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The Poet and the Flea on Blake House

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I would very much like to thank Sarah Jones, the managing editor of Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly at the University of Rochester for incorporating one of my illustrations of William Blake from The Poet and the Flea in the new header of the Blake House: Goings-on at the Blake Quarterly blog! What an honor! :)

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The Flea is Eagerly Waiting in the Wings!

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Dear ladies and gentleman:

Here is a much overdue update on myself and The Poet and the Flea:

  • Early January, I had emergency gallbladder surgery. This is a very strange coincidence, since Mr. Blake suffered from excruciating gallbladder pain towards the end of his life! I’m still recovering, but feeling much better than before. :)
  • In the meantime, I’ve been very busy trying to crowdfund a short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Please take a look at our Indiegogo campaign here: indiegogo.com/projects/death-is-no-bad-friend/x/1089930.
  • Once I feel a bit better, I’d like to keep working on The First Reich (thefirstreich.wordpress.com) about the Jewish-Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich — specifically pages 11 through 25.
  • On February 4th, the young adult nonfiction title Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta (Zest Books) featuring over 50 of my illustrations was released. On…

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Conflicted About “47 Ronin”

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From Left to Right: Rinko Kikuchi, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, Keanu Reeves, and Kou Shibasaki.
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I am very conflicted about going to see 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves in theaters December 25th.

On one hand, the film seems to have little to do with Chūshingura (忠臣蔵), the original kabuki (歌舞伎) play I read in the “Traditional Japanese Literature” class I took at Sophia University (上智大学) in Tokyo. Moreover, the film has reportedly not done well with Japanese audiences.

BUT, on the other hand, I really want to support the amazing selection of Japanese actors cast in the film. And, for that reason, I’ve devised the following list…

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Hiroyuki Sanada (真田広之)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Dogen on Lost (Season 6).
  • Notable Accolades: He performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and received an honorary MBE award.
  • Why is he awesome?: While filming The Last Samurai (2003), he almost cut off Tom Cruise’s head (“Cruise has brush with death”).
  • Film Recommendations: Sanada-san stars in my favorite samurai film The Twilight Samurai (2002). This film has only two fight scenes (one short and one long), but they are both jaw-dropping in their seemingly effortless choreography and will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Kou Shibasaki (柴咲コウ)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Mitsuko Souma in Battle Royale (2000); she was slated to play Gogo Yubari’s twin sister Yuki in Kill Bill, but dropped out due to other commitments.
  • Notable Accolades: She won a Japanese Academy Award for her performance in Go (2001).
  • Why is she awesome?: She starred in the first Japanese television drama I ever watched called Orange Days (2004) in which she played a deaf character, performing all her lines in Japanese sign language.  Plus, she’s an adorable pop singer (“KISS Shite” by KOH+).
  • Film Recommendations: Shibasaki-san stars alongside Joe Odagiri in one of my favorite Japanese films called La Maison de Himiko (2005) about a young woman who is asked by her dying father’s young male lover to work in her father’s nursing home for gay men.

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Rinko Kikuchi (菊地凛子)

  • Best known for in the U.S.: Mako Mori in Pacific Rim (2013).
  • Notable Accolades: She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Babel (2006).
  • Wh is she awesome?: She’s the first Japanese actress in 50 years to be nominated for an Oscar! Plus, she’s appeared in a number of films with Tadanobu Asano (see below) including his directorial debut Tori (2003).
  • Film Recommendations: I absolutely adore The Brothers Bloom (2009), starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and (of course) Rinko Kikuchi!! :) Kikuchi-san silently pantomimes throughout this film and is an absolute delight to watch.

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Tadanobu Asano (浅野忠信)

ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE ACTORS!

Some of these film recommendations might be hard to find outside of Japan. If you’re having trouble finding a title and really want to watch it, message me at gegallas@hotmail.com and I’ll see if I can help! :)

Also, for those of you who go see 47 Ronin, leave a comment here and let me know what you think!

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Dear Mr. William Blake…

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“The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 5)

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Since the beginning of December, I’ve been very busy working on the next 10 pages (pages 31 through 40) of The Poet and the Flea. Part of the challenge has been adjusting to a new (and temporary) workspace, but other than that it has been very therapeutic so far! Here is a little preview…

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