Tell Me Something I Don't Know 009: John Porcellino

This is episode 9 of Boing Boing's Tell Me Something I Don't Know podcast. It's an interview show featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the reality/business side of how they do what they do.

John Porcellino is the creator of the long-running, self-published mini-comic series, King Cat Comics (celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014). His books include Perfect Example (Highwater Books, Drawn and Quarterly), Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man (La Mano), King-Cat Classix (Drawn and Quarterly), Map of My Heart (Drawn and Quaterly), and Thoreau at Walden (Hyperion). His work is characterized by a thoughtful, minimal drawing/writing style and a unique approach to narrative interpretation and temporal representation. Besides his influential work as a cartoonist, Porcellino is the founder of Spit and a Half – a small press comics and zine distribution company that began in the early 90s.

Tell Me Something I Don't Know is produced and hosted by three talented cartoonists and illustrators:

Jim Rugg, a Pittsburgh-based comic book artist, graphic designer, zinemaker, and writer best known for Afrodisiac, The Plain Janes, and Street Angel. His latest project is SUPERMAG.

Jasen Lex is a designer and illustrator from Pittsburgh. He is currently working on a graphic novel called Washington Unbound. All of his art and comics can be found at

Ed Piskor is the cartoonist who drew the comic, Wizzywig, and draws the Brain Rot/ Hip Hop Family Tree comic strip at this very site, soon to be collected by Fantagraphics Books and available for pre-order now.

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      1.  Nope, just went with the picture, was turned off by that. Should they somehow not marginalize people working hard for a living in a difficult environment, I’d be happy.

        1. Hi Chuck, I usually don’t respond to comments, but I felt obliged to point out that that’s a self-portrait I drew of myself working hard in a difficult environment.  I’m the last person to want to minimize the efforts of working class people.  Thanks for pointing out, though, that that marginalization exists.

          1.  Thank you very much. I am admittedly hyper sensitive to labor issues and just saw the image and that was my impression and reaction. I am really glad to hear your substance is different than my first impression.

            For what it is worth, I dig the illustration style.

  1. John (hope you are still reading the comments), what’s the name of the Japanese printmaker you  mentioned?

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