Alain Dodier was born in Dunkirk on 2 May 1955 and cannot remember a time when cartoons were not part of his life. When he was quite young, he trained himself by copying out the characters of the Journal De Mickey, before he had access to a library full of cartoons where he would spend entire days going through them. His best friends were called Gaston and Lucky Luke. Very quickly he gave himself up to his passion. Six months before taking his baccalaureate, he abandoned his schooling and took advantage of the few weeks before the exam to spend all his time drawing! He did not pass his exams but did become a cartoonist. His first strips appeared in the fanzine Falatoff in 1973, and then in "Carte Blanche" in Spirou. To survive, he became a part-time postman: he had to get up early, but that left him enough time to draw. He started his professional career in Pistil, an ecological magazine, with animal stories ("Marty et Titine") and a detective series ("Janotus, agent spécial"). His association with Makyo – virtually his neighbour – led to the creation of two series: the eccentric "Gully" and, in 1982, in a more realistic tone, "Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche". Serge Le Tendre joined up with them to recount the first adventures of the latter. With the universe of Jérôme well in hand, Dodier started producing both the pictures and the text for this series in which the main character bore an increasing resemblance to his spiritual father. They even both jogged every day on the same beach at Malo-les-Bains! Dodier admired Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum and, therefore, Jérôme was a private detective by profession. Hunched up in an old raincoat, with the ubiquitous felt hat, he attempts to the best of his ability to solve relatively complicated mysteries. Travelling about on a moped, this lover of white coffee and buttered sandwiches suffers from a rare form of absent-mindedness and is only remotely connected to his famous predecessors. Luckily, Babette, his fiancée, is there to watch over him. This energetic young lady acts as the guardian angel of the dreamer Jérôme. Contrary to those investigative "Supermen", Jérôme K. Jérôme Bloche has a tender sense of humour and only aspires to a peaceful life: not an ideal situation for a private detective.