Hall of Fame
2011 was a terrible year for the world of animation and comics who lost Osamu DEZAKI, Shingo ARAKI, Bruno BIANCHI and MOEBIUS. Japan Expo had to pay a tribute to them: it’s done with the Hall of Fame exhibition!
Enjoy the work of the artists who made you dream
With this exhibition, Japan Expo is associated with Comic Con’ Paris to celebrate the careers of the greatest names of animation and comics. It pays a tribute to the authors of works which marked the industry and the world of imaginary works.
For its first edition, the Hall of Fame highlights four great artists who died in 2011: Osamu DEZAKI, Shingo ARAKI, Bruno BIANCHI and Jean GIRAUD alias Moebius.
Their talent has left us memories we will never forget. Their creations or participations in unforgettable works are part of our cultural history. Even if they’re dead now, their work is eternal.
We invite you to enjoy these artists who made their best to make us dream and feel the greatest emotions.
The exhibition is composed of their works and of your contributions, to pay them a tribute together.
Osamu DEZAKI (1943-2011)
Osamu DEZAKI made his debut in animation at Mushi Production, Osamu TEZUKA’s studio. He became an animator in 1963 on the first Japanese TV series, Astroboy.
In 1970, he directed his first series, Ashita no Joe. He went on with the Anime Cobra or Lady Oscar. In 2002, he directed an animated movie with the adventures of Hamtaro.
Illustration © TMS - Osamu Dezaki © Kanako Masaki
Shingo ARAKI (1939-2011)
Shingo ARAKI started drawing very young. In 1970, with Ashita no Joe, he became animation director. On Goldorak, he created many secondary characters.
With Lady Oscar, his style reached its climax which showed in his following works: Ulysses 31 and Saint Seiya which made him famous worldwide.
Shingo Araki © AnimeLand
Bruno BIANCHI (1955-2011)
Bruno BIANCHI started in animation in 1977 at studio DIC at every job before becoming a director.
During a 35 years’ career, he directed and/or produced more than 30 animation series for TV, taking part in creating Inspector Gadget and allowing us to enjoy Jayce and The Wheeled Warriors, Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats or Iznogoud.
Illustration © DIC Entertainment Corp. All Right Reserved - Bruno Bianchi © TDR
Jean GIRAUD, alias Moebius (1938-2011)
Jean GIRAUD was a fan of science-fiction from an early age and published his first illustrations in 1956. Seven years later, he started as Moebius. Soon the series Fort Navajo was released in Pilote: Blueberry was born.
He took part in creating the magazine Métal hurlant and the publishing house Humanoïdes Associés. His talent exploded in Arzach. With Jiro TANIGUCHI, he published Icare.
Moebius also worked for cinema: Alien by Ridley SCOTT, Abyss by James CAMERON or The Fifth Element by Luc BESSON, to mention only a few.
Moebius © 2003/Dargaud