RIP, Moebius

Hugely popular and influential French comic artist Jean Giraudpassed away today. Under his own name, and his science fiction pen-name “Moebius,” Giraud created thousands of comic strips that proved high art and surrealism could be brought to comics. Giraurd also collaborated with a number of movie directors, influencing the look and tone of Alien, The Fifth Element, andBlade Runner.

“The term ‘visionary’ is applied rather liberally these days. In Jean Giraud’s case, the word is simultaneously appropraote and inadequate….Moebius started on a joureny of spiritual exploration and self discivery and graciously has taken us along for the ride. Funny, erotic, shocking,evocative, inspirational, and unforgettable. Moebius has crated a body of work that challenges — and ultimately rewards— our imaginations. ” —Arnie Fenner on Jean Giraud’s Spectrum Grand Master recognition.

He was a particular favorite among his fellow artists. Many creatives and readers will mourn his passing.