Dear ladies and gentleman:
Here is an update on myself and The Poet and the Flea:
- I had an amazing time at SPX (Small Press Expo) a few weeks ago. You can find out more here!
- Director Mary Lachapelle and I have submitted our proposal for short film Death Is No Bad Friend to the first grant on our list. We’re excited to apply to more grants and hopefully hear some good news in the near future!
- GUEST SPEAKER: I am ecstatic to announce I will be a guest speaker for Wendall K. Harrington’s “Visual Storytelling” course at Yale University School of Drama this December. To my understanding, her students study William Blake and create an animated project using The Songs of Innocence and of Experience. I can’t wait to share my knowledge of Blake and my approach to storytelling through words and images!
Visual Storytelling: This is a lecture, film, and discussion course that explores the various ways in which idea and emotion have been expressed for the eye and mind. Lecturers and filmed documentaries cover topics in art history from cave painting to the graphic novel, color theory, cinema history, graphic design, typography, photography, and an exploration of the visual in avant-garde theater. Vision is our language; we see before we speak. The goal of this course is to create expressive polyglots. (From yale.edu/printer/bulletin/htmlfiles/drama/departmental-requirements-and-courses-of-instruction.html)
- MY NEWEST GOAL: 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. I think I’ll use Kickstarter as a way for everyone to pre-order The Poet and the Flea: Volume One. I also hope to eventually publish graphic novel The First Reich (thefirstreich.wordpress.com) about the Jewish-Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich through Radiant Pessimist Press.
- PROGRESS: I’ve been working the last few weeks on new pages of The Poet and the Flea. I’ve completed pencil outlines for pages 41 through 60 and can’t wait to start inking everything in. I’ve sketched out all thumbnails for volume one, so now I know it will be 95 pages long. I’m hoping to finish up to page 60 in a month or so, and then begin working on pages 61 through 80. Then, 81 through 95.
Many thanks and kind regards,