About John Porcellino, Illustrator
John Porcellino has been writing, drawing, and publishing minicomics, comics, and graphic novels in America for over 25 years. He is best known for his self-published, predominantly autobiographical minicomics series, King-Cat Comics, which he began as a teenager in 1989 and continues to produce today. Porcellino’s poetic representations of the everyday, his masterful storytelling, and his minimalist drawing style have won him critical acclaim and influenced a generation of alternative comics creators. According to cartoonist Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan and The Acme Novelty Library), “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive,” while Time Magazine has proclaimed that “Porcellino creates some of the most thoughtful, intelligent and beautiful comix in America.” Porcellino has struggled with chronic depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder the majority of his life.
About Paul Peterson, Co-Writer
Paul Peterson has worked within the social work field for more than 20 years. His extensive background includes 12 years as Program Supervisor for the Children’s Aid Society, and 5 years as Case Manager for the organization Citizens Against Sexual Child Abuse. Peterson has been host and lead writer to a number of television projects including the Kids in Care Seminar Series, and Surviving Sexual Abuse. He is also a playwright whose plays include Promise You Won’t Laugh? Peterson had the initial desire to create a traditional documentary surrounding suicide over 10 years ago, after witnessing firsthand the devastating impact of suicide on a family.
About Jason Gilmore, Co-Writer
Jason Gilmore is a Toronto-based filmmaker, illustrator and graphic designer. Graduating from the Film Studies program at Queen’s University in 2003, Gilmore founded Urgency Company, an independent post-production/design boutique. He has worked on a wide array of projects, including music videos, trailers, documentary projects, t-shirt, poster and DVD package design. Most recently, Gilmore was the filmmaker and designer for KENK: A Graphic Portrait.
About Alex Jansen, Producer/Publisher
Alex Jansen is owner and operator of Pop Sandbox, an award-winning multimedia production and publishing company with a central focus on graphic novels and film. Prior to founding Pop Sandbox, Jansen spent four years managing home entertainment with Mongrel Media, Canada’s premiere independent and foreign film distribution company. Jansen co-produced the feature film Walk Backwards, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001, and he is the sole founder and chair of the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
About Pop Sandbox
Pop Sandbox is an award-winning multimedia production and publishing company. The company’s inaugural release was the groundbreaking 300-page journalistic comic book, KENK: A Graphic Portrait, which had its highly publicized premiere during Hot Docs and the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 2010. It was the first graphic novel ever excerpted nationally by the Globe & Mail and the first to be featured on the cover of Now Magazine, Canada’s biggest weekly newspaper. KENK was recently named a Best Book of 2010 by Quill & Quire, Canada’s top literary magazine, and was a special presentation at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam. It is currently being developed into a fully animated film. Pop Sandbox has two further projects planned for 2011 release and several projects in development. For more information visit www.popsandbox.com