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Paul à Montréal walking tour depicts a city’s history in comic-strip form

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Beginning Saturday, Aug. 12, residents of and visitors to Montreal will be able to relive the city’s history via an illustrated walking tour.

Paul à Montréal is a comic-strip-based urban walk featuring the main character of Michel Rabagliati’s acclaimed series of comic albums, including Paul Joins the Scouts, Paul Up North, and The Song of Roland. Twelve panels, each measuring 12 by six feet and depicting Paul in a historical scene from Montreal’s past, will be scattered throughout the city’s Plateau-Mont-Royal, beginning at the Laurier subway station. An accompanying booklet will act as a guide for the 30–60 minute walk.

“My publisher, Les Éditions de la Pastèque, was looking to get involved in Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations,” Rabagliati says. “We came up with of a giant comic strip in 12 parts, with no audio, geared as much to kids as to adults.”

The Plateau Mont-Royal area, where Rabagliati was raised, features prominently in his books, which in French have sold more than half a million copies combined. Panels from Paul à Montréal were previewed at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival and the Festival de la bande dessinée de Lyon in France. 

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