

Thursday, February 28th

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, March 1st

  1. Continued correspondence with potential director.
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #10: Little jobs here and there. Working on some projects for Little Fish. Took home a copy of Regine’s Book.

Saturday, March 2nd

  1. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  2. Attended a show at Gallerie Citi with some of my mom’s art on display. :)

Sunday, March 3rd

  1. Hannah Meiklejohn Interviews G. E. Gallas for Lemonade Magazine
  2. G. E. Gallas Invited to Speak to The Blake Society!
  3. Date night with Wes!

Monday, March 4th

  1. Celebrating 1,000 Followers on Twitter!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Research, research, research…!

Tuesday, March 5th

  1. Planning for Blake’s London!
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Research, research, research…!
  4. First skype meeting with film director Josh! He’s interested in my short script The Man Who Never Smiled. Soon, he’ll be scouting locations and creating a shot list. Wants me to write detailed notes about the script and eventually create a simple storyboard. Set filming date for July. Extremely excited!!!
  5. Worked on The First Reich.

Wednesday, March 6th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #11: Worked on a graphic-novel-related marketing research project.

Thursday, March 7th

  1. Meeting with Gabe! Hoping I can finished illustrations for Elias in a few weeks, scan them, then meet with Gabe to get everything prepared to send out to publishers!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, March 8th

  1. Package from The Blake Society!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #12: Continued to work on a graphic-novel-related marketing research project. Received some very interesting advice about publishing.

Saturday, March 9th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Nominated a second time for Versatile Blogger Award!

Sunday, March 10th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Monday, March 11th

  1. Ran some errands.
  2. Worked on some information for the Blake Society.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, March 12th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Wednesday, March 13th

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Thursday, March 14th

  1. Worked on a special illustration. :)
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on The Poet and the Flea.

Friday, March 15th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #13: Worked on image research and packing for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
  2. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Saturday, March 16th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Applications, applications, applications…!
  3. Nice dinner with extended family in Palo Alto.

Sunday, March 17th

  • Date night with Wes.
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The Ice Cream Bar, San Francisco

Monday, March 18th

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

Tuesday, March 19th

  1. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.
  2. Second skype meeting with film director Josh! Discussed casting and locations.
  3. Talked with Tina L. over phone. Always so much fun!

Wednesday, March 20th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #14: Worked on research for graphic novels, London Book Fair, and literary agents.
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Spring is here?

Thursday, March 21st

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Dinner with friend Tina C. 

Friday, March 22nd

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #15: Worked on research for London Book Fair and literary agents. Put together a bunch of packages to be mailed. Image research for computer/internet-related ebook.

Saturday, March 23rd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Date night with Wes. Saw The Incredible Burt Wonderstone — actually much more entertaining than we were expecting. Bought David Bowie’s new album! :)
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Yay!

Sunday, March 24th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Received reply from a potential job — interview on Thursday.
  3. Worked on The First Reich.
  4. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  5. Packed for Passover trip.

Monday, March 25th

  1. Passover trip — had Passover and stayed overnight at cousin’s house outside of Sacramento. Would be perfect location for filming Death Is No Bad Friend.
  2. Received e-mail from local production company. Interview scheduled for April 11th!

Tuesday, March 26th

  • Return drive from Passover trip.

Wednesday, March 27th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #16: Worked on image research and fact checking! Fact checking is definitely one of my strong suits — I have so much random knowledge stuffed away in my brain that I can immediately sense when something is off. :)
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Beautiful but deadly pollen!

Thursday, March 28th

  1. Interview with potential job unsuccessful, but that’s fine by me. Looking forward to next interview on the 11th!
  2. Entered two screenplays (one full-length, one short) into Table Read My Screenplay contest. Wish me luck!
  3. Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!

Friday, March 29th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #17: Continued to work on fact checking and image research!
  2. Tina L. called to tell me we got the table at SPX!!! Now to buy plane tickets…

Saturday, March 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Arr, Ye Matey: “Assassin Bound” Ho!!!
  3. Worked on The Flea plush toy.

Sunday, March 31st

  1. Worked on The Flea plush toy.
  2. Date night with Wes! :)

Monday, April 1st

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on The Poet and the Flea.
  4. Online research/shopping for Cannes/London trip.

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: about 6-8 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

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

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


The Versatile Blogger Award: 2nd Nomination!

Related Post: The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Many many many thanks to Spread Information (spreadinformation.wordpress.com) for nominating me a second time for the Versatile Blogger Award!!

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Rules

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination.

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Facts

  1. I am currently working on two graphic novels, The Poet and the Flea and The First Reich.
  2. I am an intern at Zest Books, a publishing company in San Francisco.
  3. I met my wonderful Barcelonian friend Elena in Tokyo.
  4. I have been interviewed by Hannah Meiklejohn for Lemonade Magazine.
  5. I have been invited to speak to The Blake Society in London.
  6. I am trying to figure out my trip to London.
  7. I am holding a contest for someone to win a free copy of my upcoming first zine.

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Nominations

  1. inthedarkwoods.com
  2. reneblommer.wordpress.com
  3. offsetoriginals.com
  4. meshimages.wordpress.com
  5. petitesage.wordpress.com
  6. marinakanavaki.com
  7. cyreeartworks.wordpress.com
  8. laurawilliamsblog.com
  9. jamesl182d.wordpress.com
  10. pigandpaperco.wordpress.com
  11. jakewhite599.wordpress.com
  12. mjomja.wordpress.com
  13. thememorymine.com
  14. theyetiden.wordpress.com
  15. marichkadrawsmonsters.wordpress.com

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


The Liebster Award: 3rd Nomination!

Thank you so much to Don Hoang Nguyen (nguyeningit.wordpress.com) for nominating me a third time for the Liebster Award! Don’t forget to check out Don Hoang’s quirky illustrations and comics.

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

As I mentioned yesterday, 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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Don Hoang’s Questions

1. What is your favorite pizza topping?

Dolce gorgonzola, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, pear and golden raisins.

2. Where is your favorite pizza joint providing said favorite pizza topping?

The Quattro Fromaggi pizza at Pizza Nostra in San Francisco.

3. Transformers or Gobots?

Can I substitute my answer with Escaflowne?

4. Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Trek… used to love Voyager as a kid.

5. Picasso, Warhol, Duchamp or Ed Roth?

Warhol (I’m not just saying that because of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, okay?).

6. Would you rather wait at the Post Office or the DMV?

Post office! I really can’t stand the DMV.

7. True or False?

False.

8. Whom would you side with in a war: zombies, werewolves or vampires?

Vampires — especially Lord Hal.

9. Who or whom?

Neither.

10. Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

Only if Samuel Ramey can come too.

11. May I have the last donut?

I’ll think about it.

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Nominations

  1. imoutoart.wordpress.com
  2. drawingpains.com
  3. amightypen.net
  4. ptwinchell.com
  5. freshfrippery.com
  6. graffikai.wordpress.com
  7. essencedetre.wordpress.com
  8. thecomicbookist.wordpress.com
  9. needleworksinprogress.wordpress.com
  10. spacemansteve.wordpress.com
  11. turquoisechildren.wordpress.com

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My Questions

I liked the questions I wrote last time, so I’ll use them again…

  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


Very Inspiring Blogger Award, February 2013

I’d like to thank Clare (dawndancers.com) very very very much for nominating me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! This is my third time being nominated for this award, and it’s wonderful to know how much others seems to appreciate my blog. :)

Truthfully, 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!!

On that note, I would also like to ask you to please check out my review of Joshua Kemble’s extraordinary graphic novel Quarterly Stories!

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Rules

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them.
5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

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Seven Things About G. E. Gallas

I think you’ll learn more than enough about me through the other award posts I’ve made!

  1. Very Inspiring Blogger Award! (First & Second Nomination)
  2. Reader Appreciation Award!
  3. The Liebster Award!
  4. The Beautiful Blogger Award (Nominated Four Times!!)
  5. The One Lovely Blog Award + The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!
  6. The Liebster Award: 2nd Nomination!
  7. The Versatile Blogger Award!

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Nominate 15 Other Bloggers

Oodles and oodles of talent and inspiration, but in no particular order!

  1. aboutafatgirl.wordpress.com
  2. craftinlightenment.wordpress.com
  3. literarybandit.wordpress.com
  4. amandakatewalker.com
  5. bygollydaily.wordpress.com
  6. tetsukuri.wordpress.com
  7. landofquo.wordpress.com
  8. becreativemary.wordpress.com
  9. adventureinart.wordpress.com
  10. corkmagazine.wordpress.com
  11. smallofferings.wordpress.com
  12. selvasolimar.wordpress.com
  13. samferdafolk.wordpress.com
  14. dollgiftbyrheea.wordpress.com
  15. brillenschnitzel.wordpress.com

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Comics I Admire: “Quarterly Stories”

Today, I am pleased to present Joshua Kemble and his new online graphic novel Two Stories.

I stumbled across the website Quarterly Stories whilst on my search for autobiographical/non-fiction webcomics. I’m not sure how I came across this amazing work, but I sure am glad I did.

Two Stories is an autobiographical graphic novel that deals with themes of “…life, love, loss, and depression.” As far as I can tell, the novel will consist of a series of short stories that are all autobiographical, but will be presented in various styles, tones, and genres (“serious to silly”).

Not only are Josh’s illustrations absolutely stunning, full of texture and movement, but his storytelling is powerful and compelling. For this first chapter, it is not just a story of attempted suicide, but more astonishingly a step-by-step examination of the protagonist/author’s thought process — a complex mind that makes connections (from Shakespeare to It’s A Wonderful Life and back to reality) and plays tricks on itself (“The Suicide Game” on page 4).

Josh is a Xeric Award-winning cartoonist who works as a freelance illustrator as well as an adjunct professor at Laguna College of Art and Design. With such an impressive background and body of work, I’m expecting Two Stories to be quickly snatched up by publishers. :)

The following images belong to Joshua Kemble.

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For more Quarterly Stories and Joshua Kemble, please check out the following websites…

quarterlystories.com

joshuakemble.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Joshua-Kemble-Illustrations/130292550362837

Store: joshuakemble.com/?page_id=241

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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…!

Wednesday, January 9th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Worked on first zine!
  4. Received my fourth nomination for The Beautiful Blogger Award!

Thursday, January 10th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Continued work on first zine.

Friday, January 11th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Continued work on first zine.
  4. Today, set up an interview for a potential internship at a local publishing company! The interview’s Wednesday afternoon, so I have some time to prepare and de-stress beforehand.

Saturday, January 12th

  1. Was going to go see Gangster Squad this weekend with Wes. But I’m definitely coming down with something. Hope I get better before the interview on Wednesday! ヽ( ̄д ̄;)ノ
  2. I’m sure you’ve all heard about and seen the amazing giant squid footage recently captured by Japanese scientists. Well, I made a giant squid discovery of my own (see photograph below)! P. S. I love the Japanese word for giant squid — 大王烏賊 daiouika, which uses the characters for “big,” “king,” “crow/raven” (perhaps because squids have beaks), and “rebel/thief/bandit.” Yes, giant squid are awesome!!
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Resident Squid at Woodhouse Fish Co.

Sunday, January 13th

  1. Under the weather! :(
  2. I just had to share something amazing with all of you. Recently, I’ve started watching a very strange show called Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy. The only way to describe it is Monty Python meets a live-action version of Yellow Submarine plus an unverified amount of crack. You might want to watch the whole episode if you’ve never seen it before to understand the humor. But I wanted to point you all in the direction of a skit about William Blake and The Ghost of a Flea (like The Poet and the Flea, but not)! Watch from 7:50 for The Flea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvx4QLHGUCs

Monday, January 14th

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. Continued work on first zine.
  3. Prepared a bit for interview on Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 15th

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. Continued work on first zine.
  3. Worked on preliminary design for  The Flea plush toy!!

Wednesday, January 16th

Thursday, January 17th

  1. Discovered this amazing review of The Poet and the Flea by Sarah Goode at University College Oxford on the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’s website!
  2. Correspondence with The Blake Society.

Friday, January 18th

  1. Brief but great meeting with Gabe! He seemed to really love what I’ve done so far on the final illustrations for Elias & the City of Cats. He didn’t make any changes other than adding a handwritten title to the cover and adding a second page for the part we call “cat craziness.” Plus, I sent Gabe a list of children’s book publishers I’ve compiled and he’ll look over it in the coming days. It’s wonderful to think that, once I’ve finished the final illustrations, Gabe will start working on submitting Elias to publishers!!! 
  2. Began reading Wes’s screenplay!!

Saturday, January 19th

  • Continued reading Wes’s screenplay!!

Sunday, January 20th

  1. Received some amazing news — more details to come!
  2. Saw Gangster Squad with Wes! Both of us agree that it wasn’t as bad as the 33% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Monday, January 21st

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finished reading Wes’s screenplay!! Going to meet on Wednesday to go over it with him. (^-^)
  3. Nominated for The Liebster Award for a second time!

Tuesday, January 22nd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Submitted The Poet and the Flea to The Belfry WebComics Index.
  4. Nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award!

Wednesday, January 23rd

  1. Discussed screenplay with Wes today! I think he has a really strong screenplay (especially for a first draft) and already knows which elements need to be further developed. (︶ω︶)
  2. Received Amazon order — William Blake’s Divine Comedy Illustrations and Charles Burns’s Black Hole!

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Thursday, January 24th

Friday, January 25th

  1. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  2. Worked on preliminary design for  The Flea plush toy!!

Saturday, January 26th

  1. Helped my mom, the abstract artist Irene Zweig, deliver her paintings to Gallerie Citi in Burlingame where she will be featured in a show sometime this Spring. You can visit Gallerie Citi’s homepage to learn more and even visit my mom’s profile on their page.
  2. Had dinner with a lovely relative from out of town.

Sunday, January 27th

  1. Had brunch with our lovely cousins.
  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


The Versatile Blogger Award!

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What, another award!?!?!?! Many many many many many thanks to the incredibly talented Kiki Lanbac (laofli.wordpress.com)!!! She has a wonderful aesthetic and a wicked sense of humor. :) Check out a sample of her amazing work below.

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This image belongs to Kiki Lanbac!

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Rules

  1. Post the award pic on the blog.
  2. Tell everyone about who gave you the award with a link to their blog.
  3. Nominate 15 more of your favorite blogs.
  4. Tell 7 interesting facts about you.

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Nominations

  1. sarahpetersen.wordpress.com
  2. pauldonnison.wordpress.com
  3. witchesbrewpress.wordpress.com
  4. october-moon.net
  5. thehumansarah.wordpress.com
  6. ateliercreatie.wordpress.com
  7. mdlillustration.wordpress.com
  8. paintblotch.wordpress.com
  9. parisdreamtime.com
  10. likeamagnet.wordpress.com
  11. clareemilyobrien.wordpress.com
  12. thegirlrach.wordpress.com
  13. creatingmiranda.wordpress.com
  14. filofaxlove.wordpress.com
  15. tinawan.wordpress.com

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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
  5. Liebster Award: 2nd Nomination

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Bonus

Here, have an adorable photo of my shiba inu Nikki!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


The Liebster Award: 2nd Nomination!

My head is spinning from all these award nominations!

Thank you so much to Eszter (felteddreams.wordpress.com) for nominating me a second time for the Liebster Award! Don’t forget to check out Eszter’s amazing felt/embroidery/quilting creations.

To view the post from my first nomination, click here.

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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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Eszter’s Quetions

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

Well, I started this particular blog to keep track of my various creative projects and to organize my thoughts a bit.

2. Is there one thing you wish you could change about yourself, what would it be?

I’m never good at answering this sort of question. Even if I could magically change something about myself, I don’t think I would.

3. If you could meet someone famous who is still living who would it be?

This is a really tough question because I don’t want to jinx my chances at Cannes.

4. What was the most interesting class you ever took in school?

Another tough question since I went to New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study and took a number of amazing courses including “Dante’s World,” “Virtue and Villainy: Melodrama,” and “Globalization: Promises and Discontents.” The most life-changing class I ever took was “Yellow Peril: Documenting & Understanding Xenophobia” taught by the amazing Jack Tchen. For this class, I wrote a painstakingly researched 25-page paper (plus 5 pages of works cited) about Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls. Jack’s new book Yellow Peril: Understanding Fears of “the East” and What We Can Do About It is coming out at the end of February, so check it out if you’re interested!

5. What did you want to be when you were little?

I think I always wanted to be a comic book artist/graphic novelist/mangaka since I was in elementary school up through high school graduation. I drifted away from comics/graphic novels/manga in college, but as you can tell from The Poet and the Flea have regained my passion.

6. If you could decorate your work-space however you wanted, what would be your feature color?

Well, when I moved to San Francisco, I really got to decorate my workspace and I wouldn’t really change a thing (other than that it sometimes gets way too hot and there’s no air-conditioning). My room is mostly made of various shades of blue with splashes of yellow, tan, and salmon. It’s pretty funky!

7. If your life were a book, what would be the title?

Radiant Pessimist™ (this will also be the name of my future production company — I have Laurence Harvey to thank for that one).

8. What one happy memory do you have always coming to mind?

I don’t really have one memory that always comes to mind. But I recently thought of a childhood memory (when I was maybe six or seven years old) that I really hadn’t thought of for a long time — me and my dad bobbing in the ocean off of Kiawah Island. I remember that my nose was really runny, ha ha ha.

9. Do you prefer to read actual books or use an E-reader?

Actual books, hands down! It’s just not the same experience with an e-reader. The tactile feeling of a book, the smell of it, the typography and placement on the page, the action of turning from page to page… I really have a hard time reading on my iPad.

10. If you could keep only one item from your wardrobe, what would it be?

I’ve only worn it once, but the skirt of the prom outfit my grandmother made me. She died September 2011, so I’m extremely reluctant to let it go.

11. If you win some millions in lottery, what would be the first thing you buy?

I wouldn’t “buy” anything per se. I’d rather fund a full-length film of either my own script or that of a close friend.

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Nominations

Can’t I just nominate all my followers? You’re all so awesome and talented! :)

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My Questions

I liked the questions I wrote last time, so I’ll use them again…

  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


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