Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man

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Selected from cartoonist John Porcellino's long running (18 years) self published comic "King-Cat Comics and Stories", this collection of stories deals specifically with the years Porcellino was employed as a Mosquito Abatement Technician. In his own elegant, simple style, Porcellino grapples with the job and the eventual effects it had on his life and view of the world. Winner of the 2005 "Ignatz" Award for "Best Comics Collection".

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John Porcellino is the author of "King-Cat Comics and Stories", one of the longest-running and well loved self published 'zines in the world. His work has been collected in 2 volumes by Drawn & Quarterly Books, and has been translated into German, Swiss, and French. He lives in Denver with his wife Misun and cat Maisie.

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Porcellino's graphic novel about his last year in high school, Perfect Example (1999), will be reissued in style this fall by high-toned graphic-novel publisher Drawn & Quarterly. Expect much the same for this micropress effort about some of Porcellino's subsequent life. But don't wait. Porcellino's autobiographical comics rank with the best because of their unpretentiousness and candor. In a prose introduction, Porcellino says that he and his childhood pals thought the "mosquito men" they saw in suburban Illinois "got paid to do what we did for fun." At 20, he became one and for several years in Illinois and then Colorado hunted larvae, sprayed insecticide, and eventually changed his mind about the job. The 1- to 20-page pieces in Diary range formally from a list of "Inhuman Bastards of the Deep" (microfauna in a drop of water) to an essay on a typical workday ("Mountain Song") to conventional narratives. Porcellino's usual Matt Groening-simple drawing style becomes denser according to affect as much as subject (see the piece on spraying at night); it's always perfectly pitched. Ray Olson
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