Author biography Cosey

Born near Lausanne on 14 June 1950, Bernard Cosendai initially worked as a graphic artist for an advertising agency before realising his childhood dream: to think in drawing, to communicate through pictures and to express himself through the medium of comic strips. In 1969, Derib, a close neighbour and the only Swiss professional cartoonist at the time, became both a friend and a teacher, thus opening a few doors to the young artist. Cosey published the adventures of "Paul Aroïd", a reporter, in the Swiss daily newspaper 24 Heures and illustrated three short episodes of "Monfreid et Tilbury", with text by André-Paul Duchâteau, for Le Soir Jeunesse in Brussels. Publishing & Copyright, a short-lived publisher, commissioned his first album in 1974: "Un Shampoing pour la couronne", a story written by Jacques Ralf. In 1975, these somewhat hesitant first steps led to Cosey's first great creation - both pictures and words: "Jonathan" who strolls amongst the peaks in Tintin magazine. The mystic quest of this extremely ordinary hero rapidly produced a series of albums of increasing popularity for Lombard. With the same publisher, in 1984, he produced a story in two volumes in the "Histoires et Légendes" collection: "A la Recherche de Peter Pan". This work allows Cosey to discover a scope more suited to his type of narration which involves small discrete and complementary touches, providing a perfect reflection of real life and gradually developing the psychology of his characters. "Voyage en Italie" also appeared as a two volume series in 1988 for the new "Aire Libre" collection at Éditions Dupuis, and became a bestseller. With the same publishers, who offered a wide range of possibilities, he then presented "Orchidea", "Saigon-Hanoï", "Joyeux Noël, May" and "Zeke raconte des histoires". During the same period, for Albin Michel, he illustrated a text by Jacques Salomé ("L'Enfant Bouddha", launched Lombard's "Signé" collection with a book requested by the Swiss cooperation for development ("Zélie, Nord-Sud")) and, after more than ten years" absence, revived good old Jonathan in 1997.

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