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John Porcellino on tour for The Hospital Suite!

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Hey cats - I don't want to bore you with weather talk; about how it's cold today, and how summer is ending, but this is all true, and relevant, because autumn is going to be awesome and event-filled. So what I'm saying is don't worry about a thing, I guess? Anyway. Our first exciting fall announcement is that John Porcellino is going on tour to celebrate his latest great achievement, The Hospital Suite. This year also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of his King-Cat Comics series, and John is making stops in more than twenty-five cities. If you miss this, I'm not sure what to tell ya. 

The Hospital Suite is a landmark autobiographical work by a small-press legend. One day, John Porcellino suddenly fell ill with extreme stomach pain. After a gruelling abdominal surgery, he quickly recovered--briefly--and then spent the next several years experiencing various surprise illnesses, both physical and mental. First a rash of environmental intolerances left Porcellino black-eyed, cadaverous, and dizzy. Then his mild obsessive-compulsive tendencies became full-blown. With three overlapping narratives, The Hospital Suite recounts one man's battle for health--Porcellino loses jobs, marriages, and faith but never loses his desire to live and create. The Hospital Suite is a testimony to Porcellino's subtle gift for transforming his struggles--this time with the medical system and its consequences for his mental health--into art that is universal and engaging. 

Events will include presentations, readings, and signings to follow. Dates marked with a * will also feature a screening of Root Hog or Die, the King-Cat documentary. If you'd like to learn more about the documentary, you can do so here

Make note: 

*BETHESDA, MD: September 13th + 14th
Small Press Expo

*TORONTO, ON: Tuesday, September 16th, 9pm
Bloor Cinema with The Beguiling Books & Art

*MONTREAL, QC: Wednesday, September 17th, 7pm
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly

*WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Thursday, September 18th, 10 am
The Center for Cartoon Studies

*PROVIDENCE, RI: Saturday, September 20th, 2pm
Cable Car Cinema and Cafe with Ada Books

*BROOKLYN, NY: Sunday, September 21st, 8pm
Brooklyn Book Festival

*PHILADELPHIA, PA: Monday, September 22nd, 7pm
Locust Moon Comics

ROCHESTER, NY: Tuesday, September 23rd, 7pm
Monroe Community College (Gallery opening)

*ROCHESTER, NY: Wednesday, September 24th, 12pm
Monroe Community College (Lecture and screening)

*PITTSBURGH, PA: Thursday, September 25th, 7pm
Harris Theater with The Copacetic Comics Company

*COLUMBUS, OH: Friday, September 26th, 7pm
The Ohio State University's The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

*CHICAGO, IL: Saturday, September 27th, 7pm
Quimby's Bookstore

*NASHVILLE, TN: Friday, October 3rd, 7pm
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

NASHVILLE, TN: Saturday, October 4th, 11am
Handmade & Bound Festival

*BLOOMINGTON, IN: Sunday, October 5th, 7pm
Boxcar Books & Community Center

CHICAGO, IL: Saturday, October 18th, 12pm
Multiples Festival, Pulaski Park Field House

MILWAUKEE, WI: Saturday, November 8th, 10am
Milwaukee Zine Fest, Falcon Bowl

*MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Tuesday, November 11th, 7pm
Boneshaker Books

SEATTLE, WA: Saturday, November 15th, 11am
Short Run Seattle

*SEATTLE, WA: Sunday, November 16th, 12pm
Central Cinema with Short Run

*PORTLAND, OR: Monday, November 17th, 7pm
The Hollywood Theatre with Reading Frenzy

*SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Wednesday, November 19th, 6pm
Cartoon Art Museum

*LOS ANGELES, CA: Thursday, November 20th, 7pm
TBA - stay tuned!

*DENVER, CO: Sunday, November 23rd, 7pm
Kilgore Books & Comics

*LAWRENCE, KS: Monday, November 24th, 6pm
Wonder Fair

ST. LOUIS, MO: Tuesday, November 25th, 7pm
Enamel Gallery 

*CLEVELAND, OK: Sunday, November 30th, 12pm
Ghengis Con, more details TBA

Also: Join the Facebook event, invite all your friends! See you along the way!

Stay tuned for more events as they pop up and make sure to check back on his tour page!