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The Hospital Suite
by John Porcellino


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Poetic musings on illness and the art of getting by from a mini-comics master

"The Hospital Suite" is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Poetic musings on illness and the art of getting by from a mini-comics master

"The Hospital Suite" is a landmark work by the celebrated cartoonist and small-press legend John Porcellino an autobiographical collection detailing his struggles with illness in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In 1997, John began to have severe stomach pain. He soon found out he needed emergency surgery to remove a benign tumor from his small intestine. In the wake of the surgery, he had numerous health complications that led to a flare-up of his preexisting tendencies toward anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. "The Hospital Suite" is Porcellino's response to these experiences simply told stories drawn in the honest, heart-wrenching style of his much-loved "King-Cat "mini-comics. His gift for spare yet eloquent candor makes "The Hospital Suite" an intimate portrayal of one person's experiences that is also intensely relatable.
Porcellino's work is lauded for its universality and quiet, clear-eyed contemplation of everyday life. "The Hospital Suite" is a testimony to this subtle strength, making his struggles with the medical system and its consequences for his mental health accessible and engaging."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781770461642
  • ISBN-10: 1770461647
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 250
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-08-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Best-known for his long-running King-Cat mini-comics, Porcellino’s memoir is sometimes brutal but exceptionally honest. The illnesses that plague Porcellino—chronic pain from an unknown cause and OCD—are exhausting and endless. The toll these various health challenges ultimately take on Porcellino’s life range from minor irritations—the avoidance of certain foods, worries about “contamination”—to major disruptions, including stress on his marriage. Porcellino is well aware of his quirks, but like many OCD sufferers, unable to resist them; he’s already a victim of anxiety and a rare disorder called hyperacusis before the afflictions detailed here begin. The ups and downs of his largely undiagnosed ailments and the endless parade of doctors, specialists, and hospitals only heighten his paralyzing anxiety. In King Cat, Porcellino excels at peaceful Zen moments of observation. Here, his simple, black lines and bare-bones drawings have a powerful economy that present the story cleanly, without flourish, detailing a frightening and inescapable spiral into dysfunction without hyperbole. The result is a clear-eyed, penetrating book about the helplessness of illness which should bring Porcellino a wider audience beyond his cult following. (Sept.)

 
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