Thursday, June 22, 2006

What would YOU do?

Ok, here`s the thing...
What would you do if Jimi Hendrix came up to you, a budding guitarist, and played something he just wrote for you?

My most loved artist is one Jean "Moebuis" Giraud, a greatly respected artist in France and most of this planet. He`s drawn comic books that have inspired and moved many generations of people for many many years. His paintings, prints, concept work for movies, comic books and sketches have been and continue to be admired by the great and the good.

To cut a long,and basically self indulgent story short...
He drew me this page. (!!!!)
It hangs in honour over my modest drawing desk.
I`d been invited to contribute to Moebius Comics in 1996, a publication printing never before seen work by the master and some "jam" work by some of his loyal fellow creators (fans). I had the great pleasure of being in the position of knowing him personally and so I phoned him to tell him what I was doing. He proceeded to say "wouldn`t it be fun if I did one of your pages...not telling anyone?!" Erm...ok i said,but it`ll be obvious that you did it. (not wanting to stop his train of thought)..."oh" he continued,"but it`ll be fun!"
So I let it pass, thinking/knowing it would never happen.
A few weeks later I was in Paris. I phone him to say "I`m in Paris", hoping he`ll say "we should meet up". He did!
While supping brandy in a road-side bar he presented me with this page.
To this day I`m not sure, not really positive that it happened...but still I have hard and fast physical evidence that it did in the form of the page.

Since the tragic loss of Jean I've decided to show here the entire Arzak strip that we did together. Jean had totally changed the direction of the story with his page, which I then had to pick up from. I had drawn the first two and a half pages before Jean gave me his page. I've included my copies of his roughs below, showing how the story changed. Here's the result...

(copyright Moebius/Dave Taylor 2012)


Blogger Antonio said...

This guy's pretty good, isn't he?
I think he will have a bright future...

Just joking. It's such a honor I think I would have fainted!

6:24 PM  
Blogger D.TAYLOR said...

that doesn`t even come close!!!
i will never recover from the shock!

4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the only response I can possibly think of.

When did you manage to stop shaking?

Last week?

That whole episode is the stuff of dreams.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Lucho said...

NICE COMIC!!! lol....

9:58 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

love the detail and the design of the creature!

2:09 AM  
Blogger FerdinandKreozot said...

I think I have all those moebius comics that came out in late 90's.
And I believe this page was in one of them. Now I have to dig them out and check them out again.
Ahh Jean G, a dream for all of us he is.
And you met him and you know him.
I've never met anyone famous. I did work for a guy called Fil Barlow, and he was pretty good, but that's about it.
And I dream of Moebius too :)

Cheers to you and your work,

Kind regards,


11:38 PM  
Blogger boo said...

man - what a mind frying incident!

after studying that lovely page, i think he is trying to say that he is somehow in awe of your work, but it's crazy cryptic stuff - well posted!

4:14 PM  
Blogger D.TAYLOR said...

Cheers for the comments guys. Much appreciated.

1:16 PM  
Blogger D.TAYLOR said...

I should add, as an afterthought, that I do really know what he was saying and always did. It was not easy to accept for a long time but as I've grown older, and maybe a little wiser (yeah, right!) I've come to accept that Jean saw in me a fear of being a comic book artist, a fear of failure, and that in doing this page he was telling me not to worry. "You're IN comics!" What a guy!

1:23 PM  
Blogger bjarne-h said...

wow.. when he died I spend some days serching the net for his drawings, buying the books I didnt have so far..just enjoying the freedom in his line work. And reading your wonderfull text about meeting and working with Moebious is as "a drem come true" sory for the cliche.. still its soo nice to read how he was. what a gift to get.. And beutiful comic you did. Cheers

6:28 PM  
Blogger bjarne-h said...

and sorry for my crappy typing

6:29 PM  

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