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A graphic novel about the poet-painter William Blake and The Ghost of a Flea that is said to have haunted him.
A graphic novel about the poet-painter William Blake and The Ghost of a Flea that is said to have haunted him.
A graphic novel about the poet-painter William Blake and The Ghost of a Flea that is said to have haunted him.
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The Poet and the Flea: Ode to William Blake (Volume 1)

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NEXT STRETCH GOAL: $8,000

STRETCH GOAL REWARD: a The Poet and the Flea BOOKMARK!

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THE POET AND THE FLEA (VOLUME 1) is a 95-page graphic novel written and illustrated by G. E. Gallas about the poet-painter William Blake.

BY PRE-ORDERING THE POET AND THE FLEA THROUGH KICKSTARTER, YOU ARE HELPING ME SELF-PUBLISH/PRINT VOLUME ONE AND SUPPORTING WORK ON VOLUMES TWO AND THREE.

THE STORY: A reimagining of the life of the poet-painter WILLIAM BLAKE. Set in 1790, at the onset of The Industrial Revolution, William suffers from the death of his beloved younger brother, Robert. Catherine (Kate) Blake attempts to comfort her husband, but cannot dispel his grief. During this spell of anxiety, William is visited by an ominous creature: THE GHOST OF A FLEA. The Flea reveals a vested interest in William's spiritual well-being -- the result of an unorthodox wager. Will William triumph over The Flea's sinister meddling? Or will he fall victim to The Flea's corruption?

PREVIEW: Click here to read the first 30 pages of The Poet and the Flea for FREE.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

  • "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... and you'll see why I'm hooked. The Poet and the Flea is as beautiful and original as Blake himself." --Lisa England of The Scrappy Storyteller
  • "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." --Drew of Music City Comics
  • "...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." --Elessar of Moar Powah
  • "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." --Sarah Goode for the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • "Gallas knows when to focus on the written narrative, and when to let the pictures speak for themselves." --Hannah Meiklejohn for Lemonade: Freshly Squeezed Art & Culture Magazine
  • "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!" --Stephen C. Winter, Anglican priest, spiritual guide, writer and speaker
  • "When I view [Gallas'] 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..." --blogger tocksin.wordpress.com
  • "...it's really a beautiful and touchingly told little book. ...[Blake] was more than due for a comic treatment, and Gallas does it precisely as it ought to be done." --author of webcomic Fredrick the Great: A Most Lamentable Comedy Breaching Time and Space
 

THE GOAL:

My main goal is to publish/print physical copies of volume one to distribute to you. The funds raised through Kickstarter will cover the cost of scanning, printing, and other expenses for this project.

  • High-quality professional scanning.
  • Printing with a local business; ALL BOOKS PRINTED IN THE USA.
  • Exhibit at SPX (Small Press Expo) and other conventions.
  • All additional funding will go towards The Poet and the Flea (Volumes 2 and 3).

THE REWARDS:

  • ALL PHYSICAL COPIES (PAPERBACK AND HARDCOVER) WILL BE PRINTED IN THE USA ON 60 POUND OFFSET PAPER AND WITH A SOFT TOUCH COVER. THE PAPERBACK EDITION IS 7 BY 10 INCHES, PERFECT BOUND. THE HARDCOVER EDITION IS A LITTLE BIGGER THAN 7 BY 10 INCHES, CASE BOUND.

$10: DIGITAL EDITION of The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1), emailed to you on November 28th, 2015 -- William Blake’s 258th birthday!

$20: PAPERBACK EDITION of The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1).

$25: DIGITAL and PAPERBACK EDITION of The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1).

$25: AUTOGRAPHED PAPERBACK EDITION of The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1).

$30: DIGITAL and AUTOGRAPHED PAPERBACK EDITION of The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1).

$75: LIMITED AUTOGRAPHED HARDCOVER EDITION of The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1), including an ORIGINAL HAND-DRAWN SKETCH by G. E. Gallas.

EARLY BIRDS:

  • The first three (3) to order a HARDCOVER copy will receive a FREE The Ghost of a Flea stuffed animal.
  • The first fifteen (15) to order a PAPERBACK copy will receive a FREE "To Generalize is to be an Idiot" art print.

STRETCH GOALS:

If we reach the following goals, everyone who contributed $20 or more will receive...

  • $3,000: a The Poet and the Flea WALLPAPER for your computer! UNLOCKED
  • $5,000: a The Poet and the Flea STICKERUNLOCKED
  • $8,000: a The Poet and the Flea BOOKMARK!
  • $12,000: a The Poet and the Flea EXCLUSIVE ART PRINT!
  • $15,000: a The Poet and the Flea AUTOGRAPHED EXCLUSIVE ART PRINT!
  • $20,000: FIVE (5) CHARACTER DESIGNS (5 additional pages) will be added to the final paperback and hardcover editions!
  • More to be announced!

WHO IS G. E. GALLAS?

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about William Blake and for illustrating Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta (Zest Books). After studying Japanese language and culture for many years, she spent a year abroad in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. She was an intern at Zest Books, the publisher of Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer and Tomboy by Liz Prince. She has written a number of short and full-length screenplays and attended the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. She has spoken upon invitation to The Blake Society (London), Yale University School of Drama, and Germanna College (Virginia); and was asked by the Inspired by Blake festival (in conjunction with Blackwell’s Bookshop and the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford) to write a guest article for their blog. Her illustrations are also featured in Age of Saints: An Illustrated Guide to the Saints of Wales and Welsh in the Old West (A Raven Above Press), Magic Bullet (Washington, D.C.’s free comics newspaper), Do More Good. Better. (High Impact Press), and FMyLife’s Illustrated FML.

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.

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.

Risks and challenges

Since this project is very straight forward, the risks and challenges are quite minimal. You are basically pre-ordering this graphic novel. To avoid any obstacles, I have organized and scheduled everything in advanced to make sure publishing runs smoothly.

I will work very closely with the printers to ensure that the quality of the finished product is 100%. There is a possibility the printer could be delayed, but other than that I am an incredibly prompt and organized individual who will be able to deliver your rewards in a timely manner.

PLEASE BE SURE TO SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN ON TWITTER, FACEBOOK, TUMBLR, ETC.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY MY WORK AND I TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!

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