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A Word from the Creative Director

News / 11 February 2021

Hey guys. I know you're all anticipating the impending takeover of this blog by my new master, Orlok 😉, but I just wanted to leave a few words for those who have been following my progress over the last year or two (no idea what I'm talking about? Go back and read it. Maybe start here: ArtStation - Mike Gagnon - Trumpocalypse Now finds a new home at Markosia Publishing  )

Anyway, the last couple months have been a whirlwind. I know, I know, "How are you busy under lock down?" I'll tell you folks. ADHD. A strange combination with my anxiety, but I make it work. Since, like many other people, I find my work hours reduced and mostly stuck in the house, I've kept myself busy making all the art and creative ideas that had been pent up in my brain for decades because I was too busy working for other people.

You may have noticed that I've taken the plunge on the long-time goal of turning my self-publishing label into a Not-for-Profit Publisher, in an effort to use my skills to make the world a better place and help others, especially during this pandemic that has affected the lives of pretty much everyone on Earth.

It's taken a lot of thought and planning, and I can't help but feel like it's not only the culmination of everything I've done for the last couple of years, but something I've been working towards my whole life, before I even knew what it was.

This might be my reason for being on Earth, which gives me all kinds of contradictory ideas and questions that I never thought I'd be asking myself, but that's not what this is about. In fact, I'll be taking a much less public back seat as the other members of the board of directors take on their roles. (Really folks, I've been so busy it may have cured my ADHD, cuz I'm actually looking forward to a break.)

Over the last few months I have been deep into this. Ideas changed, grew, evolved, changed and tough decisions needed to be made. They still are.

Not too long ago, if you had told me that I would spend months burning myself out, producing multiple books, donating my time and skill as well as my savings for start-up capital, for a business that I ultimately don't have control over, I might not have believed you. Now though, I am so glad to be here. Especially after starting by doing all the heavy lifting myself, I can't wait to introduce you to the rest of the board of directors. I welcome their skilled knowledge and time to help make this a worthwhile venture.

Since this is as close to a grass roots movement as you can get, I'm also donating my blog space and website to the company. I hope to see a time where All Day Breakfast's needs outgrow that, but am here as long as my support is needed.

The finalized board will be announced on March 1st, 2021.

In the meantime, our first few benefit books are available on the shopping links of this page. All of the publisher's share of profits will be donated to regional food banks. This is new, so the amount and frequency that we will disperse the donations will depend on response from the public and support by way of purchasing. It will likely be a pool dispersed every 3-6 months, adjusted as needed based on public support.

I know I am here to happily donate my skills and time and leave the decision making to the rest of the board.

I know there a few out there who regularly like, comment or message, so I just thought I'd explain all of the drastic changes over the last couple weeks. I'm still going to be around here, but in the background. If you want to keep following all of my work and concept art, you can now do that at

There or here, I hope to see you soon and look forward to all of us working together to help take care of people through this pandemic and beyond.

Thank you for being here for this weird journey,


Happy Public Domain Day!

News / 01 January 2021

I hereby commit my original mixed media art piece, entitled "2 Wings, Same Bird" to the Creative Commons and Public domain under A limited Creative Commons Copyright. This means that other artists are now allowed to use, reuse, alter or change this piece of art for their own purposes for private, non-profit or commercial use IF their re-publication or re-interpretation also includes proper credit to the original artist, myself, Mike Gagnon. For full details on allowable use or re-use visit the link attached to the image. 

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit

If you do use this piece for your project, I'd love to see it! You can send links or details via the contact page.

Thanks for reading,


Gassy Man in now at

News / 20 November 2020

Hey guys, just thought I’d let you know, if you’re looking for the original Gassy Man demo to play, 

A real nice person from Gamekeys asked if they could list the game and I said sure, why not? 

So, want it on Steam? Check it out on Gamekeys

Check it out!

Some Sack of Crap is Impersonating Relic Entertainment

News / 27 October 2020

Hey folks. I hope that title isn't too click-baitey. I would think not, because it's true! Join me, as I have a story to tell.

So the other day, I got an e-mail in my inbox, I have pasted it below:


Job Title: 3D & 2D Artist
Company Name: Relic Entertainment.
Hours: 20-40hrs per week
Job Location: Remote/Work from home.
Pay: $65/hour

About Relic Entertainment:

Relic Entertainment is a Canadian video game developer based in Vancouver, founded in 1997. The studio specializes in real-time strategy games and is known for series such as Homeworld, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War and Company of Heroes.

About the position:

We're looking for proficient 3D & 2D Artist to join our team here at Relic Entertainment who can work in any variety of areas such as 3D modeling, texturing, rendering environments, compositing, and lighting to create exciting and innovative experiences in 3D, with the freedom to create eye-popping work. We offer some online training if desired.

Job Duties:

* You will create graphics, and effects using computer programs and editing software.
* Model and texture 3D assets as concepted, directed and within production deadlines.
* Add color to images created by animators and work as part of a team consisting of compositors, color key artists, scanners, and color stylists.
* Utilizing Maya or Blender to create and animate fun and stylized characters/assets.
* Reviewing and revising submitted artwork for accuracy.
* Share your knowledge and experience with the team and be part of driving a positive work environment.

Job Qualifications:

* Be versed in Blender, Substance Painter, Photoshop and other relevant software.
* Experience creating 3D assets and architecture.
* Self-motivated and able to provide and accept direction.
* 2+ years modeling, sculpting, and surfacing using related 2D/3D applications.


* Employee discount
* Full health care coverage
* Dental and vision coverage
* 401k Match
* Flexible Schedule.

For Immediate consideration please follow the steps below to apply:

We saw your portfolio on and we would like to have a brief chat with you through our ICQ page for the job interview, you can download ICQ app on your computer or smartphone from the app store, and message Mitch Franklin the HR Manager on ICQ through his username (@RelicEntertainmentonline) to get started.

NOTE: ICQ is a simple chat messaging platform for workers like Slack.

Monica West,
HR Department.
Relic Entertainment. 


Exciting right? LOL well I allowed myself a moment of flattery before I scrutinized the message a bit more. It stood out as strange to me that the only contact info included was for ICQ. I decided to look up both names given in the message on LinkedIn, but was unable to find anyone by these names working for Relic Entertainment, on LinkedIn at least. 

I sent the following e-mail in response:


I am definitely interested, but I notice the only contact info is ICQ. Do you have any other contact info or references that I could use to verify this is a legit e-mail? 


I also took the liberty of contacting Relic Entertainment directly through their general info address found on their website. 

Here's what I wrote:


Hey Relic Entertainment folks,


I’m certainly interested and would like to interview for this job, I just wanted to verify if it’s legit.


The only contact info is for ICQ, so I thought I would verify, as I’m sure you know, there are phishing scams that impersonate a lot of different businesses.


I was unable to find any people from Relic with these names on LinkedIn. If it is legit, and links to these or other HR reps are available for LinkedIn, I would appreciate it.



Mike Gagnon


Bestselling Author, Educator, Graphic Novelist


I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that Monica never responded. LOL. I was pretty sure that the original message was horse shit from pretty early on, but it's not out of the realm of possibility. I mean I have worked for a number of companies similar, even more of a household name, and I am pretty active on Artstation, so in spite of my skepticism I continued.  

Barely 12 hours after sending out my confirmation e-mails, I received the following response from Relic:


Hi Mike,


Thank you for reaching out. We've been made aware of emails claiming to be from Relic and SEGA with fraudulent job interviews and offers being sent out, and are looking into the situation. All of Relic's Recruiting Team is public and searchable on LinkedIn. We strongly encourage anyone who thinks they've received an email from Relic to make sure it's from someone on our team, and to reach out to that recruiter via private message if you're at all unsure.



Relic Entertainment Inc. | SEGA500 – 285 West 5th Avenue | Vancouver, BC | V5Y 1J3
Office: 604-801-6577 | Fax: 604.801.6578
Email: | |


See that signature line after the message? That's what a legit business e-mail looks like. Real HR recruiters are going to have any and all contact info listed in their closing. That was the biggest thing that threw out  fishy smell when I read the original offer e-mail. 

So I did not actually get a job offer from Relic. Oh well. I got lots going on as it is and though open to work, do not have a shortage of it. 

There are however lots of people out there who may get taken in by this scam. I feel like it's especially insidious as it is specifically targeting artists, many of whom are struggling right now or looking for a break and probably can't afford to lose money of deal with drama caused by phishing and fraud scams. 

Of course, the names could be fake and no one should try to target anyone by these names online, but if you get the same e-mail, feel free to tell them what you think, hell, even link them to this blog! LOL

Well, that's all for today, and here's some art:

Thanks for reading, 


Trumpocalypse Now is finally coming to Amazon!

News / 02 March 2020

Mark your calendars now, so that you don't miss your chance to see why this game was banned when it was originally released!

Trumpocalypse Now finds a new home at Markosia Publishing

News / 03 January 2020

Hey guys! I'm letting the cat out of the bag! The new publisher I'm working with on Trumpocalypse Now is Markosia Publishing. 

The entire story will be presented as a series of 3 graphic novels. The first one is done and in Markosia's hands, the second one is about half done. 

Now that I have a publisher handling the property, it will be up to them if the rest of the video game version is released. 

Looking forward to finally jumping over all the censorship hurdles that I encountered when I was producing this on my own and working with Markosia to make some kick-ass comics!


News / 12 November 2019

Hey, if you’ve been waiting for Trumpocalypse Now  chapter 5 that was supposed to drop Nov. 1st (a Story where the political scooby-gang goes to Russia), don’t worry. I haven’t been assasinated by one of the world politicians featured in the story...yet.

But anyway, this delay is actually a rare circumstance where delays are good news! I’ve entered into a partnership with a publisher who will be taking over the sales, marketing and distribution of all things Trumpocalypse Now related.

I’m not allowed to announce who yet, but will soon.

So, chapter 5 and the remaining chapters have been delayed as the business end of things changes hands, but I’ll be the first to post the new release schedule of remaining chapters and other new media adaptations of the story, so stay tuned. 

Thanks to all of those who have been supportive, and looking forward to focusing on completing the creation of this series and possibly even getting it done faster because I’ll have a reputable partner handling the business end of things, allowing me to focus on the creative process.

- Mike

Quick update

News / 11 October 2019

Just to update all as quick as I can, super busy and a ton of work to do.

Not that I’m certain anyone is reading this or gives a shit anyway.

Pissed and disappointed for all the cowardly resistance I’m getting about Trumpocalypse Now.

With Facebook blocking and censoring ads. Journalists, reviewers and publishers all saying they love the story, but can’t risk being associated with it for fear of some kind of retribution.

Even trying to use money from sales to donate to charity and worthwhile causes has brought hurdles, sabotage and self-appointed gatekeepers.

Certain people seem to think that no one should be allowed to create political satire any more.

Getting lots of resistance from a number of sales channels too.

That’s fine. If the only thing keeping people from actually being able to read it is money, I’ll make the series for free. Crazy? Maybe. But there’s no way I’ll allow myself to be backed down and set a precedent that I can be pressured or intimidated into silence. Especially when the most basic type of humour and satire is being suppressed.

So I’ll be releasing the issues for free, it’s going to involve a lot of work and it won’t happen over night, but by the time issue 5 comes out, the series will be available for free.

- Mike

Someone has made the mistake of giving me a purpose

News / 02 October 2019

I knew going into this project, that there was going to be resistance. A visual novel called Trumpocalypse Now is going to bring out those online critics who shit on things they never read from both sides of the major political supporters.

I’m truly surprised how much effort is being put in to make sure it’s suppressed. I was shocked when social media ads for the project were banned in the U.S.

Then I started getting responses from publishers who said “It’s great, you should put it out, but we can’t touch it.” 

“It’s business.” I thought. “They have to protect their bottom line.”

Then I heard from journalists. “It’s great what you are doing,  it our editorial department won’t let me cover it.”

I knew that was crazy. Clearly there has been a chilling effect in the U.S. media if they are afraid to even cover the existence of a satirical game called “Trumpocalypse Now”.

I thought “I get it. They fear retribution and need to protect their careers.”

Then I decided to use the revenue made from the visual novel to a charity that would help American citizens, and I was still being told by journalism contacts they couldn’t cover it, for fear of retribution.

So, from this point forward, if you contact me and tell me you’d love to cover the game with an article, but you can’t or aren’t allowed to, I am going to out you publicly. I will make sure that anyone who follows my social media or visits my website knows that you or your media company will not cover Trumpocalypse Now because you fear retribution of the state or some form of government body. I’m pretty sure that qualifies as yellow journalism. 

This blog post, that you probably won’t read, is your only warning.

Also, I’ve decided to extend my charity giving to my share of sales on ALL of my books and merch and extend to Oct. 5th and retroactively back to Sept. 30.


Trumpocalypse Now to help bring clean water to Flint, Michigan

News / 01 October 2019



St. Catharines, ON, Canada, Tues. Oct. 1st 2019 – When issue 4 of Mike Gagnon's independent visual novel series, Trumpocalypse Now, drops on October 1st, the creator will donate his share of sales to the Flint Water Fund.

The visual novel series debuted in August of 2019, with a new chapter being released each month. Like a video game combined with a graphic novel, a visual novel is a digital comic that is "playable". In the case of Trumpocalypse Now, readers determine what happens in the story line by making survival and mission choices for Donald Trump.

The story is an obvious political satire that blends elements of comics, horror, science fiction, and world events. The plot centers around a motley crew of political leaders who have survived America's nuclear apocalypse. Their mysterious enemy plans to finish off what is left of the once mighty nation, so Donald Trump and Barack Obama, along with Bill and Hillary Clinton, must put their differences aside to embark on a worldwide mission to save America.  

“I always knew that this series was going to be a vehicle to help others that are suffering with real issues.” said Gagnon, in a recent interview. “We touched on the Flint Michigan Water Crisis in issue 3, but I knew that wasn't enough. It's a real issue that many people have forgotten or were never aware of. It's beyond unacceptable that there is a city is the most powerful country in the world that has been struggling to provide clean drinking water to its citizens since 2014”

Gagnon has pledged his share of one-day sales royalties for all 4 issues of the series that have been released on October 1st, the day that the fourth issue will be released. The series is scheduled for 10 issues, expected to conclude in April of 2020.

“It can be difficult for comic and game fans to risk their hard earned money on an unknown creator or project, so we've made issue #4 double-sized with a price of $1.99, to help remove the barrier to entry as much as possible for new readers” says Gagnon. “The whole point of the series is to emphasize putting our differences aside and helping people with real issues."


In issue #4 the cast arrives in Canada on their way to Russia and meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premiere Doug Ford. Canadian himself, Gagnon promises that no satirical punches will be pulled in favor of his fellow canucks. 

The Flint Michigan Water Crisis began in early 2014, after the city changed the water source for their water system from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Due to improper water treatment, lead began leaching from the pipes in the cities water system causing severe illness in thousands of residents, several death and nearly 100 people diagnosed with Legionnaires Disease due to lead poisoning. The city has been working to fix the issue since 2016, but today there are still thousands of people without access to safe water in their homes and many lead pipes still exist in the water system.


“There's no way in good conscience that I could touch on the subject and remind people that this issue still exists, without doing something to help.” said Gagnon.

The satirical series has not shied away from controversial subjects in it's first four issues, tackling issues such as the mistreatment of Native Americans, legalization of the sex industry, The Flint Water Crisis and the legalization of Marijuana. Gagnon promises that the series will continue to take an unflinching look at real social issues through the filter of over-the-top humor, similar in spirit to Team America or South Park.

You can support the Flint Water Fund directly by donating online at

Trumpocalypse Now #4, the Canada issue, will be released on October 1st, 2019. Readers and the curious can download their own copy for just $1.99 at,,, and with 100% of the creators royalties being donated to the Flint Water Fund.

For more details, image or interview requests, please contact:


Mike Gagnon, Comic Creator,,