I’ve been meaning to write something about Moebius’ passing, but to be honest I had absolutely no idea where to start… As a lifelong comic book fan and designer I practically grew up with Moebius’ work in one shape or form that it becomes hard to pick specific pieces of his massive oevre that were an influence. I was never a fan of Gir, or Giraud and Blueberry (maybe because I wasn’t into westerns, and his art reminded me too much of Jijé and the whole ‘Spirou’ look of Belgian-Franco comics), but I loved Moebius — even though I didn’t always understand what I was looking at. I could talk about his ground-breaking co-creation of Métal Hurlant, his epic comics The Incal and The Airtight Garage or his amazing designs for films, but others do a much better job at that than I could ever do.
After going back and forth I decided to simply list some of my favourite works by him I discovered in the 80s, when I properly started reading and collecting comics. More so than his actual comic work, I have always preferred his more abstract concept art and his non-narrative work. As a comic fan I’ve always held his Silver Surfer close to heart, because it was one of the biggest “What if…?” questions answered. His Made In L.A. is one of the best art books I own, and Les Maîtres Du Temps blew my mind at age 10. Like so many his work continues to be an influence, or a place of inspiration for me, and his books are never far away from my desk.