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Ideas for Summer 2015 in NYC

Related Posts: NYC Adventure: Day 1 & 2NYC Adventure: Day 3 & 4, and Birthday Weekend in NYC, 2014.



  1. Book Expo America: Wednesday, May 27th — Friday May 29th, Javits Center,
  2. Grand Comics Festival 2015: Saturday, June 6th, noon – 8 p.m. at Bird River Studios, 343 Grand Street (Marcy & Havemeyer) Brooklyn, New York. Open and free to the public.


  1. Discovering Japanese Art at The Met: February 14–September 27, 2015.
  2. Van Gogh: Irises and Roses at The Met: May 12–August 16, 2015.
  3. The New York Botanical Garden: 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458; FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life (May 16 – November 1).
  4. Noguchi Museum: 9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, NY 11106.
  5. The Rubin: 150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011.
  6. Whitney Museum of American Art: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014.
  7. Japan Society: 333 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017.
  8. The High Line


  1. Kinokuniya
  2. Flying Tiger Copenhagen: Danish design store to open May 16 in the Flatiron neighborhood.
  3. Forbidden Planet NYC
  4. Idlewild Books: 12 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
  5. Books of Wonder: 18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
  6. The Evolution Store: 120 Spring St, New York, NY 10012


  1. Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings: (near Astor Place) 179 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003.
  2.  Nom Wah Tea Parlor: (Chinatown) 13 Doyers St, New York, NY 10013. Vintage dim sum parlor dating back to 1920.
  3. Dylan’s Candy Bar: 1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10065.
  4. Sockerbit: 89 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014.
  5. Breads Bakery: (Union Square) 18 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003.
  6. Black Seed: (near Spring St) 170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012. Hand-rolled, broiled & wood-oven baked bagels.
  7. Lamarca Cheese Shop: (Gramercy) 161 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010. Inexpensive fresh pasta dishes.
  8. Dough: (Flatiron) 14 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011. Donuts with creative seasonal glazes.
  9. Koreatown


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Copyright 2015 by G. E. Gallas


New Year’s Resolutions 2015

Related Posts: New Year’s Resolutions 2014 and New Year’s Resolutions 2014: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!.



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  1. Finish illustrating volume one (first 94 pages) of The Poet and the Flea (before summer 2015).
  2. Use Kickstarter as a way for everyone to preorder The Poet and the Flea volume one.
  3. Have The Poet and the Flea volume one printed at a local company.
  4. Hopefully get into a summer publishing program at either NYU or Columbia: I’ve been working on the applications for both programs and plan to finish them in January to send them out ASAP. I have no idea if I’ll get in, but I feel I’d learn so many useful skills if I did. If I don’t get in this year, I’ll try again next year.
  5. Next semester, take “Publication Design with InDesign” course at Montgomery College: I’ve already registered!! 🙂 Class begins at the end of January and I hope to learn a lot.
  6. Get back to work on The First Reich: I really haven’t been able to make as much progress as I had hoped on this graphic novel, so I’d really like to dedicate some time to get at least a good chunk done.
  7. Finally go into production for short film Death Is No Bad Friend: We (Siren’s Gaze Productions) plan to launch a Hatchfund crowdfunding campaign starting January 1st and we will continue to apply to grants to try to fund the rest of the film. I have been working on this film since 2012 and would love to see all our hard work pay off!
  8. Exhibit at SPX 2015 (to debut The Poet and the Flea volume one): If all goes well with #1-3 , I’d like to debut The Poet and the Flea volume one at SPX 2015. The Poet and the Flea volume one will be the first book published through my own small publishing company Radiant Pessimist Press (see #9).
  9. Launch Radiant Pessimist Press: If all goes well with #1-3 and #8, then I plan on not only publishing more of my own work through Radiant Pessimist Press, but also I’d like to recruit some fellow artists/graphic novelists to publish their work.
  10. Continue practicing Japanese: I’ve been studying Japanese for over 12 years now and I’d like to continue practicing my skills. I’d like to continue watching Japanese movies and television and start reading more books in Japanese. 😀


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New Year’s Resolutions 2014: End-of-the-Year Evaluation!

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  1. Fund and film my first short, Death Is No Bad FriendI have come very far with this resolution, but I’m still working incredibly hard to see it through to the end! Through Indiegogo, we raised about $3,000 — which is a wonderful start. For months, director Mary Lachapelle and I have been putting together a proposal in order to apply to a number of grants to fund the rest. Although we didn’t receive any money, we made it to the top 20 of the Roy W. Dean Grant, which means we must be headed in the right direction. 🙂 We are currently on Creative District (creativedistrict.com/project/5448), where we could potentially be awarded $5,000. As we continue to apply to grants, we have started working with our cinematographer Jacqueline Lehr on developing our visual approach and aesthetic for the film. We plan on launching another crowdfunding campaign early next year. For more information, please visit sirensgazeproductions.weebly.com.
  2. Finish the script for The Poet and the Flea. As of June 10th, I finally finished the script for all three volumes of The Poet and the Flea!
  3. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The Poet and the Flea. In January, I finished illustrating pages 31 through 40 of The Poet and the Flea! As of this month, I have finished inking pages 41 through 60 and have begun shading those pages as well. Furthermore, I have started penciling pages 61 through 73 and hope to finish volume one (95 pages) before July 2015.
  4. Work on the next 10 illustrated pages of The First Reich. A number of months ago, I was able to work on illustrating pages 11 through 25 of The First Reich. I really didn’t get to do as much as I had wanted to for Reich this year. Next year, I really want to get back to work on this amazing project!
  5. Find a publisher and/or agent to represent my work. I’ve had a very tough time trying to find an agent to represent my work. 😦 So early next year, I plan to submit The Poet and the Flea directly to publishers. If this doesn’t work out, I’d like to self-publish volume one as the first book in my own publishing company, Radiant Pessimist Press (radiantpessimist.wordpress.com). I think I’ll use Kickstarter as a way for everyone to pre-order The Poet and the Flea: Volume One. Then, I’d like to premiere the first volume at SPX 2015!
  6. Get settled in Washington, D.C. I think I’m finally getting a bit used to being back in the D.C. area. I’ve been trying very hard to make new friends and keep up with old ones. I have a wonderful new boyfriend who I’ve been going out with since August. I feel like I met many amazing people through DC Zinefest and SPX. I’d like to keep working on this one…
  7. Attend some more film festivals. I haven’t had any time to do this yet, but I figure if we complete Death Is No Bad Friend and enter it into a number of festivals/competitions as we’ve planned, I’ll be able to go then. 😀
  8. Get a decent part-time job and earn a little money. Although I haven’t gotten a steady part-time job, I’m excited to have earned a little bit of money doing what I love this year. I’ve sold more work through my online store and various alternative press conventions than I anticipated. I’ve had a few small freelance projects here and there. I was just hired for a somewhat big freelance job this month, which I am very excited about! It also seems I might have a few more freelance projects on the horizon. Baby steps!!
  9. Perhaps invest in some film equipment and/or filmmaking software. I’ve looked into this a bit, but I haven’t invested in anything yet. This is definitely on the back burner for now, but I’ll keep it in mind.
  10. Very long-term goal: Move to Brooklyn! I’ve been working on this, but it’s still a very long-term goal. However, I might be back in NYC for a while if I get into one of two summer publishing programs I plan on applying for. We’ll see how it goes…!


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Birthday Weekend in NYC, 2014

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Since my dad had some free hotel nights, my parents, sister, and I visited New York to celebrate my mom’s birthday and mine!


Havana Central: We were all starving by the time we got to Havana Central, so the food tasted especially good. I’ve been to this restaurant once before and it has such a great ambiance — now it feels like being on the set of Boardwalk Empire season 5! Plus, since it was an off time, it wasn’t as noisy as it can be.

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Some sights from Bryant Park:

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch: This was my official birthday present! I’ve loved Hedwig ever since I saw the movie in 2001. We were only a few rows back, dead center, just far enough away to avoid being spit on. Michael C. Hall was absolutely incredible in the role and Lena Hall was perfect as Yitzhak. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

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“New York, New York, a helluva town!”

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The Morgan Library:

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Fig and Olive:

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These were two truly inspiring exhibits! If you have a chance to visit NYC before March, I would seriously encourage you to go. 😀


Blue Fin: One of my family’s favorite NYC restaurants — we always seem to go here on family trips. They have the most amazing sushi!

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: Another amazing Broadway show. I read the book when it first came out, and they did a fabulous job translating the book to stage. 🙂

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NYC Adventure: Day 3 & 4

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Outside The Morgan Library & Museum.

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“Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night” in William Blake’s hand!!!

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Outside the Neue Galerie.

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My alma mater, New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

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Washington Square Park.

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The Washington Arch.

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Inside the Angelika Film Center.

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Can’t visit New York without eating a black and white cookie!

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The Angelika logo.

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After the movie, Indian food!

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Queens! On the way to brunch.

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Ariel becoming caffeinated!


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NYC Adventure: Day 1 & 2

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Tasty lunch at a Thai restaurant.

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Just arrived at the Frick Collection.

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The Frick Collection’s Garden Court.

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Cute little fountain!

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The Conservatory Water in Central Park.

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The Loeb Central Park Boathouse.

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The Lake in Central Park.

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The Bethesda Fountain, Central Park.

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The Bethesda Terrace, Central Park.

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A snack at Kinokuniya!

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Yoga in Bryant Park.

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Souvenir Whistler postcards from the Frick Collection and Watashi no Otoko from Kinokuniya.


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Just outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Inside the Met.

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The Flatiron Building.

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Madison Square Park.

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The Empire State Building.

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The Alamo on Astor Place.

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A Pre-Raphaelite brochure from the Met and two Noah Van Sciver zines from Forbidden Planet.


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