What People Are Saying About The Flea…

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I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who supports The Poet and the Flea:

Thank you so much!!!

Your support means so much to me and has helped me continue to work on this project. I am almost done illustrating volume one and have been working hard to get my work out to literary agents and publishers. :)

The following are some of my favorite Tweets and comments I’ve received about  The Poet and the Flea so far…

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“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” –William Blake

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Dear ladies and gentleman:

Here is an update on myself and The Poet and the Flea:

  • Please check out my recently revamped homepage: gegallas.com.
  •  I’m continuing to enjoy the “Publication Design with InDesign” class I’m taking. I just completed a newsletter project I created about independent comics and I’ll be starting a pamphlet project, for which I’d like to use some William Blake pieces.
  • PROGRESS: I’m excited to announce that I’ve completed penciling up to page 95 (= first volume) of The Poet and the Flea!!! My goal is to at least finish inking up to page 95 before June and hopefully finish shading sometime this summer. Wish me luck!  :)

How can you help support The Poet and the Flea? Please spread the word through Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. And don’t forget to check out my online store thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com!

Many thanks and kind regards,

G. E.

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Copyright 2015 by G. E. Gallas


“The busy bee has no time for sorrow.” –William Blake

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Dear ladies and gentleman:

Here is an update on myself and The Poet and the Flea:

  • In February, I had a wonderful time as a guest speaker for Diane Critchfield’s “British Literature II” course at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. You can read more about it here (gegallas.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/fredericksburg-virginia-february-2015).
  • If you’re on Tumblr, please check out my recently revamped Tumblr blog: gegallas-writer-illustrator.tumblr.com.
  • For the past few months, I’ve been doing very well in “Publication Design with InDesign” and am putting together a strong portfolio that I can’t wait to share with you all.
  • PROGRESS: I’m excited to announce that I’ve completed up to page 60 of The Poet and the Flea. Right now, I’m making progress on pages 61-70 and hope to finish them sometime next month. My goal is to finish the first volume (95 pages) before June or at least some time this summer. Wish me luck! :)

How can you help support The Poet and the Flea? Please spread the word through Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. And don’t forget to check out my online store thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com!

Many thanks and kind regards,

G. E.

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“The Poet and the Flea” for Chronicle Books’s Great Tumblr Book Search

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Chronicle Books is looking for their next book through Tumblr and I’ve submitted my graphic novel about William Blake The Poet and the Flea for their consideration!

For those of you on Tumblr, it would mean the world to me if you could like and reblog my post:

http://gegallas-writer-illustrator.tumblr.com/post/111581165918/the-poet-and-the-flea-preview

Thank you so much!!

Best regards,

G. E.

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Guide to “The Poet and the Flea”

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Dear ladies and gentleman:

Are you new to The Poet and the Flea? Or just need help navigating this WordPress blog? Here’s a little help:

  1. ABOUT: Click here to learn more about the graphic novel The Poet and the Flea and writer/illustrator G. E. Gallas.
  2. BEHIND THE SCENES: Click here to view photographs documenting the making of the graphic novel The Poet and the Flea as well as character designs and other goodies.
  3. BLOG: Click here to see past blog posts about The Poet and the Flea, including updates and special announcements.
  4. CONTACT: Click here to find out how to contact writer/illustrator G. E. Gallas or leave a comment.
  5. FAN ART: Click here to view fan art of The Poet and the Flea.
  6. LINKS: Click here to view links to other related websites, including writer/illustrator G. E. Gallas’s main blog.
  7. PRESS: Click here to read reviews of The Poet and the Flea as well as interviews with writer/illustrator G. E. Gallas.
  8. READ: Click here to navigate pages from graphic novel The Poet and the Flea.
  9. SPECIAL THANKS: Click here to view the names of those who have helped make The Poet and the Flea possible.
  10. START FROM THE BEGINNING: Click here to start reading the graphic novel The Poet and the Flea from the beginning.
  11. STORE: Click here to visit writer/illustrator G. E. Gallas’s online store, where you can buy zines, art prints, etc. to support the making of graphic novel The Poet and the Flea.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Best regards,

G. E.

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The Flea is on a little adventure…

-Character 5

Dear ladies and gentleman:

Here is an update on myself and The Poet and the Flea:

  • Once again, I’ve been busy trying to crowdfund short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Please take a look at our Hatchfund campaign here : hatchfund.org/project/death_is_no_bad_friend.
  • Last month, I had an amazing time as a guest speaker for Wendall K. Harrington’s “Visual Storytelling” course at Yale University School of Drama. You can read more about it here (gegallas.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/yale-december-2014) and here (gegallas.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/yale-december-2014-yale-center-for-british-art-and-yale-university-art-gallery).
  • Last week, I completed a huge freelance project of over 50 illustrations called Do More Good. Better. by Steve Scheier.
  • This week, I begin a course called “Publication Design with InDesign.”
  • GUEST SPEAKER: I am so excited to announce I will be a guest speaker for Diane Critchfield’s “British Literature II” course at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia this February 4th. If you’re in the area, the talk is open to the public!
  • PROGRESS: I’ve been working the last few months on new pages of The Poet and the Flea. I’ve completed penciling and inking pages 41 through 60 and can’t wait to finish shading everything in. I’ve sketched out all the thumbnails for volume one, so now I know it will be 95 pages long. I’ve also started penciling pages 61 through 80. I’m hoping to finish up to page 60 in a month or so, and then begin focusing on pages 61 through 80. Then, 81 through 95. Yay! :)

How can you help support The Poet and the Flea? Please spread the word through Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. And don’t forget to check out my online store thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com!

Many thanks and kind regards,

G. E.

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

Related Post: The Poet and the Flea on Blake House.

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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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Happy 257th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!

Happy 257th Birthday, Mr. William Blake!

And Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I posted the first five pages of The Poet and the Flea to this blog! Thank you for all your patience — I know how difficult it is waiting for new pages. :) My main objective is to finish volume one (95 pages) before summer 2015 and, if I decide on self-publishing, premiere the printed book at SPX (Small Press Expo) in September.

In the meantime, here is a long awaited sneak peek of new pages…

(Please note, I’m not very satisfied with these scans and need to redo them!)

Page 31 copy

Page 32 copy

Page 33 copy

Page 34 copy

Page 38 copy

How can you help support The Poet and the Flea? Please spread the word through Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. And don’t forget to check out my online store thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com!

Many thanks and kind regards,

G. E.

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


The Flea is on his way…

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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.

How can you help support The Poet and the Flea? Please spread the word through Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. And don’t forget to check out my online store thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com!

Many thanks and kind regards,

G. E.

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The Flea remains on the “Lamb”!

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Dear ladies and gentleman:

Here is a much overdue update on myself and The Poet and the Flea:

  • SPX (Small Press Expo) is only a few days away! I’m more or less ready — I just have to pack all my zines, prints, etc. into a suitcase. And I am incredibly excited for the two-day event. :)
  • I have been making a lot of progress on short film Death Is No Bad Friend with director Mary Lachapelle. For the last few months, we’ve been working on a proposal for a number of grants. And we are almost, almost, almost ready to send out our first one.
  • I’ve been continuing to work on The First Reich (thefirstreich.wordpress.com) about the Jewish-Austrian psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. I’ve penciled in pages 11 through 25, but haven’t had a chance to ink them in yet. I had a really wonderful meeting with writer Shannon Brady last night, so I can’t wait to complete the new pages!
  • I’ve been very busy sending out query letters to literary agents that represent graphic novels. I’m also compiling a list of graphic novel publishers to eventually submit directly to and am also looking into self-publishing if all else fails.
  • I’ve been working on illustrating pages 41 through 60 of The Poet and the Flea and hope to finish them in October. I also hope to work on pages 61 through 80 in November and December and then pages 81 through 100 in January and February. These are challenging goals, but I’ll take them all in baby steps. :D

How can you help support The Poet and the Flea? Please spread the word through Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. And don’t forget to check out my online store thepoetandtheflea.storenvy.com!

Many thanks and kind regards,

G. E.

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