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Scared Stiff: Acrophobia, Fear of Heights

Related Post: Portfolio, 2014.

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From Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias

by Sara Latta

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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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Attack on Titan: Analogy to World War II

Okay, I just had to get this off my chest…

The Japanese manga and anime series Attack on Titan made absolutely zero sense to me until I realized it is an unmistakable analogy to World War II.

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All over the internet, I kept seeing disturbing images of a giant human with no skin. I’m not particularly squeamish about violence in the media — most horror movies drive me into a fit of hysterical laughter. Plus, I’m generally fascinated by the macabre.  But certain things just get to me. Like the part in the brilliant Pan’s Labyrinth when Captain Vidal’s face is mutilated and he sews it back together (though I adore the Pale Man). Or in Boardwalk Empire (one of my favorite shows) when Richard Harrow (one of my favorite characters) scalps another character without hesitation.  And this giant skinless human is no different — sending shivers down my spine!

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Image from Attack on Titan
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I soon discovered that this giant skinless human is from a series called Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyoujin). When I first became interested in Japan around middle school, I used to watch a lot of anime. But I tend towards live-action series or movies nowadays (a wonderful tool for practicing my language skills). I do find the occasional anime series like the amazing Gankutsuou (巌窟王): The Count of Monte Cristo (which is actually the most faithful adaptation of Dumas’s masterwork) and the gripping Monster (モンスター) (scheduled to be adapted into live-action for HBO by Guillermo del Toro). In other words, I’m usually extremely picky about my anime. But, after being utterly confused by the Attack on Titan Wikipedia summary, I decided to give the series a try out of pure morbid curiosity.

So, I’ve been working my way through the episodes on Hulu. It might be a bit melodramatic at times and the so-called “Vertical Maneuvering Equipment” that allows the characters to leap around is pretty implausible. But it has a relatively well-constructed plot line and decent character development. The main characters Eren and Mikasa have particularly tragic yet compelling backstories. But I couldn’t help a strange feeling of déjà vu

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A page from Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa
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And then it hit me! I realized that certain elements of Attack on Titan bear a striking resemblance to the renowned manga Barefoot Gen (はだしのゲン, Hadashi no Gen), about the bombing of Hiroshima and its survivors.

For instance: In Attack on Titan, Eren and Mikasa attempt to free Eren’s mother from underneath their collapsed house. But Eren’s mother begs them to save themselves. Eren and Mikasa, with the help of a city guard names Hannes, flee from danger as Eren’s mother is killed and eaten by a titan. This directly parallels Barefoot Gen. After the atom bomb drops on Hiroshima, Gen and his mother Kimie discover Gen’s father Daikichi and Gen’s siblings trapped underneath their collapsed house. Gen and Kimie attempt to free the rest of the family before they are consumed by the fire that has broken out all across the city. But Daikichi begs them to save themselves. Gen and Kimie are forced to flee from danger.

This parallel leads me to believe that the humanoid titans may have been inspired by the victims of the atom bombs. In Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many victim’s skin melted off or hung from their bodies in tatters. These victims must have been in excruciating pain and are depicted moving very slowly and blindly, almost like zombies. Although the titans are not meant to be sympathized with (at least not yet) as one would sympathize with the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, their movements are very similar. In this context, the one skinless titan makes so much more sense to me. I really won’t be surprised if the series reveals that the titans are resulted from a human scientific experiment gone wrong and that we are indeed meant to sympathize with them.

Attack on Titan‘s analogy to World War II does not stop with the atom bombs. The series often explores themes related to militarism, group mentality, and self-sacrfice — topics often associated with Japan during World War II as well as World War II across the board.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Perhaps I’ll post more correlations between Attack on Titan and Barefoot Gen as I continue watching!

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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.
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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
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3:16 by Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee
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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).
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Self-Portrait by Liz Prince.
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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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Experience of SF Zine Fest 2013

Related Post: Plans for SF Zine Fest 2013.

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This past weekend, I tabled at SFZF (San Francisco Zine Fest) — my first time tabling! :o I didn’t sell as much as I had hoped, but it was a great experience nonetheless. I met a number of really nice and talented artists/zinesters and handed out a ton of The Poet and the Flea postcards & The First Reich flyers. Now, I feel much more prepared for SPX in September and APE in October.

Here’s a photographic taste of my experience…

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Preparing The Flea plush toys for SFZF.

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My table, all set up!

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Closeup of my table.

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Here’s the room.

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Here are some neighboring tables.

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Tables as far as the eye can see.

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Marie and Brandon of Black Mast
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Closeup of Gregory H. Russell’s table!
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One of The Fleas has a new home!
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Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!

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Yesterday, I posted the 20th page of The Poet and the Flea… What!? Wow!!

The Flea premiered online November 28th, 2012 and has already received more than 10,000 views.

I have been honored to received a number of wonderful reviews thus far, such as those by Sarah Goode and Hannah Meiklejohn, as well as an incredible invitation to speak to The Blake Society in London this coming May.

Self-publishing The Flea online has been an incredible experience so far and I thank everyone for their enthusiasm and support!

Best wishes,

G. E.

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For those of you who have yet to check out The Flea (and for those who wish to read the first 20 pages over again), I’ve included links below. Enjoy!

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Start from the beginning!

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Title Page

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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


A Bit More About Me

I thought that perhaps readers might want to learn a bit more about me. So I took the time to write this!

P.S. I took these questions from an internet meme… I’m not sure where they originate from, but I give full credit to whoever created them (although I edited them a little bit). Thanks!

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If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

I really wouldn’t want to own or build a second house — one house is more than enough for me. But, if I could, I would love to live for a period somewhere Scandinavian. Copenhagen? Stockholm? Or maybe even in Belgium, like Antwerp. I also really need to visit England to do some William Blake research for my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. I’ve already lived in Manhattan and Tokyo, and I hope I can return there in the future. Also, I really must visit Barcelona to see my beloved friend Elena!!

What are your favorite articles of clothing?

Umm, this is a tough question. I admire fashion as an art form, but I have a hard time finding clothes for myself. I guess a more-or-less constant staple of my wardrobe are Vans shoes. Usually quirky ones with multi-colored checkers. Right now, I have a pair with cherries, another silvery pair, and another with blue and pink hearts from St. Valentine’s Day. Also, I’ve been wearing my Vivienne Westwood orb locket for about five years now.

The Last CDs You Bought?

“The Black Belles” by The Black Belles and all of Heavenstamp‘s EPs.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

I practically lived off toast my final semester of college. And I’m loving all the sourdough bread in San Francisco. So I’m going to go with “toaster.”

If you could play an instrument, what would it be?

I actually used to play cello — started when I was four years old and stopped after about twelve years. I never really enjoyed playing, but the experience definitely taught me to appreciate music of all kinds. Playing the whimsical Bohemian pieces of David Popper always brought me the most joy. If I had the patience for another instrument, I might learn the piano just so that I could play Igor Stravinsky and Franz Liszt. Or, if I had been born a man, I’d like to be a bass opera singer like Samuel Ramey.

Favorite color?

Since childhood, I’ve always favored blue. But nowadays everyone would accuse me of being passionate about the color black.

Which vehicle do you prefer, sports car, motorcycle, or SUV?

Vespa. Absolutely.

Do you believe in the afterlife?

You do realize you’re asking a Jewish Atheist?

Favorite children’s book?

Not exactly children’s books per se, but I always read the works of Edward Gorey as a child. I remember being upset when he died back in 2000 (I must have been about 11 years old). Once The Poet and the Flea is up online, anyone familiar with Gorey’s work will probably be able to tell how much he has influenced my own style.

What is your favorite season?

Fall, especially October. My birthday is October 19. And there are lot’s of other awesome birthdays (Oct. 1st, Laurence Harvey’s; Oct 2nd, my mom’s; Oct 3rd, Tetsuya’s [L'Arc~en~ciel]; Oct. 4th, Jeremy Blake’s, etcetera.). Plus, I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. The only downside is what follows: winter. I love the cold, but I can’t stand the holiday season. As Raymond Shaw (Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate, 1962) says: “Twelve days of Christmas? One day of Christmas is loathsome enough!”

If you have a tattoo, what is it?

Not only would I be disowned if I got a tattoo, but more significantly I am 100% certain I would be allergic to not only the ink but also the needle used in tattooing (I have extremely sensitive skin and a serious metal allergy… not long ago, I tried on a metal bracelet and felt it immediately burning my skin!). But I have a lot of interest and respect for tattoos in various cultures (Maori, etc.). I mean, Eastern Promises (2007) is up there on my favorite movie list!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To learn every nuance of every language, and keep them all in my head.

Can you juggle?

I used to have one of those Klutz juggling books… but no.

What is under your bed?

Currently, a gigantic blue portfolio box full of valuable fine art collected by my Opah (grandfather) when he was alive. I’m talking about Reginald Marsh, Philippe Halsman, and the likes.

Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?

You do realize you’re asking someone who lived in Tokyo for a year? Sushi, clearly. Especially the kaiten (conveyor belt) variety.

What is your dream job?

From a very young age, my dream has always been to become a comic book artist. For the past few years, I’ve dreamed of becoming a screenwriter. Now, I’m trying to make both come true.

What age do you plan to retire?

Never.

Something you would like to do that you have never done before?

Attend a film festival… especially one screening a film I wrote. I think this will happen sooner than I expect.

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Desert Island Movies (à la Stage32.com)

“What if you could only watch the same 10 films… forever?”

  1. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  2. In Bruges (2008)
  3. Gemini/Souseiji (1999)
  4. The Constant Gardener (2005)
  5. The Brothers Bloom (2008)
  6. The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
  7. Mystery Men (1999)
  8. The Fall (2006)
  9. Adam’s Apples/Adams æbler (2005)
  10. Topsy-Turvey (1999)

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Graphic Novel Publishers, etc.

I’ve been looking into various outlets (publishers, etc.) for my graphic novel “The Poet and the Flea” once it has gotten off the ground. (This is just a rough list of ideas for my personal use. In no particular order!)

My Perfect Pitch: Book Publishers Accepting Submissions by Category!

The Submission Guidelines for Every Comic and Manga Publisher in the Universe!

★ Additional list on post entitled “Plans for Ape.”

To be continued…

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