Announcement: “The Poet and the Flea” Premiere!

The Flea is coming…!!!

Page 14, in progress.

I’ve been playing around with dates for the premiere of my upcoming graphic novel, The Poet and the Flea. And, although this date is later than I originally intended, I hit upon the perfect one.

For those of you not yet familiar with The Poet and the Flea…

Summary: The Poet and the Flea is a reimagining of the life of the poet-painter William Blake. Set in 1790, at the onset of The Industrial Revolution, William suffers from the death of his beloved younger brother, Robert.  Catherine (Kate) Blake attempts to comfort her husband, but cannot dispel his grief. During this spell of anxiety, William is visited by an ominous creature: The Ghost of the Flea. The Flea reveals an invested interest in William’s spiritual well-being — the result of an unorthodox wager . Will William triumph over The Flea’s sinister meddling? Or  will he fall victim to The Flea’s corruption?

Since William Blake is my protagonist, I thought what better date than his 255th birthday? 

William Blake was born November 28th, 1757. And this year will be the poet-painter’s 255th birthday!

Thusly, I have decided to premiere the first five pages of my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012!

I realize that this date is a ways away, but I hope everyone will be patient and, when the time comes, celebrate Mr. Blake’s birthday with me!

Thank you!

–G. E.


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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


About gegallas

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about William Blake and her short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally from Washington, D. C., she spent her year abroad in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. Last year, she attended the Cannes International Film Festival and spoke upon invitation to The Blake Society, London. This year, her illustrations were featured in Scared Stiff: Everything You Need To Know About 50 Famous Phobias. She is currently working on illustrations for Do More Good. Better. View all posts by gegallas

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