Friday, December 04, 2009

the white nightmare

the world-famous comics deity known as moebius, née jean giraud, is best known for his bouillabaisse westerns and sci-fi fantasies, but this following tale from 1981 unravels in more familiar urban territory, where an engaged and socially conscious citizenry becomes the stuff of bad dreams. sadly, almost thirty years later, it might have been written yesterday.

(story and art by moebius)


  1. "bouillabaisse westerns" ... good phrase

  2. This was an almost journalistic portrait of "Service d'Action Civique" ("SAC? What's that?" "It's a political organization, but nothing too official.") as it operated in France in the late 1970s.

    It's so easy to get lost in the power of Moebius' artwork, his expressiveness and skill as a kinetic storyteller, that you let the story just exist in a "bubble" with "universal" implications, but Giraud deserves our respect and thanks for both pulling down the pants on a dangerous-but-still human political group, and showing them as the inept jerks they really were, in the early sequence, and still demonstrated their vicious thuggery in the denouement.

    It was a great piece of work.