Marguerite Abouet was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 1971. Following the tremendous success of her comics Aya of Yop City, Marguerite Abouet now dedicates all of her time to writing. Akissi is based on her own childhood.
Mathieu Sapin was born in Dijon, France, in 1974. He studied in l'Ecole supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg before becoming a renowned illustrator for many children's magazines and publishers in France.