Mœbius illustrations help celebrate work of Paulo Coelho 

The work of Brazilian author Paulo Coelho was celebrated at the current Salon du Livre in Geneva, Switzerland. (Albeit very briefly, if my limited French is correct).

The exhibition includes all 35 watercolour illustrations by the late, great Mœbius  for The Illustrated Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream which was published in 1998.

Given Mœbius’ other work, it’s no surprise to me that he would be chosen to illustrate Coelho’s fantasy tale of an Andalusian shepherd boy on a treasure-hunting journey to Egypt, but I wasn’t aware of this edition of this wonderful book, drawn to my attention by comics historian Paul Gravett. My thanks to him.

•  There’s more on the exhibition here (in French)

More on the book here on Open Culture


The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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