Monday, October 16, 2006

Moebius Futurism

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The Long Tomorrow was a comic book written by Dan O'Bannon (who went on to write Alien) and illustrated by Jean Giraud a.k.a. Moebius around 1975-1976. It's noir style and particularly the super-dense, retro-futurist visual language influenced not only Ridley Scott's Blade Runner but the entire Cyberpunk genre.

"Years later, I was having lunch with Ridley, and when the conversation turned to inspiration, we were both very clear about our debt to the Metal Hurlant [the original Heavy Metal magazine] school of the '70s-Moebius and the others. But it was also obvious that Scott understood the importance of information density to perceptual overload. When Blade Runner works best, it induces a lyrical sort of information sickness, that quintessentially postmodern cocktail of ecstasy and dread. It was what cyberpunk was supposed to be all about."
-William Gibson

[title link lifted from Geoff via Archinect]

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