Arzach by Mike Ploog
“Blood is in the wind”
“Yesterday, in the movies, cowboys bled with discretion”
“Today, the same cowboys swim in blood”
[a colored version of this]
Moebius - 1969 - Illustration #2 for “Manque de peau” (The Hides of Marrech) by C.C. MacAPP
In Galaxie #58, March 1969, french edition of Galaxy, NYC (USA)
An homage to Jack Kirby, The King of Comics, who would have turned 95 today. Happy birthday, Jack.
Moebius & Ray Bradbury, by Pierre Le Pivain
Contrary to popular opinion, I am not dead. I’ve just felt the weight of life and other obligations weighing on my shoulders lately. Here, a full 4 weeks late, is my Blueberry piece.
I wish I could say when I first became aware of Moebius’ work, but those details are lost to time and space, surely pushed out of my head to make room for the minutiae of an episode of LOST or some such useless knowledge. However, at some point it became clear to me that not only was Moebius’ work important, but that I needed to own it all. Immediately. And thus, my obsession with Moebius began.
I collected volumes 0 through 9 of the square-bound “Moebius” series from Epic a few years ago at the expense of the contents of my savings account and enjoyed them all vastly. I also obtained a sub-par reprint of some Blueberry stories put out by Mojo Press some time ago, but it wasn’t until Jean Giraud’s untimely passing a few weeks past that I put myself on the fast track to owning all of the English-language reprints of Blueberry known to man. I now have all but the 2 or 3 volumes which can’t be acquired for less than $150 on Ebay or the Amazon Marketplace (or which I’ve yet to be able to locate online at all). Someday…
Anyway, Blueberry was the obvious choice for my most recent sketch subject pick. I debated on numerous layouts for this piece before choosing this somber image. I didn’t go for the full-on Gir style that Jesse did (incredibly well, I might add), but I certainly added more hatching and such than I normally would. I hope I did the man proud.
Drawn on 8.5x11” bristol, inked with a quill pen, and…that’s about it, really.
Week 14! Mr. Miller’s choice this week is Moebius’ Blueberry.
Its cool that we get to do a little tribute to the amazing Jean Giraud a few weeks after his passing. Rian is really the biggest fan of his out of all the Stock*Pilers as he has a rather large collection of his work. I, sadly, only have 1 or two books, (which were supplied to me by Rian). His work is amazing but also pretty expensive as a lot of his book are out of print or have limited print runs.
I did my best Gir impression with this piece. Hope you enjoy.
Tribute to Moebius, by Mathieu Lauffray
Jean Giraud-Moebius (1938-2012)
Hoy ha fallecido uno de los artistas de la historieta e ilustración más influyentes de nuestro siglo. Para mi, sin duda, el mejor narrador que he leido. De linea mágica…maestría en cada trazo. Difícil de explicar todo lo que este maestro me ha dado. A mi y miles como yo que, intentando mejorar un poco cada día en esto de dibujar, nos hemos empapado de su oficio y saber contar. No hay palabras que puedan devolver todo lo que de él he aprendido…se quedarían cortas.
Mi más humilde homenaje…maestro.
Mémoires Hermétiques: a tumblr devoted to Moebius tribute art.
Career Timeline: 1970
Image 1:Illustration for the book Ceux de Nulle Part by Francis Carsac
Image 2: Illustration for the book Agent de l’Empire Terrien(Agent of the Terran Empire) by Poul Anderson
Image 3: Illustration for the book Les Robinsons du Cosmos by Francis Carsac