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The Art of Creating Comics

PHOTO GALLERY: Michel Rabagliati's workshop

The author of the graphic novels The Song of Roland and Paul Joins the Scouts takes us on a tour of his work space and talks about the objects that inspire him. 

michel-treated.jpgquote-cw-thumb-130x130-104373.jpgWelcome to the hallway! That’s what I call my workshop, because it’s narrower than the hallway you take to get there—barely 7-feet wide, but with a 13-foot ceiling. I work in a former elementary school building in Montreal’s Villeray district, where the classrooms were converted into a host of small offices and workshops. What I really like about this place is the lighting. I get natural light all day long from the left (for right-handed artists, it’s ideal, because our hands never cast shadows; who else but a comic-book geek would think of that?). So it was this majestic window and its beautiful light that sold me when I first got here. I must say, I love my little cubbyhole. Plus, the culinary delights of Jean Talon Market are just a stone’s throw away."

Browse the photo gallery above to learn more about Michel's objects of inspiration.

In 1999, at 36, Michel Rabagliati had his first comic book published by the Montreal publisher Les Éditions de la Pastèque, which was translated the following year as Paul in the Country by Drawn & Quarterly, earning him a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. He has since published the full-length original graphic novel, Paul Has A Summer Job, followed by Paul Moves Out (2005), and Paul Goes Fishing (2008). Conundrum Press published Songs of Roland in 2012, and with Paul Joins the Scouts debuting in Spring 2013.

Photo (Michel Rabagliati): Denis Beaumont

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