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Review by Drew of Music City Comics:

“Gallas has a fundamental understanding of Blake and his poems, choosing to insert them into the story in ways that link him to the approaching evil but also helping the reader understand him as a person. Stressing the importance of personality but also the struggle between being an artist and reality, Blake is shown as a man of extreme talent and intense vision as he confronts the villain known as “The Flea”. Gallas has an intriguing approach to having a true literary icon face the darkness of corruption and self doubt, with dialogue that gives a certain elegance to the interactions… The Poet and the Flea is a close, cerebral look at an intriguing character through the pen of a creator who clearly knows what she’s talking about.”

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Review/Preview by Elessar of Moar Powah:

“…it’s clear from the word go that the author has an intense affection for Blake and his work, and that bleeds through to every aspect of the work. That’s not a complaint or even a criticism, as a passion for the subject keeps the comic from becoming a clinical observation of the subject… The black and white art is extremely striking, and feels appropriate for the subject matter, as well as dovetailing with the sparsely used dialogue.”

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“Illustrations in ‘The Poet and the Flea’ play around with size and shape. Her pictures are full of curves and waves; harsh angles are limited to pages that are intended to make the reader feel uneasy. Each page employs a deliberate ratio of words and pictures. The lines are thicker and darker when the characters are in a state of bleakness, or despair. The blackness and the large sections of grey engulf the characters creating a claustrophobic atmosphere. The lines are thinner and the images brighter on the pages that depict Blake’s visions. Gallas knows when to focus on the written narrative, and when to let the pictures speak for themselves.”
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Review by Sarah Goode, University College Oxford, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies:

“There is no text on page 6, rather images of workmanship. In one of the sections on this page, Blake and Kate sit companionably with eyes downcast, he in dark contemplations, her in empathy, lush eyelashes resting on her elfin cheek. Here, Blake and Kate are portrayed more attractively than previous likenesses and descriptions suggest. Kate has tousled locks covered in very prettily positioned grime. Gallas’ style, pen and ink with a discernible influence of Manga, sets Blake, to no detriment, as a young Johnny Depp in a romantic and gothic Tim Burton scene.”

“Gallas presents the novel as ‘a reimagining of the life of the poet-painter William Blake’. Her interest and motivation is explained in a prefatory letter addressed to Blake: the novel will recreate the poet’s life graphically, as ‘a fantastical reimagining of sorts’. Rather than holding any strict basis in ‘solid fact’, Gallas draws inspiration from Blake’s ‘thoughts’ and ‘essence’ as the anchors of her work. This approach therefore enforces Blake’s belief in the importance of the ‘Imagination’ as ‘Spiritual Sensation’.”

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Review by Stephen C. Winter — Anglican priest, spiritual guide, retreat leader, writer, speaker — of the blog Wisdom from the Lord of the Rings:
“What a wonderful telling of this story! Word & image came together in a rich harmony. We could all see angels lighting up a tree if we got into the habit of looking for them. You encourage me to keep on looking!”
 
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“A comic about William Blake! That’s pretty much all Gallas needed to say to sell me on it, but it’s really a beautiful and touchingly told little book. I picked up the first zine of it which contains the first 10 pages, and it was enough to make me check in on the website, where the first 30 are up and available for viewing. Blake is such an oddball figure in literary history, he was More Than Due for a comic treatment, and Gallas does it precisely as it ought to be done.”
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Review by Tocksin (tocksin.wordpress.com):
“…I just went back through the [first] ten pages to re-feel my initial response and to maybe gain insight as to words to convey, but it’s not words, when I view your narrative, I feel it in my stomach like a knotted up fist we feel when we ride a roller coaster, so the feeling is visceral, and tender and it stays with you for some moments, less of the mind more of the soul…”
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Review by K of pibbsdreamquest.com:
“I’m afraid I got caught up in your graphic novel… Your work has a lovely, lusciously gothic aura that wisps it’s way into ones heart.”
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“Children of the future Age/ Reading this indignant page” by Infernal Reviews:

“[G. E. Gallas is] a striving writer and graphic novelist who displays remarkable ambition and productivity… With her choice of inspiration and the energy she lends to it, it’s quite obvious that G. E. has excellent taste in reading material.”

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