From Lone Moun­tain

John Por­cellino, 240 pgs, Drawn & Quar­terly, draw­nandquar­terly.com, $22.95 USD/$24.95 CDN

Broken Pencil - - Book Reviews -

Ah, a new King-cat col­lec­tion! Read­ing King-cat Comics is like sit­ting on a back porch swap­ping sto­ries with a close friend on a beau­ti­ful Spring day. Birds are chirp­ing, flow­ers are push­ing through the dirt and your friend is telling you sto­ries about a bunch of stuff that hap­pened to them. Some­times the hap­pen­ings are sad, some­times they are funny, some­times it’s just life, man — but all the sto­ries are told with a gen­tle good hu­mour that makes you smile, think, and ap­pre­ci­ate life with all its twists and turns.

To read King-cat is to sit with John Por­cellino and qui­etly lis­ten as he tells you about the things he’s ob­served, but not in a Se­in­fel­dian “Did you ever no­tice how…” kind of way. John isn’t play­ing life for laughs, al­though there are smiles a-plenty in this col­lec­tion. Por­cellino im­merses you in a world of fields and clouds and end­less high­ways, trees and grass and dis­tant sky­lines. To read these comics is to slow down, breathe, and take a break from a hy­per-dig­i­tized world. Why click on the lat­est bot bait when in­stead you can shut it all off, go out­side and watch a squir­rel eat a nut?

This col­lec­tion rounds up King-cat Comics #62 – 68, from 2003 to 2007. But re­ally these comics are fresh and time­less and will re­ward mul­ti­ple re-read­ings. Viva King-cat! Long live the King! (A.G. Pasquella)

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