Jean Giraud – Moebius, the celebrated French comic artist passed away this year on 10th March 2012, aged 73. He created truly iconic work, such as Blueberry, Arzach (see image*), L’incal (The Incal), Le Garage Hermetique (The Airtight Garage), Silver Surfer (for Marvel Comics). He influenced all of pop culture; books, film anime. He will be greatly missed.
Whilst looking back over what little of Moebius’ work I own, I was once again staggered by the immensity of his work, its timelessness, its scope and its grandeur. One short story I came across links in with Lovecraft, of whom Moebius was ‘impressed’. It is to be found in Moebius 2. The Collected Fantasies of Jean Giraud. Arzach & Other Fantasy Stories** was Ktulu, a story including H.P. Lovecraft. The story was influenced by the report of a certain Giscard D’Estaing who went out to Africa hunting wild game using privilege of office (Moebius was shocked at this). The resultant comic is amazing, in true Moebius style.
If you can track it down, it is well worth the effort and cost (start with Wikipedia and work back to first principles…)
It’s not very often you get something for nothing these days but whilst perusing my the Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror section (is there any other?) of the Waterstones establishment, I came across a sign that read Free, take one, no catch! The sign was against a pile of Stephen King‘s The Gunslinger, book 1 of The Dark Tower series. This isn’t a book I’ve read although I do have a number of comics from the recent adaptation (also unread as yet). I took a copy and it was indeed free (several, from recent promotion which had been over-subscribed). Westerns aren’t a normal staple genre for me, although I am a fan of A Fist Full of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More & The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Bingo! Upon picking up said free book and reading the ‘special introduction’ written by King especially for this edition and then moving straight on to the ‘Foreward’ I realised the series was influenced by Tolkien‘s The Lord of the RingsandSergio Leone‘s trilogy! I had to move straight on to reading Chapters 1, 2 and 3. Giving the 1st book in a series away free may be a ploy to get readers hooked but it’s a good one, I’m hooked! I will read this one and will move onto the following 7, as The Wind through the Keyhole is now published.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. It has a restrained, something which I know is only going to get much, much better. Best book I (n)ever bought!
A three-part story of unimaginable horror, with funny bits!
A Fear of the Dark is part I of The Rising Tentacle, a three-part story of unimaginable horror, with funny bits! It introduces Harold Peter Leftcroft, an inhabitant of the town of Mingsport. It has been published in this blog, piece by piece for your entertainment – start reading here
Transatlantic Terror being Part II of The Rising Tentacle, continues the tale and is now being published monthly on this very blog!
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