Born in 1954, Philippe Guillaume was just a young boy when he was introduced to the world of comics, receiving a copy of Tintin – Coke en stock (The Red Sea Sharks) from his parents. This was the book he would first learn to read with, and it would spark a life-long passion for both the Ninth Art and the profession of journalism.
Guillaume’s childhood and teenage years continued to be filled with comics books, ranging from the Journal de Mickey, which he shared with his father, to other comics magazines such as Tintin, Spirou, and Pilote.
It was in 1974 that Guillaume began his journalistic career at the financial newspaper La Cote Desfosses, and by 1989 he was directing the financial section of Les Échos, where he would remain through 2010.
Guillaume’s journalistic career never got in the way of his passion for comics, however. He spent time as vice president of the ACBD (Association des critiques et journalistes de bande dessinée / Association of Comics Critics and Journalists), and continued to cover comics in the pages of Les Échos, including the serialized publication of a number of well-known series, such as IR$ and XIII.
Finally, it was in 2003 that Guillaume met writer Pierre Boisserie, with whom he would go on to create the series Dantes (Dargaud 2007, Europe Comics 2017), a thriller that takes place in the heart of the stock market.
The success of this series would lead to the creation in 2014 of La banque, also with Pierre Boisserie and published by Dargaud.