Matthieu Bonhomme was born in Paris on 17 June 1973. He was soon spending much of his free time drawing and, in his final years at school, he studied for a vocational qualification in art and design, gained in 1992. His encounter with Christian Rossi, and then Serge Le Tendre and Jean-Claude Mézières, was decisive. Matthieu spent the next 5 years learning from them, receiving valuable advice about the profession in all its many forms. He put this advice into practice when he embarked on various pieces of work (cartoons and illustrations) for several magazines such as "SPIROU", "Je Bouquine", "Grain de soleil", "Maximum", "D-Lire", "Image Doc", and others. Working with Jean-Michel Darlot, he then produced a 46-page work which was published in "Okapi" between January and April 2000, some smaller pieces of illustration work for the publisher Nathan, plus a book, "Contes et récits de la conquête de l'ouest", in 2000, with Christophe Lambert (the writer, not the actor). His next decisive encounter, at the Atelier des Vosges, was with Fabien Vehlmann, who wrote "Le Marquis d'Anaon" for him.