From Lone Mountain

A view of America—as seen in small towns, rural roads, and its overlooked in-between places

John Porcellino makes his love of home and of nature the anchors in an increasingly turbulent world. He slows down and visits the forests, fields, streams, and overgrown abandoned lots that surround every city. He studies the flora and fauna around us. He looks at the overlooked. Porcellino also digs deep into a quintessential American endeavour—the road trip. Uprooting his comfortable life several times in From Lone Mountain, John drives through the country weaving from small town to small town, experiencing America in slow motion, avoiding the sameness of airports and overwhelming hustle of major cities.

From Lone Mountain collects stories from Porcellino’s influential zine King-Cat—John enters a new phase of his life, as he remarries and decides to leave his beloved second home Colorado for San Francisco. Grand themes of King-Cat are visited and stated more eloquently than ever before: serendipity, memory, and the quest for meaning in the everyday.

Over the past three decades, Porcellino’s beloved King-Cat has offered solace to his readers: his gentle observational stories take the pulse of everyday life and reveal beauty in the struggle to keep going.


“These comics unfold in neat, regular panels, small boxes containing wonderment in the everyday. [From Lone Mountain] revolves around the power of place, as Porcellino bounces from various Midwestern locales to Denver and San Francisco and back; wherever he is, he finds tranquillity in open space, in the silence and grandeur of nature.”—Hillary Chute, New York Times Book Review

“Porcellino finds startling beauty in simple occasions…He is a visionary of autobiographical minimalism.”—Nathan Scott McNamara, LA Review of Books

“Porcellino is capable of imbuing a simple tale with real poignancy.”—Library Journal

“[From Lone Mountain’s] simplicity makes the work into an emotional Trojan horse, moving past your defenses so it can pierce your heart with its tender insights.”—Abraham Riesman,Vulture’s Best Comics of 2018 So Far



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