Gugus is a crocodile, protagonist of the Miracle universe. He is the god of all gods, but since he is a trickster, he will not take responsability for the world he created.The project started as a comic book, then became a stop motion animation movie, a performance, two gigantic comic books (2013-2014), and in 2016 a radio show produced by France Culture.

In that radio piece, Benjamin Efrati and Noel Sarlaw explain how Gugus created a homemade electronic music instrument for dinosaurs, which caused their demise. The Gugusophone is an easy do-it-yourself project which you can actually buy online.

Gugus was developed by Benjamin Efrati in collaboration with other members of the Miracle collective including Balazs Turai, Alexandre Efrati, Ulysse&Marius Vuillemier, Balazs Keszegh, Petra Marjai, Diego Verastegui, Wassim Halal, Noel Sarlaw, Nathan Efrati and Louise Lefort.

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Gugus Economics, Posca drawing on wall, 2015, Benjamin Efrati

Primarily appearing  in Benjamin Efrati’s drawings, Gugus was born from his kid nephew’s newly invented idol, named”Gugus Claclé”; whatever that meant was related to the onomatopea “clac-lé” which could approximately be rendered as “chop-chop”. The crocodile is a childish vision of what a god is to adults: omnipotence beyond morality.

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Chalk sketches showing Gugus being born, Benjamin Efrati

Gugus and Justine, chalk drawings, 2013, Benjamin Efrati

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