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Art Feature: The First Reich on Storyacious.com

Related Post: Conversations: Screenwriter, Graphic Novelist, Illustrator — G. E. Gallas on Storyacious.com.

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I was recently interviewed by Storyacious Editor Jenny Bhatt about graphic novel The First Reich, written by Shannon Brady and illustrated by me about the Jewish-Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. The article features a sneak peak of three full pages of the graphic novel! Check out the article here:

storyacious.com/art-feature-first-reich

Enjoy!!!

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


Celebrating 100 Posts!

I can’t believe it, but this is my 100th post to gegallas.wordpress.com!!

I started this blog in March of last year, not knowing where it would take me. It’s quite incredible how many amazing people are here on WordPress and that they have and continue to visit my humble blog.

For my 100th post, I’d like to share a drawing I’ve been meaning to squeeze in somewhere for a long time. This drawing is from August 2011, but really marks the point at which I discovered, after a long hiatus due to college, that I could enjoy drawing again.

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For my 100th post, I’d like to ask two important but simple favors from my readers:

  1. For those of you who have yet to check out my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea, it would be a great honor if you would go over to thepoetandtheflea.wordpress.com and check it out!
  2. If you’d like to receive notifications on Facebook about my new WordPress posts, please follow/like me at www.facebook.com/gegallas!

By the way, if you’re interested in checking out my 99 previous posts, head over to the contents page by either clicking on “contents” at the top of this blog or by clicking the following link: gegallas.wordpress.com/contents.

Thank you very much and I look forward to writing the next hundred posts of this blog!!!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


First Zine and Future Shop

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

Only January, and I’m already beginning to tackle some of my New Year’s goals (New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone?)!!!

First and foremost, I’ve been working on goal #1, making progress on some of the finished illustrations for Elias & The City of Cats. I’m hoping to make a bit more progress in the coming days and then meet up with Gabe on Friday to show him my work. :D

In the meantime, I’ve been brainstorming on goals #6 and #7, my first self-printed zine and my online storefront!

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Possible envelopes for first zine.

The other day, I decided that my first self-printed zine will be an illustrated poem.

I was doing some research on The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and came across the perfect poem for my first zine! I think this poem will be unexpected and exciting while still tying in with The Poet and the Flea. The poem will remain a secret for now, but I’ll give a free copy of my zine to the first person who can correctly guess which one it is. Hint: The Seven Deadly Sins. I’ll be truly impressed if anyone gets this!

As far as production goes, I’d like to keep this zine relatively simple since it’s my first: about 6 to 8 pages, black and white with simple lines, a number of special hand-watercolored copies, all packaged in a lovely envelope. I’ll probably print about 25 or 30 copies, but I’d love to know if anyone is seriously interested in purchasing a copy so that I can figure out if I need to print more or less.

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I’ve been planning my online storefront for a while now, but I’m waiting for the right time to set it up and launch it.

I’ve decided to use Storenvy, because it seems user-friendly and stylish. And it helps that it’s free.

Other than my first self-printed zine, I’d like to offer a wide range of products including The Poet and the Flea merchandise (prints/posters, t-shirts, tote bags, badges/pins, etc.). For prints, I’d like to keep them high-quality but made-to-order so that one can request any page of The Flea or whatnot.

The most ambitious product I’d like to see in my store is a The Flea plush toy. I’ve been playing around with many ideas for this, but know it has to remain relatively simple. The plush toy will definitely be handmade in black fabric, possibly with buttons for eyes and silver/gold (maybe glow-in-the-dark) fabric paint to add texture/scales. It will take me a while to get to this project (and I might recruit some help for it), but I’m excited to see how everything turns out.

Also, I’d like to offer commissioned illustrations, but I have to work out the details on that!

Again, feedback is very welcome! Just leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at gegallas@hotmail.com!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


The One Lovely Blog Award + The Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

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Another award!!! I’d like to thank T. Jay Santa Ana (artbyanto.com) very very very much for nominating me for The One Lovely Blog Award + The Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Be sure to check out T. Jay’s awesome graphic design and illustration work. :)

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Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Add The One Lovely Blog Award + The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself.
  4. Pass the award on to 10 nominees.
  5. Include this set of rules.
  6. Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

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Facts

Check out these other posts for more than seven facts about me!

  1. A Bit More About Me
  2. Very Inspiring Blogger Award
  3. Reader Appreciation Award
  4. Liebster Award
  5. The Beautiful Blogger Award

Instead of writing another “7 things about yourself” list, I thought I’d share my 7 top favorite obscure films list (in no particular order)!

I’d be interested to know how obscure these films really are (as in if any of my followers/readers have ever seen these).

P. S. I’m afraid a number of them might possibly star Laurence Harvey, aha ha ha. Threw in a few Japanese titles as well.

  1. I Am a Camera (1955)
  2. The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)
  3. The Cat’s Meow (2001)
  4. Life at the Top (1965)
  5. The Clone Returns Home/Kurôn wa Kokyô wo Mezasu (2008)
  6. Confessions/Kokuhaku (2010)
  7. The Ceremony (1963)

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Nominations

So much talent on WordPress!

  1. parametricdrawing.com
  2. thecumulusfactory.wordpress.com
  3. illustratedmustache.wordpress.com
  4. streethearts.net
  5. gehennagate.wordpress.com
  6. caseprint.co.uk
  7. magneticcrow.com
  8. blakebradyartwork.com
  9. desultorydigest.wordpress.com
  10. greenhornphotos.com

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Zines and Me!

Rough sketch for zine idea.

As I mentioned before (here), I’ve only recently become interested in the world of zines. Not only do zines appear to be an incredibly flexible channel for creativity, but I think that this medium would be a great compliment to my graphic novels and children’s books. I like the idea of the zine being very hands on — a real artist book, the artist not only illustrating, but also cutting and pasting the finished pamphlet together. This process reminds me greatly of Andy Warhol, his factory, and 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy.

Before I begin any zines of my own, I’ve been trying to get a better sense of their mercurial world. At APE (Alternative Press Expo) 2012, I talked with Tugboat Press, who produce annual free comics and an anthology called Papercutter. Tugboat led me to Parcell Press, who seems to carry a vast array of zines, comics, etc. I also found “How to Make a Zine” on Rookie. I guess the one true rule of creating zines is that there are no rules!

As I ponder the pre-existing zine world, my own ideas for zines just keep pouring out of me. I scribble these ideas down furiously in a Gallatin notebook I received upon graduation and was saving for something important (who knew that important something was zines). Endless ideas — everything from opera parodies to The Death of Chatterton. I’m not sure when I’ll actually have time to realize these zines since I’m already working on so many projects that need to get done (The Poet and the Flea, The First Reich, etcetera, etcetera). I’m hoping to take a stab early next year, June at the latest. We’ll see how that works out…

Some useful zine-related websites I’ve discovered:

Plus, I figure if I make enough zines, then eventually I can release them all in one book.

Any comments, suggestions, or thoughts would be truly appreciated!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Experience of APE

Related post: Plans for APE

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Wow, what can I say about APE?

Well, this was definitely an experience!

Firstly, I believe that APE (Alternative Press Expo) was a productive endeavor. I learned much more about the nature of each publisher I’ve been tracking online. I hope that Shannon and I managed to get the names of our projects (The Poet and the Flea and The First Reich) out there just a little. And I learned a lot about what techniques make a successful table.

As far as the bigger publishers go (Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Last Gasp, Top Shelf, etc.), I was glad to see them at the Expo — to see all their products laid out in front of me, rather than squinting at images on a computer screen. Some of them only had marketing representatives who didn’t know much about the submissions process, which was too bad. Others had more knowledgable people to talk to, who offered some useful advice. I guess it really just boils down to submitting material and seeing what happens!

I very much enjoyed talking to some of the smaller publishers. They were very enthusiastic, helpful, and informative. And just because they’re smaller doesn’t mean they have inferior products. They are extremely professional (but in a laid back sort of way) and their books are gorgeous!

I loved talking with the kind folks at Yam Books. Tim Hensley (creator of Ticket Stub) was shocked that someone in their twenties (me) was a Barbara Stanwyck fan!! Both Saturday and Sunday, we had conversations about the film noir starlet, exchanging movie titles and laughing away. He even drew me this awesome illustration of Barbara (see below) in Double Indemnity — bangs and sunglasses and all!

Also had good but brief conversations with the good people at A Raven Above Press and Never Press.

I’ve only recently become interested in learning more about the world of zines. And Tugboat Press seemed like a good place to start. I really admire what they’re doing. I’m glad I talked with them because I learned that, rather than taking submissions, they commission artists. I also received recommendations about which volumes of their anthology Papercutter to buy and realized that they are interested in a vast array of genres. I’m excited to really sit down and read my purchases.

Sunday, I finally figured out where Uncivilized Books got to (I just could not figure out that map!). Their chief Tom was excellent at patiently answering my questions and encouraging me to submit my work. I’m excited to start working on sending out some follow-up e-mails to everyone I talked with!

Also, I picked up a lot of interesting flyers, cards, stickers, etc. from around the expo and from the free table. Below are some of my favorites!!

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Here are my notes of what makes a successful table in case I end up getting one for APE next year!

(This is just a rough list for my personal use. In no particular order!)

  • Need a billboard/banner advertising name of artist/graphic novel.
  • Need a tablecloth.
  • Need a sign (or maybe t-shirts) to hang off the front of the table.
  • Wear one of your own t-shirts to further advertise your graphic novel.
  • Perhaps a sign or two saying: “Please talk to us — we’re friendly!”
  • Perhaps a big bowl of free candy.
  • Attract customers with a selection of cheaper items ($1 pins or stickers?).
  • Need a clipboard and form for customers to sign up for your mailing list.
  • Provide plenty of business cards and/or postcards.

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Among the flyers and such was a postcard for the East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, free and taking place December 8th in Berkeley. I’m very interested in checking it out!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

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

Please vote for The Poet and the Flea at the UnHate Unemployee of the Year contest!!

★ 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!

Friday, October 5th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Launched my IndieGoGo campaign! For more information, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/send-GE-to-UK and/or http://gegallas.wordpress.com/2012/10/05/indiegogo-campaign-send-g-e-to-the-u-k/.
  3. Entered The Poet and the Flea into the UnHate Unemployee of the Year contest!

Saturday, October 6th

  • The Poet and the Flea was approved by the judges on the UnHate Unemployee of the Year website. Now all you have to do is vote!
  • Busy promoting my IndieGoGo campaign.
  • Went to see Frankenweenie and LOVED IT!!! (。♥‿♥。)

Sunday, October 7th

  • Went with Wes to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. It was quite a culture shock! But I had a wonderful time. (^-^)

Monday, October 8th

  1. Working on character designs for Gabe’s children’s book. Looking forward to further discussion with Gabe on Friday.
  2. On Craigslist, responded to a post — a production company interested in short screenplays. Wish me luck!
  3. Continuing to promote my IndieGoGo campaign.

Tuesday, October 9th

  1. The wonderful Infernal Reviewer wants to make a post about my blog and The Poet and the Flea. I’m so excited!!! (ノ゚▽゚)ノ
  2. ComicKick, “…a community dedicated to promoting comic book and graphic novel projects on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and other crowd funding sites,” has promoted my IndieGoGo campaign! Thank you so much!!
  3. Continuing to promote my IndieGoGo campaign.

Wednesday, October 10th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Drafting ideas for The First Reich last-minute DIY postcards for APE.
  3. Working on some upcoming blog posts and project ideas.
  4. Interested in eventually creating a “zine” — brainstorming ideas!
  5. The Infernal Reviewer published his post about me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 47 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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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Plans for APE

I feel as though the APE (Alternative Press Expo) has snuck up on me from out of the blue!

I’m hoping that this event will be very informative, and help me take my graphic novel projects to the next level. Not only is this the perfect networking opportunity, but also a rare chance to talk with publishers I am interested in and get a better idea of what they’re looking for in a graphic novel.

Saturday (October 13th), I’ll be attending with Shannon, my collaborator on The First Reich. I think Wes, who is also a graphic novelist and screenwriter, will be attending both Saturday and Sunday. My mom will be checking out the expo too, so maybe she’ll cover ground I won’t be able to.

As a supplement to my business card, I’ve ordered postcards (see above) from Vistaprint advertising The Poet and the Flea and showcasing some of my illustrations. I’ll also bring my iPad loaded with scans of The Flea so I don’t have to shlep around my ginormous (and heavy) portfolio.

Furthermore, in preparation, I’ve been compiling a list of exhibitors/tables I’m interested in visiting.

(This is just a rough list for my personal use. In no particular order!)

  1. 4th Dimension Entertainment
  2. A Raven Above Press
  3. Drawn & Quarterly
  4. Fantagraphics Books
  5. Last Gasp Books
  6. Yam Books
  7. Uncivilized Books
  8. Tomorrow John Press
  9. Top Shelf Productions
  10. Tugboat Press
  11. Sparkplug Comic Books
  12. Puna Press
  13. Pernicious Press Magazine
  14. Perfect Day Publishing
  15. Never Press
  16. NBM Publishing Inc.

You can expect a future blog post about my experiences at APE 2012. Depending on how everything goes, perhaps I’ll plan on getting my own table (half-table?) at next year’s expo.

Please wish me luck!

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Update: Check out the last-minute DIY postcard for The First Reich. Now I just need to find a paper cutter…

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

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

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

Friday, August 24th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…
  2. Yesterday, received e-mail from Shannon. She has finished the entire first draft of our graphic novel collaboration entitled The First Reich!!! After she does some editing, she’ll be sending me a copy to read — I can’t wait… ヽ(;▽;)ノ

Saturday, August 25th

  • Taking a little break…

Sunday, August 26th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…
  2. Received e-mail from a writer interested in collaborating on a children’s book. In the process of scheduling a meeting.
  3. Two more Pixel-Flick Alliance meetings have been scheduled — one on September 15th and the other on the 22nd.

Monday, August 27th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…
  2. After some correspondence, have scheduled a meeting with J.R. (jrbiche.wordpress.com) to further discuss his potential web series. Meeting on Monday, September 10th.

Tuesday, August 28th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…

Wednesday, August 29th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…
  2. For Robert Louis Stevenson research, began reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  3. Planning to sign up with OnlineComics.net.
  4. Planning to contact Graphic Ladies!? on Tumblr about The Poet and the Flea.

Thursday, August 30th

  1. Continued research for The Poet and the Flea.
  2. Completed short screenplay The Man Who Never Smiled.
  3. E-mail correspondence with potential production company about The Man Who Never Smiled.
  4. E-mail correspondence with potential director/producer for Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend.
  5. E-mail correspondence with Brian (Pixel Flick Entertainment). Brian became the new organizer for the meetup.com group “San Francisco Movie Makers,” hoping to get more people interested in the Alliance. Would love to see the Alliance grow!
  6. Did not make it to the next round of  The Austin Film Festival Screenplay Contest. As I said before, I just have to keep doing what I’m doing. There are still about 5 more I’m waiting to hear back from. Anything could happen!

Friday, August 31st

  1. Working on the script for The Poet and the Flea!
  2. E-mail correspondence with potential production company about The Man Who Never Smiled.

Saturday, September 1st – Sunday, September 2nd

  1. Taking a little break…
  2. Continuing to read Jekyll and Hyde — it’s incredibly different from any adaptation I have come across. Fascinating!
  3. Bought a JPLT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) N1 textbook from Kinokuniya. Started reviewing the material, and believe it was money well spent. Not sure if I’ll actually take the test, but would be a nice addition to my résumé. If I decide to apply to The JET Programme as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations), would be very helpful!

JLPT N1 Textbook!!

Monday, September 3rd

  1. Continuing work on The Flea…
  2. Shannon sent me the entire draft of our graphic novel collaboration, The First Reich. In the process of reading and taking lots of notes. Project will require much period fashion/settings research, but is a welcome challenge!

Tuesday, September 4th

  1. Today, I found out some exciting news. I hadn’t realized that anything was announced since I received no e-mail. But I checked the Kaos Films website, and lo and behold. My screenplay Death Is No Bad Friend is one of 292 qualifiers (semi-finalists) in the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition 2012. (This means my script will most likely be read by judge Sir Kenneth Branagh!!) The finalists should be announced sometime around January. Awesome!
  2. Continuing work on The Flea and The First Reich.
  3. E-mail correspondence with potential director/producer for Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend.
  4. Finished reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I think it was a good experience. Next, thinking of reading The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells.
  5. By the way, I’ve just developed a new, little obsession with bats. Just look at their faces below!!  (゜▽゜;) Perhaps I’ll eventually develop a comic or children’s book with a protagonist named “Fluffernutter the Bat”™?

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these bat photographs!!

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 45 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-18, 21-23, 27-30 completed, and 19-20, 24-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

  • Meeting with writer for children’s book on Monday, September 10th (noon).
  • Meeting with J.R. on Monday, September 10th (2 p.m.).
  • Schedule one-on-one meeting with Brian (Pixel Flick Entertainment).
  • Pixel-Flick Alliance Meetup on Saturday, September 15th.
  • Pixel-Flick Networking Event on Saturday, September 22nd.
  • Work on research, character sketches, etc. for Shannon.
  • Schedule second meeting with Shannon.
  • Sign up with IMDbPro.
  • Apply to the Bluecat Screenplay Competition (before October 15th).
  • Sign up with Top Web Comics: Comic Rankings.
  • Sign up with OnlineComics.net.
  • Contact Graphic Ladies!?

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

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

Tuesday, August 7th

  1. Today, had lunch with the lovely Tina C.  She’s a really smart and wonderful lady. She gave me some helpful advice about The JET Programme (something I may do in the future) and the JLPT Japanese Language Proficiency Test (something I’ve been considering). We ended up speaking English with a bunch of random Japanese words thrown in (●´∀`●). I’m not sure if she’ll be staying in SF, but I hope we can become friends!
  2. Lately, been trying to practice my Japanese language skills thanks to my new iPad!  Downloaded the app “iBunkoHD” to read literature in the original Japanese (Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Natsume Sōseki, Dazai Osamu, etc.). Downloaded another app “Japanese Advanced Phrases” to practice newspaper terms, 四字熟語 (yojijukugo: a word consisting of four kanji), idioms, etc.

Wednesday, August 8th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…

Thursday, August 9th

  1. Posted a new topic at a forum called Making Graphic Novels to promote The Poet and the Flea. Check out post here.
  2. With a discount from Stage32.com, applied to the Emerging Screenwriters 2012 Screenplay Competition. Information updated on “Applications” post, here.

Friday, August 10th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…
  2. Thinking of signing up with Top Web Comics: Comic Rankings. Any advice?
  3. Finally connected with potential director/producer. He seems experienced, interested, and enthusiastic. Going to send him a few short scripts.

Saturday, August 11th – Sunday, August 12th

  • Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…

Monday, August 13th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Trying to figure out the best way to scan The Poet and the Flea. Options, options, options…

Tuesday, August 14th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea and The Man…
  2. As recommended by a fellow artist, signed up with mlkshk.com. It’s a bit like Tumblr and Pinterest. Not quite sure how it works yet though… Forgot to mention, a few days ago, signed up with stumbleupon.com. Not quite sure how this one works either… I’ll figure it out eventually.
  3. Spoke again with potential director/producer. He has lots of interesting ideas for Robots Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Will speak again soon.

Etcetera

  1. The Poet and the Flea: 37 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-18, 21-23, 27, 29-30 completed, and 19-20, 24-26, 28, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  2. Continuing to help fellow screenwriter/filmmaker Jay Dial.

To Do:

  • Work on research, character sketches, etc. for Shannon.
  • Schedule second meeting with Shannon for August.
  • Attend The Pixel-Flick TV Actor/Filmmaker Alliance Second Meeting (August 18th).
  • Finish The Man Who Never Smiled by end of August.
  • Sign up with IMDbPro.
  • Apply to the Bluecat Screenplay Competition (before October 15th).
  • Sign up with Top Web Comics: Comic Rankings.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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