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July 31st, 2007

Live on Singaporean Radio

When I visited Singapore last June, Kyle Balda (Pixar/ILM) and myself were escorted to the National Broadcasting Station where we were interviewed live. It was an interesting experience that had me quite nervous at first but ended up being a most relaxed and pleasant time.

Here's a recording of the interview:

Part 1 (2mb)
Part 2 (11mb)
Part 3 (15mb)

July 25th, 2007

Andrew fixed my beetle!

From Andrew Scott's blog:

"I just finished repairing a rather large specimen of Chalcosoma caucasus. It belongs to my good friend Michel Gagné, and was a gift to him from his brother in Quebec. When it originally arrived at Michel's place, it was slightly damaged, having partially lost three of its legs and its wing covers (elytra)." (Read more...)

July 19th, 2007

T-Shirt sells on eBay for $867!

Back in 2001, I did a drawing of Meltdown Comics' mascot (MEL) for the owner, my pal Gaston. Little did I know that 6 years later, in Micheal Bay's Transformers Movie, actor Shia LaBeouf (Sam) would be wearing a T-shirt featuring that very drawing!

The shirt has just been auctioned on ebay and sold for the modest amount of $867.77! Crazy!

The shirt, minus LaBeouf's sweat, can be purchased for $20 directly from Meltdown Comics.

Click here to see my original drawing.

July 18th, 2007

Sara Funk Meets Michel

A few months ago, I was contacted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work.

They told me about a seventeen year old girl named Sara Funk, whose wish was to meet me. Wow! How cool is that? I was honored and immediately agreed to a meeting.

Last week, the foundation flew Sara and her dad all the way from Georgia. They came to my home studio where we hung out for about 3 hours. I shared some of my techniques, gave a sneak peek at my upcoming projects and looked at Sara's promising work.

Sara and I had a great time!

Click here to find out more about the Make-A-Wish foundation.

July 16th, 2007

Flight 4 Preview

The official Flight 4 preview page is now up. Check it out!

July 13th, 2007

Gagne International on Myspace

A lot of people have been emailing me about joining myspace.com. The last thing I need is another reason to spend more time on the internet, so I've been ignoring the requests.

A few days ago, one of my pal set up the whole thing for me. Thanks Mike! So now, I'm going to give this a shot and see where it goes. I'll be making routine visits to read comments and leave replies.

Visit Gagné's myspace at www.myspace.com/michelgagne.

July 10th, 2007

Flight 4

Flight 4 hits stores today! For those who are not familiar with Flight, it is a thick anthology that features creator owned stories by some of todays best sequential artists.

The project is the brainchild of Kazu Kibuishi who acts as editor for the series. Kazu has also done the covers for volume 1, 3 and 4 which are nothing short of brilliant. He's an inspiration to many of us. Here, you can read a recent interview with the man himself.

Since Flight 2, I've been very fortunate to have the opening part of the book to feature my on-going Saga of REX. Flight 4 features a new 32-page chapter that I hope you will all enjoy. You can see a preview here.

For more on the content of the book, you can check this huge preview on Newsarama.

Click here to order Flight 4 from Amazon.com.

July 6th, 2007

So Many Visitors

I want to apologize for the extreme slowness of my website these past few days. Here's what's happening:

A few days ago, I posted a page dedicated to my work on Ratatouille in the animation gallery. Within hours, the page was being featured in blogs all over the web (Drawn, Flight, Publisher Weekly, Motion Brazil, Andertoons, 8.97º GRÁFICOS, Flowing Data, La Guayaba Verde, A Parade of One, Cartoon News & Views, Mac4Ever, Thinking Animation, New York Entertainment, Fictions, The Portland Mercury, Motiongrapher, Creative Synthesis, Information Aesthetics, VFXHack, Think in Pictures, etc...) which has resulted in a massive surge of people accessing my webpages.

I just talked to my website service and they said that even though I have one of their premium plan (dedicated private server with 500 GBs Bandwidth/month), I might need to upgrade yet again. I really don't want to do that at this point (this website is becoming very costly to maintain), so I'm going to weather this storm for a few days and hope the amount of visitors go down to a more manageable size soon. If that doesn't happen, I'll consider alternatives.

July 3rd, 2007

"REX" Fan Art from Sandra Khoo

In Singapore, a nice girl named Sandra Khoo gave me a wonderful painting of Rex. She says she's a big fan and this was to thank me. This one is going to hang in my studio! Above is a small detail of it, click here to see the full thing.

Sandra also emailed me a bunch of pictures she took at CG Overdrive. Click here to check them out!

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