Sunday, November 4, 2012


Philippe Cazamayou, who uses the pseudonym Caza, published his first comic album, 'Kris Kool', in 1970. The following year, he started a series of short stories in Pilote magazine. In 1975, he came up with 'Les Chroniques de la Vie de Banlieue', 'Les Habitants du Crépuscule' and 'Les Remparts de la Nuit'.
For the magazine Métal Hurlant, he created 'Arkhê', 'Chimères' and 'Laïlah', later published by Humanoïdes Associés. For the same publisher, he started the series 'Monde d'Arkadi' ('Les Chroniques de la Terre Fixe') in 1989. It ran until 1996. In 1998, he began the 'Nocturnes' series. A very productive comic artist, Caza is also a set and costume designer, a filmmaker and illustrator. At 18, Cazaumayou started a career in advertising which lasted for ten years, but in 1970 he entered the field of bandes dessinées, releasing his first album, Kris Kool. Caza began to publish work in the magazine Pilote, starting with his series Quand les costumes avaient des dents (When Costumes had Teeth) in 1971, followed by other short work. The series of stories Scènes de la vie de banlieue (Scenes of Suburban Life) was published in 1975, followed by the L'Âge d'Ombre stories, Les Habitants du crépuscule and Les Remparts de la nuit.[1]
With the emergence of the magazine Métal Hurlant in 1975, Caza began to supply work within the science-fiction genre, with titles such as Sanguine, L’oiseau poussière, initially working with an exhaustive black and white dot technique. This was later abandoned for a style of colour use which would become a trademark, as seen in later work such as Arkhê, Chimères and Laïlah.[2]
From 1985 to 1987, he worked closely with René Laloux on the animated film Gandahar, based on the novel by Jean-Pierre Andrevon. In 2002-2003, he works with Philippe Leclerc on the animated film The Rain Children, based on a novel by Serge Brussolo.
Partial bibliography Cover of Kronozone (2004) Kris Kool (1970, Eric Losfeld, ISBN 2-85208-045-1) Scènes de la vie de banlieue (3 albums, 1977–1979, Dargaud) Arkhé (1982, Les Humanoïdes Associés, ISBN 2-7316-0180-9) L'âge d'ombre Les habitants du crépuscule (1982, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-02389-6) Les remparts de la nuit (1984, Dargaud, ISBN 2-205-02697-6) Laïlah (1988, Les Humanoïdes Associés, ISBN 2-7316-0535-9) Le monde d'Arkadi (7 albums, 1989–2004, Les Humanoïdes Associés) Chroniques de la terre fixe-Nocturnes (1999, Decourt, ISBN 2-84055-277-9) Kronozone (2004, Delcourt, ISBN 2-84789-617-1) Dialogue avec l'extraterrestre (2005, Le Pythagore, ISBN 2-908456-51-6)

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