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

2 responses to “The Eyes of the Cat

  1. This is new to me. I’m a huge admirer of Moebius. The use of negative in the first image blows me away. Oddly, the second image puts me in mind of Rick Griffin’s signature “eyeball” imagery. Anyone else? Very cool post!

  2. Yes jodorowsky is extremely talented with a very unique vision. You should still try your hand t creating art in this style. Remember with art beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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