My story

Danièle Archambault, linguist and cartoonist

Danièle Archambault, Ph.D., is a linguist and a cartoonist, who grew up in Montreal, Quebec where she was a tenured professor in the linguistics department at the University of Montreal until 1998. She moved to Palo Alto, California where she worked as a consultant in speech technology. In 2009, her interest in comics and bandes dessinées led her to take a class on writing graphic novels at Stanford University. She discovered a new and engaging way to share her reflections on language, culture and life.

In the past few years, she has published several full-color comic books and two electronic books.Her series Stairway Stories is a collection of three bilingual (French and English) flip-over books: In the Montreal of my childhood (2010), On the way to school (2010), The Age of Reason (2011).The stories, as well as the drawings, document with emotion and humor the culture and the French dialect spoken in Quebec. In Québec-California (2012),available as a paper book and as a multi-touch e-Book, she narrates her adventures and misadventures with California wildlife. Une année sans alcool. Le journal de Catherine (Vol.1) (2014) is a 124-page full-color graphic novel, in which, through the humorous personal account of a woman’s adventures in the world of sobriety, the author takes a hard look at society’s role in the pervasive problem of alcoholism in women. The novel is also available as a webcomic  and is currently being adapted to English.

Daniele has had solo and group exhibitions (juried) in Canada and in the United States. She is a regular guest speaker on documenting culture and dialects through comics at various educational and cultural institutions. She teaches graphic novel and illustration classes at the Palo Alto Art Center and gives graphic memoir workshops at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and at other educational venues. In October 2014, she became an artist in residence at the Cubberley Artist Studio Program, a program of the City of Palo Alto.

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4 thoughts on “My story

  1. I’ve very much enjoyed your stories of life growing up in Montreal. They make me think of my own childhood growing up at about the same time in a small city in the US where a large French Canadian population brought their language and culture to all aspects of the community. I attended a French Catholic school during my childhood there, so the scenes in your “sur le chemin des ecoliers” is especially entertaining and very reminiscent of my own life as a pupil of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Thanks for the enjoyment your stories provide, and especially for your glossary explanations of the Canadian French dialect that you add each of your bandes!

    • This is great! I am glad you are enjoying my stories and that they remind you of your childhood. I am especially happy that you can relate to the stories although We grew up in different countries, speaking a different language in school. Some of our childhood experiences were the same. Danièle

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