Jean-François Chanson is a French designer, writer and illustrator, who lives and works in Morocco since 2000. He works as a physics teacher with the Descartes school in Rabat, Morocco, and is also an author of comics and children's books under the pen name Mostapha Oghnia. He makes designs for musical and theatrical shows, and has several children's books published by Éditions Yomad, such as 'Le poisson d'or du Chellah', (illustrations by Nathalie Logié), 'Hicham et le djinn du noyer' (illustrations by Saecko Doyle) and 'Les Legendes de Casablanca' (illustrations by Yves Renda).
He published his first comic books, 'Maroc Fatal' and 'Nouvelles Maures', with Éditions Nouiga in 2007 and 2008. He is the writer and artist of the comic book 'Tajine de Lapin', that was published in French, Derja and neo-Tamazight script in 2010. He has also edited and provided four scenarios for 'La traversée. Dans l'enfer du h'rig', a collective comic book about young Moroccan migrants, published by Éditions Nouiga in 2010.
Together with Saïd Bouftass, Chanson is co-founder of Alberti, the first company in Morocco specialized in publishing comics. Under this label, he made the children's comic 'Foukroun et les tortues de la Maamora' with Hervé Furstoss in 2012, and wrote the script for 'Les Enfants du Royaume' for Nathalie Logié-Manche in 2013. Chanson is additionally a scholar on Moroccan comics. He writes articles for several publications, as well as his own blog.