Hervé Bourhis is a French comics author from Bordeaux. He was born in Touraine, studied plastic arts, and began his career working as a web graphics artist upon graduation in 1999. He has published several comic books since 2002, either as a writer or as writer/artist. His first book was 'Thomas, ou le Retour du Tabou' at Les Humanoïdes Associés. which earned him the Goscinny Prize for best young comics writer. He then wrote 'Le Stéreo Club', a comic series about music fans, for artist Rudy Spiessert at Dargaud (2004-2006).
Most of Bourhis's oeuvre is full of references to and influences of pop culture. He drew inspiration from the early Marvel superheroes of the 1940s for his series 'Comix Remix', of which Dupuis published three books between 2005 and 2007. Bourhis and Spiessert continued their collaboration at Dupuis with the medeival series 'Ingmar' (2006-2010), which has been described as a "Johan et Pirlouit on acid", and then with the Star Wars parody 'Naguère les étoiles' at Delcourt (2010-2011).
Bourhis is best-known as the author of several informative comics documentaries for Éditions Dargaud. These include books about cultural subjects like rock music ('Le petit livre rock', 2007), The Beatles ('Le Petit Livre Beatles', 2010), gramophone records ('45 Tours Rock', 2012), comics ('Le Petit Livre de la bande dessinée' in cooperation with Terreur Graphique, 2014), but also about the French Fifth Republic ('Le petit Livre de la Cinquième République', 2011). He furthermore made a book about the history of heavy metal music in the Lombard collection 'La petite Bédéthèque des Savoirs' with Jacques De Pierpont (2016). For artist Christian Cailleaux, he has written comics biographies about French poet/writer/singer Boris Vian ('Piscine Molitor', Dupuis, 2009) and poet/screenwriter Jacques Prévert ('Prévert, inventeur', Dupuis, 2014).
He has however also delved into contemporary subjects, like in 'Dans la main verte' (Futuropolis, 2009), in which he explores a world without oil. His 2008 comic 'Un enterrement de vie de jeune fille' (Dupuis) is a female and existential "road movie". Another comics road movie was 'Le Teckel', that was published as a diptych at Casterman in 2014-2015. He has worked with Spiessert on short stories and mini-books for Spirou magazine, as well as the graphic novel 'Hélas' (Dupuis Aire Libre, 2010) and a comics documentary on computer science ('Cyberbook' at La Revue Dessinée, 2015). He wrote the chronicle 'Juniors' for HalfBob at Futuropolis in 2015, and 'C.R.A.S.H.', another superhero parody, for Poipoi at Casterman in 2016.
Hervé Bourhis received the Prix Jacques Lob for his entire body of work in 2010.