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Paul Moves Out

1 rating: 3.0
A book by Michel Rabaglia

The author's semifictional protagonist takes another step into adulthood by moving out of his parents' house and enjoying life's pleasures as well as confronting its challenges.

Author: Michel Rabaglia
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
Date Published: May 30, 2005
1 review about Paul Moves Out

Paul Moves Out: Another Fun 'Paul' Story

  • Jan 18, 2008
Pros: More story about Paul; Relateable story; Pop culture references

Cons: None

The Bottom Line: Michel Rabagliati has written and illustrated another great story about Paul

When I have free time at work at the library (something that rarely happens) and I have nothing to read (something that also happens only rarely) I like to browse the graphic novel section. Our library has a fairly good selection of graphic novels for different genres and reading levels, something I really love because it means more for me to pick through! One book I stumbled over a few months ago was Michel Rabagliati's Paul Has a Summer Job. I liked Paul and knew Rabagliati had written a few other books featuring this character, so I wanted to get them but my library didn't carry any of them. Lucky for me, my job is interlibrary loan so it was easy for me to try to get them from another library... keyword being try. I've so far only been able to get my hands on one book, Paul Moves Out.

Paul Moves Out features, obviously, Paul, a graphic art student in the late 70s, early 80s. This book begins with Paul and his girlfriend Lucie and their first night in their new apartment. One item Paul and Lucie find while going through their things from the move is a mask from Paul's favorite Aunt Janette. It is around this mask that Paul Moves Out revolves. Aunt Janette loved Paul's girlfriend Lucie, encouraging him to keep her, and Paul begins reminiscing about how he met Lucie, which takes up a large portion (almost half) of the book. In 1979 Paul and Lucie were both graphic art students at Studio Seguin. It isn't until their second year of school they begin really hanging out, the summer after Paul's summer job as a camp counselor. They have a new professor, a new-age, gay intellectual named Jean-Louis Desrosiers. The new professor introduces them to new graphic design concepts and ideas that open the students' minds drastically. He often takes some of them on field trips, and it is on one of these field trips that Paul decides that the feelings he has developed for Lucie need to be out in the open- and he kisses her. It is also around this time that they find out John Lennon has been shot. Paul and Lucie's relationship grows quickly in an important time in their lives.

Paul's reminiscing ends midway through the book, and his story at his new apartment continues. Lucie's sister asks them to babysit her two daughters for a day and a half. Paul and Lucie agree, and enjoy the next day-and-a-half's activities, going to a park and zoo, endlessly watching the Sound of Music, waking up at 6 am, and going to a mountain where the experience an eclipse. At one point the girls make a memory with Aunt Janette's mask, (something that author Michel Rabagliati includes a real photograph of in the back of the book) and when Lucie's sister comes to take the girls back home it is clear that Paul and Lucie are reluctant to let them go.

Michel Rabagliati uses fun, simple drawings to illustrate Paul Moves Out. The flow from frame to frame is easy, as are the illustrations and words, making the story move along steadily. The author has etched out his story in time referring to many pop-culture things from the early 80s. Paul and Lucie both follow in instructor Jean-Louis' steps by cutting their long hair and grasping onto things like poetry and the B-52s. Lucie and Paul also relate through graphic novelist Herge and his Tintin works (ironic... I'm currently working on obtaining copies of Tintin through interlibrary loan for a patron!).

Paul Moves Out is another great book from Montreal native Michel Rabagliati. One thing I love about the author is how he uses real events, people, and pop-culture icons in his works. His characters are also so real and fun to ge to know. I enjoyed Paul's memorable story of his summer job, and now have been able to enjoy his story of moving in with Lucie. Both are important times in his life, and the author again chooses to end the book so that I'm left wanting more.

I'm continuing to try to get Michel Rabagliati's other books about Paul, and hopefully I'll have better luck. If you happen upon a copy, make sure you read it!

Unfortunately, this listing has the author's name incorrectly spelled (as Michel Rabaglia). His name indeed is Michel Rabagliati.


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