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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud Dies At 73

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the rest-in-peace dept.

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Dr Herbert West writes: "According to io9, 'Today is an incredibly sad day for fans of comic books, concept art, and downright anything science fiction. Artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, who provided some of the most stunning scifi and fantasy art ever to grace a page, has succumbed to illness at the age of 73.' It's pretty hard to overstate the impact he had on film, comic books, and illustration in general. You can name most any fantasy or science fiction related piece of culture from the last 30 or 40 years, and chances are he provided concept art for it or was involved in some way. Alien, Dune, Heavy Metal, Tron (original AND the new one), The Abyss, Masters of the Universe, The Fifth Element, Willow... the list goes on. With the recent passing of Ralph McQuarrie, it's been a tough week for scifi and fantasy artists."

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today?? as in last week? (-1, Flamebait)

MichaelKristopeit420 (2018880) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323107)

slashdot = stagnated

Re:today?? as in last week? (1, Flamebait)

marxz (971164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323291)

by last week you mean just over 26 hours ago (or at least the earliest news release that I read)

Re:today?? as in last week? (3, Funny)

dougisfunny (1200171) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323843)

Don't worry, he also heckles the Gettysburg Address to point out that four score and seven years ago was in fact more like 11 score and 16 years ago.

Re:today?? as in last week? (1)

MichaelKristopeit421 (2018882) | more than 2 years ago | (#39325337)

by last week, i meant last week... as in, not today... as in, part of the previous week.

by 26 hours ago you mean today should have at least 26 hours (or you are a complete idiot)

you're an idiot.

Re:today?? as in last week? (1)

Wraithlyn (133796) | more than 2 years ago | (#39326143)

Who fucking cares if it crosses the boundary between Saturday and Sunday? It was still only 26 hours.

It's like calling 11:59pm Dec 31 "last year" on 12:01am Jan 1. While, it's technically true, you're just being a pedantic ass.

Have a nice day.

Re:today?? as in last week? (0)

MichaelKristopeit421 (2018882) | more than 2 years ago | (#39326423)

ur mum's face're just being a pedantic ass.

"today" means "today".

your analogy is flawed... on january 1st would you say something that happened at 10pm on december 29th, happened "this year"?

you're an ignorant hypocrite.

cower in my shadow some more behind your chosen highguard of numenor based pseudonym, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

Re:today?? as in last week? (0)

Wraithlyn (133796) | more than 2 years ago | (#39328599)

Yes, "today" means "today". The summary is directly quoting the original article, which was published on Saturday. Mindblowing, I know.

Is this too complicated for you? That news aggregation sites sometimes (often, in the case of Slashdot) post to articles from days that have already passed?

on january 1st would you say something that happened at 10pm on december 29th, happened "this year"?

I would say "it happened a few days ago", because "day" is a more appropriate unit of measure in this context than "year". Ditto for "yesterday" vs "last week" when speaking of the day before today.

behind your chosen highguard of numenor based pseudonym

Since you asked so nicely, "Wraithlyn" is a combination of "Wraith" and "Raistlin" (from Dragonlance), I used it for an RPG character on a MUD in the mid nineties and ended up using it for Slashdot.

ur mum's face're just being a pedantic ass
you're an ignorant hypocrite
cower in my shadow some more [...] feeb
you're completely pathetic

Funny how often "pedantic ass" and "severe social problems" go hand in hand.

Great trolling tho, brah.

Re:today?? as in last week? (0)

MichaelKristopeit499 (2549126) | more than 2 years ago | (#39328707)

today means today. keep calling last year "today", moron. you're a moron.

ur mum's face and ass go hand in hand.

cower in my shadow some more behind your chosen highguard of numenor based pseudonym, feeb.

you're completely pathetic.

HIJACK PATHETIC THREAD! MOEBIUS DOCUMENTARY on BBC (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39335407)

Here's a one-hour BBC documentary on Moebius.

"Moebius Redux: A Life in Pictures" [forbiddenplanet.co.uk] includes interviews with Stan Lee and Jodorowsky.

Jeremiah Cornelius is an ignorant hypocrite (1)

MichaelKristopeit497 (2549130) | more than 2 years ago | (#39338147)

you are completely pathetic.

End of an era (2)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323135)

Regardless, it is pretty clear that many culture and social icons are entering their later years. There isnt two weeks that go by that someone of some significance has passed in the last half year I think.

Re:End of an era (5, Insightful)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323305)

Regardless, it is pretty clear that many culture and social icons are entering their later years.

Or maybe we're just getting older and the people we've come to know over the years are dying off. Damn mortality.

Re:End of an era (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39326877)

How is this different than any other period of time?

Damn, this sucks. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323275)

/me pops in Time Masters [imdb.com] and weeps... :(

"Sur l'etoile", a poetic sci-fi masterpiece (4, Interesting)

DrEasy (559739) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323323)

"Sur l'etoile" was a sci-fi comic book he wrote for Citroen in 1983, but more than just a branding operation and a little gift meant for Citroen employees, it was a very beautiful and poetic piece of work.

Wasn't there also supposed to be a Dune movie with his participation and Jodorowsky's?

He was also famous for Lieutenant Blueberry, his western series he signed under his real name, Jean Giraud.

Re:"Sur l'etoile", a poetic sci-fi masterpiece (4, Informative)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324027)

"Sur L'etoile" started out as a book for Citroen cars but grew into a series of 6 books in all(the world of Edena), and those were not publicity related in any way.

There was supposed to be a Dune movie and some work happened on it but it was abandoned.

The moebius site: http://www.moebius.fr/ [moebius.fr]

The blueberry site: http://www.blueberry-lesite.com/ [blueberry-lesite.com]

Re:"Sur l'etoile", a poetic sci-fi masterpiece (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39324235)

The Star, by Moebius [youtube.com]

Re:"Sur l'etoile", a poetic sci-fi masterpiece (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39324509)

Pretentious French shit. I bet people who sit around all day smoking gitanes think it's awesome.

Re:"Sur l'etoile", a poetic sci-fi masterpiece (2)

JPLR (1404551) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324535)

>> People who smoke "Gitanes"... You need to brush up your French studies, smoking "gitanes" was mostly done during my father youth and I am 56 years old ;-)

Re:"Sur l'etoile", a poetic sci-fi masterpiece (1)

i_ate_god (899684) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324889)

indeed, it's Gauloises now

Re:"Sur l'etoile", a poetic sci-fi masterpiece (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39386749)

The only person I have met smocking Gauloises is my grand-father.

Oh, no! Mr. Blueberry :( (1)

olau (314197) | more than 2 years ago | (#39332549)

This is sad. Rest in peace, Giraud.

Took over 24 hours for Slashdot to post. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323325)

Kind of old news at this point.

I was growing up when Moebius hit it big, Alien, Heavy Metal, etc. He had a massive impact on scifi art. Sad that the younger generations barely know who he was.

Re:Took over 24 hours for Slashdot to post. (1)

Daetrin (576516) | more than 2 years ago | (#39326025)

Really, you think if something is (barely) more than 24 hours old it's not worth posting? If slashdot hadn't posted this article i never even would have heard of the guy, so it definitely counts as news for me.

Thank you, Moebius (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323327)

Without you we wouldn't have had the Moebius Strip, the Moebius Function, or the Moebius-Kantor Graph.

Re:Thank you, Moebius (1, Funny)

M1FCJ (586251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323877)

Ferdinand Moebius has been dead since 1868.

Re:Thank you, Moebius (1, Funny)

Plunky (929104) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323987)

Slashdot never has up to date news!

Re:Thank you, Moebius (1)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 2 years ago | (#39325903)

Actually Slashdot did report Moebius's death in 1868 when it happened. Today's story is a dupe.

Re:Thank you, Moebius (1)

CheerfulMacFanboy (1900788) | more than 2 years ago | (#39330297)

Ferdinand Moebius has been dead since 1868.

August Ferdinand Möbius, actually.

2nd Artist in 48 hours?? (2)

interval1066 (668936) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323393)

Moebius helped make Heavy Metal, his stuff was so great. I used to wish I could draw like that guy while reading the mag in the early 80's.

Giraud on Dan O'Bannon/Ridley Scott ALIEN (2, Informative)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#39326499)

Moebius was also very much responsible for the look and atmosphere of the original ALIEN film. Of course, everybody remembers H.R. Geiger's contribution of the Alien and it's discovery. But the whole human world was Moebius and Ron Cobb. Cobb is a genius in his own right, but it's clear how much O'Bannon plied him with work Giraud had done for the pre-production of the geat, unmade DUNE.

Look at brighter side (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323453)

Perhaps young bloods will be goos substitute!(well, you cant substitute someone who does art, but hei, not every change is bad in this word!)
Though its bad on its own, that talented people are gone away...

Re:Look at brighter side (2)

M1FCJ (586251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323883)

People like Dresden Codak [dresdencodak.com] are following his footsteps so not all is lost.

Re:Look at brighter side (2)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324203)

Given the comic that's displayed on the front of his website, I'd dare to say that he is not *directly* in Moebius's footsteps.

Re:Look at brighter side (1)

eriqk (1902450) | more than 2 years ago | (#39340229)

Dresden Codac sounds like a name straight from a Moebius comic.

Great fantasy artist. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323479)

I'll always remember his work on Heavy Metal and with Panzer Dragoon. Great stuff, both of those.

I Will Kill Him! (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323481)

I think that's supposed to be the Lady Jessica in the sketch of "Feyd from Dune." Feyd was the Sting character; Moebius drew a leggy Veronica Lake-ish blond gal seated on a throne, holding a huge sword. Don't recall Feyd wearing anything gossamer in the film.

Re:I Will Kill Him! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323561)

The reference is incorrect. He did not have involvement with the produced Dune films. Credit where it's due, he did a lot of great stuff. Just not Dune.

Re:I Will Kill Him! (3, Insightful)

marxz (971164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323675)

The reference is incorrect. He did not have involvement with the produced Dune films. Credit where it's due, he did a lot of great stuff. Just not Dune.

he did work for _A_ Dune film. Sadly just not one that ever got shot.

the drawing referred to above is this one:
http://www.bigredandshiny.com/cgi-bin/ourdailyred.cgi?f=2008-11-17-190227-01378882 [bigredandshiny.com]

Re:I Will Kill Him! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39324015)

Nephew?

Re:I Will Kill Him! (1)

marxz (971164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324205)

Nephew?

"Feyd" by name "Fey" by nature (in a sort of Black Widow/Prey Mantis way)

farewell Mobious (5, Interesting)

marxz (971164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323505)

Ever since the late 70's when I first saw a copy of "Metal Hurlant" SciFi comic book art has been one of my passions and the name "Moebious" was one of the first I learnt and whose fabulously expressive work I obsessed over. The incredible number of artists he inspired across the world is amazing, from comic/manga artists like Shir Masamune to film makers such as Ridley Scott to authors such as William Gibson. Some years ago I looked across my book cases, upper shelves crammed with works of modern science fiction spanning various genres, lower shelves stacked with western and asian comic art books, and even a couple of shelves of DVDs and I realised a great many of these works are either directly, or with only one degree of separation, influenced by Moebious's work.

Re:farewell Mobious (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324023)

the name "Moebius" was one of the first I forgot.

FTFY

Re:farewell Mobious (1)

marxzed (1075971) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324855)

the name "Moebius" was one of the first I forgot.

FTFY

na sorry I was under post dental surgery painkiller when I first posted that - spillen and gramhar kin gogh rit out the windoz undr that hsit.

Re:farewell Mobious (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#39332435)

You spelled it wrong, but differently, in the title. But I can sympathize.

I was on painkillers for an abscess and they did fuck all. You know what did work? Extract[1] of Szechuan pepper, extract of cloves[2] and copious quantities of strong lager.

[1] Extracted by crushing them & soaking in gin [2],
[2] Until the gin ran out. Then tequila.

Re:farewell Mobious (1)

marxz (971164) | more than 2 years ago | (#39334207)

yeh been there done that a couple of years ago (though my preferred liquid painkiller is a good rum or a premium Irish or Bourbon ) . Fortunately this was "only just" a broken tooth that needed extraction.
and damn slashdot for not allowing you to edit your own posts (though I understand the reason)

Panzer Dragoon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39323575)

I believe his artwork greatly influenced that amazing scifi/fantasy game.

Re:Panzer Dragoon (1)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324363)

He drew the Japanese cover.

Airtight Garage (3, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#39323613)

His "Airtight Garage" was the basis for the fantastic architecture of the San Francisco Sony Metreon's original game arcade. (Unfortunately, after years of deterioration and changes in ownership, the Metreon has been torn out and replaced with a Target store.)

Re:Airtight Garage (1)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 2 years ago | (#39325993)

His "Airtight Garage" was the basis for the fantastic architecture of the San Francisco Sony Metreon's original game arcade. (Unfortunately, after years of deterioration and changes in ownership, the Metreon has been torn out and replaced with a Target store.)

San Francisco Target Store? Ain't no such thing, yet. Apparently development is to be completed by fall of this year [sfgate.com] after having been originally projected for this winter [sfgate.com] .

Not dead. Off hunting with the Major ;-) (5, Interesting)

ScottZ (14863) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324093)

Jean Giraud was a major reason I stayed with science fiction through my teen years, instead of sacrificing it to peer pressure. The french scifi artists (Moebius, Forrest, Druillet et al) raised so many more posibilities - an alternative view of science fiction. It kept me going when all I was finding was mundane empowerment fare (let's face it - Heinlein was recreating Lot's lot at the time with Lazarus Long).
Then the elder brother of a mate showed me this magazine called 'Heavy Metal'... Oh dear... Through Arzarch and The Incal and the Gardens of Aedena, falling off a horse with Lieutenant Blueberry and of course travelling on a train with Jerry Cornelius, he has delighted me with his simplified style. I applaud him and express gratitude at his effort! Merci beaucoup monsieur Gir. I expect this to be a Bakelite trick.

Re:Not dead. Off hunting with the Major ;-) (2)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324171)

I didn't know he was that well known in the US. We'll certainly miss him.

Re:Not dead. Off hunting with the Major ;-) (3, Interesting)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324629)

Tragically, very little of his comics work is in print in the US and/or in English. But that hasn't stopped people here (especially artists) from learning of his brilliance.

Re:Not dead. Off hunting with the Major ;-) (2)

Quantum gravity (2576857) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324737)

Just checked www.amazon.co.uk, and The Incal is in print at least. Recommended.

Re:Not dead. Off hunting with the Major ;-) (1)

Pieroxy (222434) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324795)

Ahhh, but the Incal is probabaly one of his dullest work. There is so many more stuff !

Forrest? (3, Insightful)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39324415)

Who's Forrest? Do you mean Jean-Claude Forest? Now that's a hidden treasure. I always had the impression he was completely forgotton apart from Barbarella - which again was known only because of the movie.

Re:Forrest? (2)

GrandGranini (49627) | more than 2 years ago | (#39325701)

Heh. I read "Les Naufragés du Temps" in a german edition when I was ten. I wonder what a child psychologist would have to say about that :)

Re:Forrest? (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39325965)

I wonder what a child psychologist would have to say about that :) Possibly that your parents should pay more attention to what books they leave lying about. The graphics were by Gillon, which could explain the darkish atmosphere of the book. Masterful artist though. He also draws on a very large format. I've seen originals of his and an original page is about 1m high.

Forest is(was) usually more frivolous in style. Liked to put in a lot of conversation too. Wordy son of a bitch :) Most of it is only available in french.

Re:Not dead. Off hunting with the Major ;-) (1)

Vintermann (400722) | more than 2 years ago | (#39325777)

I've always thought French science fiction had a peculiar visual aesthetic, but I'm not an expert on it. I mean, I may be basing that idea mainly on The Fifth Element and Another World [wikipedia.org] , but... nice to see I'm not the only person to have thought so.

small sample (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39332359)

I wouldn't call Moebius representative of french SF comics but maybe it's easier to see the common elements from a distance. There could be a strong sense of visual esthetic in french comics. Or spanish. Italian. Belgian.

Here's Silvio Cadelo in Italy ? http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-L8xXmJGGy_U/TZALHN0GziI/AAAAAAAAiw8/JdKZ1qydi-k/s1600/015_Silvio-Cadelo_The-Jealous-God.jpg [blogspot.com] . Looks similar if you don't look too closely.

One of the greats (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39324653)

I think any fan of european sci-fi comics would agree that the name Moebius is up there with artists like Gimenez, Bilal, etc. as a sure-fire guarantee of the utmost quality and illustration style..

Introduction in 3 representative images (1)

tinkerton (199273) | more than 2 years ago | (#39332507)

To me Moebius feels rather unique. I'm no fan of mysticism but I appreciate Moebius's spirituality, in an ambiguous way:
It feels good, and that is valuable, even though I don't take the philosophy behind it seriously from an intellectual point of view.

Moebius started with Major Fatal(Le Garage Hermetique). It was an experiment in freewheeling on intuition.
There's no coherent story or style, just playing around and making things that look like a story. Sometimes funny, sometimes just beautiful.
http://5.asset.soup.io/asset/2278/1541_9fd7.jpeg [asset.soup.io]

A more recent picture like this (Starwatcher) just feels very nice to watchhttp://moebiusribbon1960.blog.nordjob.com/

Blueberry was much more conventional but it evolved into an excellent western. The story was not written by Giraud. This cover image is a remake of a scene with James Garner, but the original doesn't have the odd sense of peace and violence
http://www.designboom.com/cms/images/erica/-----moebius/moebius06.jpg [designboom.com]

1-hour documentary on Jean Giraud/Mobius (1)

RichZellich (948451) | more than 2 years ago | (#39335509)

Here's a 1-hour documentary on Vimeo; I've watched most of about half of it so far - even multi-tasking while doing so, it's pretty interesting. So many remembered images from my collection of Heavy Metal magazines!

http://vimeo.com/38272217 [vimeo.com]

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