Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius, passed today. He was 73. Neil Gaiman has a wonderful memory piece about the artist on his blog you can read here.
My first exposure to Moebius was similar to Gaiman’s, in my case while in college, when I first came across the early Heavy Metal (Metal Hurlant) magazines. His art was so unlike anything I’d seen prior, beautiful, otherworldly, featuring elongated characters and alien panoramas. His vision of the characters in American comics was equally unusual, giving them a dimension that seemed outside the reality of their normal portrayals. His work was also seen in a number of films, nowhere more pronounced than in The Fifth Element.
“The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer. They think they have, so they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.” ~Ken Kesey