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Moebius

RIP, French comic artist and illustrator Jean “Moebius” Giraud, who has passed away from cancer at the age of 73. This is a good place to begin learning about his work. His best known film design work is in live-action, like The Abyss, Alien, TRON and The Fifth Element, but he also contributed to a number of animation projects including Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland, Space Jam and Time Masters (below). He was revered in France where they exhibited his comic art with respect and appreciation.

Moebius influenced many people in our industry. I’ve collected some of the animation community’s reactions on Twitter:

[View the story "Moebius Reaction from the Animation Industry" on Storify]

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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 Tor.com, 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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The Incal Classic Collection

Just want to say that this book is out. Again.

It was released previously in deluxe slipcase edition Dec 2010 and went out of stock quickly, very typical when you see Moebius' name on the cover.

So this new edition doesn't come with the slipcase, but is more affordable, and more importantly, available.

The colours are well restored from the original series, and the story is enjoyable. It really reminds me of the movie The Fifth Element, not the plot, but the overall feel of how a sci-fi world is like.

One of comics' greatest masterpieces illustrated by Moebius and written by Alexandro Jodorowsky. Together they present the classic adventure of sci-fi detective John Difool, a low class detective in a corrupt world. With the great darkness attacking the galaxy, John Difool races through the cosmos with his companions, which include his pet concrete bird, Deepo, and the Universe's greatest warrior, the Metabaron. - Amazon product description.

The Incal Classic Collection is available at Amazon.com currently.

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

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