Did you know that John Porcellino worked in a health food store? Did you know that I work in a health food store? Isn’t that AMAZING? Ok, no, not really but that’s what this is about anyways. If you’re not familiar with Porcellino’s work you should do yourself a favor and check it out. I personally think he is one of the most interesting and powerful cartoonists out there today.
The first thing I ever read of his was Perfect Example. I use the library a lot for comics and I had borrowed every single non-superhero book from my local branch before I would give Porcellino a shot. I was always put off by the art. I thought it looked lazy and pretentious and always kind of looked down on it but it was the only book left so I figured I would try it out… and it blew me away. This book is so human and almost uncomfortably honest. After reading it I think the simplicity in the art amplifies everything in the writing and I don’t think it would work quite as well if it was drawn any other way.
I know a lot of people have false starts with his work, but seriously, give it a chance. I cant recommend John Porcellino high enough!