22 August 2009

JOHN PORCELLINO


Last month Laurie and I booked a flight to Chicago for my birthday in October. There isn't any particular reason we want to go there -- other than Chicago seeming totally AWESOME, and the hot dogs and pizza looking AWESOME, and, of course, that we really need a vacation. Then a few weeks ago I was reading the Drawn and Quarterly blog and found out that John Porcellino, one of my favorite cartoonists of all time, would be on tour throughout the Northeast and Midwest this fall. Lucky us, he will be doing a signing and debuting his new book Map of My Heart at Quimby's Bookstore in Chicago the very weekend we are there. I am beyond thrilled for this.

From the D+Q website: "MAP OF MY HEART celebrates the twentieth anniversary of John Porcellino's seminal and influential comics zine, KING CAT COMICS, which he started self publishing in 1989 and which has been his predominant means of expression. In this collection, while Porcellino is living in isolation and experiencing the pain of divorce he crafts a melancholic, tender graphic ballad of heartbreak and reflection. Known for his sad, quiet honesty rendered in his signature deceptively minimalist style, Porcellino has a command of graphic storytelling as sophisticated as the medium's more visually intricate masters. Few other artists are able to so expertly contemplate the sadness, beauty, and wonder of life in so few lines."

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