Sergio Toppi was born in 1932 in Milan, Italy. He began his career in illustration working in advertising and working for the renowned Italian publisher Utet. His comics and graphic novel work spans decades, including work for such comics series as Linus, Corto Maltese, Un uomo un'avventuraand Il Giornalino in Italy and l'Histoire de France en bandes dessinï¿½es andLa Dï¿½couverte du Monde published by Larrousse in France. In recent years he has been published exclusively in Europe by the French publisherEditions Mosquito, including The Collector, winner of the Soleil D'Or prize for Best Series at the Soliï¿½s-Ville Festival. His art has been displayed in the "Masters of the European Comic Book" exhibit at the Bibliothï¿½que Nationalein Paris and in the Museum of Comic Art in Angoulï¿½me.