March 30th, 2006

XEKO at Emerald City Comicon

One of the project I'll be premiering at the Emerald City Comicon (April 1-2) is the trading card game XEKO for which I created the majority of the illustrations (with additional art from Dean Yeagle, Edward Pun and Travis Kotzebue). I'll be posting some art samples in the coming weeks as the game gets its official release in May. In the meantime, come by our booth, get a preview, and be the first to own it! Here's a 5' x 3' banner I just created for our booth:

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March 24th, 2006

April's Previews

Just want to let everyone know that ZED #7 is soliciting in the April issue of Diamond's Previews. It's on page 293 under Gagne International Press. Please let your comics retailer know about it and tell them to order a bunch. ZED #5 and #6 as well as ZED: Vol. 1 (compiling the first four issues) are still available from Diamond. Here are the ordering numbers:

ZED #5 - FEB052857
ZED #6 - APR052910
ZED: Volume 1 SC - STAR17110
ZED: Volume 1 HC - STAR17109

Flight Volume 3 is also soliciting on page 245, accompanied by a full-page ad on page 267. I contributed a 28-page story for it which I'm very proud of. The whole book is absolutely fantastic so make sure you let your comics retailer know about this one as well.

March 21st, 2006 is 5 years old!

I can't believe it's already been 5 years since I started this website.

The site has been through many incarnations, as I constantly learn new ways of improving it. Looking at the archives, I'm amazed at how primitive and utterly unappealing it looked when I started. Check out my first entries. You're probably wondering why there was no pictures with the text. The reason is simple: I didn't know how to integrate them! That's how minimal my technical knowledge was at the time. I've come a long way.

Click here to see the original homepage (the news page and homepage used to be two seperate entities. I decided to combine both in April 2005).

March 18th, 2006

Animation Clip for NBA Score Board

For a big chunk of 2005, I was involved in designing a trading card game called XEKO (which will officially premiere in May). I created the majority of the card illustrations, as well as designing several of the games components (icons, borders, box and packaging elements, etc...). I just received some advance copies and it looks great!

(Copyright ©2006 Matter Group)

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I could create a 7-second animation loop (featuring one of the Xeko character I designed) for the score board at the March 19th, NBA's The Cavalier vs The Lakers game. The idea is to promote the XEKO game as well as getting the crowd pumped up as the little character bops up and down during breaks and commercials. I took on the task and immediately contacted Flash animator Mike Hogue (Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets) to help me create the piece.

The clip is silent so different music can be played over it (that's the way they wanted it).

Click here to view the movie.

Click here to visit the official XEKO website.

March 15th, 2006

The Unicorn Show

Opening reception: Saturday, March 18, 2006 (7pm-11pm)

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March 8th, 2006

Odd Numbers makes Bud Plant's bestseller list!

While perusing through the new Bud Plant catalog, I was delighted to see that one of my books made the 2005 Bestseller List. Odd Numbers ranked #8 in the "Children's Books and Illustration" category.

Bud Plant has a wonderful printed catalog that caters to art/comic/illustration enthusiasts. Bud reviews each item with expertise. I love his catalog. Check out his equally excellent website!

On a side note: I designed the illustration on Bud Plant's mailing envellope a few months ago. You can view it here.

March 5th, 2006

The Trilobite Show

Here's a two-man gallery show I'm putting together with my pal Andrew Scott. We're planning the show for later this year or maybe early next year. I'll keep you posted. Click here to check it out!

March 4th, 2006

Hideous Pet Tricks

A few days ago, I lectured to a bunch of enthusiastic students at the Oak Harbor High School. A few hours later, I received this email from Henry Aesoph (the student who "shadowed" me a couple of years ago):

Subject: Hi Michel
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006

HI! it's Henry Aesoph

Thanks for coming to the school- it was great to see you and all your stuff again, and I think all the other kids loved it! I was just wondering- we found a little one - page comic in one of the binders that we all loved- I think it was "hideous pet tricks" Do you have this on your computer? because if you do it would be great if you could email us a copy. See you at comiccon!

Glad you had fun Henry! Well, I did some digging and unearthed the sick little gem (originally created for Animation Blast magazine #8). Click here to read but beware, it's not for the faint of heart ;)

March 3rd, 2006


Here are two pieces I created for Gallery 1988's upcoming "I am 8-Bit" show.

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March 1st, 2006

A logo I designed at the age of 9.

A friend of my mine, whom I haven't seen in nearly 30 years, sent me a bunch of pictures from the small town where I grew up: St-Félicien, Québec, Canada.

Photo: Jean Guillaume

Among the pictures was a sign for a lady's store which used to be owned by my mother in the mid 70s. It was fun to see that the logo I designed so long ago (at the age of nine) is still being used. It was my first commision, sort of.

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