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