April 28th, 2006

SIGGRAPH 2006 Announces Computer Animation Festival Schedule

Here's part of the press release:

The Computer Animation Festival jury for SIGGRAPH 2006 selected 97 films from 726 entries for exemplary use of computer-generated imagery and animation and compelling storytelling.

"Word is out that the Computer Animation Festival is one of the premier venues for showcasing artistic talent in the film world. In fact, we witnessed a remarkable 25% increase in submissions from 2005 to 2006, and with that increase the competition amongst films is fierce," stated Terrence Masson, the SIGGRAPH 2006 Computer Animation Festival chair from Digital Fauxtography Inc. "The bar of excellence has risen even higher and this year's crop of accepted pieces is diverse, thought-provoking, and technically superb."

With that much competition, I was delighted to learn that my 12 "Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets" interstitials have been selected for the program!

SIGGRAPH 2006 will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, July 30-Aug. 3. Click here for more details as well as a full listing of the films to be shown.

April 26th, 2006

The Honey B Show

Recently, I was invited to participate in an upcoming art show featuring various rendition of the "Honey B" Doll.

The concept is this: Each artist is given a blank doll and has to come up with it's own rendering. I've had the doll sitting in front of me for the past 2 weeks working a few hours here and there. After two weeks of struggle I finally completed this:

Click here for a full turnaround.

Then I realized I wasn't satified with it and in a spur of total frustration, I threw the doll against the wall as hard as I could, destroying it in the process. It's a good thing I took pictures before its demise.

I'm starting anew on another blank doll. Hopefully, I'll like the result better this time.

April 24th, 2006

Rodeo ZED for Charity Auction

I just completed this piece to be auctionned at the Calgary Comic Expo where I will be a guest. The money from the auction will be donated to the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Click here for a larger view.

April 21st, 2006

Flight Preview @ CBR

Comic Book Resources has posted a huge preview of the upcoming Flight: Volume Three. The book features 28 pages by yours truly, as well as stories by some of the best animation and comics artists the industry has to offer.

Click here to check it out!

April 19th, 2006

Flash Goes to Hollywood

Those in the Los Angeles area that are interested in Flash Animation should check out the event below:

Los Angeles Masters of Flash Character Animation
When: Wednesday April 19th, 7PM - 10PM
Where: LA Flash Factory
525 Venezia Avenue, Venice, 90291
Everyone's welcome and limited only by seating availability!

The event will feature a screening of Silvia Pompei's 28-minute documentary Flash Goes to Hollywood which features some of my Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets. You can view the trailer here.

More details about the event here.

April 18th, 2006

Back from California

Nancy and I just got back from California where we attended the Alternative Press Expo. The convention was fun except for the fact that I was sick with a cold and had lost my voice.

We liked APE quite a bit. It had a nice laid back atmosphere with lots of talented indie artists/writers. It was great to see all our friends from Flight. We're planning on returning next year.

Here are a few other unrelated news bit I thought I'd share:

Item - Flight Volume 2 has been nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Anthology. How cool is that? Many of the Flight authors received nominations in other categories as well. Check out this link.

Item - The sold out Demon Dog Rabbit Statue is fetching higher and higher prices on ebay. Check these recent auctions here and here. I should have kept a few for myself!

Item - Gallery 1988 is having its I AM 8-BIT opening on Tuesday, April 18th. I have 2 pieces in the show which can be viewed here and here. If you're in the Los Angeles area, check it out.

April 8th, 2006

Gagne International at APE

If you are in the Northern California area, please come and meet Nancy and I at San Francisco's Alternative Press Expo on April 8th and 9th. Our booth number is 240.

I'll also take part in a panel on Sunday (details below). Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 2nd, 1:45-2:40 Taking Flight: The Craft of Comics — It was the groundbreaking color anthology that flew in under everyone’s radar, but ended up landing everywhere. Flight, in two volumes to date, not only features stories on the topic of flight but also showcases a group of young artists taking their own flights. With Flight 3 due out in just two short months, Kazu Kibuishi, editor of Flight and the creator of Copper, Daisy Kutter, and Amulet, discusses the craft of creating comics in both their short and long forms. He will be joined by several Flight artists, including Erika Moen, Michel Gagné, Chris Appelhans, Richard Pose, Neil Babra, Clio Chiang, and Khang Le.

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