The Eyes of the Cat

Detail from Eyes of the Cat, by Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky

My last years of college and the first few out in the real world I was a bit of a fan of the magazine Heavy Metal (and of the original French version Métal Hurlant). As anyone of that time and space would, I especially enjoyed the work of the artist/illustrator Jean Giraud – better known as Moebius.

I was sad to see he passed away this year, at 73. I thought of him recently as I stumbled across some of his work on a favorite art blog, But Does it Float.

Recently, that blog had a post on a work I was not familiar with. It was a collaboration of Moebius with Alejandro Jodorowsky – among many, many, other things,  a director of amazingly disturbing and odd films.

It’s called Les Yeux du Chat (The Eyes of the Cat) – and was their first comic together (I believe it’s from 1978). It’s a simple collection of wordless drawings, telling a horrific story about a man, his falcon, and an unfortunate cat.

Pretty disturbing, not for all tastes (not too good for a cat-lover, for example) – but it’s the sort of thing that you will like if you like that sort of thing.

It’s what I would do if I had the talent. Sorry.

The book is terribly expensive and very short – but through the magic of this interweb thing, you can see it here.

Detail from Eyes of the Cat, by Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky