Taking a little break from the career timeline. Instead, I’ll share this, sent to me from a follower named Alisdair Jones:
“I had the good fortune to meet him once, in 1989 in Toronto. There used to be an art gallery next door to the largest comic shop in Toronto and for a week, they displayed and sold many of his prints and original works. He was also present for a day to sign books. He drew an amazing two page spread for me in a Blueberry book I brought.
In 1989, I was still working as a cook and musician and had little extra money. Most of his originals at the gallery started at $800 - well beyond what I could afford at the time. One thing I could afford and did get were 6 of the original colour plates for the Marvel colouring of the Airtight Garage ( they went for $30 a piece ). These plates were a sheet of bristol board with the black and white drawing reproduced on both sides of the board - one side in black and white - the other in non-reproducing blue. On the black and white side were written instructions by Moebius in pencil as to how the page should be coloured - he had a number code set up obviously associated with a master palette. The other side was painted in what looks like gouache on top of the blue line work. Finally, a sheet of acetate with the black line work was taped on top as a reference. I had these framed, sandwiched between sheets of glass ( so you can see both sides ) and have treasured them since. I noticed on your Tumblr site that you liked the Marvel colouring of the Airtight Garage. I’m sharing these plates with you, as I know you will appreciate them.”
Top right: Airtight Garage page 3, as printed in Heavy Metal in 1978
Top left: Airtight Garage page 3, colored and printed in Moebius 3: The Airtight Garage by Marvel/Epic
Bottom left and right: both sides of the colour plate for Airtight Garage, page 3
Gorgeous, right? Thanks so much to Alisdair for sending these in. More to come!