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Growing Up Zine Seeks Submissions!

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A couple months ago, Dana — the lovely editor of growing up zine — invited me to contribute to issue number one! I am very excited to have my work featured in this new “…zine about transitioning into adulthood — and the boons and blunders you may stumble upon along the way…”

According to Dana, rolling submissions are still accepted and the zine will hopefully be released by the end of the month. You can submit anything your heart desires, as long as it fits the overarching theme of GROWING UP! This could include anything relating to being in your 20s, life stories/experiences, horticulture, transitioning into the adult world, cultural and societal influences, etc. It can be poetry, prose, short stories, nonfiction, and so forth. There is no character limit and the format is open to contributor preference.

For more information, please check out growingupzine.tumblr.com. You can submit via Tumblr or email to growingupmag@gmail.com.

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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.
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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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).
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


My Zest Books Blog Posts

Related Post: Internship at Zest Books!

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My portrait of editorial director/author Daniel Harmon hanging by his desk at Zest Books headquarters! :)

Hey everyone:

I just wanted to let you know that two blog posts written by me are now up on Zest Book’s official blog!

1) “Ten Tidbits of Wisdom from Little Fish (Inspired by Super Pop!)” (posted June 18th, 2013)

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2) “Celebrate Earth Day in 47 Ways!” (posted April 21st, 2013)

Enjoy!

–G. E.

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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


Arr, Ye Matey: “Assassin Bound” Ho!!!

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My dear friend Tina is just launching her own creative adventure, and I wanted to share her work!

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Summary: “A ridiculous crossover fan adventure between Ubisoft’s popular Assassin’s Creed video game series and Andrew Hussie’s extremely popular Homestuck webcomic adventure.”

Truthfully, I know very little about Assassin’s Creed or Homestuck, but so far Assassin Bound is quite entertaining. :D My friend has wonderfully snarky humor and it’s fun to participate by offering suggestions as to what should happen next. Whether a diehard Assassin’s Creed and/or Homestuck fan or not, Assassin Bound is worth a look!

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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, January 28th

  1. Received package from Elena!
  2. Went to travel agent to finalize plans for Cannes and London!
  3. Went to Britex to buy supplies for The Flea plush toy!

Tuesday, January 29th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  3. Prepared for tomorrow — the first day of my new internship!!!

Wednesday, January 30th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #1: Wonderful first day! Having an easy time getting into the flow of everything.  Staff is extremely friendly and excited to get to know them better. Get awesome sneak peaks of upcoming titles. Friday, will be working on Tumblr and possibly doing some image research — can’t wait!

Thursday, January 31st

  1. Not ready to announce anything yet, but amazing news (from January 20th) continuing to develop!
  2. Received e-mail from follower Hannah Meiklejohn (bellusmundus.wordpress.com) asking if she could write an article for a magazine about The Poet and the Flea, yay! Excited to learn more details about the article and magazine. (^-^)
  3. Worked on The First Reich.

Friday, February 1st

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #2: Worked on historical-themed image research for most of the day, which was mostly a lot of fun! Started working on Zest’s Tumblr (zestbooks.tumblr.com). Ate lunch in nearby park, which is very pleasant and relaxing and will definitely be repeated.

Saturday, February 2nd

  1. Happy Groundhog Day!!
  2. Filled out the rest of Cannes paperwork and made a checklist for what to bring (I’m Going To Cannes!!!).
  3. Went to see Warm Bodies with Wes! Not the most brilliant movie, but adorable and a lot of fun. (︶ω︶)

Sunday, February 3rd

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. E-mailed Gabe a number of photos to show him my progress on Elias & the City of Cats.

Monday, February 4th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. For those of you watching the new Netflix series House of Cards, I highly recommend watching the original BBC version starring the brilliant Ian Richardson also available on Netflix.

Tuesday, February 5th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on The First Reich.
  3. Worked on first zine.
  4. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.

Wednesday, February 6th

  1. Ran into a neighbor on the bus to work today, and she’d like to hire me to help her with her WordPress. We’ll see what happens… (^-^)
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #3: Worked on creating prom tips for Zest’s Tumblr as well as a mailing project. Getting to know everyone in the office better — everyone’s super easy to talk to. Took home a copy of Zoo Station to read.
  3. Wow, I adore this new FX show The Americans! Amazing character development and really scary/exciting. Can’t wait for the next episode.

Thursday, February 7th

  1. Meeting with Shannon! She is so sweet and was so incredibly excited to see what I had drawn so far. For more details, check out “The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1).
  2. Doing some research on webcomics.

Friday, February 8th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #4: Continuing work on Tumblr! Sat at Ann’s desk today — she happens to have a David Bowie paper doll (with multiple outfits) taped  to her computer, which brings me endless joy.  Got to know fellow intern Olivia a bit better. Extremely excited to proofread/edit the back cover blurb for an upcoming book. Also got to share my opinion on some cover art!
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Today’s constant companion: David Bowie!

Saturday, February 9th

  • Went to see Lewis Black with Wes and the folks! Stomach hurts from laughing so much!

Sunday, February 10th

  1. Finally got to talk with my good friend from high school Tina! Talked on the phone for over 2 hours! (^-^;;)
  2. Worked on TOP SECRET project.

Monday, February 11th

  1. Went downtown today to pick up some more supplies from Britex for The Flea plush toy.
  2. As I mentioned before, one of my followers Hannah Meiklejohn (hannahmeiklejohn.wordpress.com) asked to do an article about me and The Poet and the Flea for an online magazine called Lemonade: Freshly Squeezed Art & Culture Magazine – so exciting!!! Today, I’m working on answering some interview questions from her. Can’t wait to read the finished article. ヽ(°◇° )ノ

Tuesday, February 12th

  1. Did a little shopping in preparation for Cannes. A lot more shopping to do in the next few months.
  2. Finished writing responses to Hannah’s questions. Just have to edit a bit and then send them to her.
  3. Worked on TOP SECRET project.

Wednesday, February 13th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #5: More historical-themed image research and Tumblr. Asked to do some brainstorming for book ideas. Ended up walking all the way home today since the bus skipped a lot.

Thursday, February 14th

  1. Worked on The First Reich.
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!

Friday, February 15th

  1. A few days ago, e-mailed the Tate Gallery about information on their William Blake collection. Today, received response with good news. Will talk about this more in upcoming post.
  2. Received e-mail from Hannah! She sent a draft of the article, and it looks really wonderful so far. Just have to answer a couple follow-up questions. \(^-^)/
  3. Zest Books Internship, Day #6: More historical-themed image research and Tumblr. Also, talked about a potential book idea I came up with, and some of the staff seems interested! Next week, will be attending the Teen Advisory Board on Wednesday and a staff meeting on Thursday. Very excited!

Saturday, February 16th

  1. Ordered a beautiful dress to wear at Cannes. I needed a maxi dress for pool parties, etc. and couldn’t find the right one in stores. So I browsed Etsy and found the talented Nicole Lebreux! Not only does Nicole have really fun designs, but also she was extremely helpful in answering my questions. So go ahead and check out her shop!
  2. Went to see a simulcast of the new Met production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. The opera is usually set in the 16th century, but this production cleverly reimagines the story in 1960s Las Vegas. Wonderfully creative and engaging production with incredible singers! Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-zXLKd76fk.

Sunday, February 17th

  1. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  2. Date night with Wes! :)

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 63 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: about 1-10 pages of illustrated work in progress.
  • First Zine: about 6-8 pages of illustrated work in progress.

To Do:

  • Add more information to my Behance.net profile.
  • Add more information to my Coroflot.com profile.
  • Continue adding blog content to The First Reich.
  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Continue to work on Elias & The City of Cats.
  • Complete script for The Poet and the Flea.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


The Liebster Award: 2nd Nomination!

My head is spinning from all these award nominations!

Thank you so much to Eszter (felteddreams.wordpress.com) for nominating me a second time for the Liebster Award! Don’t forget to check out Eszter’s amazing felt/embroidery/quilting creations.

To view the post from my first nomination, click here.

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Rules

  1. Post eleven facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you’ve nominated.
  3. Choose eleven people to give this award to and link them in your post.
  4. Go to their page and tell them.

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Eszter’s Quetions

1. What inspired you to start blogging?

Well, I started this particular blog to keep track of my various creative projects and to organize my thoughts a bit.

2. Is there one thing you wish you could change about yourself, what would it be?

I’m never good at answering this sort of question. Even if I could magically change something about myself, I don’t think I would.

3. If you could meet someone famous who is still living who would it be?

This is a really tough question because I don’t want to jinx my chances at Cannes.

4. What was the most interesting class you ever took in school?

Another tough question since I went to New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study and took a number of amazing courses including “Dante’s World,” “Virtue and Villainy: Melodrama,” and “Globalization: Promises and Discontents.” The most life-changing class I ever took was “Yellow Peril: Documenting & Understanding Xenophobia” taught by the amazing Jack Tchen. For this class, I wrote a painstakingly researched 25-page paper (plus 5 pages of works cited) about Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls. Jack’s new book Yellow Peril: Understanding Fears of “the East” and What We Can Do About It is coming out at the end of February, so check it out if you’re interested!

5. What did you want to be when you were little?

I think I always wanted to be a comic book artist/graphic novelist/mangaka since I was in elementary school up through high school graduation. I drifted away from comics/graphic novels/manga in college, but as you can tell from The Poet and the Flea have regained my passion.

6. If you could decorate your work-space however you wanted, what would be your feature color?

Well, when I moved to San Francisco, I really got to decorate my workspace and I wouldn’t really change a thing (other than that it sometimes gets way too hot and there’s no air-conditioning). My room is mostly made of various shades of blue with splashes of yellow, tan, and salmon. It’s pretty funky!

7. If your life were a book, what would be the title?

Radiant Pessimist™ (this will also be the name of my future production company — I have Laurence Harvey to thank for that one).

8. What one happy memory do you have always coming to mind?

I don’t really have one memory that always comes to mind. But I recently thought of a childhood memory (when I was maybe six or seven years old) that I really hadn’t thought of for a long time — me and my dad bobbing in the ocean off of Kiawah Island. I remember that my nose was really runny, ha ha ha.

9. Do you prefer to read actual books or use an E-reader?

Actual books, hands down! It’s just not the same experience with an e-reader. The tactile feeling of a book, the smell of it, the typography and placement on the page, the action of turning from page to page… I really have a hard time reading on my iPad.

10. If you could keep only one item from your wardrobe, what would it be?

I’ve only worn it once, but the skirt of the prom outfit my grandmother made me. She died September 2011, so I’m extremely reluctant to let it go.

11. If you win some millions in lottery, what would be the first thing you buy?

I wouldn’t “buy” anything per se. I’d rather fund a full-length film of either my own script or that of a close friend.

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Nominations

Can’t I just nominate all my followers? You’re all so awesome and talented! :)

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My Questions

I liked the questions I wrote last time, so I’ll use them again…

  1. What is the strangest dream you’ve ever had?
  2. What is/was your favorite subject in school?
  3. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  4. Who is your role model?
  5. What is your favorite holiday?
  6. What is your least favorite vegetable?
  7. What is your guilty pleasure?
  8. Are you an optimist or pessimist?
  9. What are your short-term goals/New Year’s resolutions?
  10. What did you last eat?
  11. Do you have any special and/or bizarre talents?

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Plans for Halloween

I have always loved Halloween. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, et cetera, et cetera. Perhaps that’s because I would watch Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas on VHS over and over and over again as an impressionable 6-year-old.

I believe my all-time best Halloween costume as a child was The Patchwork Girl of Oz. I read L. Frank Baum’s book that summer — I think I was most impressed by the idea of the “Square Meal Tablet.” For the costume, I just remember my mom helping me stitch “doll seams” into pink stockings — a bit like Sally from Nightmare.

I love Halloween so much that, in high school, I wrote a graphic novel called Every Day Should Be Halloween. The basic premise was about a high schooler plagued not only metaphorically but literally by a monkey on his back. I never finished the series… But I completed the written script, the character designs, the costume designs, and a rough sketch outline (see above) of every last page (a little over a hundred in total).

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Now, my default costume is Daria Morgendorffer, as in MTV’s animated series Daria (see above). I label this “default” since I just pull from my closet a number of articles from my high school days and voilà!!! This year, it’s a particularly fortunate costume since Wes told me his very first crush was on Daria (´∀`)♡ (okay, I admit it — I totally had a crush on Trent; and Wes does an uncanny impression of the Mystik Spiral vocalist).

Anyway, here’s a sneak peak of my costume…

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Tchotchkes

I created this post a while back, but I only just now got around to completing it.

The other day, I decided to photograph a series of tchotchkes that inhabit my room. I think you can tell a lot about someone from their room/house, especially by what kind of items are just sitting around collecting dust.

For those unfamiliar with the word “tchotchkes”…

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a “tchotchke” is a knickknack, trinket, bauble, doodad, curiosity, etc. The word is Yiddish and, according to Wikipedia, “…has long been used by Jewish-Americans and in the regional speech of New York City and elsewhere.” Furthermore, according to Wikipedia, “Depending on context, the term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability, as well as tackiness…”

I don’t really consider these things “worthless” or “disposable,” because each object comes with its own memory and nostalgia. But, as you may observe, these objects definitely err on the side of “tacky.”

(Click on images to enlarge.)

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