Voyage en Italie, by Cosey
Voyage en Italie

Bernard Cosendai, better known as Cosey, was born in Lausanne and 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 adventures of the reporter 'Paul Aroïd' in the Swiss daily 24 Heures, and he teamed up with writer André-Paul Duchâteau to make three stories of 'Monfreid et Tilbury' in Le Soir Jeunesse.

Jonathan, by Cosey

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 breakthrough with the popular series 'Jonathan', that appeared in Tintin. The mystical 'Jonathan' series, that largely dealt with what happened inside the main character's head instead of action and adventure, earned Cosey many awards, including the Grand Prix of Saint-Michel and an Alfred at the Angoulême festival.

Saigon-Hanoi by Cosey

In the second stage of his career, Cosey focused more on character-driven one-shots instead 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.

Together with 20 other comic artists (Zep, Ptiluc, Frank Margerin, Yslaire, Philippe Vuillemin, Milo Manara, Loustal, Gilbert Shelton, Max Cabanes, Dupuy & Berberian, François Boucq, Gérald Poussin, Thomas Ott, Frank Pé, Frank Le Gall, Riff Reb's, Eric Buche, Enrico Marini and Valott) he illustrated a record single for the project '20 Vraies Fausses Pochettes De Disque Par 20 Vrais Dessinateurs de BD' (1995). Cosey chose for a song by Youssou N'Dour.

Le Bouddha d'Azur by Cosey
Le Bouddha d'Azur

The World of Cosey

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