Jacques Hurtubise, who uses the pseudonym Zyx, was a member of the Coopérative des Petits Dessins, a group of young Canadian artists, since 1969. In November 1971 he cooperated on the launch of the periodical l'Hydrocéphale Illustré, that published Hurtubise's comic 'Crézy Rider', as well as the work of artists like Pierre Fournier and Réal Godbout.
Between 1974 and 1976 he created the comic about bad guy 'Sombre Vilain' for the independent daily magazine Le Jour. This series was later continued in L'Illustré, Graf Iti, and in the satirical magazine Croc, which he founded himself together with Pierre Huet. Zyx continued to launch Canadian comics magazines, such as Titanic (1984-84) and the Québec edition of MAD (1991-92). He is also known for his current affairs chronicles in La Barre du Jour and La Nouvelle Barre du Jour. Not only because of his talents in graphics, but also because of his editorial exploits, Zyx is one of the big names in Canadian comics of the 1970s and 1980s.