Sylvie Rancourt is a cartoonist and painter who was born in northern Quebec and moved to Montreal in the early 1980s. With limited options for work, she began performing as a nude dancer and recounting her experiences in comics form, self-publishing a series called Melody. In the 1990s, Rancourt collaborated with Jacques Boivin who translated and illustrated her stories. The English Melody became an instant cult classic, selling over 200,000 copies. A compilation of early Melody comics was recently published in France and nominated for a prize at the 2014 Angouleme Comics Festival.
[Sylvie Rancourt] is one of the pioneers of autobiographical comics...The republishing of this long out-of-print and difficult to find saga... plunges the reader straight into a profoundly sensitive work that no moral judgment could taint. -Le Monde