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Hiatus: Summer 2015

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As you may know, for the next 6-7 weeks, I will be in New York City to attend the Summer Publishing Institute (SPI) at New York University: School of Professional Studies. This is supposed to be a very intense program, so I’ve decided to put this blog on hiatus while I’m attending.

Don’t worry: I plan on continuing to post on Twitter (@gegallas) and Facebook (facebook.com/gegallas) throughout the coming weeks. Also, once the hiatus is over, I have a number of exciting posts I’ll be able to share with you, including:

  • Photos of my adventures in New York City!

  • New behind-the-scenes images from my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea!

  • Never before seen illustrations from various projects!

  • …and much, much more!!!

Many thanks to my followers for all your support! I’ll be back soon! :)

–G. E.

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Copyright 2015 by G. E. Gallas


Ideas for Summer 2015 in NYC

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

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EVENTS

  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.

MUSEUMS/PARKS

  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

STORES

  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

FOOD

  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


May 2015 Update

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  1. After posting one illustration from Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias every week for 50 weeks, I have finally posted all of the illustrations. You can check them out here: gegallas.wordpress.com/contents/scared-stiff.
  2. By the way, I have a relatively new Tumblr blog called Everything was ZINES, and nothing hurt., on which I promote my fellow writers’ and illustrators’ work. Please check it out here: everythingwaszines.tumblr.com.
  3. This coming weekend, I will be traveling to Yale once again to see my sister’s costumes in a new play called Deer and the Lovers by Emily Zemba and directed by Sara Holdren. :)
  4. I am very excited to announce that this summer I will be attending the Summer Publishing Institute (SPI) at New York University: School of Professional Studies. Unfortunately, this will probably mean a hiatus for this blog, but I’ll try to keep it as short as possible!
  5. I am also very excited that, through the Summer Publishing Institute, I will be volunteering at BEA (Book Expo America) 2015.
  6. As you may know, for the past few months, I have been working extremely hard on my graphic novel The Poet and The Flea. Currently, I am almost finished inking all 95 pages of the first volume and hope to begin shading everything in as soon as possible. I am also thinking about submitting The Flea directly to publishers within the coming months. Wish me luck!

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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. :D

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


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

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

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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. :D
  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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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


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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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


My Name and Art on Amazon!

This past Summer, I worked on a number of projects for Zest Books. And I’m excited to see my work starting to pay off!

Now on Amazon, you can view the cover illustration I created for Scared Stiff: 50 Phobias That Freak Us Out as well as my name with the credit “illustrator.” In addition to the cover, I created 50 interior illustrations — one for each phobia. So I hope this book will be a real treat for my fans and followers.

Scared Stiff will be released February 4th, 2014, but you can already pre-order via Amazon! Plus, as we near February, I plan on sharing some behind-the-scenes “Phobias” sketches, so keep your peepers peeled!!!

www.amazon.com/Scared-Stiff-Phobias-That-Freak/dp/1936976498

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www.amazon.com/Scared-Stiff-Phobias-That-Freak/dp/1936976498

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


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