Michel Gagné

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Michel Gagné (born 1965, Roberval, Quebec) is a Canadian cartoonist.

Film[edit]

Gagné studied Classical Animation at Sheridan College and worked for Sullivan Bluth Studios for six years, working on such films as An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Rock-A-Doodle, and A Troll in Central Park. While at Bluth's company, Gagné worked on his own short film, Prelude to Eden, which was nominated for an Annie Award in 1996.

After leaving Bluth, Gagné moved around and eventually settled at Warner Bros.' animation studio, where he worked on such films as Quest for Camelot, The Iron Giant, and Osmosis Jones. More recently, Gagné designed the special effects for the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: Clone Wars. He has also occasionally worked for Disney and Pixar. His short films, "Sensology", was short listed for an Academy Award in 2010.

His graphic novel, The Saga of Rex, is currently being adapted into an animated feature-length film by Gagné himself and Belgian animation and visual effects studio, Grid VFX/Animation.[1]

Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet[edit]

Gagné has also finished his first video game, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, a 2D side-scrolling shooter game which was released August 3, 2011 on Xbox Live Arcade as part of the XBLA Summer of Arcade promotion.

Published Work[edit]

Gagné has also made a name for himself in comics and illustrated fiction. His first book, A Search for Meaning: The Story of Rex, was self-published in 1998. Several more books followed. Gagné also created a Batman story, Batman: Spore, which was serialized in Detective Comics #776-780 (January–May 2003). His comic story, The Saga of Rex was serialized in the comics anthology Flight volume 2-7 (2005-2010), and later collected as a complete graphic novel, published by Image Comics in October 2010. He has produced a 10-issue comic book series, ZED (2001-2013), which was collected and published by Image Comics in 2013 as, ZED: A Cosmic Tale. He is also well known for his work as an artist for the card game Xeko

Awards[edit]

  • 2013 - Eisner Award (nomination): Best Comic Book Archival Project (Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics)
  • 2012 - BAFTA: Best Debut Game (Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet)
  • 2012 - Annie Award: Best Animated Video Game (Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet)
  • 2012 - Interactive Achievement Awards (nomination): Best Downloadable Game (Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet)
  • 2012 - Spike Video Game Awards (nomination): Best Downloadable Game (Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet)
  • 2011 - Punto y Raya Festival: Third Prize (Sensology)
  • 2011 - Chester Award: Best Experimental/Art Film (Sensology)
  • 2009 - Joe Shuster Award (nomination): Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist (The Saga of Rex - Flight 5)
  • 2007 - Joe Shuster Award (nomination): Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist (The Saga of Rex - Flight 3)
  • 2007 - Best in the SW Award: Best of Show/Best Animation/Best Interstitial (Insanely Twisted Shadow Puppets)
  • 2001 - Annie Award (nomination): Outstanding Individual Achievement in Effects Animation (Osmosis Jones)
  • 1999 - Annie Award (nomination): Outstanding Individual Achievement in Effects Animation (The Iron Giant)
  • 1998 - Annie Award (nomination): Outstanding Individual Achievement in Effects Animation (The Quest For Camelot)
  • 1996 - Annie Award (nomination): Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short Subject (Prelude To Eden)

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • 2013 - Explorer: The Lost Islands (Contributor)
  • 2013 - ZED: A Cosmic Tale
  • 2012 - Young Romance: The Best of Simon and Kirby's Romance Comics (Editor and Restoration)
  • 2010 - The Saga of Rex
  • 2010 - Flight: Volume 7 (Contributor)
  • 2009 - Elemental Magic: The Art of Special Effects Animation (Introduction)
  • 2009 - Flight: Volume 6 (Contributor)
  • 2008 - Wildlife from the Hotspots
  • 2008 - Flight: Volume 5 (Contributor)
  • 2007 - Flight: Volume 4 (Contributor)
  • 2006 - Flight: Volume 3 (Contributor)
  • 2008 - Flight: Volume 2 (Contributor)
  • 2005 - Odd Numbers
  • 2004 - Freaky Flora: From A to Z
  • 2004 - Parables: An Anthology
  • 2003 - Batman: Spore / Detective Comics #776-780 (Story and Art)
  • 2003 - The Towers of Numar
  • 2002 - A Search for Meaning: The Story of Rex (Color Edition)
  • 2002 - Frenzied Fauna: From A to Z
  • 2001 - Insanely Twisted Rabbits
  • 2000 - The Bird, the Spider and the Octopus
  • 2000 - The Great Shadow Migration
  • 1999 - The Mystery of He
  • 1998 - A Search for Meaning: The Story of Rex

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cartoonbrew.com/feature-film/michel-gagnes-saga-of-rex-optioned-for-animated-feature-94193.html

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