Born in 1964 in Fontainebleau, Lewis Trondheim had a dull childhood
and an uneventful adolescence. When he was 15, he copied his
cousin, and went to a technical college. He tried for his first diploma -
science and mechanics - but he was so bad at it that they repatriated
him to philosophy and literature.
With his philosophy Baccalaureate in the bag, he started out in comics because he fancied telling stories and wanted to try out drawing; basically he was curious and wanted to do something a bit unconventional. Around 25- years-old, armed with a photocopier, he single-handedly published a fanzine. It lasted for 12 issues. On discovering that minimalist art has its limits, he decided to learn how to draw. And he came up with "Lapinot et les carottes de Patagonie" (L'Association et le lézard, 1992 ; réed. L'Association, 1995).
In 1990, with five other artists, he founded the editorial structure "L'Association." Then he realized that you can actually make a living with this job. He left Paris for the South, became a dad and then got into Dargaud in 1995 with the 4th volume of the "Formidables aventures de Lapinot" ("The Spiffy Adventures of McConey" 2016 Europe Comics).
He got a prize at Angouleme 1994 for the album "Slaloms" (L'Association, 1993), and in 1996 he received the Comic Book Totem at Montreuil Book Fair.
In collaboration with Joann Sfar and other authors, he worked on the heroic-fantasy project "Donjon" (Delcourt) in the late 90s.
From 2000, he created for Delcourt various kids' series, such as "Allez Raconte" (2001-2003), with José Parrondo, "Le roi catastrophe" (2011-2005), illustrated by Fabrice Parme, as well as a solo project "Kaput & Zösky" (2002-2003).
Over the years, several TV adaptations have been made of Lewis Trondheim's albums, such as "La Mouche" (Le Seuil, 1995; 65 episodes broadcast on France 3 from September 2000).
In 2004, he became the director of the "Shampooing" series at Delcourt, for which he also ended up producing several albums. But that didn't' stop him releasing other new series with different publishers. In 2011, he started "Ralph Azam" (Dupuis), quickly followed by "Maggy Garrison" (Dupuis), with images by Stéphane Oiry.
Trondheim was made a knight of the order of Arts and Literature in 2005, and the following year received the grand prix at Angouleme festival.