Unused Concept Art For Darkspore
June 18th, 2011

In the Fall of 2009, I was contacted by game developer Maxis to create a series of environment and character concepts for a videogame with the working title "Spore Labs". At the time I had already been working on ITSP for a couple of years and I thought it might be fun to take a few weeks off the project and come up with original designs in a different style. The game was eventually retitled Darkspore and was released last April. Unfortunately, it looks like none of my designs made it into the final game.

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Best of E3 - Continued
June 17th, 2011

Awesome news! XBLA Fans named ITSP, E3's Best of Show! Check out the full list of winners here.

More ITSP Coverage
June 16th, 2011

MSNBC Technoblog - "...breathtaking to behold. Like some kind of divine combination of art and gaming..."

LVL Up Podcast - E3 2010 Awards "Best Indie/New Original Game"

MTV - "one of those rare moments in this industry"

Movies for the Masses - This one is in Greek!

Games Radar - "Don’t sleep on this indie gem – it’s going to be fantastic" released their top games from E3 and ITSP is in there!

Une Petite Interview
June 15th, 2011

Here's a French interview that was recently posted. Click here to read.

Einstein Award
June 14th, 2011

GamePro just released their list of "Best of E3" awards and I was delighted to see that ITSP made the cut!

ITSP Wraps Up and E3 Feedback
June 13th, 2011

It has been a long and difficult journey, but we have persevered and conquered! ITSP is finally done! I want to thank from the bottom of my heart, my partner Joe Olson and his amazing team at Fuelcell Games (Jonathan Peters, John Scrapper, Garret Smith, Travis Phelps, Dmitri Salcedo, Troy Lawlor, Corwin Light-Williams, Chris Eng, Thomas O'Connor, Ryan Meyer, Kimberly Walker, Daniel Rosas, Bryanna Lindsay, David Heutmaker) for going above and beyond the call of duty. Five years ago, I went into this not knowing anything about how games were made. If it wasn't for their talent, guidance and expertise, this game would not exist.

I also want to give props to my wife, Nancy, who not only supported me through this demanding endeavor, but she also was an instrumental part in managing Shadow Planet Productions and Gagne International throughout the whole process. Big thanks also to my friend and noise maker, Andrew Scott, who like me, went into this project with no game experience and managed to create one of the most beautiful soundscape I've ever heard.

Last week, we presented the game at E3 and the response was fabulous. We received four "Best of E3" nominations:

Best Original Game from
Best Downloadable Game from 1Up
Best Downloadable Game from G4
Most Original Game from G4

Several reviewers were able to try the game for themselves. We're delighted to see their positive  reviews. Check them out:

The Escapist
Game Spot

The Next Level
XBLA Ratings

We also made some very cool lists:

Top 20 games of E3 2011 from Men's Health (CNET)

Best Of Console Digital News: The E3 Roundup from Game Sutra

Top 10 Sleepers of E3 2011 from 1Up

Best Of E3 2011 - Top 10 Games From The Show from MTV

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet - Final Trailer
June 11th, 2011

E3 and a New Review
June 3rd, 2011

Come play ITSP and meet my partner, Joe Olson and I at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), June 7-9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall – Space 1637.

On a side note, here's a new review of our demo that was just posted at Crush!Frag!Destroy! This brings the total of reviews of our PAX demo to 22 (those are the ones we know of). You can check out all the reviews at this link (PAX Demo Reviews).

Blue Fish
June 1st, 2011

I don't do tattoo requests (so please don't ask), but in this case I had to make an exception. Meg's email was so moving and compelling, and the character she described was so vivid in my mind that I just had to find the time to do it.

Once I finished it, I realized that it was the first art piece I've done this year that's not related to ITSP. Crazy!

Kimberley's Tattoos
May 25th, 2011

Here's a cool email I received a few days ago:

Hey Michel,

I thought you would like to see my new tattoo. I had previously gotten a tattoo on my left shoulder of the mouse bunny from your Insanely Twisted Rabbits book, and last night I got the scorpion bunny on my right shoulder!

I attached some pics of the original and the new tattoo. Hope you like them!


Interview at Polygamer
May 20th, 2011

For those who can read French, here's a recent interview that was published on Polygamer.

Rex in Russian
May 17th, 2011

While cruising the internet, I fell upon this, a Russian translation of my book, A Search for Meaning: The Story of Rex. Not sure how good the translation is since I can't read Russian, but I'm happy to see that someone took the time to do it. I'd ordinarily use this as a way to promote the book, but unfortunately, it is out of print (although a few copies are still available on Amazon Marketplace). The original 1998 black and white version is reprinted in Parables: An Anthology, which is still available in paperback.

For more Rex, make sure you check out my 200-page graphic novel, The Saga of Rex, published by Image Comics, and available signed from our website.

May 12th, 2011

For the past three months, I've had to keep Sensology off-line due to an agreement I made concerning theatrical showings. I'm now happy to report that the film is back on-line for good!

Sensology Wins
May 2nd, 2011

I got some great news today! My short film, Sensology, won the Chester Award in the Best Experimental/Art Film category. You can see a full list of winners here.

The First Official ITSP Collectible
April 30th, 2011

One thing I forgot to mention about PAX East last March, was the fact that the XBLA marketing department released a set of 6 limited edition postcards featuring Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet and other upcoming games. The postcards, designed to look like vintage movie posters, were quite a hit with the crowd. Only 700 copies of the set were printed so those puppies are pretty rare. Here's a look.


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