Michel will be signing at Fantagraphics booth (#704) at the Emerald City Comicon on Saturday, March 31st at 2:00-4:00 PM. More details here.

X-Bit Show in Seattle - March 30th
March 23th, 2012

The X-Bit show, which debut on March 30th in Seattle, will feature lots of footage of Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet on a multi-screen set-up. According to show producer, Teo Acosta, "Our VJ is incredibly talented, and I think people's minds will explode when they see Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet projected on 4-5 screens." If you're in the area, make sure you check it out!

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet Wins BAFTA
March 16th, 2012

I was so sad that Joe Olson (my game partner) and I couldn't attend the BAFTA ceremony, but we made sure to have our eyes glued to the live streaming version of the show. We anxiously awaited with sweaty palms as the "Best Debut Game" category was announced. Then, our minds were blown... pure and simple. Watch the video below.

British Academy Award Interview and Streaming Info
March 14th, 2012

Being nominated for a British Academy Award is quite a thrill. Here's an interview I just did with them. I'm so sad that I won't be able to attend the award ceremony but you can bet I'll be watching the live streaming version of the show on Friday, March 16th at 2pm PST (9pm GMT).

Follow Me on Twitter
March 13th, 2012

Well, it had to happen one day or another. I finally joined Twitter and will be adding quick updates with news items, links, appearances and thoughts. I've been busy tweeting for the ITSP tweeter account for several months, but this new account will be of a more personal nature.

Moebius (Jean Giraud) RIP
March 10th, 2012

This morning, I learned that Moebius (AKA Jean Giraud) has passed away and my heart is heavy with grief. Few artists have impacted my life the way he did. When I discovered his work in my early teens, I was immediately taken by his imagination. As I dug deeper into his opus, I felt a spiritual connection. His work moved me in a truly special way.

Moebius brought a sensibility and sophistication to comic book art and storytelling that few have matched. He was in a class by himself.

I had the chance to meet him at a Gallery showing in Los Angeles in the mid 90s. We had a nice discussion. I told him how much his work had affected me, for which he seemed really grateful. Without me asking, he picked up a pen and drew this beautiful line drawing for me.

From a 5 Year Old Fan
March 8th, 2012

It's always a pleasure to get fan mail. A couple of weeks ago, we received an email that really put a big smile on my face. I asked Jamie, the author of the email, if it would be okay to share it with our readers and I was enthusiastically given permission. Here it is!


Hi Michel

My daughter, Milla Beene, she's 5 years old, loves your game. She finds it delightfully scary and is always getting us to play it. She really loves the art of the game and I guess the cute little spaceship, fighting against the odds.

Anyway, she drew a whole heap of pictures in honour of the game (this is what is attached). I tried to find some comparison screen shots so you have some idea of what she was drawing. She calls the eyeball monster at the end of the demo the 'mummy' monster and absolutely loves the spider stalking creatures.

So thanks for making a game that delights a little kid so much that she feels the need to replicate the art.

Looking forward to see what you come up with next. Congrats on all your success.

Jamie Turnbull

Sheridan College
March 2nd, 2012

This coming Monday (March 5th), I'll be doing a talk at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. It will be fun to visit the school again after so many years. Sheridan is where I studied classical animation from 1983 to 1986. There, I learned to flip paper, use an animation stand, and was taught about exposure sheets.

To commemorate my visit, I uploaded my third year student film from 1985/86 on YouTube (embedded below). Looking at it now, it feels a bit crude compared to some of the student films I see these days, but then again, we had virtually no digital technology back then. The whole thing was animated on paper, inked and painted on cel, and shot on 16mm film.


Dark Planet
February 24th, 2012

In August of last year, I received the following email:


My name is Arlete Shaeffer and I'm the photo editor for "Current Science", an educational magazine for school children published by Weekly Reader. Our magazine goes out to over 200,000 middle and high school students throughout the United States.

We are working on a story that mentions the comparison between a real planet and  "Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet". We try to introduce science topics to our young readers in a really cool and interesting way.

We would love to use some art from your game to go along with the article. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for all your help and time.


When I was a high school student, one of the subjects I liked the most was science. I loved watching films like "Our Friend the Atom" and going through illustrated text books dealing with space, inventions and discoveries. The thought of my art inspiring young minds through educational science was very appealing, so I provided Arlete with some artwork.

I had completely forgotten about the whole affair (I must have supplied art to a hundred media outlets last year!) until this week, when I received an envelope with two copies of the issue of Current Science featuring ITSP! Click here to read a PDF file of the article.

Ten Questions for ITSP Creators
February 21st, 2012

Game Developer Interview with artist Michel Gagné and developer Joe Olson. Produced by Maurice Mpayamaguru (fanboy-confidential.com).

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