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A homage to the great comic book artist. Must see - not only for his fans, but for all comic lovers out there!
Vallaor from Poland
25 January 2009
Comic book readers in Poland still have a lot to learn, when it comes
to European classics. For the several decades of Communism all comics
were considered as "rotten art of the West". Things quickly started to
change in the nineties, with the expansion of American top titles from
Marvel and DC. But more ambitious works of the European masters were
still largely neglected. Comic books aficionados like myself could only
dream about albums created by Moebius, Philippe Druillet, Milo Manara
or Hugo Pratt. Nowadays it seems that things finally started to change.
The publishers are aware of our demand for classics and they do their
best in providing them. Hopefully this is just the beginning and in
time we'll get to know all the important titles from France, Belgium,
Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius and Gir, was the first genius of
European Comic Art discovered in Poland. His "The Airtight Garage" was
the first album in Masters Of Comics, the most prestigious series in
the market. Then came the other masterpieces, such as "The World Of
Edena" or "Is The Man Good?". The canceling of "Blueberry" after fourth
episode was a sad thing, but at least we had the chance to see what was
it all about. Personally, I have to admit, that all of this has just
aroused my appetite. I wanted to know more about Moebius, without doubt
much more than I could read on Wikipedia.
This splendid documentary, directed by Hasko Baumann, is an answer to
my prayers. It presents the life and work of Jean Giraud in the most
efficient way possible. And it's nice to look at, too. Moving animation
brings Moebius impressive drawings into the third dimension. Equally
satisfying is the selection of people, who are discussing artist's
work. Alejandro Jodorowsky, Philippe Druillet, Stan Lee, Mike
Mignola... Well, these are some of the most important names in the
comic industry! Of course the main star of the show is Giraud himself.
He's very informative about his art. I found him very charming man,
obviously still young at heart despite his old age.
It's a must-see viewing not only for admirers of Moebius work, but also
for everyone, who wants to learn more about history of comics.
Successive phases of Giraud career were connected with the radical
changes in comic industry. Perhaps the most important one was Métal
Hurlant, French magazine, that changed the perception of comic and
introduced it to the wide range of mature readers across the Europe. It
influenced Americans too, but to a lesser degree. There is still a
large difference between these two continents. Moebius has learned
that, when he began to work in USA with Stan Lee. This collaboration,
though critically acclaimed, hasn't changed much in conservative
American comic-book industry.
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