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Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat With G. E. Gallas, Washington City Paper

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I was recently interviewed by Mike Rhode for Washington City PaperCheck out the interview here: 

washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/general/2014/03/07/meet-a-local-cartoonist-a-chat-with-g-e-gallas

Enjoy!!!

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New Year’s Resolutions 2014

Related Post: New Year’s Resolutions: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!

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2014

This may be a few weeks early, but I’m getting the ball rolling…!

  1. Fund and film my first short, Death Is No Bad Friend.  This is a ginormous endeavor and I’ve already put so much time and energy into it. Our trailer turned out beautifully and I’m both nervous and excited to launch our Indiegogo campaign mid-January (if everything goes as planned). For more information, please visit and follow Siren’s Gaze Productions at sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com.
  2. Finish the script for The Poet and the Flea. Check out my plan here: Happy 256th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  3. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the Flea. I’ve decided to dedicate December to this goal! I’ve been working on pages 31 through 40 for the past week or so, and have made much progress. I’m almost done outlining everything in ink and will begin with greyscale markers very soon. If everything goes well, I may even start on pages 41 through 50 this month!
  4. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The First Reich. I’m hoping to work on pages 11 through 20 in January. 🙂
  5. Find a publisher and/or agent to represent my work. How? Well, I’ve tried inquiry letters and I’ll continue down that path. But I also want to attend some major book fairs so that I can meet publishers and agents in person and chat with them. We’ll see how this goes!
  6. Get settled in Washington, D.C. Meaning I’d like to reconnect with old friends and make new ones too. Also, I’d like to network with D.C. filmmakers and try to get involved in local filmmaking. This past Wednesday, I met with two filmmakers — Steve and Kate — to discuss a collaborative stop motion animation short film. I’m excited to see how this project shapes up and will post more information about it soon!
  7. Attend some more film festivals. My wonderful time in Cannes has motivated me to expand my experience of film festivals. I hope to attend some local D.C. film festivals as well as perhaps some bigger ones like Tribeca or maybe even Telluride. I also plan on looking into the Creative Minds program in Toronto (though I probably won’t have the money for that).
  8. Get a decent part-time job and earn a little money. This has been a real struggle for me — getting paid versus doing something I love. I really don’t want to settle for a job that has nothing to do with my interests. But everything to do with my interests are unpaid or not enough to make ends meet. We’ll see…
  9. Perhaps invest in some film equipment and/or filmmaking software. I need to do more research in this realm, but I’m interested in learning more about Final Cut Pro, Dragonframe, and other film/animation software.
  10. Very long-term goal: Move to Brooklyn! I do miss New York City and feel that it’s the best place for me as a filmmaker. I’m hoping to start building up a nest egg so that I can eventually move! 😀

This is a very challenging set of New Year’s Resolutions, but you never know until you try! 😀

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


New Year’s Resolutions: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!

Related Post: New Year’s Resolutions, Anyone? and New Year’s Resolutions: Mid-Year Evaluation!

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2013

Once again, I’ve revisited my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions — and I think I’ve done a pretty good job! Some goals didn’t work out and other I’m still working on. But, all in all, I feel that I’ve accomplished a lot this year. 🙂

Coming Soon: New Year’s Resolutions 2014!!!

In the meantime, here’s the breakdown…

Goals for 2013

  1. Complete materials for Elias & The City of Cats (hopefully before the end of January) and send out to publishers. I completed the materials for Elias & The City of Cats early April. The book hasn’t been picked up by a publisher yet, but I’m glad for the experience. In June, I was hired by Zest Books for a number of freelance illustrations and Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias featuring 50+ of my illustrations will be released this coming February. 😀 When I get the chance, I’m hoping to write a children’s book myself entitled The Flatulent Earl. And, of course, I’d love to continue illustrating other writer’s work!
  2. Finish first 10 pages of The First Reich and get them up online. I completed the cover and first 10 pages of The First Reich in October and am excited to continue on to the next 10 pages. A preview zine of the completed pages is available on my online store The Poet and the Flea Market at thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com/products/3203094-the-first-reich-zine.
  3. Begin working with Masa and Gabe on full-length screenplay collaboration The Blanks (working title), to be finished before June 2013. This project really didn’t go anywhere. But, in the meantime, I’ve helped a few other screenwriters edit/fix their screenplays. So that was an accomplishment!
  4. Send out query letters about my completed full-length screenplays to production companies. I’ve sent out a number of query letters to publishers, agents, etc. about both my screenplays and graphic novels. No success yet, but I just gotta keep trying!!! Next year, I’m hoping to attend some big book fairs in order to scope out and talk to publishers and agents. We’ll see how this goes!
  5. Finish the script for The Poet and the Fleahopefully somewhere between 60 – 75 pages. This is still a really important goal! And I am making progress one step at a time. For more details, please see my post Happy 256th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!
  6. Work on my first zine (possibly a tie in with The Flea) and self-print it. I have succeeded in creating and self-publishing a number of zines this year — “Smithereens,” “The Ink Drinker,” and previews of both The Poet and the Flea and The First Reich. I’ve really enjoyed learning how to self-bind these little books. 🙂 Furthermore, I’ve exhibited these at the SF Zine Fest, SPX, and APE. So I feel very accomplished in this arena. You can check out all my zines and other merchandise at The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com).
  7. Open up a Storenvy account to sell zines and other merchandise (prints, t-shirts, etc.). Done and done!!! The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com).
  8. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the FleaThen the next 10, and so on and so forth!! This goal is currently in progress! 🙂
  9. Find a reliable and talented director and/or producer to turn one of my short scripts into a short film. Then enter the short film into a number of festivals. I have a whole cast and crew lined up to help me transform my short script Death Is No Bad Friend into a short film! Currently, we are hoping to launch our Indiegogo campaign January/February 2014 and, if we get funded, film around June/July. This is an extremely challenging project for me and I hope you all will support our efforts! For more information, please visit Siren’s Gaze Productions (sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com).
  10. Finally get an official internship, fellowship, and/or job in a field of interest. January through April, I worked as an intern at Zest Books.  In May, I went to the Cannes International Film Festival through the American Pavilion Film Program. I earned a little money and lots of experience illustrating Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know about 50 Famous Phobias. Now, I’m about to start work on a collaborative stop motion animation project. The busy bee never rests!

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Coming Soon: Death Is No Bad Friend Indiegogo Campaign

★★★ PLEASE REBLOG & SPREAD THE WORD!!! ★★★

WE, SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS, ARE HOPING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SHORT FILM DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND ABOUT ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (TREASURE ISLAND, STRANGE CASE OF DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE) IN SAN FRANCISCO.

THE SCREENPLAY HAS RECEIVED AMPLE PRAISE AND THERE IS A WONDERFUL CAST & CREW ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT ALREADY. 

WE ARE PLANNING ON LAUNCHING OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WITHIN THE COMING WEEKS.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, TUMBLR, PINTEREST, ETC.!

SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on WordPress:

sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com

SIREN’S GAZE PRODUCTIONS on Facebook:

facebook.com/sirensgazeproductions

DEATH IS NO BAD FRIEND on Facebook:

facebook.com/pages/Death-Is-No-Bad-Friend/164927033704154

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Kyle Duke Adamiec as Robert Louis Stevenson in our upcoming Indiegogo trailer for Death Is No Bad Friend.
Photograph by G. E. Gallas

Siren’s Gaze Productions (sirensgazeproductions.wordpress.com) was born at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival as a collaboration between three young, unique, and ambitious female filmmakers — director Mary Lachapelle, cinematographer Jacqueline Lehr, and screenwriter/producer G. E. Gallas. Each of us has an undying passion for our expertise. Yet our individual personalities fit together to form an intuitive and vibrant production team.

 
Death Is No Bad Friend is a short film based on the life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr HydeTreasure Island). Robert Louis attempts to escape his guilty conscience through honeymooning on Mount Saint Helena. But his illness catches up, forcing him to face his demons.

 
This film is Siren’s Gaze Productions’ first project. We believe that Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson’s story is historically and culturally significant, and therefore should be celebrated through the medium of cinema. Our greatest goal is to create an outstanding film to submit to festivals around the world (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, etc.) and to launch the careers of all cast and crew involved.

 
We are all 100% committed to this project. We are prepared to make this film on a shoestring budget, donating our time and skills. But every penny counts! We are hoping to raise between $10,000 and $25,000 to allow us to bring Death Is No Bad Friend to life.

 
We need YOU to support our production expenses and to spread the word. Through funding and promoting Death Is No Bad Friend, you will help us bring the unfamiliar and extraordinary life of the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson into the public eye. Moreover, you will be helping a group of young creatives take their first big step in achieving their lifelong dreams of becoming professional filmmakers!

 

Screenplay:

  • 2nd round qualifier in the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition 2012, judged by Sir Kenneth Branagh.
  •  Quater finalist in the 2013 CWA (Creative World Awards).
  • Death Is No Bad Friend is a poetic script that relies on imagery to evoke a morose feeling. The language is very well-crafted, with the characters’ style of speech accurate for the time period. Because the descriptions are succinct but also written in a similar style, the script reads easily and quickly while creating clear images of the locations.” –Feedback from the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
  • Genre: Drama, Historical, Biographical.

Cast & Crew:

Goals:

Your contributions will help us achieve the following goals…

  • To successfully develop Death Is No Bad Friend through pre-production, filming, and post-production.
  • To celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create a high production value, historically accurate, collaborative film.
  • To film in and around the San Francisco Bay Area/Northern California.
  • To submit the finished film to a number of festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival.
  • To create an opportunity to expand Death Is No Bad Friend into a full-length script/feature film to further celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Robert Louis and Fanny Stevenson.
  • To create further opportunities for Siren’s Gaze Productions to create films and further the careers of all cast and crew involved.

WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

KEEP YOUR PEEPERS ON THIS PAGE FOR THE LAUNCH OF OUR INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!

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Copyright 2013 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). 😀
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…)

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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. 😀

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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