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Jean Giraud, the comics artist who worked under the name Moebius, has died at the age of 73. Moebius defined the style of Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal, a surreal, madcap, sometimes grotesque science fictional visual style that is often imitated but which Moebius himself produced to high spec and in such great amounts. On, art director Irene Gallo remembers him: "He was a particular favorite among his fellow artists. Many creatives and readers will mourn his passing." Neil Gaiman also has words on his passing:

I couldn’t actually figure out what the Moebius stories were about, but I figured that was because my French wasn’t up to it. (I could get the gist of the Richard Corben Den story, and loved that too, and not just because of the nakedness, but the Moebius stories were obviously so much deeper.)

I read the magazine over and over and envied the French because they had everything I dreamed of in comics - beautifully drawn, visionary and literate comics, for adults. I just wished my French was better, so I could understand the stories (which I knew would be amazing).

I wanted to make comics like that when I grew up.

I finally read the Moebius stories in that Metal Hurlant when I was in my 20s, in translation, and discovered that they weren’t actually brilliant stories. More like stream-of-consciousness art meets Ionesco absurdism. The literary depth and brilliance of the stories had all been in my head. Didn’t matter. The damage had long since been done.

I recently reviewed The Incal, Moebius and Jodorowsky's bizarre, classic, lately reprinted science fiction comic.

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German Trailer for Gojira tai Hedora. This is my fav Gojira movie. The German title is extra stupid actually. It translates as “Frankensteins Fight against the Devilmonsters” (in another version “Devilbreed” instead “Devilmonsters”)

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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Tony Takitani


Tony is an illustrator who’s been alone all his life, until he meets Eiko, a beautiful woman who transforms his life. The only problem is that Eiko is a compulsive shopper with a penchant for high end couture that leads to darkly satiric consequences.

Toni Takitani is an eloquent, deftly told tale based on a short story published in The New Yorker, written by Japanese bestselling author Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood, Kafka on the Shore). Issey Ogata stars as the title character, a simple, undemanding mechanical draftsman who lives a lonely existence. His mother died shortly after he was born, and his father (also played by Ogata) is a jazz musician who is rarely around. But when Tony meets the young and beautiful Eiko (Miyazawa Rie), he falls for her instantly, despite their 15-year age difference. Their friendship slowly develops into love, and Tony soon discovers that Eiko is a shopaholic who cannot stop buying clothing. When tragedy strikes, Tony is forced to look at his life in a whole different way. Written and directed by Jun Ichikawa (Ryoma’s Wife, Her Husband and Her Lover), Tony Takitani is told in long scenes with little or no dialogue; sometimes the characters themselves finish parts of the narration, which is delivered by Hidetoshi Nishijima at a soft, deliberate pace. The intelligent script, which is extremely faithful to Murakami’s original story, is accompanied by Ryuichi Sakamoto’s gorgeous, spare score and Hirokawa Taishi’s stark, captivating cinematography.


 1.  DNA - Intro [11:37]

 2.  Solitude [4:54]

 3.  DNA [6:27]

 4.  Bottom [0:39]

 5.  Fotografía #1 [3:32]

 6.  Fotografía #2 [3:41]

 7.  Solitude #2 [2:33]

 8.  Harmonics #1 [0:50]

 9.  Solitude - One note [3:24]

10. Harmonics #2 [1:00]

11. Solitude - Theme [3:59]

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