Graphic Novel: The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1)

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Synopsis: 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 the Flea. The Flea reveals an invested 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?

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“I read [The Poet and the Flea] straight through and… found it to be most engaging, enjoyable, and spirited or infused with a sense of Blake which pleased me greatly. Also I like your art work which again captures the spirit of the subjects without being slavish copies or imitation ‘Blake.’ I look forward greatly to volumes 2 and 3! –John Windle, Antiquarian Bookseller

“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

“…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


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14 thoughts on “Graphic Novel: The Poet and the Flea (Volume 1)

  1. I love his circles under the eyes, give him character. Lol, no seriosly, 18th century poetry to modern reader may sound somehow naive in its delicate description of scenes that would have been described in plain gore language nowadays. Example: Be afeared for your soul! would be more likely Die Motherfucker! This stylisation shift of used language is nicely reflected in visual stylisation of The Poet and The Flea. Imagery, some of it’s naivety and manga features endorse the romantic and light kind of darkness of the story.


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