As the son of a French gouvernor, Patrice Pellerin spent his childhood in over twenty different towns. He eventually settled in Landivisiau, a town that gave him the setting for his future comics. He graduated from the Reims Art Academy in 1973 and began his career working in an animation studio, and under the guidance of illustrator Pierre Joubert.
Barbe Rouge (1987)
He started working as an illustrator in 1977, making illustrations for historical schoolbooks and other educatinoal material for publishers like Ouest-France and Hachette. In 1982, he made his comics debut by taking over the series 'Barbe-Rouge' after the death of Jijé. Pellerin made two episodes of this classic pirate series with scriptwriter Jean-Michel Charlier, and then he tried his hand at scriptwriting with the first three episodes of the series 'Les Aigles Décapitées' for Jean-Charles Kraehn at Glénat.
Pellerin became an allround author with his successful historical saga 'L'Épervier', that was published in the collection Répérages at Dupuis between 1994 and 2006. The series stands out for it's well-documented drawings of historical settings and ships. A second cycle was started in 2009, this time published by Soleil. In addition to his comics work, Pellerin does illustrations for museums, historians and archeologists.