'Tron' and 'Alien' Concept Artist Jean 'Moebius' Giraud Passes Away
by Ethan Anderton
March 10, 2012
Just last weekend, the world lost the fine creative mind of Ralph McQuarrie, the concept artist behind films like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and now here we are losing another fine artist in the world of film and more. Reuters reports that French comic book and concept artist Jean "Moebius" Giraud has died at the age of 73 after fighting with cancer for some time. Though overseas Moebius might best be know for creating the Wild West character Blueberry, a comic creation that gained cult status and became almost as beloved as Tintin, he also contributed to seminal sci-films like Tron and Alien. More below.
Moebius is responsible for the worlds from Tron and Alien, two sci-fi films which have shaped the genre in style for decades, and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. In addition, Moebius also contributed his visionary mind to films like Willow, The Abyss, Star Wars, Space Jam and The Fifth Element. He's been quiet in film recently, but did work for Alejandro Jodorowsky's now defunct adaptation of Dune.
There's a decent chance that we might see Moebius show up in the gestating documentary about the making of Jodorowsky's dead Dune film which we heard about last May, but it's a shame we'll never see his work come to life in theaters again. If you want to dive into the mind and work of Moebius, his last and most recent interview was with Hero Complex (posted last April), and it's a fascinating look at an phenomenal, beloved artist who has and will influence pop culture forever. Rest in peace.