Column -- "One Life, Many Books: Michel Rabagliati’s Paul"

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Ph.D.. Craig Fischer, Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: I read Paul in the Country (2000), Paul Has a Summer Job (2002), Paul Moves Out (2005), Paul Goes Fishing (2008) and The Song of Roland (2012), and enjoyed them all, but I couldn’t shake my suspicion that Rabagliati’s art was too emotionally and visually simple. Recently, after hearing that a new Paul book was on the way (Paul Joins the Scouts,forthcoming in English from Conundrum), I re-read all of Rabagliati’s books, and liked them much more. Rabagliati’s freedom to choose different characters to highlight in various scenes and books is complimented by the rough chronology of Paul’s life that percolates underneath the entire series.

Additional Information

Fischer, C. (2013). “One Life, Many Books: Michel Rabagliati’s Paul." The Comics Journal (TCJ), June 3, 2013. Version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2013
Michel Rabagliati, Comics, Criticism

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