Voyage en Italie
Bernard Cosendai, better known as Cosey, worked at an advertising agency before he turned to comics. He learned the finer points of the profession from his close neighbor Derib in 1969. Cosey published the reporter 'Paul Aroïd' in the Swiss daily 24 Heures, and the teamed up with writer André-Paul Duchâteau to make three stories of 'Monfreid et Tilbury' in Le Soir Jeunesse.
The short-lived publisher Publishing & Copyright published his first album in 1974, called 'Un Shampooing Pour la Couronne' (text by Jacques Ralf). It was in 1975 when he had his big breakthrough with the popular series 'Jonathan', that appeared in Tintin. The mystical 'Jonathan' series earned Cosey many awards, including the Grand Prix of Saint-Michel and an Alfred at the Angoulême festival.
Le Bouddha d'Azur
In the second stage of his career, Cosey focused more on one-shots in stead of series. His first one-shot was the diptych 'À la Recherche de Peter Pan', that was published by Lombard in 1984 and 1985. He has created several graphic novels for the Aire Libre collection of the publishing house Dupuis, such as 'Voyage en Italie' (1988), 'Orchidéa' (1990), 'Saigon-Hanoi' (1992), 'Joyeux Noël, May!' (1995), 'Zeke Raconte des Histoires' (1999), 'Une maison de Frank L. Wright' (2003) and 'Le Bouddha d'Azur' (2005-06). In addition, he produced 'L'Enfant Bouddha' from a script by Jacques Salomé at Albin Michel (1993), as well as 'Zélie, Nord-Sud' in the Signé collection of Lombard (1994) and 'Echo' for publisher Daniel Maghen (2007). Cosey revived his 'Jonathan' series in 1997.