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Character Design: The Toxins

Related Post: Logo: Radiant Pessimist Productions.

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Just in time for Halloween…

Long story short, not only have I had time to play around in my new sketchbook, but also I finally bought a new version of Photoshop Elements (upgraded from version 3 to version 12, ha ha ha).

Just some fun character designs!

The Toxins Colors

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Plans for APE 2013

Related Post: Plans for APE and Plans for SPX 2013.

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For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come visit me at this year’s APE (Alternative Press Expo)!

What? APE (Alternative Press Expo)

When? Saturday, October 12th  (11 – 7 p.m.) & Sunday, October 13th (11 – 6 p.m.)

Where? Concourse Exhibition Center, 835 8th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Admission: single-day badges for $10 and two-day badges for $15

 PLEASE COME VISIT ME AT TABLE 908B!!! 

 You’ll be able to get your hands on…
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Hope to see you there!!! :D

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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
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

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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Plans for SPX 2013

Related Post: Keeping an Eye on Expos and Experience of SF Zine Fest 2013.

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As I mentioned before, with the help of my wonderful friend Tina, an amazing group of artists and I have procured a table for this year’s SPX!!!

For those in the Washington, D.C. Area/Maryland/Virginia, please come support us at this year’s SPX (Small Press Expo) in North Bethesda!

What? SPX, The Small Press Expo 2013

When? September 14th (11 – 7 p.m.) & 15th (12 – 6 p.m.)

Where? Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Admission: one day memberships for $10 and weekend memberships for $15

 PLEASE COME VISIT US AT TABLE J11!!! 

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Let me introduce you to our little band of pen-wielders…

Tina Lee

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This image belongs to Tina Lee.

Tyne Lowe

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This image belongs to Tyne Lowe.

Dan Pindell

This image belongs to Tina Lee.

This image belongs to Tina Lee.

★ And little ol’ me, G. E. Gallas

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Wow, this is going to be so much fun!!!

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Preview: The Flea Plush Toy

Related Posts: Preliminary Design: “The Flea” Plush Toy and Work in Progress: The Flea Plush Toy.

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Finally, The Flea (plush toy) is here!!!

I hope you enjoy our little photo shoot. The Flea can be quite the prima donna. He even managed to frighten me a few times, popping out from crafty hiding places. But he made a few friends along the way, so that’s sweet. I just hope he doesn’t try to corrupt and/or eat them!!!

Soon, you’ll be able to procure your own sinister companion when my online store (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com) opens at the end of this month!

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Work in Progress: The Flea Plush Toy

Related Posts: Preliminary Design: “The Flea” Plush Toy.

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Firstly, I just wanted to thank everyone for their interest in The Flea plush toy. My previous post on this subject received 72 likes so far and a number of very enthusiastic comments — all very much appreciated!

I’d also like to thank my mom for all her help because she certainly has more sewing skills than I do!

I’ve been working on this project for many months now, and it has only just recently come into fruition. We went through many different ideas and designs. But I think, in the end, we’ve hit upon something really great — simultaneously scary and cute!

Below are some highlights of The Flea’s journey…

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Wasn’t 100% happy with the black felt material we originally picked out. So went back to Britex to find a better fabric. Found this relatively inexpensive pseudo black velvet that hopefully will work better. Can’t wait to cut it out to see how it looks.

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The Flea Prototype #1

Tried making a prototype tonight, but didn’t really turn out as expected. Doesn’t look bad, just not perfect. Going to go back to the drawing board and exaggerate The Flea‘s features even more for the next try.

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Thought it might be best to try another approach for the second prototype. One of my original ideas for The Flea plush toy was to make a modified sock monkey. This way, we can achieve The Flea’s head, body, and long limbs and then add details like horns with the felt. Will look into buying some socks!

Bought some socks — now to experiment!

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The Flea Prototype #2: Feet

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The Flea Prototype #2: Face

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Preview of The Flea Prototype #3

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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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Check Out “The Poet and the Flea”!!!

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Yesterday, I posted the 20th page of The Poet and the Flea… What!? Wow!!

The Flea premiered online November 28th, 2012 and has already received more than 10,000 views.

I have been honored to received a number of wonderful reviews thus far, such as those by Sarah Goode and Hannah Meiklejohn, as well as an incredible invitation to speak to The Blake Society in London this coming May.

Self-publishing The Flea online has been an incredible experience so far and I thank everyone for their enthusiasm and support!

Best wishes,

G. E.

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For those of you who have yet to check out The Flea (and for those who wish to read the first 20 pages over again), I’ve included links below. Enjoy!

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Start from the beginning!

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Preliminary Design: “The Flea” Plush Toy

Related Post: First Zine and Future Shop

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Everyone seems really enthusiastic about The Flea plush toy, so I thought I’d tackle this project sooner than later! Below details the progress I’ve made so far…

Tuesday, January 15th: I began drawing a rough outline for what will eventually become a plush toy of The Ghost of a Flea à la my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. I’m still playing around with various ideas — size, fabric, etc. Ideally, I’d like the finished product to be simultaneously adorable and menacing. (^-^;;)

Friday, January 25th: Worked on a second outline, this time on a larger scale and with slightly more exaggerated features. When the time comes, everything will have to be hand-stiched since I currently don’t own a sewing machine. My mom has a lot of experience with sewing, so she’s going to help me out.

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Monday, January 28th: After finalizing my travel arrangements for Cannes/London with an agent, my mom and I stopped by Britex Fabrics and picked up fabric and other supplies (stuffing, needles, thread, etc.). It might take a bit of experimenting to figure out the best materials, but I’m looking forward to it! Stay tuned for more details!

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