John Porcellino

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JOHN PORCELLINO was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over twenty-five years. His celebrated self-published series King-Cat Comics , begun in 1989, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man , a collection of King-Cat stories about Porcellino’s experiences as a pest control worker, won an Ignatz Award in 2005, and Perfect Example , first published in 2000, chronicles his struggles with depression as a teenager. Thoreau at Walden is a poetic expression of the great philosopher’s experience and ideals, and King-Cat Classix and Map of My Heart , published by Drawn and Quarterly, comprise the first two volumes of a comprehen ...more

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Hey, it's been a long, hard winter and a nearly-as-long, hard spring. But I'm whackin' away at King-Cat 79, and still hoping to have it out in time for CAKE in a few weeks! Maybe it will happen, maybe it won't. I'm getting too old and tired to really worry about it anymore.



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Foist of all, this weekend is Chicago Zine Fest. Tomorrow, Friday May 17 (whi... Read more of this blog post »
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The Hospital Suite

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Thoreau at Walden

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King-Cat Classix

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Perfect Example

3.87 avg rating — 468 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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Diary of a Mosquito Abateme...

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Map of My Heart

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From Lone Mountain

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King-Cat Collection

4.75 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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The Hodgepodge Book was the most important books of my childhood. I basically had it checked out of the library for years and years straight. I was obsessed with it.

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This excellent history of the tragic 1969 Altamont concert, considered by most to signal the "end of the sixties," was full of information I didn't previously know. Selvin documents the hubris and poor decision making involved in the "planning" of th ...more
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Moon in a Dewdrop by Dōgen
“There is a simple way to become buddha: When you refrain from unwholesome actions, are not attached to birth and death, and are compassionate toward all sentient beings, respectful to seniors and kind to juniors, not excluding or desiring anything, with no designing thoughts or worries, you will be called a buddha. Do not seek anything else.”
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“...we tear down the places where birds live, and put up places where people live, or places where people work to earn the money to pay for the places they live. We don't ask the birds for permission, nor do they complain about it. To a bird there is no tearing down or putting up.”
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