I attended the 2nd Annual Animation Expo in Burbank yesterday, hosted by the Creative Talent Network. I could only go for one day and didn’t get there until the afternoon. I have a new baby girl who is almost three months old and it can be a bit difficult to get out of the house these days. But I attended a few talks and walked the floor, where I met some great artists and picked up a couple of inspiring books. I also signed up for “An Evening with Moebius.”
Artist Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, in the United States for the first time in 15 years, discussed his life and work and ideas with animation director John Musker. The talk was slated to last 75 minutes, but it ran two hours, which was terrific! I could have kept listening for another hour, at least, but this was about perfect. At the end of the talk, he banged out a couple of drawings, projected onto two large screens (where we also viewed many samples of his work and video clips during the talk). My exposure to Moebius began at about the age of twelve, when I bought a Silver Surfer comic book that he had collaborated on with Stan Lee. I have to admit, though I’ve seen many examples of his artwork over the years here and there, I really have not read much else of his work. But since that first glimpse with the Silver Surfer, he has always stuck in my mind as an exceptional draftsman, a masterful artist with an enigmatic quality to his work. His work breathes. It seems alive.
This experience was very inspiring. I’m really excited to start reading some Blueberry and Arzach.
Those of you who are visiting this site because I gave you one of my cards at the Expo, welcome! It was a pleasure meeting you and thanks for checking out the site. I will be adding some new posts soon to talk a little bit about what I’ve been up to lately and to show some samples of my work. Stay tuned!