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Celebrating 300 Posts!

Related Posts: Celebrating 100 Posts! and Celebrating 200 Posts!

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I can’t believe I’ve publishing over 300 posts on WordPress! I started WordPressing March 2012 and have had an amazing experience sharing my work and interacting with people all over the world. Thank you so much!!! :)

Want to revisit all 300 some previous posts? Want to see what posts are coming up? Please check out my contents page!

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Cross-Country Adventure Hiatus!

Related Post: Cannes/London Trip Hiatus! and Cannes/London 2013: Compilation.

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This is incredibly out of the blue, but I’m moving back to the East Coast!

Long story short, I’m helping my parents move from San Francisco back to Maryland, so I’m going too. Although it’s a bit bittersweet, I’m happy about this move since D.C. seems a bit more active in film compared to San Francisco. AND I’ll be much closer to NYC, which has a ton of film and filmmakers. Eventually, once I have saved up some money, I’m actually thinking of moving to Brooklyn. But, for the meantime, D.C. it is! :D

With that being said, I’m still 100% committed to filming Death Is No Bad Friend in San Francisco and Northern California. So when we get funded, I’ll just fly back and stay with relatives!!

We will be traveling from Friday, November 1st through Thursday, November 12th, stopping in Kansas City, Missouri for a few days to visit my bubbie. Here’s our schedule…

  1. San Francisco, California
  2. San Jose, California
  3. Laughlin, Nevada
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  5. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  6. Kansas City, Missouri
  7. Effingham, Illinois
  8. Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  9. Washington, D.C./Gaithersburg, Maryland

I’m guessing I’ll have pretty sporadic internet connection along the way, so I probably won’t have time to post anything here. But I might have a tweet or two. I’ll try to take some photos along the way and share them will all of you!

See you mid-November,

G. E.

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Celebrating 200 Posts!

Related Post: Celebrating 100 Posts!

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It’s difficult to believe, but I’ve published just over 200 posts on WordPress! I started WordPressing March 2012 and have had a wonderful time sharing my thoughts and work with the world. The best part of this experience has been interacting with all the amazingly creative, talented, interesting, warmhearted, and generous individuals who have connected with me through their comments. Thank you so much!!! :)

In the coming weeks, I will be working hard on raising funds through Indiegogo for my short film Death Is No Bad Friend. I am absolutely thrilled to be working with such amazing filmmakers (Siren’s Gaze Productions) on this project. And I hope that everyone here will help support us!

Best regards,

G. E.

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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
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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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Grand Opening: The Poet and the Flea Market!

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ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT THE PRODUCTION OF GRAPHIC NOVEL THE POET AND THE FLEA.

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The Poet and the Flea Zine

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Professionally printed zine featuring the first 10 pages of graphic novel The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas.

Manga-sized (8.25″x10.75″), saddle-stiched with 80-pound glossy paper cover and 60-pound high bright paper interior.

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★ ”Smithereens” Zine ★

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“Smithereens: Mammon’s Ring-Posy,” poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882) and illustrated by G. E. Gallas.

Printed and assembled by G. E. Gallas. Illustrations printed on 65-pound, nautral-color paper packaged in a lilac envelope with handwritten inscription.

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★ “The Ink Drinker” Zine 

The Ink Drinker Zine 1

“The Ink Drinker,” a short story by G. E. Gallas.

The dystopian story of a young girl who learns the truth about an outcast of society.

Printed and assembled by G. E. Gallas. Cover printed on 65-pound, nautral-color paper. Interior printed on 24-pound, white paper.

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★ The Flea Plush Toy 

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The sinister antagonist of The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas.

Based on William Blake’s “The Ghost of a Flea.”

Body and limbs made of khaki green crew socks (80% cotton, 20% nylon). Horns, ears and claws made of buttonhole stitched green felt.

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★ The Poet Oval Button 

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Button featuring protagonist William Blake from graphic novel The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas.

High quality, USA made, 1.75″x2.75″ oval button.

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★ The Poet and the Flea Page 4 Print 

Page 4

Art print of page 4 from graphic novel The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas.

Printed on 80-pound cover gloss cardstock.

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★ The Poet and the Flea Page 20 Print 

Page 20

Art print of page 20 from graphic novel The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas.

Printed on 80-pound cover gloss cardstock.

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★ The Poet and the Flea Page 22 Print 

Page 22

Art print of page 22 from graphic novel The Poet and the Flea by G. E. Gallas.

Printed on 80-pound cover gloss cardstock.

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