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Lit: John Porcellino

By Reyan Ali · September 15th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends
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King-Cat became a constant in John Porcellino’s life long ago. Since 1989, he’s used the minimalist indie comic series to document the peculiar details of everyday life. On his way to major alt-comic affair Small Press Expo for the debut of Map of My Life, a King-Cat anthology that collects strips from 1996 to 2002, Porcellino will stop by to hang out at Shake It Records. Appearing with fellow cartoonist Noah Van Sciver, Porcellino will bring along copies of the new King-Cat #70, ’zines and assorted merch.

“The presentation will be a slideshow and talk based on the comics that will appear in Map,” informs the creator. “After that, I’ll answer questions and sign stuff for people if they’re interested.” What’s perhaps most astounding about Porcellino’s prolific cartooning career is his drive. “(Creating comics is) kind of like living to me, breathing. It's just what I do,” he says. “But yes, there have been times when I’ve considered giving up, just because the process was sometimes so difficult for me. It felt hard sometimes to justify the struggle. But I kept going. I'm a stubborn guy and when I start something, I like to finish it!” Free. 7 p.m.

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