A blog exploring the work of Jean Giraud, aka Gir, aka Moebius. Basically, there didn't seem to be any places online that gave a comprehensive collection of his work, so I made one.
[The official site of Moebius] - While there are very few of his works available to an English-only audience, the last thing I want to do is take away from potential sales by hosting his work here. If you speak French and can enjoy his books the way they were originally meant to be enjoyed, please click over and show him some love.
Why haven’t I posted any Tron work at this, the most appropriate time? There’s too god damn much of it for starters…
So the dilly: I’d wager that most people, like myself, were first exposed to Moebius via Tron whether they knew it or not. Moebius designed practically the entire aesthetic of the film. Not all of it, as design supergenius Syd Mead conceived of the bikes and how they worked in a practical sense(which sounds kind of hilarious when talking about Tron), but Moebius did most of the rest. Especially the costumes. The crazy light contours, the weird cone shaped fat guy, all of that.
I have literally hundreds of scans of drawings of his concept work, and I need to sift through them so as not to annihilate my follower’s dashboards. This may take some time, and I’m going to be gone for the weekend. Bear with me.
Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV(wish I could find a larger image)
As the story goes, the Emperor was to be played by Salvador Dali(which seems evident in the concept drawing). The insane ruler who lived on a planet of artificial gold, Dali would only agree to take part if he were payed $100,000 per day. Allegedly Jodorowsky agreed, and figured out a way to shoot all of Dali’s scenes in a single day.
When it’s all said and done, I’m glad this film never happened. For one, it’s collapse led to things like Alien and more indirectly, Blade Runner. But more importantly, I love Jodorwosky’s films and Herbert’s books immensely. And separately. Jodo’s version veered too far from the source material, yet that source material would still be holding him back from being the unhinged creator I know him to be. Better that he get his own version of the story out through things like The Incal, The Metabarons, and The Technopriests.
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, pictured above, was allegedly going to be played by Orson Welles.
Dune, as it was to be directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, had some incredibly large ambitions. Costume designs by Moebius, set design by H.R. Giger, and a soundtrack by Pink Floyd(allegedly). It is a sort of bittersweet “shame it didn’t happen” story that fuels people’s imaginations for what could have been. Though I think what would have been is pretty apparent, given the amount of pre-production material produced as well as Jodorowsky’s own description.