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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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Copyright 2014 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…!

Tuesday, April 2nd

  1. The Liebster Award: 4th Nomination!
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.
  4. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Wednesday, April 3rd

  1. The Liebster Award: 5th Nomination!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #18: Worked on image research and editing.

Thursday, April 4th

  1. Comics I Admire: “A Space Boy Dream”
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Friday, April 5th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #19: A little bit of editing, a little bit of Facebook-ing, a little bit of photoshopping, and a little bit of mailing.

Saturday, April 6th

  • Hanging out with family today. Went to see Oz: The Great and Powerful, which was pretty bad except for the opening credits and the Danny Elfman soundtrack.

Sunday, April 7th

  • Did a bunch of scanning today.

Monday, April 8th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. Worked on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Tuesday, April 9th

  1. Keeping an Eye on Expos.
  2. Updated the “Links” page — check out Lewis Manalo’s webcomic MetaMorphosis!
  3. Submissions, submissions, submissions…!
  4. Finished working on notes for The Man Who Never Smiled.

Wednesday, April 10th

  • Zest Books Internship, Day #20: Worked mostly on mailing today… I think I put together over 60 packages. Wrote a blog post for the Zest Books official blog about upcoming titles Little Fish and Super Pop! with an accompanying illustration — can’t wait to see this go up online!

Thursday, April 11th

  1. Ran some errands and worked on some preparation for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. Worked on first zine.
  3. Made an account with Storenvy and am beginning to set up my own online store. :)
  4. Went with Wes to an event at San Francisco Film Society. Talked with some of Wes’s former employers and met a filmmaker named Joey who will also be at Cannes.

Friday, April 12th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #21: Worked on some cover designs for an upcoming Zest Books title. Everyone really seems to like what I’ve done!
  2. Invited to be an illustrator for an upcoming collaborative project with a small publisher. More details to come!
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.
  4. Worked on setting up the online store.

Saturday, April 13th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Went to North Beach to eat really tasty Italian food. ( ´◔‿ゝ◔`)

Sunday, April 14th

  • Date with Wes! Went to see The Place Beyond the Pines, which was interesting. Ate Vietnamese food afterwards. (・∀・)
Brief Update 1

Movie Theater on Van Ness!

Brief Update 2

Bun Mee on Fillmore!

Monday, April 15th

  1. Feeling under the weather today. :(
  2. Working on Blake Society talk!
  3. Worked on Elias & the City of Cats.

Tuesday, April 16th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Ran some errands and worked on some preparation for my Cannes/London trip.
  3. Thinking of investing in a professionally printed preview zine of The Poet and the Flea to sell online and at expos. Looking into various local printers!
  4. Still trying to figure out London.
  5. Received through e-mail a sneak peak of what The American Pavilion at Cannes will look like (see below). :D
Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

Wednesday, April 17th

Zest Office 1

Exiled to the boss’s office!

Thursday, April 18th

  1. Interview today on Treasure Island. 
  2. Registered for SF Zine Fest!
Treasure Isalnd 1

Treasure Island is a strange place…

Treasure Island 2

Yep, very strange…

Friday, April 19th

  1. Zest Books Internship, Day #23: Sat in on staff meeting. Created a blog post for Earth Day. Worked on WordPress, editing some content.
  2. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Saturday, April 20th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Helped mom prepare for the art show next weekend.
  3. Did some research on local printers.

Sunday, April 21st

  • Elias’s 1st birthday party! Bit of a strange day… Wes and I went to Gabe’s house to celebrate his son’s first birthday. :) Unfortunately, we didn’t actually get to see Gabe since he had to take his father to the hospital for a broken leg. Later, Wes and I went to The Ice Cream Bar since it was so hot outside and we needed to cool off. Then, we ended up eating at Sunflower Vietnamese for dinner and later had dessert with my folks and Nikki the shiba inu.
Blog 1

View from Gabe’s backyard.

Blog 2

The Ice Cream Bar… again!

Monday, April 22nd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Ran some errands for Cannes/London trip.
  3. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, April 23rd

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Cannes/London 2013: Pre-Travel Planning.
  3. Cannes/London Trip Hiatus!
  4. Working on Blake Society talk!
  5. Jotted some ideas down for a future screenplay. :)

Wednesday, April 24th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #24: Put together some interview questions for Dan. Worked on some button designs in Photoshop.
  3. HOLY MOLY MACARONI! I just received the most amazing e-mail. (A secret for now…)

♪(┌・。・)┌

Thursday, April 25th

  1. Working on Blake Society talk!

Friday, April 26th

  1. Wow, received another awesome piece of news. Can’t really say anything yet, but everything is really coming together it seems!!
  2. Zest Books Internship, Day #25: LAST DAY! Finished button designs and ordered them online. The office ladies took us out for lunch, which was very sweet.

Saturday, April 27th

  1. (´∩`。) Watched the first 2 hours of Sundance’s original series Rectify — words cannot describe how incredibly emotional this show is.
  2. “On Paper” at Gallerie Citi!

Sunday, April 28th

  1. Spring Cleaning: Wanted to clean up my room and get rid of a lot of junk before leaving for Cannes/London trip! Now that most of the junk is gone, it should be easier to pack. :)

Monday, April 29th

  • Feeling under the weather today. :(

Tuesday, April 30th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Helped mom with some photos I took of her work for various purposes.

Wednesday, May 1st

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Even put together some important snail mail today!
  3. Ran some errands for Cannes/London trip.

Thursday, May 2nd

  1. Reblogged portrait of me by Matthew Curry
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Finally got my hair cut! Now I feel like I’m almost ready for my trip. (◕‿◕✿)
  4. Correspondence with a recruiter for a potential job.

Friday, May 3rd

  1. Ran around EVERYWHERE today to finish up errands for the Cannes/London trip. Utterly exhausted!
  2. Jotted some more ideas down for a future screenplay. :)

Saturday, May 4th

  1. Today’s motto: 七転び八起き= Nanakorobi yaoki. Fall seven times and stand up eight.
  2. Family Bonding Day! This is the last weekend before I leave for Cannes/London, so spent time with the folks. Ate lunch at a great Puerto Rican restaurant. Finally got to see Girl with a Pearl Earring and Rembrandt’s Century at the de Young.

Sunday, May 5th

  • Date with Wes! Went to see Iron Man 3, which really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. :) Ate tasty Japanese dinner at Sanraku. Hopefully will see Wes one more time before I leave!

Monday, May 6th

  1. New suitcase arrived in the mail.
  2. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  3. Continued correspondence with a recruiter for a potential job.
  4. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Tuesday, May 7th

  1. Ran some errands for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  3. Working on Blake Society talk!

Wednesday, May 8th

  1. Ran some errands for the Cannes/London trip.
  2. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  3. Finalizing Cannes/London trip plans.
  4. Working on Blake Society talk!
  5. Jotted down some more ideas for a future screenplay.
  6. Dinner with Wes! :)

Thursday, May 9th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  3. Packing for trip!!
  4. Worked on some upcoming blog posts.

Friday, May 10th

  1. E-mails, e-mails, e-mails…!
  2. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  3. PACKING!!!

Saturday, May 11th

  1. Finishing up odds and ends of Cannes/London travel arrangements.
  2. Flight leaves San Francisco at 7:05 p.m. Will arrive in Nice, France at 6:10 p.m. :D

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: 8 pages of illustrated work completed. Zine production pending.

To Do:

  • Continue to work on The First Reich.
  • Finish setting up online store.
  • 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


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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