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Jean Giraud obituary

French comic book artist internationally known by his pen names Moebius and Gir

The artist Jean Giraud was principally known for his work on comic books under two pen names. As Gir, the co-creator of Blueberry, one of France's most popular strips, his brushwork was detailed and realistic; as Moebius, he used intricate, visually arresting penwork to explore the subconscious in his creations Arzach, Le Garage Hermétique (The Airtight Garage) and L'Incal (The Incal). But Giraud, who has died of cancer aged 73, had an impact on the visual arts that went beyond comics. He was seen as a figurehead linking bandes dessinées with modernism and nouveau réalisme. As the co-creator of Métal Hurlant magazine, he took comics to an older, more literate audience. In cinema, his fans ranged from Federico Fellini to Hayao Miyazaki and his style influenced dozens of others, including Ridley Scott, George Lucas, James Cameron and Luc Besson.
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Rip : Moebius

The French comic book illustrator and designer Jean Giraud, aka 'Moebius' has died.

Born Jean Henri Gaston Giraud in Nogent-sur-Marne, France in 1938, Giraud started his art career for the French advertising and fashion industries before going on to become of the country’s most popular comic strip artists, later finding fame in North America and Japan.

Among his most famous works is the long-running series "Blueberry", the story of a western anti-hero he co-created with writer Jean-Michel Charlier.

In 1975 he revived his 'Moebius' pseudonym and with Jean-Pierre Dionnet, Philippe Druillet and Bernard Farkas founded the magazine "Métal Hurlant" aka "Heavy Metal", showcasing Moebius' serial "The Airtight Garage" and the groundbreaking "Arzach".

In 1982 he collaborated with director René Laloux to create the science fiction feature-length animated movie "Les Maîtres du temps" (released in English as "Time Masters") based on a novel by author Stefan Wul.

He continued to contribute storyboards and
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Artist Jean Giraud Aka Moebius Has Died at 73

French artist Jean Giraud aka Moebius has passed away at age 73, according to the BBC (via THR). He is best known for creating the Western anti-hero Blueberry, which first appeared in 1963 in France. The character was "a loner who traveled the post-Civil War American West after being framed for a murder he did not commit. The character started out as a racist but came to oppose discrimination of all kinds."

American fans known him for his work on the two-part Silver Surfer mini-series he scripted with Stan Lee. The comic won an Eisner Award. He also worked on concepts and storyboards for numerous science fiction films, including Alien,Tron, The Abyss, and The Fifth Element. He also co-created the feature-length animated science fiction film Les Maîtres du temps, which was released in English as Time Masters. 

Giraud's work was featured in a retrospective exhibition in 2010 at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris.
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Fantastic Planet BluRay Review

Eureka!

Or rather Eureka: Masters of Cinema!

Half a year later than initially advertised, René Laloux' animated science-fiction film "La Planète Sauvage" was released a few weeks back on BluRay.

 

A unique film with a very distinctive style of animation and artwork, Eureka had released what could be called the best English-friendly DVD in 2006, four years ago to the week. I reviewed that edition in January 2008 when Laloux' other two features were released by Eureka as well ("Les Maîtres du Temps" and "Gandahar"), so I will copy my impressions about the movie itself straight from that earlier review.

The part where I'll talk about the BluRay will be all new though: the people over at Eureka really went to work this time, providing an absolutely stellar disc which keeps everything that was good about the DVD and manages to fix most of what was fixable. For starters it has
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