January 27, 2004

Parables: An Anthology is now available!

The wait is over! We just received our shipment of Parables: An Anthology and I gotta say, the book looks great... but then again I'm a little bias.

Even though it doubled our paper cost, I'm glad we chose to print the interior pages on cream instead of white paper. It gives the book a very classy feel. Both versions of the book, hardcover and softcover, feel solid and very well bound. Our printer, Friesens, did an excellent job.

The book will be in stores nationwide by mid to late February but you can order it from us right away. As a bonus, I will be signing all copies ordered from the website until the end of February.

It's so cool having my first four books collected in one snazzy volume. I dig it!

Click here to find out how to order.

January 26, 2004

The second Insanely Twisted Rabbit Statue is now available for pre-order!

I Just got words that our second collaboration with Sideshow, the Scarab Rabbit Statue is now available for pre-order. I'm delighted to see how good the piece has turned out and I'm sure you will be too! The polystone collectible sells for $40.00 and measures approx. 5.75" H (146mm) x 6.5" W (165mm) x 4" D (101mm). It weights an impressive 3.00 lbs (1.30 Kg)! Mat Fals, who sculpted the first Insanely Twisted Rabbit statue (the Demon Dog Rabbit) worked his magic again on this new piece. It is expected to ship in May/June 2004.

Click here for more details.

For some odd reason, the Demon Dog Rabbit which had been sold out for a while is now back in stock on the Sideshow website. The sculpture has been selling on ebay for double its retail price so I was a bit surprised when I learned that Sideshow still had a few copies stashed away at regular price. This is your last opportunity to acquire the first piece of the ever-growing Gagné collection of twisted collectibles, so don't miss out. Click here for more details.

January 24, 2004

Illustrations from The Great Shadow Migration Added to the Gallery

The story from my third book, The Great Shadow Migration, is about to be re-released in my new anthology, Parables, which will be available from this site in about one week. To whet your appetite, I've posted some illustrations from it. Note: The text has been omitted from the images

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January 11, 2004

New Interview on SilverBulletComicBooks.com

Tim O'Shea is a leading comic journalist who has interviewed many of industry's top talents. Last year, I had the pleasure of discussing my Batman back-up and other projects with him in an interview for the ORCA website. Tim now works with SilverBulletComicBooks.com, one of the best comic book site on the web. Upon reading the press release for my upcoming book, Parables: An Anthology, Tim contacted me about doing yet another interview to get the scoop on my current and upcoming projects. Click here to read the interview.

January 9, 2004

"Disney Project" is Put on Hold

A couple of days ago, I got a call from the Production Manager at Disney who was working with me on the "unnamed project" (see January 3 update for details). I was told that the project has been put on hold - indefinitely. Although there's still a possibility that work will resume at a later date, it's not looking so good at the moment. I was very disturbed by the news.

I've been doing some of my best pre-production work for this project and it really saddens me to think that all the images I created will now end up in limbo. I've kept copies of all the work I've generated during my brief stint and hopefully, I will get permission to include some of it in my upcoming "The Art of Michel Gagné" book.

January 3, 2004

A Look Back at 2003...

Another year has gone by and I barely saw it. Time flies when you're having fun. 2003 has been a year of adjustments as we settled in our new house in Washington State. Being the workoholic that I am, I kept busy with several projects.

2003 kicked off with the release of Batman: Spore, my first foray into the world of mainstream comics. It was serialized in Detective Comics #776 (Jan 2003), #777 (February 2003), #778 (March 2003), #779 (April 2003) and #780 (May 2003). The reaction from the comic community was highly controversial to say the least!

From February til June, I designed the special effects for Star Wars - Clone Wars: a series of 20 three-minute short films. It was a very fun experience and the fullfilment of a fanboyish dream. The first 10 episodes premiered on Cartoon Network in November. The other half of the series will be shown this year.

In June, I released my latest baby. A hardcover full-color storybook called The Towers of Numar. I got a lot of great reactions from fans. Our pre-order sales for the title were our best ever! The story of Meeka had been in the work for quite a while and it was a great feeling to finally wrap up the book!

As usual, Nancy and I participated in a few conventions and trade shows. We started the circuit in February with the Seattle's Emerald City Comicon. A very nice mid-sized Convention. One of the best we've done. In April, I was a special guest at the Atlanta Comicon. While there, I did a lecture at the ASIFA Atlanta room and participated in a discussion panel with other artists (Read more). The San-Diego Comic-Con as usual, was a lot of fun but exhausting (Read more). My last convention appearance was at the Vancouver Comicon in October. A small but fun event (Read more).

Our first collaboration with Sideshow, the Demon Dog Rabbit Sculpture, was released in July. We premiered the sculpture at the San Diego Comic-Con and it was a smash hit, selling out very quickly. It surpassed our expectations! We will be expanding the line in 2004 with several new pieces.

Last November, I received an email from an old friend who's an animation director at Disney. He asked if I'd be interested in designing a project for them. The deal was made, and on November 10, I started creating characters and environments for the yet unnamed project. It's been fun. I see a lot of potential here. I will continue to be involved with the project throughout 2004.

Looking Ahead at 2004...

Besides my continued work on the "Disney project", I have a few books scheduled to be released in 2004:

Parables - An Anthology: A 128-page collection of my first four limited editions storybooks. I'm very excited to have these stories back in print. The book comes out in February and will be available in both softcover and hardcover.

Freaky Flora - From A to Z: A 32-page full-color, hardcover alphabet/art book coming out in May. It's sort of a sequel to my 2002 release, Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z. Same concept except that this time it deals with vegetation instead of animals. It's very wacky!

ZED #5 - Resurrection: Finally, people will see how the crazy cliffhanger at the end of issue 4 gets resolved! I like where the series is going. The issue is all roughed out and I started inking it. It's slated for a June or July release. At any rate, we'll have the issue ready for the San Diego Comic-Con.

My Insane Childhood: This is my pièce de résistance. A weird and surreal 136 pages auto-biographical graphic novel. I'm aiming for a December release but it could change. I don't want to rush this. By the way, this one will have a "Mature Readers" disclaimer on the cover!

As usual, I'll be doing signings and conventions throughout 2004. To be updated on where I'll be appearing, just go to the Upcoming Events page. If I'm in your neighborhood come and say hi. I love to meet people!

I hope all of you have a great year ahead. I will close by thanking every one who has supported my work. Because of you, I can keep doing what I love! Thanks a heap!

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