February 28, 2003


I am offering (at cover price)100 complete sets of Detective Comics #776 - #780, which contains all 5 parts (40 pages total) of my demented Batman story entitled "Spore". I have signed every single issue. These could sell out quickly, so don't delay.

Find out what happened when DC allowed me to turn loose on their most famous characters.

Here is what comic reviewers had to say about Spore:

"...it's a gorgeous story. It's completely over the top and unlike anything you've probably ever seen in a Bat book."
- Augie De Blieck Jr (ComicBookResources.com)

"...whoever greenlit it deserves to be sentenced to do some community service for publishing this."
- Zach Couture (HeroRealm.com)

"...kudos to Idelson [editor] for taking a chance on what I still think is a very strange tale."
- Tim O'Shea (ORCAFresh.net)

"...a whole lot of fun, and I guarantee it's completely unlike any Superman/Batman confrontation you've seen before."
- Randy Lander (TheFourthRail.com)

"...very cool and very creepy."
- Rebecca Salek (SequentialTart.com)

"...an odd experiment, blending Gagné's cartoon style and love for weird creatures, with Batman, and unsurprisingly it works very well. "
- d. emerson eddy (www.d-generation.ca)

"...it brought a radically different style to the forefront of mainstream comics."
- Don MacPherson (TheFourthRail.com)

Prices for each set is $13.75 (five issues at $2.75) + $1.25 for shipping, for a grand total of $15.00. Click here to order.
February 21, 2003

At the beginning of the year, I let you know that I was involved with a new animated project. I've been keeping quiet about the details because it hadn't been officially announced. Well, the press release is out now, so I can fill you in.

Last December, I received and email from Genndy Tartakovsky, director/creator of Samurai Jack and Dexter's Lab. He wrote that he was a fan of my work and asked me if I'd be interested in designing the special effects for a series of 20 Star Wars shorts, he was producing. I told him that the admiration was mutual, and being a big Star Wars fan myself, I would be delighted to be part of his team.

At the beginning of February, I flew down to Burbank to meet with Genndy. We went over the storyboards, talked about the direction of the show and sealed the deal.

For more info about the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated shorts, check out the official press release as well as this interview with Genndy.

February 15, 2003


All our books are now available through Ingram, the largest book wholesaler in America. If you are a customer, this means that you can walk in virtually any book store in North America and request our books and they will be able to order them for you. So spread the word!



The second printing of Insanely Twisted Rabbits is currently being solicited in this month's Previews. Look for our ad on page 369 and make sure your comic retailer order enough copies for all your friends!

The book will be available through our site by mid March and through comic and bookstores everywhere by April.

February 10, 2003



WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA — February 2003— Award winning artist, Michel Gagné launched his career as an animator and eventually moved into fine art, creating nearly a hundred fine art pieces including paintings, sculptures, collage, inks and mixed media - all exhibited in highly successful one-man and group shows. Michel has designed on more than twenty feature films. His independent short film, "Prelude to Eden" has played in festivals throughout the world and is a favorite among animation students and teachers. Michel was honored by the International Animated Film Society, with four Annie Award nominations. In addition, Michel has been writing, publishing and illustrating books and comics since 1998 when he and his wife founded GAGNÉ International Press.

Michel's eclectic style and diverse artwork have earned him an international following. His recent publication "Insanely Twisted Rabbits" sold out within the first release year. The second printing will be available in March of 2003. This bizarre art book is filed with drawings of rabbits that have been wildly deformed. Some are cute, some are twisted, but all are highly entertaining. There is nothing to compare it to.

Sideshow Collectibles is a leader within the world of collectible figures and is pleased to announce the release of the limited edition, hand numbered, "Insanely Twisted Rabbits" polystone collectible series, based on Michel Gagné's rabbit drawings.

"I'm so excited about this," said Michel. "I've been very cautious about signing up with a toy or collectible company for fear of having my vision bastardized, but when Sideshow approached me, I was totally impressed with the level of quality and the integrity of their product. I'm just blown away by what they've done so far and can't wait to share it with the fans."

The figures will be hand cast and hand painted polystone at approximately five inches tall, and will retail in the $40-$60 range. Each piece will be a hand-signed limited edition creation. The projected release date for the highly anticipated collectible series is June 2003 with a special presentation at the Comic-Con International in San Diego, California in July.

"We are enthusiastic fans of Michel's whimsical and clearly twisted artistic vision," said Sideshow's President, Greg Anzalone. "I believe that Sideshow's dedication to quality is the perfect complement for a 3D celebration of Michel's unusual art."

With the popularity of Michel Gagné's Insanely Twisted Rabbits publication, and the unsurpassed reputation for quality at Sideshow, the Rabbits collectible series is sure to be a fast selling favorite. While the collection is currently in development, you can watch for updates on the Sideshow website at www.sideshowtoy.com. The "Insanely Twisted Rabbits" collectible series will be available from Sideshow, as well as through specialty gift and collectible stores nationwide.

February 09, 2003

Hello fans from the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle ComiCon is coming! Please come and visit our booth in the publisher area. This is our first convention in the PN (our new home) and we are very excited to meet all the folks here. The convention should be very exciting. The impressive guest list features names such as Erik Larsen, Scott Morse, Jim Mahfood, and many more. The time and address for the event are: Sunday, Feb 9th, 2003, 10:00am to 6:00pm, Seahawks Stadium, West Field Plaza, Seattle, Washington. Click here for more info.


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