Danièle Archambault, Ph.D., is a researcher, author, and educator who is interested in comics and graphic novels as a way to document a society’s cultural and linguistic landscape. She 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 dessinÃ©es 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. Since 2010, she published several comic books and graphic novels. Ms Archambault 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 other educational venues, focusing on the art of visual storytelling. Since 2014, she has been an artist-in-residence in the Cubberley Studio Artist Program, a program of the City of Palo Alto.
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 Québec. 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.
Calendrier de l’Avent et du temps des Fêtes (2020), 84 p. Color. ISBN : 978-0-9896932-6-4
Une année de célébrations. Histoires d’escaliers (2017),112pp. ISBN 978-0-9896932-2-6
La sobriété volontaire. Une année sans alcool. (2015), 196pp. ISBN 978-0-9896932-2-6
Une année sans alcool: Les quatre premiers mois (2014), 128pp. ISBN 978-0-9896932-1-9
Québec-California. La vie qui bat. The wild life (iBook) (2013) ISBN 978-0-9896932-0-2
Québec-California. La vie qui bat. The wild life (2012) 90 pages. ISBN 978-0-615-64470-7
Histoires d’escaliers – Stairway Stories. L’Âge de Raison-The Age of Reason (2011) ISBN 978-0-615-53076-5
Histoires d’escaliers – Stairway Stories. Sur le chemin des écoliers. On the way to school (2011) ISBN 978-0-615-46641-5
Histoires d’escaliers – Stairway Stories. Dans le Montréal de mon enfance. In the Montreal of my childhood (2010) ISBN 978-0-615-39167-0