ROOT HOG OR DIE – The John Porcellino / King-Cat Documentary Screening

Friday, September 26th, 2014
The Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall
(2nd floor of the Cartoon Library)


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“…perhaps no comics artist since Charles Schulz has rendered so much psychological detail with so few lines.”

–Rain Taxi Review of Books

For over twenty-five years, John Porcellino has self-published his zine ‘King-Cat Comics & Stories,’ which, through simple artwork and storytelling, investigates the essence of just being alive.

In King-Cat, John beautifully renders the “in-between moments” – those instances which occupy the bulk of our lives, but can pass easily without notice: Sitting on the front porch. Peeing at a rest stop. Watching a bird.

With humor, compassion and a keen eye, John shows readers what they might be missing, and in doing so inspires many to embrace life more fully.

Born of the zine revolution of the late eighties/early nineties, King-Cat today is the template for cartoonists who seek to create work that is personal, well-crafted and free of outside influence.

From following John around on tour & in the woods to interviewing fellow cartoonists & zinesters, wives & girlfriends, friends & bandmates, ‘Root Hog or Die’ illustrates how John manages – and occasionally struggles – to live and function as an uncompromising artist in twenty-first century America.

“I wanted to face existence. That’s like Punk and Buddhism and everything.” — John P.

Watch the trailer here:

The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is located at 1813 N. High St, Columbus OH 43202.  This screening will be held in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall, on the 2nd floor of Sullivant Hall.

6:30pm – Informal meet-and-greet with book signing opportunities
7pm – Root Hog Or Die Screening

Following the screening, John P will be doing a Q+A and signing for his new book “The Hospital Suite