Famed TRON Artist Jean Giraud "Moebius" Passes
Jean Giraud "Moebius" -- the famed, French artistic genius behind great conceptual and pre-production artwork from films such as "Alien" (1979), "Blade Runner" (1982), and of course "Tron" (1982) -- along with being the co-creator of the "Heavy Metal" fantasy illustrated magazine (launched first in 1974 as the French magazine: "Métal Hurlant") and a prolific comic illustrator, has now died at the age of 73. Giraud had been battling cancer, and passed the early morning of March 10th.
Steven Lisberger, the writer-director of the original "Tron," spoke to Geoff Boucher of the LA Times Hero Complex the day of Giraud's passing regarding the special collaboration that they shared -- Lisberger said:
"It’s one thing to be talented and work hard enough to put your spirit and soul in your work and it’s a totally other thing to have a spirit and soul that is so beautiful and wise that it deserves to put into art. Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud was a very rare man, a true master and his life’s work is a masterpiece. It was a privilege to be his friend, it was heaven to work with him. When I saw him last year he told me that working on ‘Tron’ I made him feel like family and he would never forget that. I won’t either."
Here's a rare, French language video from 1982 where Giraud discusses the making of "Tron":
In April 2011, Geoff Boucher also posted what may have been Giraud's last major interview.
Rest In Peace Giraud -- thank you for your incredible and timeless works of wonder.
- Jay West
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