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Title:
From Lone Mountain : King-Cat comics and stories 2003-2007 / by John Porcellino.
ISBN:
9781770462953
Publication Information:
Montréal, Quebec : Drawn and Quarterly, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
303 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Abstract:
"John Porcellino makes his love of home and of nature the anchors in an increasingly turbulent world. He slows down and visits the forests, fields, streams, and overgrown abandoned lots that surround every city. He studies the flora and fauna around us. He looks at the overlooked. Porcellino also digs deep into a quintessential American endeavour-the road trip. Uprooting his comfortable life several times in From Lone Mountain, John drives through the country weaving from small town to small town, experiencing America in slow motion, avoiding the sameness of airports and overwhelming hustle of major cities. From Lone Mountain collects stories from Porcellino's influential zine King-Cat-John enters a new phase of his life, as he remarries and decides to leave his beloved second home Colorado for San Francisco. Grand themes of King-Cat are visited and stated more eloquently than ever before: serendipity, memory, and the quest for meaning in the everyday. Over the past three decades, Porcellino's beloved King-Cat thas offered solace to his readers: his gentle observational stories take the pulse of everyday life and reveal beauty in the struggle to keep going."--Provided by publisher.
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John Porcellino makes his love of home and of nature the anchors in an increasingly turbulent world. He slows down and visits the forests, fields, streams, and overgrown abandoned lots that surround every city. He studies the flora and fauna around us. He looks at the overlooked. Porcellino also digs deep into a quintessential American endeavour�the road trip. Uprooting his comfortable life several times in From Lone Mountain , John drives through the country weaving from small town to small town, experiencing America in slow motion, avoiding the sameness of airports and overwhelming hustle of major cities.

From Lone Mountain collects stories from Porcellino�s influential zine King-Cat �John enters a new phase of his life, as he remarries and decides to leave his beloved second home Colorado for San Francisco. Grand themes of King-Cat are visited and stated more eloquently than ever before: serendipity, memory, and the quest for meaning in the everyday.

Over the past three decades, Porcellino�s beloved King-Cat has offered solace to his readers: his gentle observational stories take the pulse of everyday life and reveal beauty in the struggle to keep going.


Author Notes

John Porcellino was born in Chicago in 1968, and 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 and still running, has inspired a generation of cartoonists. He lives in Illinois.


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Library Journal Review

The typical story collected here goes something like this: a man walks down the street, thinking about nothing in particular. He notices something slightly irregular. Maybe it's the way the sunlight reflects off a windowpane in the distance. He pauses, lost in reverie. The end. This, by the way, is a positive review, because Porcellino (Map of My Heart) is capable of imbuing a simple tale with real poignancy. Pared-down illustrations combine with koan-like text panels that narrate many of these pieces, adding to the growing sense, as the collection progresses, that -Porcellino himself is afflicted with great tension and anxiety and desperately in need of the tranquil moments his work depicts. Gathering stories originally published in the series King Cat Comics and Stories (2003-07), this volume includes a mix of autobiographical tales covering childhood memories, reflections on marriage, and the death of Porcellino's father, alongside illustrated -poems, prose pieces, and more. VERDICT While this exquisite volume might not be the one that finally launches Porcellino into the pantheon beside Chris Ware and Lynda Barry, that he flies just a little under the radar is part of his charm.-TB © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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