Philippe Caza is a French comic artist, who was initially inspired by pop-art, but eventually became a master in science fiction stories. Born as Philippe Cazamayou in Paris, he worked as a commercial artist for ten years, before publishing his first comic album, 'Kris Kool', with Losfeld in 1970. From 1971, he was present in Pilote magazine with a series of weird and non-logical short stories. These were collected in the book 'Le Caillou Rouge' by Dargaud in 1985.
Starting in 1975, Pilote subsequently published his stories 'Les Chroniques de la Vie de Banlieue', 'Les Habitants du Crépuscule' and 'Les Remparts de la Nuit', that were also published in book format by Dargaud from 1977. Dargaud also published the fantasy story 'Mémoires des Écumes', that was written by Christian Lejalé, in 1985.
Caza was additionally present in Métal Hurlant from 1976, creating science fiction stories like 'Arkhê', 'Chimères' and 'Laïlah', that were published in books by Les Humanoïdes Associés. Les Humanoïdes and eventually Delcourt also published his sci-fi saga 'Le Monde d'Arkadi' from 1989 until 1996. Caza created a spin-off called 'Les Chroniques de la terre fixe-Nocturnes' in 1999, and created a new installment in 2008. He wrote the scripts for 'Amiantes', a fantasy series drawn by Patrick Lemordan and published by Soleil between 1993 and 1997. Caza released his humor comic 'Le Jardin Délicieux' as an eBook in 2012.
Besides a comic artist, Caza is also a set and costume designer, a filmmaker and illustrator. Ever since 1972, he has made cover drawings for educational publications like Opta and J'ai Lu, and his illustrations have been collected in books by Les Humanoïdes Associés, La Sirène and Pythagore. From 1985 to 1987, he worked with René Laloux on the animated film 'Gandahar', that was based on the novel by Jean-Pierre Andrevon. In 2002-2003, he worked with Philippe Leclerc on the animated film 'The Rain Children' ('Les Enfants de la Pluie'), based on a novel by Serge Brussolo. Caza and Leclerc subsequently worked on an adaptation of the Christian Jacq novel 'La Reine Soleil'.