John Porcellino Visits CCS
I’m not exactly sure what gets me about this comic. It’s the inside back-cover page of King-Cat #69. It might be that I had Squmpkin soup yesterday and that reminds me of Skweezil, or just that this simple repetition is the perfect build-up to the last panel, but I want to burst into joyful tears every time I read this.
The author, John Porcellino, has been self-publishing the zine King-Cat: Comics and Stories for 20 years. He described the ideal King-Cat as being like an album of music — part of a larger body of work but complete on its own. Porcellino’s work is an amazing visual poetry. His simple lines are endlessly expressive and are able to evoke groundswells of emotion. It’s not for nothing that Chris Ware has a quote on the matter: “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.”
Porcellino came to speak to CCS today for a visiting artist seminar. His talk was fun, interesting, and surprisingly emotional. His new book, Map of My Heart, is taken from King Cat from 1997 to 2002 during an especially difficult period in Porcellino’s life. After years battling with various medical conditions and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Porcellino is back on the road and touring with his work. This is a great thing. Though he’s already done with the East Coast, go see him speak (midway down the page) if he’s coming to your town or just try and pick up a King-Cat somewhere.