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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:

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Preview: The First Reich Zine

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Related Posts: “The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1) and “The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 2).

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The First Reich zine is a preview of the first 10 pages of the graphic novel. We will be selling the zine at APE (October 12-13) and after that on online at thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com! :) 

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“The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

Related Post: “The First Reich”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1).

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I am very excited to announce that the first 10 pages of The First Reich — a graphic novel written by Shannon Brady and illustrated by me — are now complete. And that I will be selling a zine of these pages at APE (October 12-13) and after that on my online store thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com!!!

The First Reich is a biographical account of the Jewish-Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, and deals thoughtfully with a number of subjects including the history of psychology, World War II, Nazism, Communism, McCarthyism, and beyond.

You can learn more about this project here: thefirstreich.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/note-from-shannon-brady-author.

Here are some snapshots from the completed pages…

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Hot Off The Press: The First Reich Cover in Color

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First Look: The First Reich Cover in Black and White

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Note on “The Nutcracker”

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One of my favorite operas is Jacques Offenbach‘s The Tales of Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann). This opera is a fantastical retelling of the life of the German Romantic author E. T. A. Hoffmann,  casting Hoffmann as the protagonist of his own stories.

Placido Domingo performing the “Chanson de Kleinzach” aria.

Désirée Rancatore performing “Les oiseaux dans la charmille.”

Through The Tales of Hoffmann, I developed an interest in Hoffmann and his stories, quickly leading me to Sigmund Freud’s The Uncanny. In Freud’s essay, he uses many of the same Hoffmann stories as Offenbach, but in this case to prove a psychological point (not that Offenbach’s opera isn’t deeply psychological). If I remember correctly, Freud even mentions Offenbach’s opera.

Portrait of E. T. A. Hoffmann

I’m sure you are all wondering, “What does all this have to do with The Nutcracker?” Well, little do most people know, E. T. A. Hoffmann wrote in 1816 one of the earliest versions of The Nutcracker story, entitled The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Nussknacker und Mausekönig).

Alexandre Dumas was also a fan of Hoffmann, employing allusions to Hoffmann’s stories in The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas even went as far as creating a revision to Hoffmann’s Nutcracker in 1844 called History of The Nutcracker (Histoire d’un casse-noisette), or The Tale of the Nutcracker.

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Towards the end of the 19th Century, Hoffmann’s Nutcracker was adapted to ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, perhaps the most famous incarnation of the tale. I write this post because my dad purchased tickets to the San Francisco Ballet to see The Nutcracker at the end of the month. Perhaps later I’ll add my thoughts on the production to this post.

Tchaikovsky’s music is always wonderful, if not a little too overplayed for the holidays. A lot of people tend to associate The March from The Nutcracker or The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy not with Tchaikovsky, but with the thousands of Christmas commercials that use these pieces. This also happens with The Chinese Tea Dance from The Nutcracker with Disney’s Fantasia and The Sleeping Beauty Waltz with Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

I believe the most creative and exciting production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut. The Hard Nut is set in 1950s America with a very retro feel inspired by the comic artist Charles Burns — a strange but brilliant compliment to the classical music. I hope to one day be able to attend a live performance.

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