On January 14th, this drawing by Jijé was sold at an auction at Artcurial in Paris – the same auction where a 1936 sketch by Hergé for the cover of ‘Le Lotus Bleu’ was sold for a record breaking 3.2 million euros. The Jijé drawing was sold for a bit less: 5460 euros.
The drawing was used for the title page of the ‘Blondin & Cirage’ album ‘Kamiliola’, that was published in 1954.
The Jijé drawing made me think of the iconic cover for ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’. Knowing that Cosey is an admirer of the works of Jijé, I asked him if he knew the cover. Cosey: ‘I still am a fan of Jijé. His powerful lines – both strong and elegant – like on this cover drawing [Cosey didn’t know that it wasn’t a cover drawing, but a title page drawing] . One can regret that Jijé abandoned his humouristic style, which he mastered just as well as his realistic style. Even if his graphics have inspired me, I had forgotten this cover when I made ‘Peter Pan’.’
In the same e-mail, Cosey mentions two other inspirations that played a role when he made ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’.
The first one is Samivel, pen name of Paul Gayet-Tancrède (1907-1992), a french artist who was active in many branches of the arts: writing, poetry, illustration, graphic design, photography, film and theatre. He made these snowy mountain landscapes – I think the inspiration is obvious.
The second source of inspiration that Cosey mentions is Hiroshige, the famous Japanese woodblock printer (see also some examples of Japanese woodprints and Cosey in my article about ‘Atsuko‘). Among his landscape prints, you will find many snowy landscapes. If you look at the second landscape above, you see a perfect illustration of what Cosey has told many times about drawing snow: you don’t draw snow, you just draw everything that is not snow.
A danish edition of Jonathan 14 has been published. The release was delayed due to covid-19 infection at the printing company – 35 workers at the printer were infected themselves or had to stay home because family members were tested positive.
Curious Cosey-fans, pay attention to the black and white pictures on the top right of the photo: these are pages of the new Jonathan album (number 17)!
This is the oldest work by Cosey (sorry… by Coco) that I know. It was on show during the covid-variant of BD-FIL in Lausanne in September.
‘Le Grand Rallye’, an adventure of ‘Gin’ was part of an exposition where comic artists showed the first comics they ever made. I don’t know when Coco made this comic, but my estimate is that it was made at the end of the 1950s.
For my works for ‘The World of Cosey’, I search the web every now and then. I came across this drawing by Cosey, that was sold in the online auction Catawiki in October 2018.
It is not very often you find a Cosey drawing made with colour pencils 9of course, many of his dedications are made with a colour pencil, but they are ‘simple’ line drawings). My estimate is that Cosey made the drawing in the 1970s.
The drawing was sold for only 57 euros – which is very low for works of Cosey. Had I only known of this auction two years ago…
I must say I am not familiar with the radio broadcasts ‘La Planète Bleue’, But as I understand it, Yves Blanc is looking for the music that we will listen to in ten to a hundred years from now: new sounds, new technologies.
Cosey made drawings for a compilation cd (Volume 3, 2005) and for a book by Yves Blanc (Les Guetteurs du passé, 2010).
Recently, ‘Le Petit Livre Bleu’ was published by ‘L’âge d’Homme’. This book is not so ‘petit’ – 500 pages) – has been written by Yves Blanc. The description on the site of ‘La Planète Bleue‘ tells us is it a ‘cultural guide to the Planète Bleue’. It seems some kind of encyclopedic work about cinema, comics, literature, music, politics, etc.
The book contains illustrations by many artists, among whom Enki Bilal, Moebius, Caza, Auclair and Cosey.
Last week, belgian comics icon André-Paul Duchâteau passed away at the the age of 95.
Duchâteau was most known for his scenarios for Ric Hochet (drawn by Tibet), but he wrote scenarios for many, many more comics. He worked with artists like Grzegorz Rosinski, Christian Denayer, William Vance and many others – with some he worked on long running series, for others he made a few loose stories. He also was chief editor of Journal Tintin (from 1976 onwards).
In the very beginning of Cosey’s career, in 1971, André-Paul Duchâteau wrote three scenarios for him. They were stories for ‘Monfreyd & Tilbury’, three stories of only 8 pages, that were published in the belgian newspaper ‘Le Soir’. Some of these stories were later included in ‘Super Tintin’ collections.
André-Paul Duchâteau was one of these last surviving comic giants who laid the foundations of the vivid belgian (and french) comics culture in the late 1940/1950s.
Last 14 June, Cosey celebrated his 70th birthday. As a birthday present, his friend François Matille offered him a flight in a bi-plane over the Swiss Alps.
You will remember those first pages of the first Jonathan album, when Jonathan jumps from a yellow plane to land in the Himalayan mountains. 45 years later, Cosey follows his hero… More or less: he didn’t jump out of the plane, instead, he made a looping.
Big news: Cosey is working on a 17th episode of Jonathan.
He told me this 17th album will be the ultimate final Jonathan, that concludes the series. After Jonathan 16 (Cell qui fut), Cosey also thought it would be de closing episode, but since then, he got ideas for a better end to the Jonathan saga.
As always, Cosey is very cautious to reveal any secrets about the story of an album he is working on. But we can expect a story playing in Ladakh and Tibet, that brings back four characters from previous albums.
We need some patience to know the full story: the planning is to publish the album at the end of 2021. Publisher: Lombard.
From 4 September till 3 October, Galerie Barbier in Paris will have a Cosey exposition. Title of the expo: Même poursuivi le papillon jamais ne semble pressé (‘Even chased, the butterfly doesn’t seem to be hurried’).
The exposition will be centered around three albums of the Aire Libre collection (published by Dupuis): Le Voyage en Italie, Orchidea and Joyeux Noël, May!. More than 100 drawings will be on show.
And… this is not all! Barbier will publish the Aire Libre albums in black-and-white editions (two album containing all the stories). A limited edition.
This september: Volume 1 – Le Voyage en Italie, Orchidea, Joyeux Noël, May! and Hanoï-Saigon.
In 2022, the other Aire Libre albums will follow in Volume 2 (Zeke raconte des histoires, Une maison de Frank L. Wright and Le Bouddha d’Azur).
Galerie Barbier (website) 10 rue Choron, 75009 Paris.
Thanks to Claude Stern and Bernard Matthey-Doret Thanks to Cosey for the corrections