John Porcellino was born in Chicago in 1968. He began writing and drawing at an early age, compiling his work into small, handmade booklets. His first photocopied 'zine was produced in 1982, at the age of 14, and he began his current series, the autobiographical King-Cat Comics and Stories, in 1989. Since then, King-Cat has been his predominant means of expression.
Porcellino's first North American book collection, Perfect Example, was published by Highwater Books in 2000, and has recently been reprinted by Drawn and Quarterly of Montreal. His most recent collection, Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man (La Mano Books), received the 2005 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Collection or Anthology. His work has been included in numerous small press and underground publications, including the Chris Ware-edited McSweeney's #13, and has been translated into French, German and Spanish.