Born in 1976, Jean Harambat studied philosophy in school, which led him to explore various professions and activities — such as working on a farm in Argentina and as a logistics technician in Liberia for the NGO Action contre la faim — before finally finding his way to writing and drawing.
He started out by publishing illustrated reports for the press (including Le Monde, XXI, Télérama, Sud Ouest, and L'Équipe), before turning to comics in 2008. His first book, Les invisibles (Futuropolis) tells the story of a 17th-century revolt in southwestern France, and won the award for best historic graphic novel at the Rendez-vous de l'histoire festival in Blois.
Harambat's bibliography quickly grew from there, and in 2015, his book Ulysse, les chants du retour (Actes Sud) was nominated at the Angouleme International Comics Festival.
His most recent work is the high-flying Operation Copperhead (Dargaud 2017, Europe Comics in English 2018), based on the infamous operation of the same name devised by British intelligence to fool the Nazis during World War II.
The book has been acclaimed by critics and the public alike and won the 2018 René Goscinny Award.