David B. was born on February 9, 1959 in Nimes, France. He studied Fine Art in Paris at l'école Duperré. His first graphic novel (comic album in France) was published in 1986 by Bayard in 1986. During this time he was a regular contributor to the magazine "Okapi et Chic" and he serialized a story in the seminal French comics magazine, "A Suivre." Since then, he has worked with virtually every major publisher in French comics.
In 1990 he co-founded the important French comic publisher L'Association along with fellow cartoonists Jean-Christophe Menu, Stanislas, Mattt Konture, Killoffer and Lewis Trondheim. By 1996 what is considered David B.'s major work to date, L'Ascension du Haut Mal, was published. The story, recounting his childhood with his epileptic brother, will be published by Pantheon in early 2005 as Epileptic.