Just for fun: Jonathan Intégrales

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You may be surprised, but the recent Jonathan Intégrale is not the first collection of Jonathan stories.

Below, you see two older collection albums. The World of Cosey – Antologia  The World of Cosey – Special deel 1   The first is a Spanish edition from 1981. It has two stories, ‘Pieds nus…’ and ‘Le berceau…’. These are the numbers 3 and 4 of the Jonathan series, so it is strange to see ‘Nos 1-2’ printed on the cover.

The second album is a dutch edition of 1991. The book collects three stories: ‘Le berceau…’, ‘Douniacha’ and ‘Greyshore Island’. These are the numbers 4, 6 and 11 of the series. The strangest thing is that ‘Greyshore Island’, volume two of Jonathans USA adventure, is printed without its volume one (‘Oncle Howard…’).

If you know more Jonathan Intégrales (French editions, perhaps?), please let me know!

Lombard video interview with Cosey


Le Lombard has published a video interview with Cosey on its DailyMotion channel. The interview is about Jonathan in general; nothing specific about the new Intégral. Cosey talks about the first Jonathan, the music of the albums (on the back side of the albums), etc. The overview page of DailyMotion also has a link to the beautiful trailer for Jonathan 14.

Then, the first pages of the Jonathan Intégrale can be previewed on the Lomabrd website. For a direct link to the album, follow the second link below. You will see that the colours of the pages are ‘digitally enhanced’, resulting in brighter, more intense colours. I am curious to see how the colours will be in print!

Thanks to Fabien Rivenet (Le Lombard)

Cosey on DVD


Arcades Video announces a series of DVD’s on comic strip artists: BD Story. This is the one about Cosey, together with Lax and Conrad. The DVD will be published on 22 september, but it can already be pre-ordered from various webshops.

At this moment, I cannot tell you anything about the contents of the DVD. Wait and see…

An interview with Cosey


Sometimes, I wished I lived in Switzerland… many of Cosey’s works (apart from his comics, of course) are published in local/regional magazines, advertisings or posters. A few weeks ago, however, I found out that the flemish magazine ‘Stripgids’ had published an interview with Cosey – so here we have this rare dutch language publication! The magazine was published in February, but I only managed to get a copy two weeks ago (sometimes, Belgium seems so far…).

The interview is written by Toon Horsten, and it is a nice interview indeed, with very nice photos by Bart van der Moeren. For Cosey-watchers not so much news – mainly because Cosey is so very consistent in his interviews over the past years.

But in the interview Cosey teaches us, ‘close Cosey-readers’ a nice little lesson in modesty… Take your album of ‘ELLE’ and look at the title page: ‘What is this?’ Cosey asks the interviewer. The interviewer: ‘I don’t know’.

Cosey: ‘Damn! Ai. This is bizarre. I am afraid I have to face the truth: sometimes I overestimate my readers. (turns to the last page of the album). I will give you the answer. Look: here – in the fifth message Jonathan writes to Cosey – he talks about a little handiwork paper lantern. This is what is drawn on the title page. For your defence, I can tell you that the reader is not used to seeking answers to a certain question on a title page. Therefore, I like to put an image from Jonathan’s youth on the title page. It is outside the story, but still, it refers to the story. I hoped the reader would make the connection between the title page and the story, after reading the album and leafing through it another time’.

Well, did you?

New on ‘The World of Cosey’: NEWS!!

For some years I have collected all kinds of Cosey news: interviews, reviews, announcements by Lombard or Dupuis (or other publishers).

I took quotes from them for my Books section or for my Dossiers, and publications with new art work were collected in ‘Other Works’.

But from today, I will share them as soon as I can on a this NEWS page! I hope you will contribute to it, especially my Swiss readers – because from Holland Cosey works are easily missed.

To make a good start, I have listed some of the best interviews on the web on this page. Some of them are video, one dates from 1999. As you will probably know, sometimes information is lost on the web – I apologise for any of the links that don’t work (please let me know). This NEWS page really starts from 2009 – with three interesting publications already. I hope to add new information soon.

Roger Klaassen

Cosey Cheese?

In Bruno Marchand’s ‘Quelques pas vers la lumière, part 2: Le voyage improbable’, we see a small truck passing in the background (the scene is set in Lausanne). When we look a bit closer, we read ‘Fromages Cosey & Co’.

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From ‘Jonathan 9: Le Privilège du Serpent’ we already knew Cosey had some cheese makers expertise – we now know it is a real business!

Thanks to Dinu Logoz

Cosey the ‘Manga-artist’

In the magazine of ‘Bonviva’ (a magazine of the Swiss banking firm Crédit Suisse) Cosey is presented as a ‘Manga-artist’… Anyhow, a new strip (two pages originally, I think, but cut and spread over three pages in the magazine) by Cosey talks a little about manga.


For all people interested: Cosey is giving two lectures (together with Swiss connaisseur Cuno Affolter): in Geneva on 18 June, in Widen on 24 June.

Of course, I would appreciate a ‘report’ by any of the visitors!

Thanks to Dinu Logoz