But the castle stayed roving about the hills, and it was learned that it did not belong to the Witch, but Wizard Howl. Wizard Howl was bad enough. Though he did not want to leave the hills, he was known to amuse himself by collecting young girls and sucking the souls from them. Or some people said he ate their hearts. He was an utterly cold-blooded and heartless wizard and no young girl was safe from him if he caught her on her own.
By 'Howl's Moving Castle' by Diana Wynne Jones (via oh-totoro)
Albert Robida (14 May 1848 – 11 October 1926) was a French illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist, and novelist. He edited and published La Caricaturemagazine for 12 years. Through the 1880s he wrote an acclaimed trilogy of futuristic novels. In the 1900s he created 520 illustrations for Pierre Giffard’s weekly serial La Guerre Infernale.
If you wish to know more about Miyazaki’s work and the inluences he received (literature, animation, folklore…) I highly recommend you to read this, Laura Montero Plata’s “The Invisible World of Hayao Miyazaki” (only Spanish atm).