Michel Rabagliati’s PAUL MOVES OUT

A Pad of One's Own

School Library Journal    |    Steve Weiner    |    August 1, 2005

In Paul Moves Out , cartoonist Michel Rabagliati continues the lighthearted, semiautobiographical tale he began in Paul Has a Summer Job (Drawn & Quarterly, 2003). In the latest installment, 19-year-old Paul moves out of his parents' suburban home and enrolls in art school in Montreal. Everything changes when he meets Lucie, a classmate who shares his affection for comics—especially Tintin, the European graphic novel series that hit the U.S. in the mid-1970s. Paul and Lucie's adventures—and misadventures—include taking care of Lucie's nieces for a weekend and traveling with a hip male professor to New York City, where they are immersed in the Bohemian life of movies, art galleries, and bookstores. It's a great trip—until Paul's professor makes a pass at him. Eventually, Paul and Lucie end up living together in a small, run-down apartment. Rabadiati masterfully presents these vignettes with innocence and artistic flare, giving teens a gentle glimpse of what the future may hold for them.

Paul Moves Out . Drawn and Quarterly. 2005. $19.95. ISBN 1-896597-87-4. Gr 10 and up.

Steve Weiner is director of the Maynard Public Library in Massachusetts. He is coauthor (along with N.C. Christopher Couch of The Will Eisner Companion (DC Comics, 2004).

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