40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”

40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” / 40 Days In The Desert “B” (1999)
Stardom/Moebius Production
24 x 16cm, 72 pages

40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” (40 Days In The Desert “B”) is a wordless, dreamlike masterpiece told in 70 beautiful drawings. The story revolves around a shamanic figure (also known as the Techno-Boudha) seated alone in the middle of a featureless desert landscape who whilst sitting in deep meditation is visited by many supernatural visions and soon the protagonist (and reader) are taken on a surreal transformative journey. The “40 days” in the title of this work is an allusion to the number of days and nights that the Abrahamic prophet Jesus (or Isa) is said to have spent fasting in the desert wilderness whilst resisting temptation.

40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” front covers, French 1st Edition (1999,top-left), 2nd Ed (2001,top-right), 3rd Ed (2008,bottom-left) & Japanese Ed (2009,bottom-right)
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” back covers
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” book spines

Moebius executes a tour de force in glorious highly detailed draughtsmanship on every millimetre of every page of 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” with his medium of choice the Rotring Rapidograph technical drawing pen. Employing full hatching/crosshatching & stippling throughout whilst utilising different pen thinnesses (0.35mm, 0.18mm, 0.13mm) to channel decades of artistic expression into each carefully crafted drawing to create a sense of depth and movement within each line. The final spellbinding result for the viewer after reading from end to end is a truly inspiring epiphany to behold.

40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, dedication to wife Isabelle
40 Jours Dans Le Désert “B”, ou la Stratégie de la Démence (or the Strategy of Dementia)
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.1
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.11
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.17
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.20
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.30
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.32
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.41
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.51
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.54
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.55
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.58
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.60
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.61
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.62
40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”, p.64

In 2010 to coincide with the Moebius Transe Forme exhibition at Fondation Cartier in Paris, France held between 2010 to 2011 that would sadly be Moebius’ last exhibition, a DVD was released called Métamoebius which features 2 documentary films directed by Damian Pettigrew, the first Métamoebius (2010) and an earlier documentary Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (1999). Of particular mention within the documentary Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry is a rare glimpse of Moebius drawing the final pages of 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B”!

Métamoebius DVD
Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (1999), 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” original sketchbook
Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (1999), 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” original sketchbook
Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (1999), 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” original sketchbook
Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (1999), 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” original sketchbook
Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (1999), 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” original sketchbook
Mister Gir & Mike S. Blueberry (1999), 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” original sketchbook

In the CTN animation eXpo 2010 – An evening with Moebius interview hosted by Animation Director John Musker, Moebius recalls his memories of 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” (at 1:35:30) and shares some wonderful insights behind it’s creative process:

“…And this is different, it’s a series of drawings I did in 1999. I was doing Blueberry and after a day working on Blueberry I wanted to rest a little doing that. Instead of watching TV, I used to spend my time drawing…You know, I had a book with me and I was carrying that book everywhere, to the dentist or waiting for the bus… I used to do those drawings without pencil and mainly with my Rotring, total improvisation you know because it is an accumulation of lines and details.”

4 Replies to “40 Days Dans Le Désert “B””

  1. Hello how are you? I was looking for the film Métamoebius to be able to download and with that, I try to translate it into Portuguese (I’m Brazilian and I’m planning to translate Master Moebius’s work into Brazilian Portuguese.) both comics and graphic albums and documentaries / movies / videos) and I saw that you have a copy of this movie on DVD. Would you like to make this movie available for download so that me and others who love Moebius’ work can see it? Thanks for listening!

  2. do you have any idea where I can get a good copy of “40 days dans le desert B”?
    I have been searching for years and I just love it
    many thanks
    martin

    1. Hi Martin,

      You’re in luck! Moebius Production will be publishing a new fourth edition of 40 Days Dans Le Désert “B” next week on Thursday 7th March 2019 and will be priced at 30€
      Find out more on: http://www.moebius.fr

      All the best

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