By Michel Rabagliati Following up on Paul Has a Summer Job and Paul Moves Out, Paul Goes Fishing follows its eponymous (and semi-autobiographical) hero along on the next chapter of his life, including, as you would expect, fishing, as well as family, flashbacks, forays and... fatherhood! 185 pages of solid comics storytelling from this Montreal native who has followed his career as an illustrator with an ever more successful second act as a cartoonist. If you have yet to read one of Rabagliati's comics, there's no better place to start than here.
A cause for celebration for all Paul fans everywhere, Paul Moves Out looks like a strong contender for the best volume in the series so far. It's a snazzy 104-page 81/2" x 11" hardcover, printed on nice, flat, light cream stock. The story deals with that most important of developmental stages, moving out!
This year’s oversize (11" x 13") annual of North American (with the accent on Canadian), European and Asian comics is here. Beautifully produced as always, this issue features covers and end papers and a graphic novella by DuPuy and Berberian, a short work by long ignored Japanese master, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, “Kept,” a Michel Rabagliati short featuring Paul, and more. The highlight for us is ”The Crypt of Bronte” by that master of all styles, R. Sikoryak. Of special interest for jaded know-it-alls is the massive 75 page retrospective on the unknown (at least to us) Canadian artist, Albert Chartier. This retrospective presents a truly rare opportunity to simultaneously discover and then plunge right into a whole new bit of artistic terrain. Reader’s of Seth’s It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken will relate.