this morning I was browsing through a tumblr site dedicated to Moebius. You know the guy, he did a bunch of cool shit in Heavy Metal and designed stuff for Tron. Those are nowhere near his most impressive credits but I’m pretty sure that’s where Joe Average would know him from. anyway check out the link and see his great, psychedelic work.
that tumblr has examples of a meme that grew out of a drawing Paul Pope did copying a moebius drawing. I was originally going to draw a picture of Blueberry or Arzach or some other popular Moebius character but seeing the meme made me think I should contribute. plus it’s always nice to draw sexy ladies.
the reason for posting this is, I got to talk with Moebius briefly, at one of the San Diego comic shows. It was in the late nineties some time. I can’t remember exactly what year. It was one of the first I’d attended and the novelty and circus atmosphere was inspiring to me. The movie crowd had already moved into comic-con by that time but it wasn’t as egregious as it is now. I paraded around the convention floor with the Troma people for about twenty minutes, that was fun. I drunkenly, and not-at-all seriously, asked Julie Strain if she wanted to get a beer with me. She shot me down, of course. I hadn’t known at the time she was married to Kevin Eastman or I might have spent more time talking to him and less time making an ass of myself.
The highlight of the convention that year was talking with Moebius. I walked by his booth a few times and noticed no one was taking notice of him. He’s sort of a modest, unassuming guy but I expected there to be a line of some sort. Maybe I just caught him during a dry patch of the day or maybe he just wasn’t the guy people were coming to comic-con to see. This was still during the hayday of Image comics and everyone was crowding around Whilce Portacio.
I wandered up to him and said hi. I’m usually an awkward guy and I usually don’t approach people but I was a little drunk and I’d just read an interview with him so I felt like I had something I could talk about. Even though I’d read the interview, I didn’t know much about his career. I certainly didn’t know he’d worked on a version of Dune and I’d only read a few of his comics in Heavy Metal. I think at that time I hadn’t even read his Silver Surfer comic, which is probably his most widely seen comic in America. The interview mentioned Moebius’ interest in psychedelics and the work of Castenada (who I’d read a bit of) so I started asking him about that stuff. He didn’t give any earth shattering answers and I’ll be damned if I can remember anything he said verbatim but I was impressed with how open we was to me. I said about ten words to him and he just flew into a stream of calm and articulate thoughts. A few years later I realized his personality at that time seemed a lot like his drawings, assured, clear, brilliant, beautiful. Maybe he just happened to be on top of his game and he’s really just a dumb shit every other day but I find that hard to believe. It also didn’t hurt that I was an aspiring cartoonist, eager to hear what any older, successful guy had to say to me. I hold in high regard, all the people I talked to at shows back then. Moebius for me, is toward the top of that list because he’d been around for a long time and he still seemed to be enjoying his life.
I asked him about working on Alien. He said he didn’t do much work on it which I found hard to believe. He spoke well of everyone involved in the film and said he liked the movie. He had nice things to say about Giger, who, at the time, I couldn’t stand. I think Moebius might be the only reason I ever gave Giger a fair shake (I’m still not so keen on most of his work though)
I’m not very good of speaking highly of people, I think I get too sentimental but until I find out he secretly likes to smother kittens or something, I’ll have nothing but good things to say about the guy.