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.
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.