Thursday, March 10, 2011

Moebius, Alejandro Jodorowsky - The Incal, Katsuhiro Otomo - Akira

Two choices for this classic collaboration between Moebius (Jean Giraud) and Alejandro Jodorowksy: an oversized deluxe hardcover with slipcase limited to 750 copies (Humanoids, Inc., 2010) and a forthcoming more affordable reprint (Titan Books, 2011). 

Levitation, 2009.  Giclee print.

When I was a preteen looking at Heavy Metal magazine, I instantly became an admirer of Moebius.  He has just that right touch, particularly some of his line work, so efficient!  He is a master of detail art, but the equilibrium between detail and emptiness has a metaphysics of its very own, the coeval junction of finitude and infinity.  And his color choices are always surprising, sometimes in luscious washes with jewel-like sprinkles, sometimes in a more subdued but sublime palette. 

Also, Katsuhiro Otomo's manga masterpiece Akira is in the process of being republished by Kodansha Comics/Random House, in six volumes as originally serialized.  Volume 5 was recently released.  The anime adaptation (1988) is also exceptional, and it closely replicates Otomo's brisk and breathtaking artwork.  If you haven't already pored through its 2000+ prodigious pages in its various printings, here's your chance.