I, like the legion of others who’ve found total creative solace in the comics and illustrative works of Jean “Moebius” Giraud (aka Gir), was seriously saddened to hear of his death this weekend. It would be impossible to talk holistically about a body of work that has impacted so importantly on science fiction storytelling in its myriad guises. From popular comics like Silver Surfer to the extreme vision and genre defining work with Alejandro Jodorowsky on The Incal, there are also the concept drawings for films – Alien, The Fifth Element, Tron – and, of course, the work of every artist he ever inspired.
Because his work is important and because I wish I could discover it all over again, whether you know the work or not, here are just a few corners of the internet that go some way to reflecting the genius of an indisputable legend. A wonderful interview with Jean Giraud by Kim Thompson in a 1987 issue of The Comics Journal and her very recent obituary on their site here, the comprehensive visual stopping place for Moebius artwork at quenched consciousness and his last, and characteristically affable, interview with the Los Angeles Times.
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- Elena Éper's spirited illustrations to make you smile and squirm
- Pencil Bandit and Grey London produce quirky branded stings for E4
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Chris (Simpsons Artist)'s surreal but accurate illustrations of creative jobs
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Photographer Adrienne Salinger’s series of teenage bedrooms from the 90s
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