Sad news from Lausanne: after 30 years, Galerie Librairie Raspoutine will close down. Another victim of online bookstores.
Raspoutine has for 30 years been a great promotor of swiss comic authors (and not only swiss, of course), among which Cosey. Raspoutine and Cosey published numerous ex-librises, special prints and luxurious albums, and organised expositions, book presentations and signing sessions.
Next Friday 13th (how symbolic) 2019, a special ‘Apéro d’Adieu’ will be the closing event for Raspoutine. Special prints will be published and an exposition of the work of to swiss comic giants, Cosey and Zep, can be seen.
We wish Lorenzo and his team good luck and thank them for 30 years of Raspoutine!
Watch maker Zenith celebrates the 50th birthday of its ‘El Primero’, an automatic chronograph. The story behind it is quite remarkable: company directors wanted to phase out the product because they saw no future for it, when quartz watches became popular. Enters the story: Charles Vermot, an employee, who did something absolutely extraordinary… Cosey was asked to illustrate the story.
He made a series of drawings of which some have little animations. Look at it via this link.
Among all the news about the new Minnie-album, we might easily oversee the publication by Niffle publishers of the black and white edition of ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’. The project for this album was originally announced for 2018, with a different cover image. For several marketing related reasons the project was put on hold, but finally, it is there.
Niffle is a publisher that specialises in black and white editions of classic comic albums, like Blake & Mortimer, Thorgal and others. This ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’ album is not the first black & white edition: Raspoutine was first with a luxurious album, but this Niffle edition is much more affordable.
Even if I admire this edition, I have mixed feelings about black & white editions of albums that were meant to be coloured. It is an adventure to look through the album and compare it to the coloured album, and you will discover details that went unnoticed in the coloured edition… but still: after reading this edition, you realise even more how beautiful the colours of Cosey are.
Also, comparing this edition to Calypso shows how different the approach to drawing is when Cosey intends to make a black & white album and when he is drawing while having colours in his mind.
Having said this, this black and white edition is beautifully executed. The drawings bring you very close to the originals you will see in expositions. It makes you see the album in a new light – which in itself is worth the purchase.
‘Minnie Mouse – Le Secret de Tante Miranda’ is available in bookstores since last wednesday. As soon as I have read it, I will start making an article about it, of course. Until then, you can enjoy reading or listening to some interviews – all in french.
For the Cosey-fans that are not fluent in french, here are some highlights from the interviews:
Just as with the Mickey album, Cosey declares his love for Walt Disney’s works. Making the Mickey and Minnie albums was a dream come true.
Cosey came up with the idea for a Minnie album, because he discovered there didn’t exist an album with Minnie as the main star.
Cosey tells he enjoyed working on Minnie, and to play with her character – one side timid and cautious, the other side full of temperament.
Asked if he would like to make a Spirou album, Cosey says that he thinks Spirou is more defined by the drawing style of Franquin. He doesn’t see how he could make a Spirou that feels like Spirou.
And what about making a Tintin album? Cosey says the question is not asked because of the Hergé’s wish that other artists would not continue Tintin. But if he was asked, he would think about it.
Jonathan: Cosey tells that during a recent visit to Tibet, he maybe has got a little idea for a new Jonathan album. Who knows?
Last week, Cosey visited Copenhagen for the Art Bubble Festival.
Since a few weeks, Jonathan 13 (La Saveur du Songrong) is finally available to danish readers. Among others, Cosey signed some of his books. Danish Cosey-fan Thomas Geerts made a photo of Cosey at work, and of the coloured stamp in his book.
Cosey also received a prize, the Hanne Hansen prize. This danish prize exists since 2014 and is named after Hanne Hansen, a danish comic character that was published between 1935 and 1959. Albert Uderzo and Hermann are earlier winners of the prize. Cosey has received the prize for his entire works.
I am happy to announce a new exposition (our fifth) on ‘The World of Cosey’, with sketches and drawings of the new album ‘Minnie Mouse et le Secret de Tante Miranda’. Click here to visit the exposition!
Special thanks to Cosey for providing the images.
The album will be in shops on 13 november.
And if you want to see a preview of the first 15 pages, visit the site of BD Gest’.
Edition Niffle announces the release of a black and white edition of ‘À la recherche de Peter Pan’ for 31 october. The album has been announced before, but was postponed. The picture is convincing that this time it is a ‘go’.
The new album by Cosey has been announced in various french online-bookstores. AS you might know, the labum will be another Disney album, about Minnie. The title: ‘Minnie et le secret de Tante Miranda’ (‘Minnie and the secret of Aunt Miranda’). The album will be published on 6 november 2019. It will have 72 pages.
In the aanouncements, we can also read a little bit more about the story. Interestingly, Cosey revisits the Himalayas in this Minnie-story.
The story is about Minnie, who receives a letter of her Aunt Miranda. This aunt has spent many years in the Himalayas, proving the existence of Big Foot or yeti. The aunt writes that she is retiring under the warm sun of Mexico. The summary doesn’t make clear how or why, but Minnie leaves for the Himalayas, where she will be on the tracks of Big Foot…
Cosey-fans must be familiar with the name Raspoutine, I think. The comics bookstore in Lausanne, run by the enthusiastic and energetic Lorenzo Pioletti, celebrates its 30th birthday this year. In those 30 years, Raspoutine has published many ex-librises and a few special editions of Cosey’s albums.
To celebrate its 30 years, Raspoutine publishes a ‘catalogue’ of ex-librises. Well, a it is not a real catalogue in a sense that it is a complete overview of all ex-librises it has published over the years. I liked this picture by Cosey.
The catalogue goes – for some editions – with ex-librises. One of them is made by Cosey. Please check the website of Raspoutine to see how you can order it!
An original idea of the City of Lausanne: the city offers a book titled ‘Lausanne Imaginée’ to its young citizens who celebrate thier 18th birthday. In the album (approximately 100 pages), 24 artists tell their stories about Lausanne.
Cosey drew the beautiful cover for the album. The book contains stories by interesting artists like Peggy Adam, Anna Sommer, Tom Tirabosco, Pierre Wazem, edmond Baudoin and many others.
The album was presented during a ‘vernissage’ in Lausanne on 17 april 2019. On the picture you see Cosey with Mr. Grégoire Junod, Major of the City of Lausanne.
In Charmey, you can visit an interesting exposition until 5 may. The exposition is a project by swiss artist David Brülhart. Brülhart is a graphic artist, part of his work is ‘narrative art’, among which a graphic novel ‘La Vie Sauvage’ (in cooperation with Tony O’Neill).
In 2016, he embarked on the ship ‘Knut’, to visit Spitsbergen, the famous island of the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Sea. With his sketches and notes from this expedition, he started the project ‘Névé’, with glaciers as his inspiration. The result is an exposition in Musée Charmey – an exposition of Brülharts work, of course, but also with works of several other artists – among whom we find Cosey.
The exposition is spread over several locations in Charmey.
In the Musée Charmey, you can works of Brülhart, Laure Gonthier, Lorna Bornand, Benoît Billotte, while you listen to a sound installation by Steve Fragnière. And… you will find sketchbooks and original pages made by Cosey.
In another location, the Galerie de l’Hôtel Cailler, you can see images of the salt chair of Brülhart (see the poster above), together with reproductions on a large format of drawings by Cosey.
From the expositions flyer, I clipped the images of various works. It looks like a very interesting exposition.