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My Name and Art on Amazon!

This past Summer, I worked on a number of projects for Zest Books. And I’m excited to see my work starting to pay off!

Now on Amazon, you can view the cover illustration I created for Scared Stiff: 50 Phobias That Freak Us Out as well as my name with the credit “illustrator.” In addition to the cover, I created 50 interior illustrations — one for each phobia. So I hope this book will be a real treat for my fans and followers.

Scared Stiff will be released February 4th, 2014, but you can already pre-order via Amazon! Plus, as we near February, I plan on sharing some behind-the-scenes “Phobias” sketches, so keep your peepers peeled!!!

www.amazon.com/Scared-Stiff-Phobias-That-Freak/dp/1936976498

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www.amazon.com/Scared-Stiff-Phobias-That-Freak/dp/1936976498

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Coming Soon: Death Is No Bad Friend Indiegogo Campaign

★★★ PLEASE REBLOG & SPREAD THE WORD!!! ★★★

WE, SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS, ARE HOPING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SHORT FILM DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND ABOUT ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (TREASURE ISLAND, STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE) IN SAN FRANCISCO.

THE SCREENPLAY HAS RECEIVED AMPLE PRAISE AND THERE IS A WONDERFUL CAST & CREW ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT ALREADY. 

WE ARE PLANNING ON LAUNCHING OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WITHIN THE COMING WEEKS.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, TUMBLR, PINTEREST, ETC.!

SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on WordPress:

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SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on Facebook:

facebook.com/sirensgazeproductions

DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND on Facebook:

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Kyle Duke Adamiec as Robert Louis Stevenson in our upcoming Indiegogo trailer for Death Is No Bad Friend.
Photograph by G. E. Gallas

Siren’s Gaze Productions (sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com) was born at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as a collaboration between three young, unique, and ambitious female filmmakers — director Mary Lachapelle, cinematographer Jacqueline Lehr, and screenwriter/producer G. E. Gallas. Each of us has an undying passion for our expertise. Yet our individual personalities fit together to form an intuitive and vibrant production team.

 
Death Is No Bad Friend is a short film based on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeTreasure Island). Robert Louis attempts to escape his guilty conscience through honeymooning on Mount Saint Helena. But his illness catches up, forcing him to face his demons.

 
This film is Siren’s Gaze Productions’ first project. We believe that Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson’s story is historically and culturally significant, and therefore should be celebrated through the medium of cinema. Our greatest goal is to create an outstanding film to submit to festivals around the world (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, etc.) and to launch the careers of all cast and crew involved.

 
We are all 100% committed to this project. We are prepared to make this film on a shoestring budget, donating our time and skills. But every penny counts! We are hoping to raise between $10,000 and $25,000 to allow us to bring Death Is No Bad Friend to life.

 
We need YOU to support our production expenses and to spread the word. Through funding and promoting Death Is No Bad Friend, you will help us bring the unfamiliar and extraordinary life of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson into the public eye. Moreover, you will be helping a group of young creatives take their first big step in achieving their lifelong dreams of becoming professional filmmakers!

 

Screenplay:

  • 2nd round qualifier in the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition 2012, judged by Sir Kenneth Branagh.
  •  Quater finalist in the 2013 CWA (Creative World Awards).
  • Death Is No Bad Friend is a poetic script that relies on imagery to evoke a morose feeling. The language is very well-crafted, with the characters’ style of speech accurate for the time period. Because the descriptions are succinct but also written in a similar style, the script reads easily and quickly while creating clear images of the locations.” –Feedback from the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
  • Genre: Drama, Historical, Biographical.

Cast & Crew:

Goals:

Your contributions will help us achieve the following goals…

  • To successfully develop Death Is No Bad Friend through pre-production, filming, and post-production.
  • To celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create a high production value, historically accurate, collaborative film.
  • To film in and around the San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California.
  • To submit the finished film to a number of festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival.
  • To create an opportunity to expand Death Is No Bad Friend into a full-length script/feature film to further celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create further opportunities for Siren’s Gaze Productions to create films and further the careers of all cast and crew involved.

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

KEEP YOUR PEEPERS ON THIS PAGE FOR THE LAUNCH OF OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Experience of APE 2013

Related Posts: Experience of APE and Plans for APE 2013.

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APE 2013 was utterly exhausting and not very successful monetarily, but I met some really amazing people — so that’s fine by me.

We were 908B and no one show up at 908A, so an APE staff member came over to tell us to take over the rest of the table. So that was a plus!

I also unexpectedly got some very useful advice regarding costumes for Death Is No Bad Friend! Who knew I would find myself chatting to a gentleman dressed as The Phantom of the Opera?

I’m glad to have exhibited at SF Zine Fest, SPX, and APE this year, but I’m not sure that I would do this next year. I think I haven’t found my niche quite yet. I’m going to look into some book fairs and continue my search for an agent to represent my work. :)

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Some last minute The Flea ornaments!

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More Flea ornaments!

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We’re here!

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Saturday’s table.

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All the zines, etc.

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Sunday’s table!!!

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A taste of APE.

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-Felicia Ann

Illustration by Felicia Ann.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Felicia Ann was one of our very lovely neighbors! She was selling some beautiful prints and hand-bound sketchbooks. Check out her website feliciaann.com and Etsy shop etsy.com/shop/Hyliotrope.

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-6th Circle

6th Circle written by Jackson McBrayer and illustrated by Xander “Grim” Kent.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Writer Jackson McBrayer was an absolute sweetheart! I’m very much looking forward to checking out his webcomic 6th Circle, about a strange tattoo shop. :)

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-Frederick

A page from Frederick the Great.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

The gentleman behind Frederick the Great: A Most Lamentable Comedy Breaching Time and Space was wonderful. Not only was he wearing an impressive Victorian outfit, but he also bought a copy of The Poet and the Flea zine and wrote a nice little review of it:

A comic about William Blake! That’s pretty much all Gallas needed to say to sell me on it, but it’s really a beautiful and touchingly told little book. I picked up the first zine of it which contains the first 10 pages, and it was enough to make me check in on the website, where the first 30 are up and available for viewing. Blake is such an oddball figure in literary history, he was More Than Due for a comic treatment, and Gallas does it precisely as it ought to be done.

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-Nervenkrank

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

I had a great little conversation about George Grosz with Katherine Kreider Wirick and bought a copy of her graphic novel zine Nervenkrank: A Story About John Heartfield. Grosz was my main visual influence for The First Reich, so it was great to hear that Grosz would be appearing as an actual character in Katherine’s series. Check out her website katherine.kreider-wirick.com and Tumblr katherinewirick.tumblr.com.

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-Pariah Missouri

Pariah Missouri by Andres Salazar and Jose Pescador.
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

I was particularly impressed by the gorgeous watercolor work of Pariah Missouri! :D facebook.com/PariahMO

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


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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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Plans for SF Zine Fest 2013

SFZF 2013 Poster

For those of you in the San Francisco Bay Area, please come support me at this year’s San Francisco Zine Fest in Golden Gate Park!

What? San Francisco Zine Fest, The Bay Area’s Premiere Zine Festival

When? August 31st & September 1st, 2013 — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where? San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way (in Golden Gate Park)

Free Admission!

★ Come visit me (G. E. Gallas) at table #131A!!! ★

SF Zine Fest Map

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What I’ll be selling:

Read all about these products here!

I hope to see you there!

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


I’m Officially Exhibiting at APE 2013!

Related Post: Keeping an Eye on Expos.

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Look what came in the mail yesterday:

APE 2013 Letter

That’s right! This is a letter confirming I have been accepted as an exhibitor at this year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE), October 12th and 13th at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. I am ecstatic! :D

So if you’re in the Bay Area this October, please come visit me at The Poet and the Flea Market, table/booth 908B.

More information on APE 2013 to come!

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Copyright 2013 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


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