Like many kids in North America, Michel Rabagliati grew up reading comic books. But he was born in 1961 in Montreal, so instead of reading The Hulk or Superman Michel was immersed in all the major comic albums being published in Belgium and France: Tintin, Spirou, Gaston, and of course Asterix among others. Michel faithfully subscribed to all the European comics magazines, and he would copy his favorite artists, writing and drawing his own comic strips and quickly forgetting them in a drawer.
However by the mid 1970s Michel stopped drawing in favor of graphic design and after studying typography and graphic design, he became a graphic designer and commercial illustrator in 1982.
Nearly a decade later in 1990, Michel was asked to design a logo for new comics publisher Drawn & Quarterly and he encountered a whole new world of comics publishing in English. Interested in comics again he began seeking out comics in French and English and it wasn’t long before Michel was writing and drawing his own comics again. In 1999, at 36, Michel had his first comic book Paul à la Campagne published by the Montreal publisher Les Éditions de la Pastèque. The following year saw his first translated strip appear in Drawn & Quarterly Vol. 3 and the English edition of Paul In The Country, also published by D&Q.
In 2003 D&Q will publish the English translation of Michel’s first full-length original graphic novel, Paul Has A Summer Job.
Michel Rabagliati lives in Montreal with his partner and daughter where is writing the last installment in the Paul stories, Paul Has an Apartment.
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