[The official site of Moebius] - While there aren't many 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 and his publishers some love.
Here’s a spotlight panel from the Dallas Fantasy Fair in 1992, where Moebius speaks, in English(which, fluent as he was, was rare in front of the camera), about his career for nearly an hour. Mark David Dietz conducts the interview(left side of the screen), and Randy Lofficier accompanies him(at right).
A video profile of Moebius and his Blueberry work, produced to coincide with the release of a Blueberry art book in 1997. It’s in French, no subs. Lots of great stuff though, and I don’t know about you but I could watch footage of Moebius shopping for fruit, walking into sex shops, and playing billiards all day long.
In this episode of Tac au tac from 1972, Jean Giraud puts on his Gir hat to make a western jam comic with his mentor Joseph Gillain, better known as Jijé. Hugo Pratt is also there, hanging out and watching.
Footage of a proposed television series based on Moebius and Dan O’Bannon’s The Long Tomorrow, narrated by James Coburn.
I’ve found virtually no information about this, except for this resume page for producer Hillard Elkins(at the very bottom):
“Elkins is also in development with Phillipe Rivier and Tri-Star Television on a one-hour series, written by Dan O’Bannon (Alien, Total Recall) and designed by the acclaimed artist Mobius, presently called THE LONG TOMORROW”.”
An interview(in French) with Moebius, conducted in his office in 2010. Of note, at 1:26 you can see the interviewer flipping through a sketchbook that contains his originals for La faune de Mars. They’re gorgeous, and mind-bogglingly small.
Minuscule is a series of short animated films about the lives of bugs, co-created by Moebius’ daughter, Hélène Giraud. She wrote and directed this episode, called L’artiste, which stars her father and a goofy spider, and it is pretty adorable.
Mr. Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (in French, no subtitles)
An hour long doucmentary from 2000, focusing on Moebius’ Gir persona and his Blueberry work. It comes as a second disc of the MetamoebiusDVD release, and is not subtitled in English. Which is sad, because it’s full of wonderful candid moments at home with his family and working in his studio. I enjoyed watching it knowing no French at all.
An 18 minute documentary on the conceptual work for Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, focusing on Moebius and Jean-Claude Mézières. It’s got some great footage and interviews(and some impressively cheesy narration), but I think the real motivation behind making this was to prove that all old French cartoonists are genetically predisposed to being adorable.
I found this really wonderful half hour interview with Moebius, from what looks to have been filmed around 1987-88. There’s a pretty monotone translator, but it’s otherwise a very hearty piece. He talks at length about his philosophies behind art, about styles and improvisation, and his lengthy partnership with Alejandro Jodorowsky. I especially like the part where he talks about the formation of Metal Hurlant and how he links that to the May ‘68 protests in France.
Moebius, featured in Ken Viola’s 1987 documentary TheMasters of Comic Book Art, hosted by Harlan Ellison. It’s one of Moebius’ few on-camera interviews in English, and certainly the earliest one that I’ve seen.
Chris Sims has posted a good roundup of videos of Moebius’ live drawing demonstrations during his 2011 Trans-Forme exhibit, over at Comics Alliance. If you haven’t watched any of this stuff before, prepare to feel inadequate!
One year to the day before Moebius’ death, he took part in a live concert drawing session for the attendees of his Trans-forme exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris. He draws for about a half hour to the tune of a brass band, looking happy and healthy as ever.
I’ve heard people say this may be the last footage ever filmed of the man at work, though I can’t confirm that.