Michel Rabagliati’s thinly disguised creation, Paul, is a young Canadian whose “adventures” are the slice–of–life minutiae similar to Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. Although the protagonist in these stories is named Paul, the personal details and confessional nature of the narrative leave little doubt about the inspiration for Paul.
Rabagliati has had two graphic novels featuring Paul published by Drawn & Quarterly after his first book, “Paul à la Campagne” appeared in 1999 from Les Éditions de la Pastèque, a Montreal French language comics publisher. This title was printed to take advantage of the Free Comic Book Day promotion in 2005 and features material that originally appeared in the Drawn & Quarterly anthology series. The first story, “Paul: Apprentice Typographer” is a charming tale of a child’s trip to his father’s job. It also is very informative about the art of hot metal typography, which has all but disappeared since the dawn of phototypesetting on computers. Since Michel Rabagliati studied typography as a graphic artist and in the story Paul’s father is a typographer, it is undoubtedly a subject of personal interest.
— George Haberberger
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|Reprints from Drawn & Quarterly (3rd Series) #3 and 5; B&W||Michel Rabagliati||Michel Rabagliati