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Paul Roth’s People of SPX 2014: Interview with G. E. Gallas

Related Posts: Plans for SPX 2014 and Experience of SPX 2014.

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As promised, here is the interview Paul Roth did of me at this year’s SPX (Small Press Expo). Click the link below. Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/xQSj4L_8INw

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


Experience of SPX 2014

Related Posts: Experience of SPX 2013 and Plans for SPX 2014.

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I had a wonderful time at SPX 2014, my second time attending and exhibiting at this event (which happens to take place in the very same room of my high school prom — surreal!). I was able to reconnect with a few artists I met last year, discover some really amazing artists I haven’t encountered before, and finally meet a few artists I’ve come to know online in person.

Many thanks to Paul Roth, who interviewed me for his YouTube channel!

Also, many thanks to The Library of Congress (www.loc.gov) for adding The Poet and the Flea zine to the Small Press Expo Collection at The Library of Congress! For more information, please visit spxpo.com/about/loc.

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The first time I was exposed to Charles Burns’s work was through Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut, which I used to watch over and over again on a VHS recording as a kid. Years later, I revisited The Hard Nut and consequently really got into Burns’s Black Hole. I was ecstatic to hear the Burns would be at SPX! To my absolute surprise, I was first in line. Not only did I get his autograph and chat with him, but he seemed excited to receive a copy of The Poet and the Flea preview zine. :)

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I’ve been following Noah Van Sciver for a few years now and really admire his unique style and use of historical characters and events. I actually picked up A City of Whisky & Fire and The Death of Elijah Lovejoy at Forbidden Planet during my last trip to New York, but brought them with me to get his autograph. I also picked up a copy of his new zine Slow Graffiti which has some interesting, more contemporary stories. It was wonderful meeting Noah and I hope to see him again next year!

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I was so excited to finally me Ryan Thompson in person!!! I’ve admired his work (Comics I Admire: “Frolic”) for a few years now and was excited to receive his zine Esper’s Toxin. He and his girlfriend were really sweet and I can’t wait for him to reboot Frolic! :D

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SPX 2014 05

After meeting Santi at DC Zinefest in August, I wanted to get my hands on a copy of the full collection of Lunatic Tales, inspired by old-fashioned cartoons. Through Twitter, I asked Santi to bring one to SPX for me and was ready to pay the full $10 for it, but he gave it to be for free! (I insisted he take a few of my art prints, so I didn’t feel guilty.) I can’t wait to have a moment to sit down and really enjoy this awesome series.

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SPX 2014 07

I met Anuj Shrestha at last year’s SPX, immediately fell in love with his series Genus, and bought volumes 1 through 3. So I just had to get my hands on volume 4 this year. The story reminds me a bit of The Matrix for some reason, but with a floral twist. I was very excited that he remembered me and we had a fun and hilarious chat!

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R. Bensen seemed so incredibly excited to pick up a copy of The Poet and the Flea zine, I just had to return the favor. And I’m so glad I did! His work has many biblical themes, but with a wonderful splash of whimsy and mischief. I particularly like The Garden of Earthy Delight, which the artist said was his most accomplished work. Another artist I hope to see next year!

  • The Garden of Earthly Delight and My Biblical Daydreams #1 by R. Bensen; Spitting Out the Demons by David Hanks and R. Bensen: mybiblicaldaydreams.tumblr.com.

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I was very surprised to see Josceline Fenton at SPX — she traveled all the way from the UK just for this two-day expo! I’ve been following her whimsical webcomic Hemlock for some time now. I was actually a bit nervous to talk to her, but she was so incredibly friendly. She even gave me a free art print (above), which I hope to frame. :D

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I just happened to stumble across this little gem that features adorable Jane Austen-esque spiders in empire-waist dresses who accidentally eat their suitors. So charming and clever! I wish there was a whole series!

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This is a funny little comic I was given by one of its artists (I’m not sure if it was Alex or Raynato). He was a nice guy and the zine has a cute, little concept that reminds me a bit of Courage the Cowardly Dog and Nodame Cantabile for reasons I can’t quite explain.

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These are the zines of my SPX table neighbors Carlos and Bryan! I had a lot of fun chatting with them throughout the expo and I can’t wait to sit down and take a closer look at their work. I’m especially amused by the way in which Bryan draws Carlos — it looks just like him!!

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


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.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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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
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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3:16 by Desmond Seymour and Jade F. Lee
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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SPX 2013 02

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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SPX 2013 01

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).
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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Self-Portrait by Liz Prince.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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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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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Announcement: “The Man Who Never Smiled”

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Title: The Man Who Never Smiled

Director: Josh Mihal

Screenwriter: G. E. Gallas

Cast: TBA

Filming Location: Sacramento, California.

Length of Script: 15-16 pages.

Genre: Film Noir, Drama.

Logline/Summary: A contemporary film noir about the tragic fate of a father and his daughter. Mr. Charles P. Cable finds himself unwittingly mixed up in a case of identity theft that provokes serious repercussions.

Reception: “…a compelling structure for a short. It heightens the stakes knowing that the protagonist is going to end up in a life-threatening and bloody situation. It also makes the story compact and easy to digest — a great attribute in a short.” –Feedback from the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Status: Currently in pre-production!

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Message from director Josh Mihal:

Short film seeking CREW for shoot at the end of JULY. We need everything from sound to camera.

NON-PAID; food, credit, and IMDB credit provided. Completed film to be entered into festivals and contests.

Also seeking LOCATIONS in Sacramento, CA. 1) An office, large size, with cubicles or desks; also an open room with a desk. 2) A rundown house where we can shoot both inside and out.

Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions. And please share this post.

(If interested, please e-mail me at gegallas@hotmail.com, subject “The Man Who Never Smiled,” and I’ll put you in touch with Josh!)

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Message from screenwriter G. E. Gallas:

The Man Who Never Smiled began as the seed of an idea, based on an individual who was hired by my family to appraise the impressive art collection my grandfather and subsequently grandmother left behind. I never noticed that this man never smiled until my mom inadvertently said something that made him laugh and we were all shocked by the result.

Originally, the short screenplay was commissioned by a production company in the UK. But ultimately they were unable to film it. So I just put the project aside in my pile of yet-to-be-produced scripts. That was until earlier this year when, out of the blue, I received a message via Stage32 from Sacramento-based director Josh Mihal expressing his interest in my scripts and in particular The Man Who Never Smiled.

We began discussing the project over Skype. I created detailed notes for Josh and he set about recruiting the cast and crew. Soon, Josh will send me a shot list and I will get to work on a simple storyboard. Also, I will be working as script consultant on set. We are planning to film this July 27th and 28th.

It should be noted that we are doing this on a shoestring budget, which is simultaneously nerve-racking and  compelling. Not only am I absolutely excited to finally see one of my scripts come to fruition, but I am also eager to send the finished project to various festivals and competitions.

Wish us luck!!

–G. E.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Very Brief Update

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A plump San Franciscan specimen.

I haven’t really had a chance recently to record my daily activities like I used to. And I guess that’s a good thing since it means I’ve been super busy working on some amazing projects!

Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks:

  1. Working on my first real freelance illustration job!!! I’ve been more or less hired to design some covers and interior illustrations. More details to come.
  2. Working on blog posts documenting my Cannes/London trip. There are about 20-23 related posts I’ve been working on since I got back. I just want to polish them all before sharing them!
  3. Figuring out inventory for upcoming online store and expos/fests/conventions. This includes putting together my first zine and The Flea plush toy among other products.
  4. Production of my first zine. I’ve been printing, cutting, and assembling like mad and can’t wait to share my work! Plus, I already have a great idea for my second zine.
  5. Production of The Flea plush toy. This has involved a few failed attempts, but I’ve finally hit upon a great prototype and am ready to start making more. :D
  6. Setting up a Storenvy account.  Drafting product descriptions, etc.
  7. Pre-production for The Man Who Never Smiled. One of my short scripts is being made into a film!!! I’ve been working with a Sacramento-based director named Josh on this. We’re planning on filming in July. More details to come.
  8. Planning on finishing the first 10 pages of The First Reich. As soon as I’m done with the first deadline for the freelance illustration job, I plan to work on this.
  9. Officially began writing my third full-length screenplay. I’ve had this strange idea floating around my brain for a while now. Without giving anything away, I think the best way to describe it is as a dark dramedy.
  10. Planning on submitting some new short screenplays to various contests. While at Cannes, I had a chance to write a few new shorts. :)

To be continued…!

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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


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