Pierre Lavaud (a.k.a. Mazan) studied Plastic Arts and Fine Arts before he made his comics debut in 1990. His first work can be found in the first volume of Delcourt’s Children of the Nile, as well as in several German periodicals. That same year, Mazan took on The Winter of the World, a series published by Delcourt until 1995. In late 1996 and for the same publisher, he created The Brave Little Tailor, a comic adaptation of a tale by the Brothers Grimm, which appears in Papercutz’ Classics Illustrated Deluxe #2: “Tales from the Brothers Grimm.” Continuing to work in the young adult genre, Mazan completed an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s Learning to Shiver in 1998, which also appears in Classics Illustrated Deluxe #2.
Mazan continued to work for Delcourt following his Grimm’s Tales adaptations, and completed Philbert: The Pig’s All Good in 2000. A second volume of this title followed in 2004. The following year, he illustrated the first volume in the widely popular Donjon Monstres series from a script by Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar. He also contributed to the pocket book The Original and created a series of comic strips of The Dwarves Garden for Le Cycliste. Mazan is one of the founding members of the Workshop Sanzot, a studio based in Angoulême where he lives and works today.