John Porcellino

JohnPJOHN PORCELLINO was born in Chicago, in 1968, and has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for over thirty 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. King-Cat Classix and Map of My Heart, published in 2007/2009, offer a comprehensive overview of the zine’s first sixty-one issues, while Thoreau at Walden (2008) is a poetic expression of the great philosopher’s experience and ideals. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.”

Porcellino’s work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, and Korean. He currently lives in Beloit, Wisconsin.


King-Cat Comics and Stories No. 75

With contributions to:

Alternative Comics Are Dead
Rosetta Vol. 1

2016 Scheduled appearances:

March 25-26 DINK – Denver, Colo.
April 9-10 SPACE – Columbus, O.
April 16 DICE – Durham, N.C.
April 30 Chicago Zine Fest
June 11-12 CAKE – Chicago, Ill.
Date TBA Handmade and Bound – Nashville, Tenn.
October 13-16 Crossroads Columbus – Columbus, O.
Date TBA St. Louis Small Press Expo
Date TBA Print and Resist – Madison, Wis.
Date TBA Milwaukee Zine Fest


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