In stores now: Cosey raconte des histoires

Since last Friday, the book ‘Cosey raconte des histoires’, by Ralph Doumit, is available in your bookstore. The book is published by PLG in its collection ‘Mémoire Vive’.

Ralph call the book a ‘hommage’ to the stories Cosey has made. the book has a biographical part, Ralph’s personal lecture of Cosey’s albums and his notes going with some typical Cosey pages. The book also contains interviews or notes with or by Gilles Ciment, Jean-Pierre Grandjean and Jean-Luc Cornette.

100 pages; 15 euros.
Avaialble in all major french online bookstores.

Paul Aroïd

50 Years ago, the career of Cosey took a turn for the good: only 22 years old, he was offered the opportunity to make a comic for the Lausanne newspaper ’24 Heures’. It was his first publication as a ‘complete’ comcis author: writing and drawing his own story.

In the ’24 Heures’ edition of april 9th, this 50 years jubilee was celebrated. Interesting anecdote: Cosey presented another project to the publisher Marcel Pasche. This project was about a story in… Tibet. Pasche suggested to make stories that played in the region where the newspaper was read, the region around Lausanne.

The result was the development of Paul Aroïd. Cosey made two stories that foreshadow his typical page layouts and drawings that capture the atmosphere of the Alps.

After the two Paul Aroïd stories, Cosey and ’24 Heures’ continued their cooperation. Cosey made a story with the character Séraphin Ledoux, a graphical predecessor of Jonathan. We are talking of the year 1975, the same year that the first Jonathan story was published in Journal Tintin – another decisive step in Cosey’s monumental career.

This drawing was published last saturday, in remembrance of the 50th birthday of Paul Aroïd.


Thanks to Bernard Matthey-Doret

CT’Kids

Jonathan has become ‘godfather’ of the Chislay Tolop Khang organisation. The organisation runs a library where children can borrow books for free in Choglamsar, near Leh (India).

The main goal of the organisation is “to make Chispay Tolop Khang a place for kids to explore their land, as the whole world, through books and literature. A place of reading and knowledge”. On their website and their Facebook-page, you can get an impression of the many actvities of this sympathetic organisation.

The library was founded by Sophie Samdup, born in France but now living in India. We wish them luck with their new godfather!

Tintin, c’est l’aventure

I saw an announcement of the 12th issue of ‘Tintin, c’est l’aventure’, a beautiful magazine around Tintin and adveturous travels. On the cover, you can see it will include an article about Cosey. I assume it will be an article about ‘À l’heure où les dieux dorment encore’, but – who knows – it might have some extra content.

We must be patient, because this numer 12 will be published in June 2022.

De Weg naar Yeshe

Next week, the dutch translation of ‘La piste de Yéshé’ will be published by Le Lombard. Dutch title: ‘De Weg naar Yeshe’.

The album will be published in a softcover edition

Rencontre au sommet

At the end of 2021, ‘Rencontre au sommet’ (‘Meeting at the summit’) was published by swiss publisher Splotch. In this book (a comic), Gilles-Emmanuel Fiaux tells the story about his fascination and admiration of the works of Cosey.

This story begins when Gilles-Emmanuel discovers Jonathan at the age of 13. Soon, he also discovers that Cosey lives at a walking distance from his grandparents home. The start of several attempts to meet Cosey and trying to get Cosey’s advice on Gilles-Emmanuel’s comics and drawings, etc. … a somewhat frustrating experience.

On one of the first pages, Fiaux gives his readers a warning that he will change drawing styles throughout the book. The comic is also a report of a journey of artistic discovery. From several posts on his website, I learned that Fiaux already worked on the album in 2013.

The album is a very personal piece of fan-art, and I think that many admirers of Cosey’s work will recognise the enthusiasm of Gilles-Emmanuel.

A very peculiar experience was that I read my own name in the album… in 2013, I participated in the exposition ‘Des couleurs pour Cosey‘, for which several professional artists coloured a page of ‘Celle qui fut’ (there was also a competition). Gilles-Emmanuel Fiaux was among them, and he shows an impression of the exposition, featuring my page next to his and others’.

You can order ‘Rencontre au Sommet’ by contacting Gilles-Emmanuel Fiaux directly: go to his website and send him a message via the contact page.

Expo at Daniel Maghen

Yesterday, the retrospective exposition of works by Cosey was opened at the Galerie Daniel Maghen in Paris. Jean-Christophe Defline was one of the first visitors and made some photos.

The exposition is open until 11 december, from Monday-Saturday 10.30 – 19.00. You can find the Galerie Daniel Maghen on 36, Rue du Louvre in Paris.

More info about the expo – with a possibility to visit the expo ‘virtually’: go to the website of Daniel Maghen.

Cosey himself, posing a little uneasy, so it seems.

On display are original drawings of pages from the albums, sometimes accompanied by the ‘mise en couleurs’ – the sheets with the colouring by gouache.

I like the variety of objets that can be seen at the expo.


Thanks to our reporter in Paris, Jean-Christophe Defline

dBD no. 158

In number 158 of dBD (november 2021), we can read a 8 page interview with Cosey, written by Frédéric Bosser, about – of course – Jonathan 17 and ‘A l’heure où les dieux dorment encore’.

Questions and answers are more or less along the usual lines: why a new Jonathan and why put an end to the series, Cosey’s way of working, his trips to Tibet, etc. But still, it is an interesting interview because Cosey got some more space to answer the questions.

The interview is illustrated with images from both new books – beautiful as ever.


Thanks to Jean-Christophe Defline

Retrospective in Basel

The Cartoonmusuem Basel, in Basel (Switzerland) of course), announces a retrospective exposition of the works of Cosey. We need a little patience, because the exposition is scheduled for 11 November 2022 – 12 March 2023 – more than a year from today.

On the site of the museum, we read: ‘Cartoonmuseum Basel is honouring this multi-award-winning artist’s oeuvre in a retrospective – the first in the German-speaking world. It encompasses original drawings, including pages from the latest and final volume of Jonathan, as well as sources of inspiration, photographs, sketchbooks and films.’

More information: click here (german and english website).

À L’heure où les dieux dorment encore

Daniel Maghen announces that a special, limited edition (Tirage de tête) is available for ‘À L’heure où les dieux dorment encore’.

The limited edition consists of a box with the book (with a special cover) and an additional ‘cahier’ of 32 pages. 150 copies, numbered 1/150 to 150/150, signed by Cosey.

More information on the website of Daniel Maghen

My article about Jonathan 17

I have written an article about ‘La Piste de Yéshé’, you can read it here.

As you might know, I don’t write summaries of the albums (read them yourself!) and I don’t write reviews or critics. Every time, I try to find an interesting angle – and this time, logically, it could be only one thing: ‘This is the end’.

I hope it doesn’t read too much as an obituary.

Casemate 151

Casemate no 151 (november 2021) has a six page interview with Cosey, richly illustrated with images from the new album.

What struck me when I leafed through the magazine (digitally) was the presence of Cosey throughout the issue. It surely is an event, the release of new books!

On opening the magazine, we immediately find this advertisement of LeLombard on page 2.

A few pages further on, this advertisement of Daniel Maghen. Further on, we find another advertisement featuring the Jonathan album – new subsribers to Casemate will receive the album as a welcome present.

And finally, there is the interview. The interview is two pages and I think the most interesting part is where Cosey explains that he has considered Jonathans death to conclude the series, but that he just couldn’t bring himself to do it: ‘He deserved better.’

After the interview, Casemate publishes four pages of ‘La Piste de Yéshe’, with notes by Cosey himself.

All ends with a hopeful remark for us admirers: ‘[I have] no concrete grand project in mind. I would like to allow myself, this one time, a sabbatical pause for a little while… But do not think that I will put away my brushes. Stop making comics is the last thing I dream about: I hope to draw right until my last day. To die on stage, like Molière, in a way…’.


Thanks to Jean-Christophe Defline

Cosey raconte des histoires (2)

Some additional information about ‘Cosey raconte des histoires’ de Ralph Doumit:

  • Release date: spring 2022
  • Number of pages: around 120
  • 4 Chapters (plus a bonus):
    • overview of Cosey’s career
    • thematic analysis of the works of Cosey
    • pages commented (one page from each album)
    • reflections about Jonathan and his place among other travelling characters in comics
    • bonus: two interviews and one hommage with/by three comics personalities

The book will include information about the new album, Jonathan 17.


Thanks to Ralph Doumit

Le Matin

In the Sunday edition (Ocotber 24th) of the swiss newspaper Le Matin, you can find an interview with Cosey – not the first and not the last in this busy period.

For Cosey fans, the interview by Jean-Philippe Bernard does not contain much new information – something we may expect from the other interviews the coming weeks.

Let me take the opportunity to direct you to my interview with Cosey: click here.


Thanks to Jean-Christophe Defline

Cosey raconte des histoires

Finally! Ralph Doumit has been working on his monography about Cosey for many years. Already announced for 2020 (under a different title) it will be published soon, by PLG Éditions. It will be part of the collection Mémoire Vive.

Ralph Doumit is an author, illustrator and teacher/researcher at the Académie Libanais des Beaux-Arts in Beyrouth (Libanon). He has written many articles and studies about comics and he has made lots of interviews with comics artists – you can read many of them on the blog ‘Les images qui racontent‘. He contibuted to ‘Cosey – Une quête de l’épure’, the catalogue of the Cosey exposition in Angoulême in 2018.

Years ago, I proofread one of the first chapters. I don’t know if this chapter made it to the new book, but if Ralph continued his work at the same level, we may expect an intelligent, expert view on Cosey’s work, in a highly readable style.

More information will follow…