Michel Gagné was born in Québec, Canada. He studied animation at Sheridan College School of Visual Arts in Ontario, Canada and in 1985, began a highly successful artistic career.
Renowned for his unique vision, Michel has lent his talent to several animation companies, such as Don Bluth Studios, Warner Bros., Disney, Pixar, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, etc. His creative work can be seen in over twenty feature films including “The Iron Giant“, “Osmosis Jones” and “Ratatouille“. Aside from his studio work, Michel is a determined entrepreneur who has created work in a wide range of media, from live performances to gallery exhibits. With video game veteran, Joe Olson, he created the critically acclaimed video game, “Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet” which was released in 2011.
He has been recognized by his peers with a BAFTA, an Annie Award, and has received numerous prizes and nominations from the animation, video game and comics industries. One of his short films, “Sensology”, was short listed for an Academy Award in 2010.
Michel is also active in the publishing world having written and illustrated several books and comics, such as “The Saga of Rex” and “Insanely Twisted Rabbits”. His work has been published by DC Comics, Image Comics, Random House, Fantagraphics, as well as Michel’s own imprint, GAGNE International Press.
He lives peacefully with his wife and dog, in the Pacific Northwest, USA.