Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Félicitations, Michel!

Michel Rabagliati's wonderful Paul à Québec has won the Prix du public au Festival de la bande dessinée d'Angoulême.

If you haven't read the Paul series, do so immediately. Tinged with nostalgia (for childhood in the 70s, for Montreal - Rosemont, specifically, for camping...) and deeply affecting, the books follow Paul from young adulthood into parenthood. The most recent volume, Paul à Québec, deals with the death of Paul's father-in-law, a larger-than-life character whose biography is explored via flashbacks.

Beyond the affecting stories of growing up (first jobs, finding love, conceiving a child), I've learned a lot from Paul about joual (not that I didn't pick up a fair amount in the Eastern Townships...!)

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