“You can’t pretend to be international. You have to be local. It’s Michel Tremblay who said that: The best way to have international success is to stay local. I’m from Montréal and I’m not someone who travels a lot, so My stories are rooted in Québec and the language I use is also very Québécois. The narration is proper international French but the dialogue is more Québécois and Montréalaise.” Michel Rabagliati, Globe & Mail, 12 Sept. 2015: E6.
Born 1961 in Montréal.
He initially worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. He did not begin cartooning until his thirties when inspired by the work of Gregory Gallant (Seth) and Chester Brown, he quit his job as a graphic designer.
The “Paul” of the series is semi-autobiographical based on Rabagliati himself. It tells the story of the every day experiences of a Québécois and as such celebrates Québec culture.
In 2001, he won the Harvey Award for “Best New Talent” .He received the 2006 Doug Wright Award Best Book for Paul Moves Out, an English translation of Paul en appartement.
His 2009 graphic novel Paul à Québec was turned into a live action motion picture which opened September 2015.To accompany the film, the Musée national des beaux-arts opened a exhibition of Michel’s art. He won the 2013 Doug Wright Best Book Award of The Song Of Roland an English translation of Paul à Québec. and the 2015 Doug Wright Best Book Award for Paul Joins the Scouts, an English translation of Paul au Parc.
Content novel & Cover book front:
Paul à la champagne. Col., Catherine Drolet. Les Éditions de la Pastèque, 2013. 15e anniversaire.
Paul dans le Nord. Les Éditions de la Pastèque, Nov. 2015.
Paul in the Country. Trans., Helge Dascher. Let., Dirk Rehm. Drawn & Quarterly, 2000. (Originally published as Paul à la champagne. by Les Éditions de la Pastèque.)
Paul Joins the Scouts.. Trans., Helge Dascher. Conundrum Press, 2013. (Originally published as Paul au Parc by Les Éditions de la Pastèque, 2011.)
Paul Moves Out. Trans., Helge Dascher. Let., Dirk Rehm. Drawn & Quarterly, May, 2005.
BOOK GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Drawn and Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years …. Drawn & Quarterly, May 2015: “Paul Goes Fishing”: 349-357.
PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Content story :
Drawn & Quarterly v. 3. May 2000: “Paul apprentice typographer”: 130-144.
Drawn & Quarterly v. 5: August 2003: “Paul in the Metro”: 76-90.
PERIODICAL TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:
Taddle Creek, 39, Summer 2017. (Paul Goes West).
Content novel excerpt:
“Paul dans le Nord.” An excerpt from the novel. Taddle Creek, 34, Winter 2014-2015: 27-33.
BDQ: Essays & Interviews On Quebec Comics. Ed., Andy Brown. BDang/Conundrum, 2017: “Michel Rabagliati.” Interview Conan Tobias. Trans., Michelle Winters:190-193. An email interview conducted as background for a profile that appeared in the Quill & Quire, May 2016.
The Canadian Alternative: Cartoonists, Comics, and Graphic Novels. Ed., Dominick Grace & Eric Hoffman. University Press of Mississippi. 2018: “Michel Gets A Comic Job.” Writ., Paddy Johnston: 70-82.
Paul in the Country. Car., Michel Rabagliati. Trans., Helge Dascher. Let., Dirk Rehm. Drawn & Quarterly, 2000: Back page.
Drawn & Quarterly v. 5: August 2003: 76.
Canadian Review Of Comparative Literature, 43-1, March 2016: “‘Paul À Québec’, Le Génie Des Lieux Comme Patrimoine Identitaire.” Writ., Sylvie Dardaillon & Christophe Meunier. 87-102.
Globe & Mail, 12 Sept. 2015: “Comic book captures ‘quintessential Quebec’.” Writ., Allen Woods: E6.
Taddle Creek, 39, Summer, 2017: Front cover.