Monday, March 12, 2012

Les Maitres du Temps

In 1982, the French illustrator, Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius collaborated with Rene Laloux
Lieutenent Blueberry by
Jean Giraud
to create the animated film, Les Maitres du Temps. Moebius was one of the greatest modern sci fi illustrators and cartoonists. Giraud was born in 1938 and was a professional illustrator. He was a as young French band desinee artist and author who began publishing western themed stories and achieved great success with the widely translated Lieutenant Blueberry series in the mid 1960's. He went on to innovate with sci fi story lines and refine his clean but eccentrically detailed design style. He collaborated with Dan O'Bannon, Ridely Scott and Alejandro Jodorowski and the English author Michael Moorcock. His collaboration with O'Bannon, The Long Tomorrow was the basis for the style of Bladerunner. 
He later went on to work in American Marvel comics and designed the look of the Tron Films.
tryptych from The Long Tomorrow
Les Maitres du Temps has been translated into English and is available on line.
Moebius was one of the great visionary illustrators of our time, I was certainly very influenced by him.
He passed away yesterday at age 73.

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