La Déviation

La Déviation (1973) / The Detour (1987)
Pilote N° 688

23.5 x 30.5cm, 7 pages

The year is 1973 and French bandes dessinées artist Jean Giraud, also known as “Gir”, has for the last 10 years tirelessly hand-drawn each panel and page on acclaimed Western comics series Blueberry with writer Jean-Michel Charlier for Pilote magazine in France. Inside however Jean Giraud is yearning for a change in artistic direction that the “Gir” pseudonym that which Blueberry is drawn under does not allow room for.

Between 1963-1964 Jean Giraud had dabbled in more fantastical elements under a separate nom de plume “Moebius” first used in French satirical magazine Hara-Kiri (itself a response to American humor magazine Mad) but afterwards disappeared for years.

When a friend and fellow artist at Pilote, Philippe Druillet, pushed Jean Giraud to do a whole comic story in his “Moebius” style, who at first could not find the will to. Then one day between drawing Blueberry stories, Jean Giraud had an epiphany to draw an experimental, new story. The resulting comic was part autobiography (an artist showing themselves in their work was unheard of in comics) and part flight of fancy that follows Jean Giraud & family on a road trip to Île de Ré (Island of Ré) situated on the French west coast, where they suddenly find themselves taking a La Déviation (The Detour)…

Pilote N°688 & GIR
La Déviation
The Detour


Bon anniversaire Moebius!

Bon anniversaire, happy birthday & many happy returns to the multidimensional French master Jean/Gir/Moebius who would have been 79 years today!

Sadly Jean Henri Gaston Giraud left this world in 2012, leaving behind an indelible mark on art, literature, film & more and lives on through his vast library of work.

Merci beaucoup & thank you Monsieur Giraud for your inexhaustible imagination that has influenced so many and shall inspire many more for years to come…