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ECCC and Saga of Rex
March 4th, 2013

I had a good time last weekend signing at the Emerald City Comic-Con. Big thanks to Image Comics and Fantagraphics for providing me with time and space to sign.

Besides that, my life has pretty much been consumed by The Saga of Rex production. As I mentionned in an earlier post, I've been mostly updating the Saga of Rex Production Blog instead of this one. For day to day updates, make sure you check the Twitter feed on the right, and better yet, join me in the conversation! And if you feel like it, join The Saga of Rex Production Blog! Here's a little peek.

Reactions to ZED: A Cosmic Tale
February 17th, 2013

Whenever I have a new book coming out, I'm always nervous to see how the critics will react to it. I know I shouldn't care about that stuff, but it's just hard to ignore. Fortunately, the response from both fans and reviewers seems to be on the positive side. Here are the reviews that have been popping up through my Google alert:

"Those familiar with Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet will have been exposed to Michel Gagne’s work previously. His art style is clean, with soft shading and uniquely inventive worlds. The dialogue for the most part is snappy and well paced with nothing extraneous in the mix to bog it down. Panels are cleanly set, dialogue is well inked offering an easy read that taxes the readers sensibilities rather than have them struggle with cluttered layouts. The art is one of the most compelling factors to this series – it’s surreal at times but just so well made! Zed: A Cosmic Tale manages to do so much with it 280 pages. The book shifts from cutesy, to touching, to menacing to horrific scenes of extermination with such beautiful and effortless ease" Read full review.
- Game Fiends

"Zed is, for all intents and purposes, a comics storytelling masterpiece."
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- Talking Comics

"ZED has that perfect mix of innocence and brutality that makes it feel substantial enough for kids and adults to fall in love with. This is how classics are made."
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- The Daily Planet

"The action, suspense, and larger questions about the nature of life are very well done particularly when paired with the reworked art. I highly recommend ZED to anyone that likes their science fiction with tongue in cheek humor and action."
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- Sharon the Lirairian

"This adorable sci-fi comic book wades into some pretty dark and menacing territory. And, that seems to be the most important detail of this comic. It is never just one thing. The most striking thing in Michel Gagné's Zed: A Cosmic Tale is the art. It is surreal, complex, and gorgeous. The art style, much like the book as a whole, bounces back and forth between cute and sinister. What is so impressive is not how effectively Gagné summons cuteness or menace (incredibly effectively), but how quickly he can shift from one to the other."
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- Fanboy Comics

"Definitely give Zed a read, and thank me later. Just don't pass it on to the kids until they're a little older and can handle getting their tiny souls scarred for life a little better. It really is an uplifting and beautiful story when all is said and done."
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- Shut up and read something.

"Zed really was amazing to experience. 5 out of 5"
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- Thinks Books

"ZED: A Cosmic Tale is a fun science fiction story that combines adorable characters with heavy, depressing subject matter but in a feel good, entertaining way. And lets be honest, he’s just too cute to pass up!"
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- Black Ink Books

And then, there's this one review which rates the book 0 out of 5!

"There is blood, gore, violence, treachery, and so much anguish that reading this would probably put a kid into therapy."
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- The Armchair Librairian

ZED: A Cosmic tale is available on and comics and book retailers everywhere.

The Saga of Rex Secret Production Blog
February 4th, 2013

Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of The Saga of Rex Secret Production Blog.

This will be a place where I will document the making of the film and give a real insight into my process. I want to make this a tool for animation students and enthusiasts to see how I do things. I'm going to be learning a lot myself and sharing will make it all the more worthwhile. Subscribers will be able to leave comments and suggestions. This should be a fun interactive experience for everyone involved.

The Saga of Rex Secret Production Blog was part of the reward incentives for the Kickstarter campaign launched last year in order to get seed money to do the first four minutes of the film (If you are not familiar with the project, I suggest you check out the Kickstarter page describing in great detail what I'm trying to accomplish).

Since the completion of the campaign, I have received requests from people who missed the boat the first time around, and would now like to have the opportunity to be part of this. So here is your chance. The subscription is set at $20 and will cover the entire period of time it will take to make the four-minute film. Once you subscribe, we will do our best to send your access pass within 48 hours.

Although I will keep updating this page, posts will most likely become more infrequent and will not cover the making of The Saga of Rex. That will be reserved for The Secret blog.

Hope to see you there.

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ZED: A Cosmic Tale
January 25th, 2013

I received my comps from Image Comics and I'm very pleased. The grayscale really came through and it makes the art look very lavish for a black and white book. I have to say that I'm a bit nervous about what the reception will be. ZED: A Cosmic Tale is such a deeply uncompromised vision. A lot of people might be shocked when they read ZED. What appears to be a little children's tale (based on the art and writing style) is in fact an edgy dark sci fi comedy adventure.

ZED is dark, there's no denying that, but it is also a tale about overcoming obstacles and evolving from being victimized to empowerment and ultimate triumph of will. ZED very much echoes my own life in some ways. My childhood was filled with extreme hardships (growing up in a broken family with an abusive father; constantly being sick and in the hospital—coming very close to death quite a few times; being shot in the head at the age of twelve and loosing half my vision, etc). But like ZED, I came though and made a great life for myself. In many ways, ZED was my therapy. I almost took a sadistic pleasure at traumatizing him, because I knew that like myself, he could take it and that his triumph over adversity would be that much more remarkable.

When I created ZED, I never concerned myself with the commercial viability. I wanted to stick to my vision undiluted by public expectation. Like an underground comix, ZED is pure in its artistic integrity—for better or for worse. Who will enjoy ZED? I don't know. I know that I would have loved ZED as a kid, but then I'm hearing all over the place that ZED is not for kids. People who expect a cute little story might be disappointed but if they keep an open mind, they might discover that under all the trauma is a story, like mine, that is full of hope and wonder.

Here are a couple of advance reviews that have popped up on the web:

The Beat – “ZED: A Cosmic Tale” – Reviewing A Children’s Comic That’s Not For Children

Early Graphic Novel Review - Zed: A Cosmic Tale by Michel Gagne (4.5/5 stars)

I applaud Image Comics for respecting the integrity of my work and feel very blessed to have them as a publisher. Here's a little video showing some of the inside pages of the book.

ZED: A Cosmic Tale
can be purchased on for a fraction of the cost at this link.


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