Jean "Moebius" Giraud
Popular artist and designer known for colorful and fantastic imagery.
May 8, 1938 – October 10, 2012
Jean Giraud, popularly known as Moebius, was a French artist and cartoonist revered for colorful, outlandish, and surreal science fiction and fantasy comics, as well as his work as a film concept designer.
Originally from the suburbs of Paris, Giraud began using the Moebius pseudonym in 1963 specifically for his fantasy and science fiction works. These include The Incal (1981–2014), The Airtight Garage (1976–1980), The World of Edena (1985–2001), and Arzach (1976)series as well as storyboards for films such as Les Maîtres du temps, released in English as Time Masters.
Moebius contributed production design for films such as Alien (1979), Willow (1988), The Abyss (1989), and The Fifth Element (1997). The style and tone of his artwork is very adaptive and through the course of his career has generally shifted from more realistic, as seen in his early Blueberry (1965) series, to more expressive and fantastical compositions.