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Work in Progress: “Elias & the City of Cats”

Just wanted to share some of the work I’ve been doing collaborating with writer Gabe (G. Martinez Cabrera) on the children’s book Elias & The City of Cats.

I’m really enjoying working with Gabe — we’re good at bouncing ideas off one another and both have the creative energy to push one another to make the best book that we can!

Currently, we’re working towards creating a mockup of Elias to shop around to publishers.

A few weeks ago, Gabe took the time to cut up his story and arrange it into a format that gives me a better idea of the images he’s looking for. From that, I worked on a rough sketch storyboard draft of sorts.

Recently, I showed Gabe this first rough draft, and from our discussion I’m putting together a second rough draft. I’m sure both of us will be doing a good number of drafts before we have a polished mockup!

Elias and Ignis, preliminary character designs.

Ignis, another preliminary character design.

Two pages from the first rough draft.

Another two pages from the first rough draft.

The second rough draft, in progress!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

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

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, October 24th

  1. Uploaded portfolio to this blog.
  2. Requested invite from DreamUp.com (not at all sure how this will turn out…).
  3. Did some online research about zines, printers, etc.
Thursday, October 25th
  1. Working on submission to Fantagraphics.
  2. Continuing to work on some upcoming blog posts and project ideas.
Friday, October 26th
  1. Meeting with Gabe went very well as always. Gabe took the time to cut and paste his entire story, Elias & The City of Cats, into a children’s book format to give me a better idea of what I need to illustrate. From this prototype, I’ll start working on a rough sketch storyboard!
  2. Applied to the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival Screenwriters Competition. Information updated on “Applications” post, here.
  3. Completed submissions package for Fantagraphics. Now, I just have to put in the mail!
  4. Scanned character preliminary design for Elias and Ignis of Elias & The City of Cats. With this design, I was just experimenting with some Commedia dell’Arte (Pierrot & Harlequin) costumes which most likely won’t appear in the final children’s book. But Gabe seems to really like this image and wants to make some t-shirts. Any interest?

Saturday, October 27th
  1. Last night and today, working on rough sketch storyboard for Elias & The City of Cats.
  2. Did some experimenting with animation app on iPad.
Sunday, October 28th
  1. Worked on figuring out the crazy California ballot (so many props!) so that I can vote early tomorrow.
  2. Had a wonderful time with Wes today! Ate dinner at The Corner Store — both had these amazing “Grasshoppers” (crème de menthe, absinthe, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream). Can’t wait to see him again on Halloween! (○゜ε^○)
Monday, October 29th
  1. I voted today!!
  2. Dropped submissions package for Fantagraphics in the mail!
  3. Applied for a part-time writing job. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, October 30th
  1.  Working on rough sketch storyboard for Elias & The City of Cats.
  2. Discovered that my short screenplay Death Is No Bad Friend made it to the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition 2nd Round Qualifiers (announced earlier this month). I have no idea how many rounds this competition is, but does that mean that judge Sir Kenneth Branagh has read my screenplay?  (。♥‿♥。)
  3. Responded to a film director on Craigslist looking for a short screenplay, and got an almost immediate response of interest. Hoping this will be successful!
  4. Sent an e-mail to Scout Books enquiring about collaboration and their Good Ink’s literary line.
Wednesday, October 31st
  1. Completed rough sketch storyboard for Elias & The City of Cats.
  2. Happy Halloween!!!  I had a great time at Wes’s house’s pretty dorky party, even though I don’t think anyone recognized my Daria costume (even though Shannon Woodward and Katy Perry dressed as Daria and Jane without my prior knowledge). Plus, Wes gave me a belated birthday present — meet Charles, the British alpaca!!

Thursday, November 1st

  1. Recovering from last night!
  2. Ran some errands…
  3. Also, my mom’s (Irene Zweig) new postcards (see below) came in the mail!

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 49 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: Began work on the first few pages…!

To Do:

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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


Brief Update

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

★ Send G.E. to the U.K.: http://www.indiegogo.com/send-GE-to-UK

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Thursday, October 11th

  1. Designed and printed out The First Reich last-minute DIY postcards (seen in this post) for APE (Alternative Press Expo).
  2. Preparing for meeting with Gabe tomorrow.
  3. Continuing to work on some upcoming blog posts and project ideas.
  4. Working on promoting my IndieGoGo campaign through twitter.

Friday, October 12th

  • Meeting with Gabe: went very well (as usual) since Gabe is great to talk to/work with/bounce ideas off of! He liked what I’ve done so far with my character designs, but I need to go back and tweak them, which is an very interesting process and great creative practice for me. Our tentative schedule: finish mock-up of Elias by end of December; begin working on The Blanks screenplay in January.

Saturday, October 13th

  1. APE (Alternative Press Expo): see post “Experience of APE.”
  2. After APE, hung out with Wes in Japantown. He showed me around the New People center (home of h. Naoto and Baby, the Stars Shine Bright), which I’ve been meaning to visit. Meandered around the area, visiting my favorite Kinokuniya Book Store and more. Ate dinner (chicken pot pie for both of us) at this really cute restaurant called The Grove Fillmore, which has a ski-lodge-type feel. Saw some strange sights, including furries and men in lederhosen. Such a fun day!

Sunday, October 14th

  1. APE (Alternative Press Expo): see post “Experience of APE.”
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Continuing to work on some upcoming blog posts.

Monday, October 15th

  1. Working on character designs for Gabe.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Later, hung out with Wes in The Haight! ♪(┌・。・)┌

Tuesday, October 16th

  1. Working on character designs for Gabe.
  2. Went by Christopher’s Books in hopes of a part-time job for the winter. We’ll see what happens!

Wednesday, October 17th

  • Working on character designs for Gabe.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 49 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.

To Do:

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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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