Jean Dufaux is one of the most a prolific European comic book writers. He has written dozens of series for publishers like Dargaud, Le Lombard and Glénat, and has worked with many talented comic book artists. Dufaux's stories stand out for the emotional and psychological depth of his characters, especially the many beautiful women he has introduced in either his contemporary or historical comics. During the course of his career, Jean Dufaux has established himself as a very popular scenarist, who is able to write in various genres, but still in his own recognizable style.
Jean Dufaux was born in Ninove. Fascinated by cinema, he took some courses in cinematographic arts in Brussels, which would later influence him in his comic scripts. He began his professional career as a journalist with the cinematographic magazine Ciné-Presse. Dufaux did his first scenario work for Tintin, where he began his longtime association with Renaud. For Tintin he co-wrote 'Brelan de Dames' with Jean-Luc Vernal for Renaud. In 1987, Renaud and Dufaux started the 'Jessica Blandy' series for Novedi publishers (and later Dupuis). This became one of Dufaux' most famous creations, the first series in which he created psychological depth.
Dufaux expanded his activities in the late 1980s, writing comics like 'Melly Brown' (art by Musquera), 'La Toile et la Dague' (art by Aidans) and most notably, the post-apocalyptic series 'Beatifica Blues' (art by Griffo). Again with Griffo, Dufaux started the Casanova inspired series 'Giacomo C.' in 1987. With 'Les Enfants de la Salamandre' (art by Renaud) Dufaux brought a fantasy element into his comics, which he later continued in 'Les Jardins de la Peur' (art by Eddy Paape and Sohier). Jean Dufaux launched four new series in the early 1990s: 'Chelsy' (art Éric Joris), 'Avel' (art Durieux), 'Fox' (art J.F. Charles) and 'Santiag' (art Renaud). He also started rebuilding some literary works into comics, for which artists like Griffo, Rotundo, Savey and Malès provided the artwork.
In 1992 he introduced the young female artist Viviane Nicaise to the comics field with the series 'Sang de Lune'. He restarted 'Beautifica Blues' in a second cycle, 'Samba-Bugatti', as well as new series with Jamar ('Les Voleurs d'Empires) and Grzegorz Rosinski ('La Complainte des Landes'). The late 1990s also meant the start for new series, like 'Dixie Road' (art Labiano), 'Murena' (art Philippe Delaby), 'Rapaces' (art Marini), 'Ombres' (art Lucien Rollin), 'Les Révoltes' (art Malès), 'Niklos Koda' (art Oliver Grenson) and 'L'Impératrice Rouge' (art Adamov).
The new millennium brought yet again new series, 'Djinn' (art Ana Mirallès), 'Jaguar' (art Jan Bosschaert), 'Les Rochester' and 'Lady Elza', with art Philippe Wurm, 'Double Masque' (art Martin Jamar), 'Croisade' and 'Conquistador' (art Philip Xavier), 'Medina' (art Yacine Elghorri), 'Loup de Pluie' (art Ruben Pellejero), 'Saga Valta' (art Aouamri) and 'Sortilèges' (art Munuera). He continued his collaboration with Renaud for 'Vénus H.' and the 'Jessica Blandy' spin-off 'La Route de Jessica'. He has also made a book in the classic series 'Blake & Mortimer' with Antoine Aubin.