Ponto is the story of a little road barrel who decides to leave his hometown along highway 30 to fulfill his dream to live in Montreal, an amazing big city where infrastructure and road work projects are a daily struggle. With his legendary optimism, Ponto will do his best to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians, but he will soon discover that life in Montreal won’t be an easy one and that many crazy adventures await!

This comic is a humorous response tinted with innocence to the frustration experienced by Montrealers towards the never ending construction and road repairs in the city. Unfortunately the “orange cone” has become the symbol of this frustrating situation but, Ponto will surely make you rediscover your city and fall in love with Montreal again.

Since Ponto started his adventures in 2013, he became a beloved character not only in Montreal but also across the world since construction is a universal subject. He has been traveling to over 20 countries to meet his traffic cone relatives. You can follow his travels on social media and especially on Instagram.

Ponto in the press:

Trouvaille web: Ponto
Jean-Dominic Leduc – Journal de Montréal
Otakuthon 2013 Review
Rob Olsen – Geek Inked
Meet Ponto, Montréal’s unofficial mascot
Erik Leijon – CULT #MTL
Mes rencontres au ComicCon de Montréal
Benoit Mercier –  Musiqueplus
Je vous présente Tania et Ponto
Martin Bérubé – Propos Montréal
Dreamers Interview Series – Tania Mignacca 
Stéphanie Noël – A Truth Universally Acknowledged
Today’s watercolor: Ponto and Shingo! 
Alice Volkmar – Super Happy Awesome
Le seul cône orange qui vous fera sourire! 
Étienne Leblanc – Radio-Canada
Un cône orange qui vous veux du bien
Judith Plamondon – Journal de Montréal
5 objets que les amoureux de Montréal devront se procurer
Améli Pineda – Journal 24h
Des travaux à la mode
Louis-Philippe Messier – Journal 24h
Un cône orange pour aimer Montréal
Bruno Bisson – La Presse
Where construction season tastes like passion fruit
CBC Montréal
Montreal’s unofficial mascot? A traffic cone
Isa Tousignant – Billy YTZ Airport blog Toronto
Portrait 375BIXI
Stories MTL
EMBLÈME: Les cônes oranges
Isabelle Grégoire – L’EXPRESS Hors-série June 2017, Paris

Ponto on the radio:

l’anniversaire du cône orange (around 15:05min in French)
C’est pas trop tôt, with Marie-France Bazzo –
ICI Radio-Canada Première

Change ta Ville – Chronique d’Étienne Leblanc (in French)
Le 15-18, with Michel C Auger-
ICI Radio-Canada Première

Interview with Tania Mignacca (in French)
J’aime Montréal, with Louise-Marie Bouchard-
CIBL 101.5 FM

Je blogue Montréa (in French)
Le 15-18, with Maxime Coutié-
ICI Radio-Canada Première

Interview about Ponto
The Barry Morgan Show, with Trudie Mason-
CJAD 800AM

Ponto on TV

Montréalité
interview by Katerine-Lune Rollet -September 28 2015
MAtv

Ma Liste à moi – Alexandre Despatie
Animée par Christine Michaud – 1er octobre 2016
TVA

Ma Curieuse Cité
with Ariane Pilon – December 14th 2016
MAtv

Points of sale:
Places where you can purchase official Ponto merchandise.

Etsy
Online shop

KitschÀ l’Os
3439 Hochelaga street, Montreal, Quebec
Librairie Crossover Comics
3560 Notre-Dame West street, Montreal, Quebec
L’euguélionne, Librairie féministe
1426 Beaudry street, Montreal, Quebec

Tania Mignacca, the author

Illustrator and graphic designer her work is mainly inspired by Japanese culture and Montreal’s industrial heritage. Specializing in print design, she enjoys mixing traditional and digital techniques to create warm and textured illustrations. In her free time, she likes to go for a walk and photograph the unusual panorama of the city.

Take a look at her portfolio!