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Package from Elena

I met my Barcelonian friend Elena in Tokyo of all places. We were both studying at Sophia University for a year.

We met through a mutual acquaintance and the three of us ended up on a three day trip to Okinawa. Both Elena and I share an enthusiasm for Okinawan culture and were so excited to go. We managed to see everything on our checklist and had an overall wonderful time there.

As it turned out, a few weeks later, Elena ended up moving into the same dorm as me. We ended up spending memorable times together, staying up to the wee hours of the morning chatting and eating candy.

Now, having only recently moved to San Francisco, we live on practically opposite sides of the globe. But we still Facebook and tweet at each other. And, most excitingly, we send packages through snail mail to each other, back and forth from Spain to the States.

While we were friends in Tokyo, Elena had no idea I drew at all. This was during my college phase of not having time to draw. Boy, was she surprised when she learned I was working on my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. And, quickly, she became my #1 fan!

Elena became smitten by the rose from page 27 of The Flea (as seen on Part 4 of Behind the Scenes). So, for the winter holiday, I sent her the following ink and watercolor rose.

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In return, at the end of January, I received a wonderful little New Year’s present from Elena (see photos below)! She sent me a delightfully long handwritten letter, a bag of candy, and a flyer of a favorite Japanese band called exist†trace (which I believe Elena was handed by the lead singer named Jyou after a The GazettE concert).

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I would love for Elena to come visit San Francisco one day, or for me to visit her in Barcelona (when I’m not an unpaid intern making absolutely no money). Elena is really the only person I keep in touch with from my year abroad and I’m proud to have such an awesome friend! Maybe someday we’ll even return to Japan and even Okinawa together.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Seeking Webcomic Suggestions!

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

Dear friends, followers, readers:

I need your help!

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This is me, flailing for help, as represented by a simple emoticon.

I am looking to compile a list of webcomics/online graphic novels that have yet to be professionally published and fall under the category of non-fiction, young adult, biographical/autobiographical/memoir, and/or historical.

Below is my list so far (in no particular order):

  1. Awkward Shelby by Shelby Lynn Criswell
  2. A Space Boy Dream by Moira Zahra and Mark Scicluna
  3. Pre-Raphernalia by Raine Szramski
  4. Eve of All Saints by George Herman & Kit Seaton
  5. Eavesdropping by Rebecca Pugh
  6. Laura Knows Best by Brett Williams
  7. Comics/Illustrations by Lucy Bellwood
  8. Quarterly Stories by Joshua Kemble
  9. Melancholy Rainbow by Nina Kim
  10. Oswald the Webcomic by Adam Bastuscheck
  11. Weak Highlights by (?)
  12. Jack Tinn and the Aquanauts by Jess Smart Smiley
  13. Comics by Elis
  14. Future eating disorder comic by Lani Fernance
  15. Ben Draws Life by Ben
  16. Bad Machinery by John Allison
  17. In Oscar’s Footsteps by Lucy Knisley
  18. Loyalty & Liberty by Tamara ‘Meezer’ Gale
  19. Raised On Ritalin by Tyler Page
  20. The Unsunny Valley by Michał Shadovski
  21. I Think You’re Sauceome by Sarah Becan
  22. So Far Apart by Rasmus Gran & Rene Engström
  23. Anders Loves Maria by Rene Engström
  24. Comics/Zines by Heather Bryant
  25. Big Plans Number 5 by Aron Steinke
  26. Stripped Books by Gordon McAlpin
  27. Clockwork Game by Jane Irwin
  28. Dovecote Crest: A Civil War Reenactment Webcomic by Hailey Bachrach & Bridget Underwood
  29. Lovecraft is Missing by Larry Latham
  30. Kevin Burkhalter’s Journal Comic
  31. Alex’s Guide to a Life Well-Lived by Alex Heberling
  32. Bobwhite by Magnolia Porter
  33. Johnny Wander by Yuko Ota & Ananth Panagariya
  34. Conversations With The Boyfriend by Jade F. Lee
  35. Delilah Dirk and The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
  36. Sleeping on the Sleeper by Jen Collins
  37. Nine Lines of Metro and Seven Days in Berlin by Neil Slorance
  38. …?

Please leave a comment below with your suggestions (name of webcomic and website address) and I’ll add them to my list.

Thank you so much for you help!

Best regards,

G. E.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


“The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 3)

Page 3 & 4, in progress.

Page 4, in progress.

Page 1-3, in progress.

Title page, in progress.

Page 5, in progress.

Page 5 & 6, in progress.

Page 7 & 8, in progress.

Page 9 & 10, in progress.

Page 11, in progress.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


“The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1)

My chair & a fresh pad of bristol board.

A brigade of pens, markers, etc.

Brand-new X-Acto knife & replacement blades, my slightly worn cutting mat, & Tintin Band-Aids (just in case).

You can never have enough erasers. (The tweezers come in handy, too.)

My top-secret notebook (which I ended up not actually using for this project, whoops!)

My computer: a very important tool.

Research: Dante’s “Divine Comedy” with illustrations by William Blake (gotta love Penguin Classics!).

My friends… they keep me company while I work.

The view outside my window!

My trustworthy wastebasket.

The perils of refilling Copic markers. (Or am I just unskilled?)

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


“The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

Images from my upcoming graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea.

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Preliminary character designs for the poet-painter William Blake.

Preliminary character designs for William Blake and The Ghost of the Flea.

Preliminary character designs for Kate Blake and the archangel Raphael.

Experimenting with black paper for The Flea.

Experimenting with X-Acto knife for The Flea.

Pages 1 & 2, in progress.

Page 1, in progress.

Page 2, in progress.

Page 3, in progress.

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Part 3 of “Behind the Scenes” will be posted sometime soon!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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