Mar. 10th, 2012

lazypadawan: (time passes)
French sf comics artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud died today of cancer at age 73, just a week after we lost Ralph McQuarrie.

Giraud also did Western comics but fannish types know him best as Moebius, the psuedonym he used for his science fiction work which attracted the attention of Ridley Scott, George Lucas, and James Cameron. Giraud's film work includes Alien, Tron (1982), Willow, The Abyss, and The Fifth Element. He'd also done work for American comics and for video games.

According to Wikipedia, Lucas based the look of the probe droid from TESB on Giraud's designs. It's also notable that Moebius's work was used as inspiration for the prequels. Interestingly enough, the painting Moebius contributed to Star Wars Art: Visions (2010) was inspired by TPM.

Here's Neil Gaiman's tribute to Moebius:

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