Von Allan was born in Arnprior, Ontario. Living in a working class neighbourhood in Ottawa with his mother from 1980, he found refuge in books, comics and science-fiction. In 1994 he was hired to run Perfect Books, a small independent booksture in Ottawa. After a couple of years he started writing and drawing his own stories, including his graphic novel 'The Road to God Knows', which he self-published in 2009. The story's main characters Kelly and Marie also star in Allan's short stories 'Brawl', 'Fast Friends' and 'The Old Crow', that are collected in the book 'Li'l Kids'.