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Comic Book Hero

Have you read any good French or Belgian comics lately?

Me neither, but — believe it or not — those countries have a long tradition in comics and comic books, the bandes dessinées tradition. And today’s post features an artist who became famous drawing those comics.

To paraphrase Wikipedia:

Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (8 May 1938 – 10 March 2012) was a French artist, cartoonist, and writer. He worked primarily in what is known as the Franco-Belgian bandes dessinées tradition and gained worldwide fame (primarily under the pseydonyms Moebius and Gir).  Federico Fellini, Stan Lee and Hayao Miyazaki are among his fans.

His most famous works include the series Blueberry (created with writer Jean-Michel Charlier), which features one of the first anti-heroes in Western comics. And working as Moebius, he created a wide range of science fiction and fantasy comics in an imaginative and surreal almost abstract style.

Today’s video shows Moebius at work.



He may be part of an old tradition, but you did notice what he’s drawing with, didn’t you? I love that.

This video was a performance speed painting Mr. Giraud did in 2009.  He died in 2012, at the age of 73,  after a long struggle with cancer.

Now, who says you can’t find culture in comics or on the internet?  Not me.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Please share it with your friends who need some “culture lite.”

Have a great weekend!