People Who Inspire Me: G. E. Gallas

Please check out this nice article about me and my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea:

 Thank you so much, Lisa England of “The Scrappy Storyteller”!

P.S. You can now preorder The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1) via Kickstarter here: kickstarter.com/projects/868711984/the-poet-and-the-flea-ode-to-william-blake-volume

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“Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction.” – William Blake

GallasSometimes, I see something on the internet that grabs me—and won’t let go. Writer-illustrator G. E. Gallas caught me on Twitter a few weeks back. Now I think I’m in a death hold.

One peek at Gallas’ latest project, a graphic novel biography of 18th-century British poet, painter and print-maker William Blake, and you’ll see why I’m hooked. The Poet and the Flea is as beautiful and original as Blake himself.

So what inspired Gallas to tackle such sprawling subject matter?

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“William Blake first snuck in my consciousness when I read (of all things) Allen Ginsberg’s ‘A Supermarket in California,’” Gallas explains. While that poem is influenced heavily by Dante’s Divine Comedy, Gallas asserts that “the eternal questioning nature of this poem is not Dante’s influence, but Blake’s.”

Gallas later learned that Ginsberg had had…

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About gegallas

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about William Blake and her short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally from Washington, D. C., she spent her year abroad in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. Last year, she attended the Cannes International Film Festival and spoke upon invitation to The Blake Society, London. This year, her illustrations were featured in Scared Stiff: Everything You Need To Know About 50 Famous Phobias. She is currently working on illustrations for Do More Good. Better. View all posts by gegallas

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