Perfect Example

Perfect Example

By John Porcellino

Drawn & Quarterly, Paperback, 9781896597751, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2005


A melancholic memoir of saying goodbye to the familiar Road trips, drunken concerts, and late-night make-out sessions all swirl together in this coming-of-age graphic novel by "King Cat" cartoonist John Porcellino. Tackling the pain and uncertainty of the pivotal summer before college, Porcellino's sad and beautiful story is drawn in his sincere, minimalist style. Deceptively and charmingly simple, "Perfect Example" is a collection of Porcellino's self-published "King Cat" comics, which have won over thousands of readers with their honesty, empathy, and sincerity.

About the Author
John Porcellino has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels for the last twenty-five years. His celebrated 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. Perfect Example, first published in 2000, chronicles his struggles with depression as a teenager. According to cartoonist Chris Ware, "John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive." Porcellino currently lives in Denver with his wife, Misun, and a small black cat named Maisie Kukoc.

Praise For Perfect Example

Praise for John Porcellino:

"John Porcellino's comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive." --Chris Ware, author/cartoonist of Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Boy on Earth

"John Porcellino creates some of the most thoughtful, intelligent, sympathetic and, yes, beautiful comix in America."

"Beyond his appealingly simple cartooning style, what really makes Porcellino's work endure is the sensibility that underlies all of his comics. Porcellino's take on himself and the world around him is passionate, gentle, and accepting, while not without moments of doubt, despair, and self-hatred." --The Comics Journal