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Yale January 2015

Related Posts: Baltimore November 2014Yale December 2014, and Yale December 2014: Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

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Last month, I went up to Yale with my parents to see my sister’s amazing costumes in Molière’s Don Juan. She gave us a fun tour of her studio, costume shop, and class rooms as well as a good portion of campus. It was great running into a number of actors I saw in plays when I was at Yale in December. We may go up again in the Spring to see more of my sister’s shows. :)

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Inspired by Blake: “William Blake: Master of the Graphic Novel”

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I was asked by Zool Verjee, deputy manager at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, to write an article for their Inspired by Blake blog! Inspired by Blake is a two-week William Blake Festival (January 18th – 31st, 2015) “…celebrating the magnificent and visionary painter, poet, thinker and icon…” that “…ties in with…” the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology’s exhibition “William Blake: Apprentice and Master” (December 2014 – March 2015).

You can read my article “William Blake: Master of the Graphic Novel” here: inspiredbyblake.co.uk/#!William-Blake-Master-of-the-Graphic-Novel/cb1a/08DC1174-ECBD-49A4-8076-FDCAC1A8E1DB.

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Yale December 2014: Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery

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This is just a list of what art I saw at Yale this December for my personal record.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the following images!

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America a Prophecy: Frontispiece and pages 3-7, 9, 11, 12, and 15.
I was surprised to realize that this work was printed in blue ink and that the pages are much larger than Songs of Innocence and of Experience. Here are some of my favorite pages…
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Jerusalem: Frontispiece and pages 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, and 74.
Similar to America a Prophecy‘s blue ink, this work was printed in orange ink. Here are some of my favorite pages…
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The Death of Chatterton by Pre-Raphaelite painter Henry Wallis
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Yes or No? by  Pre-Raphaelite painter Sir John Everett Millais

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An Allegory of Intemperance by Early Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch

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Yale December 2014

Related Posts: Vancouver/Alaska September 2014: Compilation and Baltimore November 2014.

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I had a wonderful time at Yale this past December. I was there as a guest speaker for Wendall K. Harrington’s “Visual Storytelling” course at the School of Drama and also to visit my sister, who’s a grad student there.

I was lucky enough to be able to visit The Yale Center for British Art before it closed for renovations. There, I saw one of my favorite paintings: Henry Wallis’s The Death of Chatterton. I was also able to take advantage of their study room, where I examined original prints of William Blake’s America a Prophecy and Jerusalem.

I had a great time at the Yale University Art Gallery, where I saw John Everett Millais’s beautiful Yes or No? and Hieronymus Bosch’s An Allegory of Intemperance (which I had been hoping to see, since I saw part of the same triptych Death and the Miser at the National Gallery of Art in D.C. last year).

I saw three plays, all of which were amazing — War (by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz), Chekov’s The Seagull (directed by Jessica Holt), and my favorite The Zero Scenario (by Ryan Campbell, directed by Sara Holdren).

I’m looking forward to visiting Yale again at the end of this January to see my sister’s costumes in Molière’s Don Juan.

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Brief Update

Related Posts: Brief Update (April 2nd, 2013)Brief Update (May 10th, 2013), and Very Brief Update (June 18th, 2013).

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Update

  1. I’ve been working very hard on new pages (41 through 95) of The Poet and the Flea for the past few months! I’ve completed the first few steps on pgs. 41 through 71 and completed inking pgs. 41 through 48. I haven’t started shading any of the new pages, but I’m hoping to start very soon.
  2. Last week, I completed and submitted my illustration of Elias Morris for A Raven Above Press’s new book Welsh in the Old West by Lorin Morgan-Richards. Check out this previous post for more information: A Raven Above Press’s “Welsh in the Old West” Project.
  3. I’m almost done inking an one-page comic entitled Strange But True to submit to a local newspaper. I really like how it’s turning out so far, and I’m hoping they’ll accept my submission! And maybe I’ll do more pages of Strange But True down the line…
  4. I’m supposed to hear this Wednesday whether or not I’ve been hired for a somewhat big freelance illustration project for a non-profit related book. I was hired to create a proposal for the book and they seem to be very excited about what I put together. Fingers crossed! :)
  5. According to director Mary Lachapelle, Death Is No Bad Friend made it to the top 20 of the Roy W. Dean Grant. Unfortunately, we were not grant winners, but they seem to want to still give us some kind of assistance for the film. Plus, we now know we’re headed in the right direction for other grants we’re planning on applying to. Everything’s coming together!
  6. Last week, I registered for the “Publication Design w/In Design” course at our local community college. I took a few classes there during high school and found them very beneficial. So I look forward to adding In Design to my list of skills.
  7. I’ve begun working on the applications for two summer programs specializing in publishing. They aren’t due until early next year, but I’d like to get them out of the way ASAP. They sound like absolutely amazing programs and, if I don’t get into them this time around, I’m planning on reapplying next year. We’ll see what happens!
  8. I’ve been doing some research and making some notes for my (not-so-distant) future publishing company Radiant Pessimist Press. It’s only bare bones for now, but you can check out my new blog: radiantpessimist.wordpress.com.
  9. Yesterday, I finally was able to clean and organize my studio. Can’t wait to get back to work!
  10. My main goal this week is to really sit down and concentrate on preparing for my talk at Yale University School of Drama. Also, I made an appointment with the Yale Center for British Art’s study room to examine a sampling of their incredible collection of original William Blake prints. I can’t wait!

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The Poet and the Flea Market: End of the Year Special!

Related Posts: Grand Opening: The Poet and the Flea Market! and Plans for SPX 2014.

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Admittedly, I don’t make very many sales on my online store The Poet and the Flea Market, so I get very excited when I do! The best part is sending my work all over the world — UK, Australia, Sweden, Czech Republic…

Right now, I’m trying to finish the first volume (95 pages) of The Poet and the Flea and could use a little extra cash to pay for various supplies including ink refills, replacement nibs, and Bristol board. So I’ve decided to create a special end of the year deal on The Poet and the Flea Market to encourage everyone to order now!

Buy any one or more items on The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com) starting today (October 24th, 2014) to the end of 2014 (December 31st, 2014), receive one POET OVAL BUTTON (see image below) as a FREE GIFT (while supplies last)!!!

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Furthermore, buy any one or more items on The Poet and the Flea Market (thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com) on November 28th — William Blake’s birthday — and receive (in addition to the button) one 5-by-7-inch, full-color ART PRINT as a FREE GIFT (just remember to indicate the name of the print under “Instructions to merchant,” otherwise you’ll receive a random one)!!!

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5″ x 7″ Print: “The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog”

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5″ x 7″ Print: “Death and the Dreamer”

 5" x 7" Print: "To Generalize is to be an Idiot" ($2)

5″ x 7″ Print: “To Generalize is to be an Idiot”

Thank you very much for your support and I look forward to filling your orders!!!

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Conflicted About “47 Ronin”

Related Post: Attack on Titan: Analogy to World War II.

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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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