Moebius & Miyazaki – the end of an era

As a sci-fi fan I am ashamed to say I’ve only recently discovered the work of French artist Moebius. Considering he has worked on films such as The Fifth Element, Tron and Alien you think he would be a prominent household name; for sci-fi fans, he is. Moebius earned his reputation as the king of sci-fi during his early career illustrating comics.

Moebius and Miyazaki
Moebius and Miyazaki

Upon researching his life I felt great joy to learn that Moebius and Miyazaki held each others work in high-esteem, took influence from each other and even had recorded conversations together about art.

Mr Moebius’ Arzach you know… Yes, Arzach, I think he created it in 1975. I first saw it around 1980. It had a great impact on me. By then, unfortunately, my style was fairly established. So I couldn’t use it as effectively as I’d have otherwise done in my creative development. But it’s definitely true that I created Nausicaa with Moebius’ influence.

– Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki’s film Nausicaa (left) influenced by Moebuis’ comic Arzach (right)

It strikes me that in the last few years we have reached the end of an era for both anime and sci-fi. With Moebius passing away in 2012 and Miyazaki announcing his retirement earlier this year, two of the greats are no-longer creating.

A new era is underway for each of their genres, all we can do is hope the next kings can live up to the magic and talent of their predecessors.

Moebuis’ sci-fi

Miyazaki’s anime

The Wolf Among Us

Before I start this isn’t a game review – I’m not a die hard gamer who wants to analyse this game – I thought it was cool so I wanted to share it with you guys.

The Wolf Among Us‘ is popping up everywhere, which is no surprise as it’s pretty awesome to play. A great storyline based on Bill Willingham’s comic book series ‘Fables’. The game does the beauty of comic book art justice with an almost rotoscoped/ Tarnation-esque look it’s mesmerising to watch and enchanting to play. The story sees you playing Bigby the Sherif (The big bad wolf from red riding hood in human form) who is in charge of keeping all the other fables characters from killing and making sure they maintain their human form. The game follows a series of murders for which you aka Bigby make all the important decisions in regards to solving them, all of which have massive consequences – the gaming experience is sure to be different for every player. Part 1 was epic so bring on parts 2-5!

Alex Gross

“Bizarro” Mixed Media on Antique Photograph, 7 x 5 Inches
“Leia’s Very Bad Day” Mixed Media on Antique Photograph, 7 x 5 Inches
“Peter” Mixed Media on Antique Photograph, 7 x 5 Inches
“Batman” Mixed Media on Antique Photograph, 7 x 5 Inches

Alex Gross’s mixed media pieces take vintage cabinet photos and transforms them into modern pop culture icons through paint. The majority of the photographs are transformed into fictional characters from comic books, by transforming sepia, simple images into fantasy like images completely transforms the purpose of the subject. A person who is forgotten in time, and a family photo which has somehow become lost suddenly is given an identity and use, in a way it is comforting as well as comical.

Los angeles-based artist alex gross has created a collection of reconfigured cabinet cards from the late 19th and early 20th century.
the vintage photographs have been altered by means of mixed media to portray the figure depicted the image as an imagined or
contemporary comic book super hero. the photographs, originally a commercial printed portrait standard forms gross’ collection.
The cabinet cards will be on display along with nineteen new mixed media pieces in gross’ solo exhibition ‘product placement’
at jonathan levine gallery in new york city beginning february 25th, 2012.

– http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/18839/alex-gross-reconfigured-cabinet-cards.html

Product Placement @ Jonathan LeVine gallery

February 25, 2012 through March 24, 2012

Product Placement is a solo exhibition by Alex Gross featuring his painting and his multi-media art, looking at consumerism, pop culture, and branding.

Here are some of his paintings…