Jean “Moebius” Giraud, cartoonist extraordinaire, has died. While his name may not be widely known outside of comics circles, his artwork has had a wide influence on the broader culture – from his designs for Tron, The Fifth Element, The Abyss, and Alien, to his extensive comics work in such magazines as Heavy Metal (and the film of the same name), his unique blend of sci-fi futurism with a wild west motifs will live on. Here’s hoping all of his work will find its way to print and stay there.
Obits and Images: But Does It Float, TCJ: Kim Thompson, interview with Moebius & cartoonist tributes, io9, LA Times
To explore more in our electronic resources, take a look at the Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels database (user/pass = MySVA login).
To get there from the site: http://www.sva.edu/student-life/library/ > Database & Article searching > Humanities & Social Science > Underground and Independent Comics
Unfortunately relatively little of Moebius’ work in in print in the US, but his passing has spurred us to order what we can. For now, here are our holdings:
Blueberry 2 : ballad for a coffin / Jean-Michel Charlier, Jean “Moebius” Giraud – PN6747.C48 B58 1989
Moebius : the collected fantasies of Jean Giraud / Jean “Moebius” Giraud. – PN6747.G5 A2 1987 v.2 & v.4
Film work and inspiration:
Heavy Metal – V-AN R458 Hea DVD
Alien / dir. Ridley Scott – V-F S467 AliD DVD
The Fifth Element / dir. Luc Besson – V-F B482 Fif DVD
Tron / dir. Steven Lisberger – V-F L573 Tro DVD