KING CAT: John Porcellino In Toronto
Autobio comics legend at The Beguiling touring MAP OF MY HEART!
Wednesday, 07 October 2009, 7pm-10pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Toronto, Canada
Join us in welcoming autobio comix legend John Porcellino, author of the KING-CAT series of comics, to his first Toronto! Porcellino will be celebrating his 20th anniversary of making comics, and touring his new graphic novel MAP OF MY HEART, now in store!
Porcellino is touring cross-country in support of this new work and his wonderful back-catalogue of material. The Toronto stop will include doing an all-new audio/visual presentation of his work, and the author will be signing and sketching for fans.
Porcellino 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. King-Cat Classix, published in 2007, is a comprehensive overview of the zine’s first fifty issues, and Thoreau at Walden, 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.”
This is a fantastic creator in his first Toronto visit… we sincerely hope that Toronto’s cartooning community will come out and show him a warm welcome…!
Note: This event will actually be happening across the street from The Beguiling, at Rocco’s Plum Tomato’s PLUM ROOM. Enter off of Markham Street, behind the main restaurant. We’ve been giving the Beguiling’s name/address for this event because it’s a little confusing to give directions to this spot. So yeah, it’ll be a big, comfortable space. Come on out!