Jaouen Salaün was born in 1979 in France. He once dreamed of becoming a professional athlete before turning to drawing at the age of 16, when he discovered an incredible treasure in the attic: a box of signed books by such legends as Moebius, Tanino Liberatore, Paul Gillon, and Juan Giménez. Starting from scratch, he set himself to drawing the way he approached sports: with discipline and rigor. He progressed rapidly, and around the turn of the millennium he enrolled at the Emile Cohl Institute in Lyon. In 2003, he earned recognition for his work at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and from that year onward, he began to work with various publishers, including Nathan, Hatier, Magnard, and Rageot. The year 2006 marked the publication of his first comic book, Nova (Soleil), alongside writer Julien Blondel. He then joined with Christophe Bec to illustrate a spinoff of the series Carthago (Humanoïdes Associés). The two came together once more in 2015 to collaborate on a new series, Eternum (Casterman). Most recently, he has completed two new individual projects, including Juste une fois (Humanoïdes Associés), and the first volume of the ambitious sci-fi dystopia series Elecboy (Dargaud; Europe Comics in English).
Country of origin: France Europe Comics Publisher: Dargaud (France)