Nicolas Barral studied in Angoulême, where he learned the comics profession from Robert Gigi. He began his professional career in OK Podium. While taking part in a contest for young talent, his work was noted by Jean-Christophe Delpierre who asked him to join the team of Fluide Glacial. Along with Christophe Gibelin, he created the character of M. Plomb in the 'Les Ailes de Plomb' series from January 1995. A fan of British humor, Barral teamed up with writer Pierre Veys to start a new series of Sherlock Holmes adventures in the 'Baker Street' series. Barral is the writer of the comic series 'Mon Pépé est un Fantôme', which he started with Olivier TaDuc at Dupuis in 2008.