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Experience of SF Zine Fest 2013

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This past weekend, I tabled at SFZF (San Francisco Zine Fest) — my first time tabling! :o I didn’t sell as much as I had hoped, but it was a great experience nonetheless. I met a number of really nice and talented artists/zinesters and handed out a ton of The Poet and the Flea postcards & The First Reich flyers. Now, I feel much more prepared for SPX in September and APE in October.

Here’s a photographic taste of my experience…

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Preparing The Flea plush toys for SFZF.

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My table, all set up!

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Closeup of my table.

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Here’s the room.

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Here are some neighboring tables.

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Tables as far as the eye can see.

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Marie and Brandon of Black Mast
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Closeup of Gregory H. Russell’s table!
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One of The Fleas has a new home!
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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Experience of 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


Plans for APE

I feel as though the APE (Alternative Press Expo) has snuck up on me from out of the blue!

I’m hoping that this event will be very informative, and help me take my graphic novel projects to the next level. Not only is this the perfect networking opportunity, but also a rare chance to talk with publishers I am interested in and get a better idea of what they’re looking for in a graphic novel.

Saturday (October 13th), I’ll be attending with Shannon, my collaborator on The First Reich. I think Wes, who is also a graphic novelist and screenwriter, will be attending both Saturday and Sunday. My mom will be checking out the expo too, so maybe she’ll cover ground I won’t be able to.

As a supplement to my business card, I’ve ordered postcards (see above) from Vistaprint advertising The Poet and the Flea and showcasing some of my illustrations. I’ll also bring my iPad loaded with scans of The Flea so I don’t have to shlep around my ginormous (and heavy) portfolio.

Furthermore, in preparation, I’ve been compiling a list of exhibitors/tables I’m interested in visiting.

(This is just a rough list for my personal use. In no particular order!)

  1. 4th Dimension Entertainment
  2. A Raven Above Press
  3. Drawn & Quarterly
  4. Fantagraphics Books
  5. Last Gasp Books
  6. Yam Books
  7. Uncivilized Books
  8. Tomorrow John Press
  9. Top Shelf Productions
  10. Tugboat Press
  11. Sparkplug Comic Books
  12. Puna Press
  13. Pernicious Press Magazine
  14. Perfect Day Publishing
  15. Never Press
  16. NBM Publishing Inc.

You can expect a future blog post about my experiences at APE 2012. Depending on how everything goes, perhaps I’ll plan on getting my own table (half-table?) at next year’s expo.

Please wish me luck!

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Update: Check out the last-minute DIY postcard for The First Reich. Now I just need to find a paper cutter…

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

★ “The Poet and the Flea 100 Day Countdown to the Premiere” is underway!! Join us on TumblrTwitter, and Facebook!

Wednesday, September 26th

  1. Today, did some research about various production companies on IMDbPro.
  2. Worked on inquiry letters. Dropped one in the mailbox and will be sending out a few more soon!

Thursday, September 27th

  1. Continuing work on The Flea.
  2. Went on a date with Wes to the California Academy of Science: Nightlife at the Academy. Saw some amazing sights (jellyfish, baby ostriches, etc.) and had a wonderful time with Wes.

Friday, September 28th

  1. Today, met with Gabe and his friend, Masa — a film director. They asked me to collaborate with them on a screenplay called The Blanks. The concept is really interesting and I feel that I can use my expertise to really flesh out the characters and story. But I think I have to discuss everything further with Gabe and Masa to figure out exactly what they want.
  2. Discussed children’s book further with Gabe. Scheduled next meeting for Friday, October 12th.
  3. Watched the short film and read the short script that Gabe and Masa want me to collaborate on in order to expand it to feature length. Brainstorming ideas!
  4. Reworked my résumé since it needed some updating.

Saturday, September 29th

  • Worked on opening scene and ideas/notes for The Blanks. Sent to Gabe for feedback.

Sunday, September 30th

  1. Today, scanned all completed pages of The Poet and the Flea!!!
  2. Working on cropping scanned pages of The Flea and adding to draft posts on WordPress.

Goals for the coming days…

  1. Draft character designs for Gabe’s children’s book.
  2. Sketch out cover and first 2 pages of The First Reich. Schedule next meeting with Shannon.
  3. Close out GoFundMe.com campaign and launch IndieGoGo.com campaign.

Monday, October 1st

Disclaimer: I do not own this photograph!!

  1. Happy Birthday, Laurence Harvey!  If he hadn’t died of stomach cancer at the age of 45, he would have been 84 today. (Well, at least Larry’s on-screen mom Angela Lansbury is still kicking!)
  2. Tonight, was supposed to attend the h. Naoto Designer Event with Wes, but had to cancel date due to stomach flu. (´A`。)
  3. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  4. Working on design for The Poet and the Flea postcards through Vistaprint in preparation for APE (Alternative Press Expo).

Tuesday, October 2nd

[Still sick... (✖╭╮✖)]

  1. Happy Birthday, Mom! My family will be celebrating her birthday and mine (Oct. 19) together later this month. 〜(^▽^〜)
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. Completed design for The Poet and the Flea postcards and ordered through Vistaprint.
  4. Worked on draft for e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.

Wednesday, October 3rd

  1. Happy Birthday, Tetsuya, beloved leader and bassist of Japanese band L’Arc-en-Ciel!! You and the band have been going strong for 20 years now, and your fans can’t wait for more. (´∀`)♡ [Watch “In the Air” from 20th Anniversary Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by3axL-3gjM]
  2. E-mail correspondence with Gabe.
  3. E-mail correspondence with Shannon.
  4. Sent e-mail to Graphic Ladies!?.
  5. Working on adding scanned pages of The Flea to draft posts on WordPress.

Thursday, October 4th

Disclaimer: I do not own this image!!

  1. Happy Birthday, Jeremy Blake! This talented American artist would have been 41 today if he had not taken his life after the death of his long-term girlfriend Theresa Duncan. Read more about Blake and Duncan here!
  2. Working on making plans for APE (Alternative Press Expo).
  3. Working on character sketches for Gabe.

Etcetera

  • The Poet and the Flea: 47 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-24, 27-30 completed, and 25-26, 31-36 in progress) of illustrated work.

To Do:

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


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