ODD NUMBERS is the latest art book from the ever-growing
empire of Michel Gagne. It's also the smallest. The thing
only measures six inches by eight inches in landscaped format.
Its thirty-two pages feature an increasing number of items on
the increasingly grotesque creatures that Gagne is so well
known for. Forget insanely twisted rabbits for once, and look
at bent bees, wacky warthogs, armor-plated armadillos, and --
no. That doesn't do it justice. These aren't just obscure
animals with a twist. These are new creatures created whole
cloth from Gagne's imagination, using bits and pieces of zoo
animals, perhaps, as inspiration. That's it.
Each page is a new creature, and each creature has a
certain feature repeated for as many times as the page number
of the book. It starts with a one horned creature and a
two-tailed creature before moving onto a 13 tentacled slimy
looking thing to a green 30 whiskered lizard-looking thing.
This is strictly an art book. No attempt has been made to
hammer this into a narrative. It's nine dollars for the
hardcover edition. There is no softcover edition on the
schedule just yet. It's a beautiful production, with heavy
glossy color pages and a sturdy square bound and hardcover
There's also a healthy preview of ODD NUMBERS on Gagne's
For those who want a trip down a strange road, this is the
place to go.
Tangent: I watched the STAR WARS: CLONE WARS animated
series (second season) on Cartoon Network last month and
spotted a monster that had to have come from Gagne's
imagination. It looked just like his style, but animated.
Gagne is credited with special effects work, but I'd be
shocked if he didn't put that creature together, too. Check
out his web site for examples in the gallery of what his work
entails on the animated series. I never thought I'd be
impressed by pictures of explosions, low lying clouds, and the
dust that gets kicked up by departing spaceships. I am now.
If you're a fan of Judd Winnick's JUNIPER LEE series, you
should know that Gagne did some designs for the show that were
ultimately rejected. Those are the coolest looking cows I've ever seen.
ODDS AND ENDS
- Have I mentioned yet that we're only a couple of weeks
away from San Diego Comic Con? I'd love to do a con program
review if those listings are uploaded to the
site in time. Stay tuned.
- Memo to Mike Kunkel: I want a Starhopper
Squirrel comic book. NOW. I can wait till San Diego, but
no longer! Please?
- Intrepid Pipeline reader Joe Torcivia wrote in to
correct a glitch in last week's PREVIEWS column. I
referenced the solicited issue of UNCLE SCROOGE as being
Carl Barks' last story, and then took a shot at the
declining standard of Barks' art at that point. I much
prefer the 40s and 50s art stylings to what Barks settled
into during the 60s, which was much blockier and awkward
looking to me.
However, Joe is quick to point out that this is a story
Barks only wrote. Tony Strobl did the original art job on
the story in the late 1970s. Daan Jippes has been redrawing
some of those stories, so there is a chance his name might
be attached as artist, too. Stay tuned.
- Speaking of Ducks, please take a moment to read Gemstone's
memorial for Bruce Hamilton.
- Steve Pheley offers the most outstanding advice ever on
what to wear to a comic book convention.
Of particular interest to me are the club shirts he mentions
at the ends. He's right -- they show up in mass numbers at
comicons. I don't get 'em. I think they're about the ugliest
of all the choices he offers up here. I'm lucky I don't get
seizures at the sight of them.
- Slave Labor Graphics is having a 20% off sale on everything in their web
store, but the deals are only good through the end of June.
I've reviewed some of the books on sale here before.
Let's do a quick rundown, in case you're inclined to
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