Michel Rabagliati

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Michel Rabagliati
Michel Rabagliati 2010.jpg
Rabagliati in 2010 at the Québec International Book Fair
Born1961 (age 57–58)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Notable works
Paul series
Awards2006 Doug Wright Award for Best Book

Michel Rabagliati (born 7 September 1961) is a Canadian cartoonist born and based in Montreal, Quebec. He was published by Drawn and Quarterly and is currently published by Conundrum Press in English, and La Pastèque in French.

Rabagliati has written and illustrated several semi-autobiographical comic books each furthering the life story of his protagonist Paul. The series includes Paul in the Country, Paul Has a Summer Job, Paul Moves Out, and Paul Goes Fishing, and The Song Of Roland. In addition, Rabagliati has published shorter stories featuring Paul including "Paul in the Metro."

In 2005, "Paul in the Metro" was reprinted along with other material as "The Adventures of Paul", one of Drawn and Quarterly's comics for Free Comic Book Day.[citation needed] In 2006, he won the Doug Wright Award for Best Book for Paul Moves Out.[citation needed]

In 2015, his book Paul à Québec was adapted into the theatrical film Paul à Québec.[1] Rabagliati and director François Bouvier cowrote the film's screenplay.

Although Rabagliati said in 2016 that he would go on hiatus from writing and illustrating any more books in the series, in 2017 he admitted that he is working on a new book: "He’s in his fifties, the weight of grief and of the trials of life show in his face and in his general appearance. He’s tired, disenchanted, and alone. This book will be the most autobiographical by far and definitely the most depressing of the series!"[2]

Rabagliati started drawing comics in his 40's, after working as a graphic designer for many years. He cites the art style of European comics Spirou et Fantasio, Asterix and Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin as influences upon his work.[3]


  1. ^ "Celebrated comic book captures ‘quintessential Quebec’". Toronto Star, September 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Cover Star: "Paul Goes West," by Michel Rabagliati". taddlecreekmag.com. Taddle Creek. 13 August 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Drawn and Quarterly". Retrieved 2006-09-14.

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