THE STONEWARE JUG by Stefan Lorenzutti and John Porcellino
A5, 28 pages, Black & white printing, Saddle stitched, Softcover, 2022
Co-published by Nieves & Spit And A Half
“The Stoneware Jug” is a collection of poem-comics by Stefan Lorenzutti (words) and John Porcellino (pictures), in which American comix legend Porcellino, of “King-Cat” fame, “pours” the adapted poems into his pen-and-ink panels, as if into a handmade vessel.
Each one-page comic is a seasonal diorama of sorts, preserving a moment in time unfolding in the interstices of time: between the chinks of a log cabin in the Polish Highlands, fissures in late-spring ice, and the gap between coziness and creeping concern on a brutally cold winter’s night.
In the end, “The Stoneware Jug” is a quest for comfort zones, suffused throughout with the aromatic promise of panettone.