March 14, 2012 | 9:08 a.m.

Moebius, remembered: Zack Snyder, Jim Lee and ‘Tron’ director

Jean Giraud, the artist best known as Moebius, died last weekend in France but leaves behind a rich, singular legacy with his comics, his paintings and his work in film on projects such as “Alien” and “Tron.” To learn more about the contours of his legacy, we talked to filmmakers Zack Snyder and Steven Lisberger as well as Jim Lee, the most celebrated comic book artist of the last 20 years. Zack Snyder, director of “Man of Steel” and “300” I was first exposed to Moebius when I was a freshman in high school and in the pages of Heavy Metal magazine; for me it was all the things I needed to see at that point in my evolution. It was sexy and wholly original and intense and the images were about storytelling. It was super-influential on me. There was cinematic quality in the […]
March 10, 2012 | 10:28 a.m.

Moebius death: French comics icon Jean Giraud dead at 73, BBC reports

The French comics icon, painter and fantasy illustrator known as Moebius is dead at 73, according to the BBC and other news outlets in Europe. Jean Giruad had been in declining heath in recent months and the last few years have been a struggle between his restlessly creative mind and his profound vision problems. His stature in the creative community, however, has only grown as new generations of illustrators, digital artists and videogame designers discover the alien souls and surreal landscapes in his work and use it as compass point from the past. The Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain in Paris staged a lavish five-month exhibit of the artist’s work that included small humble sketches and majestic wall-sized pieces and nodded to the some of the characters that he returned to again and again, among them the unspeaking Arzak, who glides above the peaks and canyons […]
April 02, 2011 | 7:00 a.m.

Moebius on his art, fading eyesight and legend: ‘I am like a unicorn’

EXCLUSIVE For his fans, the man called Moebius could never live up to the mystery conjured up by that name. Like Houdini or Hendrix, Fellini or Frazetta, the 72-year-old French artist’s name has become supercharged by the unreal, which has made it disconcerting to see him sipping from a beige coffee cup in a hotel room near the Burbank Airport while a maid attempted to lug her vacuum cleaner through the doorway. “We need a moment,” the artist said with a Parisian bow of the chin and an apologetic smile. “It’s time to talk about art.” The name on his passport is Jean Giraud and he was born in May 1938 (just one month before Superman arrived in a small rocket from another planet in the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1)  and he has long been regarded as the most important cartoonist of his country. That […]
Nov. 11, 2010 | 6:30 p.m.

Moebius to make rare U.S. visit for Burbank animation expo

Moebius is coming. There are few living illustrators whose name possesses a true mystique, and near the top of that list is Jean Giraud, a.k.a. Moebius, the 78-year-old artist whose work has rippled throughout pop culture and influenced several generations of filmmakers and comic-book artists — as well as fashion designers, musicians, video-game creators and pop artists of every stripe. He also worked for Hollywood with memorable concept or design contributions to “Alien,” “Tron,” “The Abyss” and “The Fifth Element.” The French creator hasn’t been stateside in more than a decade and a half, but on Nov. 20 he is a featured speaker at the CTN Animation Expo, a three-day event at the Burbank Convention Center. We caught up with a key expo organizer, Tina Price, via e-mail to talk about the international visitor and the event as it goes into its second year. GB: Moebius is […]
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