Like many kids in North America, Michel Rabagliati grew up reading comic books, but since he was born in 1961 in Montreal, instead of reading The Hulk or Superman, he was immersed in all the major comic albums being published in Belgium and France: Tintin, Spirou, Gaston, and of course Asterix, among others. Rabagliati 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. By the mid 1970s his interests turned toward graphic design and after studying this and typography, he became a graphic designer and commercial illustrator in 1982. His illustrations have since appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Utne Reader, The Advocate, The National Post, Maclean’s and Canadian Business.
Nearly a decade later in 1990, Rabagliati was asked to design a logo for the 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 he was writing and drawing his own comics again. In 1999, at 36, 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 D+Q, earning him a Harvey Award for Best New Talent. Earlier in 2000, his first translated strip, “Paul, Apprentice Typographer,” appeared in Drawn & Quarterly Vol. 3. In 2003, D+Q published the English translation of Miche’s first 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.