Cuzor  Chloe Vollmer-Lo

Steve Cuzor was born in Rennes in 1971, but spent his childhood in Montargis in the Loiret area.

He has two great passions: drawing and horses. It was the second that had him galloping around for more than 20 years. The school bell had barely rung when he ran away from school to wear out his short trousers in gentle (?!) contact with a saddle. At 13, he was one of the youngest stunt riders around. And he was able to turn his hand to all forms of the sport. A Hutchinson factory was opened in Montargis and sheltered a crowd of Russian and Ukrainian emigrants.

So he had a brutal Cossack-style apprenticeship. But other steppes were calling him... Looking through the magazine "Round Up" one day, he discovered the world of the "Westerners". It was at Montana Ranch near Dreux that he met the person who was to become his best friend and his second brother, Franck Perret. Together, they would regularly set the world to rights on long summer evenings. Then Franck fell in love with reining (Western riding) and Steve could only dream of one thing becoming a rodeo cowboy. Having tasted European bulls and broncos, especially in American military bases in Germany, it was in Texas that he was to follow his dream. At the same time, he passed the entrance exam for applied arts in Paris, knowing deep down that rodeo would only last so long. He went to join Franck in Gainesville (Texas) where he was perfecting his training with Scott Mc Cutcheon. After long days at work (training American horses), each at different ends of town, they would meet up in the evenings at the Mainsfield Arena where Steve was doing bull riding. For Steve, the journey lasted four years with a few return trips (needs must for visas) and to put in an appearance at the "Z'arts-Za". He would be able to look back on having his most impressive rides in the arenas of Alvarado and Gainesville and at Cowtown in Fort Worth and Billy Bob's.

Between rodeos, he would take up his brush again and sketch a few portraits. He returned to France and decided to try his hand at the comic strip for which he wrote his own stories. This was to give birth to Black Jack, a series published by Casterman. He tells us, "I avoided Westerns, as I didn't have the necessary distance from what I'd experienced". Black Jack tells the story of four kids in New York during the prohibition. There are four books in the series to date: Bluebell, Laura, L'as de coeur, and Alfonso. He has just finished the third book in Quintett (Histoire d'Elias Cohen) and has masterfully managed to make this story by Frank Giroud his very own.