Remembering Cartoonist/ Illustrator Jean Giraud, aka "Moebius" on his Birthday today, May 8, 1938 . Of course you probably know that "Jean had one of the most interesting double lives in comics history. Under his own name, he co-created the legendary western comic 'Blueberry' (1963-2012) with writer Jean-Michel Charlier. He also used the shortened signature of "Gir" for this series. This cowboy series was noted for its highly realistic artwork and more gritty, complex and adult story lines.
"As Moebius, he was one of the most innovative and influential comic book artists of the 20th century, known for groundbreaking science-fiction and fantasy works like 'Arzach', 'The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius' and 'The Incal'. He experimented with graphic styles, lay-out, dialogue, visuals and plot development. Its themes, highly influenced by philosophical writings and hallucinogenic drugs, elevated adult comics to another level. Moebius was at the forefront of a new wave of experimental comic authors, who were gathered in the comics magazine Métal Hurlant (Heavy Metal) and the publishing label Les Humanoïdes Associés. He was active as a comics writer, screen writer, storyboard and concept designer too. Last but not least, superhero fans may know him from his mini-series based on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's 'The Silver Surfer' (1988-1989). Both as Giraud and as Moebius he is one of the most important comics authors of all time, whose influence can be felt in several fantasy and science fiction films and video games too."-IMDB
"Giraud also served as a conceptual artist and contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, including Tron, Alien, Willow, The Fifth Element and The Abyss."
These photographs of Jean were actually the precursor to my Artist Within book project, photographed as a job for "Twilight Zone Magazine" on the release of the movie "Willow". I remember I had the chance to spend a good part of the day photographing him at his house on the beach in Santa Monica, it truly was one of the best days of my then young career. It was later, when showing the final photos to my friend Cartoonist/Art Director Scott Shaw! that led him to say "you should do a book of portraits of Cartoonists and Comic Book Artists!" Yep, little did I know then, the amazing journey these would start me on.
art © Moebius
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