Born Bernard Hislaire, January 11, 1957 in Brussels. He starts his comics career with a children’s comic in Spirou magazine, Bidouille et Violette in 1978. In 1986 he launches his most famous oeuvre, Sambre, a Romanesque historic fresco that has sold in the millions of copies in many languages. He becomes one of the first comic artists to embrace the internet with the online creation of Memories of the XXth Sky, a story in the fantastic genre. In 2006, he publishes Sky Over Brussels, a story of a European man falling for a lovely muslim woman, whom he finds out is to be a suicide bomber.
After a long hiatus, he comes back to Sambre in 2007 but only as the writer.
January 2009: he exhibits at the Musue du Louvre a video of his technique on this book ‘in real time.’ May 2009: he is anointed Chevalier of Arts & Letters by the French minister of culture.