By John Porcellino

Diary of a Mosquito Abatement guy is the 1st in a sequence of books from l. a. Mano accumulating the paintings of John Porcellino. Over the process 15 years and sixty four problems with his much-loved, self released 'zine KING-CAT Comics and tales, John has chronicled his existence and the realm round him with honesty, grace, and intelligence. "Diary" compiles tales from a decade's worthy of KING-CAT near to his years spent as a mosquito exterminator. From early, scratchy punk drawings to later, extra subtle paintings (as good as 30 brand-new pages created in particular for this edition...), John examines his time at the activity, and the way it affected his existence, his well-being, and his view of the area.

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Then I’d go home and preen in front of the mirror. “Yes, Mr. Avedon,” I’d say. “I’m almost ready, Mr. ” I’d sigh a lot, and suffer gracefully through my shoot—I was wonderful, almost painfully beautiful, a delight to work with—and as the day grew long I would have to beg off. “You’ll have to hurry, Mr. Avedon,” I’d say. ” Then I’d snap out of it and realize that it really was late and that the only thing waiting for me was my homework. And I’d buckle down and do it. Because I had to graduate.

Candy gave me energy. And yogurt for the protein. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUT Y 49 Wendy, meanwhile, took a job waiting tables at a Greek restaurant. It was owned by an old friend of the family. We were both nineteen, but all she wanted to do was meet a guy and get married and never work again. And there were plenty of handsome single guys to meet at the restaurant. Edna approved. “I don’t understand girls nowadays,” she said. “All this fuss about careers. ” Clearly, Wendy had had this idea drummed into her head since puberty.

He said. I looked at him for a beat. “Nothing,” I said. ” My two best girlfriends in high school were Maria Romano and Jill Jensen. We would drive up and down the Florida 22 JANICE DICKINSON coast, hanging out at the lesser-known surfing beaches, lis­ tening to Hendrix, the Stones, the Doors, and going through endless packs of Kools. I dropped my first Quaalude with those two, and I was hooked instantly. I liked ’ludes a lot better than pot. I liked the way they took the edge off life, mellowed you out.

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