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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

KING-CAT 78 ORDER and PRE-ORDER!


Hey everyone, King-Cat 78 is at the printer! Subscriber/Patreon copies will be going out ASAP. If you would otherwise like to (pre)order just one copy of this issue, the best way is to PayPal the money to me directly, as follows:

USA: $6.50
CANADA: $7.20 USD
REST OF WORLD: $8.75 USD

Payable via PayPal to: kingcat_paypal AT Hotmail DOT com

If you want to order KC 78 along with other books, please visit www.spitandahalf.com.

Thank you!
John P.
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King-Cat 78 features lots of funny animal stories like “A Story About Ninny,” “Lady Tuff ‘n’ Tender,” and “Nighttime Encounter with the Void”; tons of Nature Notes featuring Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle and “Shrews Thru History”; an extensive letters section with notes from T.E. Bak, Megan Kelso, and more; plus poetry, Top 40, a Zen Story, and the Usual Gang of Schtuff. 40 digest pages in eye-catching black and white. (Spit and a Half)

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

FROM LONE MOUNTAIN Available Now!


Hey everyone, my latest KCat collection from D+Q is out now!

FROM LONE MOUNTAIN compiles issues 62-68 of King-Cat (2003-2007), along with a selection of previously unpublished strips and detailed commentary. It features such classic stories as “Trombones No. 1,” “Great Western Sky,” The Sound of the Birds,” “Like a Pigeon,” “Iowa City,” “Las Hojas/Football Weather,” “Freeman Kame,” and the first batch of Diogenes comics. Every page of the original zines is reproduced in order including front and back covers, letters columns, Snornose pages, and Top 40’s. Also includes the standalone zines 3 Poems About Fog and The Ones That Everybody Knows. 308 pages, 6″ x 9″, two color cover, black and white interiors.

You can purchase it from your favorite bookseller, Amazon, D+Q, or even directly from me at Spit and a Half. I'll also of course have copies with me at my upcoming festival appearances.

D+Q's Tom Devlin writes about FLM here and Charles Hatfield has an extensive review up at TCJ.

Thank you! And don't forget I'll be on the road a bit reading from the book. Full tour dates can be found here.

LOVE - John P.







Monday, February 5, 2018

FROM LONE MOUNTAIN Tour Dates

Hi all, I'm old and tired and will only be doing a small tour in support of my new D+Q book, From Lone Mountain (available March 20!). Please see below for dates. I would love to see you if you're able to come out and say hi!

LOVE, John P.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2017/2018 YEAR IN P/REVIEW


2017 was a hell of a year, and we all know it. On the personal side I spent much of it dealing with family health issues, which was hard too. I was always an idealist, but never an optimist. I don't know what this new year will bring, but let's hope somehow it's better than the last one.



Comics-wise, it was busy for me. In the spring I published King-Cat 77 and Jenny Zervakis' Complete Strange Growths book in quick succession. Then in the fall I put out a new edition of Pascal Girard's sweet and funny Apartment Number Three. Additionally, the fine folks at Uncivilized Books published my South Beloit Journal. These can all be purchased online at the Spit and a Half distro site.




Speaking of the distro, it continues to grow not only in size, but in the time it requires of me. I'll turn 50 this year and at some point I will need to refocus my attention on my own comics. But the distro is also such a big part of who I am, and how I want to function in this world. It's tough to balance.

Balance may be my key word of 2018. Things are out of hand -- in the world, in my head -- and I'm looking to restore some steadiness. On my Patreon page I wrote recently about the three things that have never let me down in this life: Zines, Nature, and Zen. As the world outside rumbles off its axis, I'm finding myself in retreat towards these grounding forces in my life. I also have the feeling that I'm running out of time. Fifty is young in most terms, but not for Porcellinos. I'm hoping I have fifteen more years. Anything beyond that will be gravy. If I'm looking at the limits of life in the suddenly foreseeable future, I need to make some serious decisions about what that life is going to entail. I feel like I'm on the cusp of change again.

One of the changes I plan to make is to limit my time spent on social media. In many ways social media was made for me as an artist. I love to share, to communicate, and especially in the form of small tidbits and little asides. But the rise of anti-rationality, argumentativeness, and snark on social media is depressing to me. I'll still be online on Facebook, and Twitter, and Instagram, etc etc, but in a less interactive way. If I can swing it. Addictions are hard to kick.

Meanwhile, this blog has languished somewhat. I hope to come back to it again this year and begin posting more things here rather than on other more corporate platforms. Look for my "Fave Comics of 2016" (!) list shortly, and then my 2017 List soon after.

I have King-Cat 78 in its wrapping-up phase, and hope to publish it in February. After that, the next two issues are already conceived and I should be able to get a lot of work done on them quickly, with at least one of them also being published in 2018. And my next D+Q book, From Lone Mountain, will be published in March, collecting King-Cats no. 62-68, plus bonus material.



So, we'll see. Thanks for all your support this last year, and all these years. It means the world to me.

Talk soon,
John P.


Friday, September 22, 2017

SOUTH BELOIT JOURNAL (2017)



HEY FOLKS!

It's out! -- You can order my "new" comic SOUTH BELOIT JOURNAL now, at the Spit and a Half site:


If you're a Patreon supporter at $5+ per month you'll be receiving a copy via mail in several weeks, along with the Spit and a Half edition of Pascal Girard's APARTMENT NUMBER THREE. If you'd like to sign up for my Patreon, you can do so here: www.patreon.com/johnporcellino

Thanks!
John P.

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"Over the winter of 2010-2011 I found myself at the lowest point of my life: Twice divorced, heartbroken, mentally insane, and living in poverty and isolation in a cold, grey cinderblock apartment in a small, gritty town in Northern Illinois… South Beloit.

One of my projects at the time was illustrating a book about suicide, The Next Day, for the Canadian publisher Pop Sandbox. As I trimmed the pages to size, I found myself with ninety-one 2” x 6” scraps of Bristol board. They looked perfect for a comic strip, so I began drawing upon them one little diary comic per day. I tried not to censor myself (though sometimes I still did), but to just let the ink spill without preconception or prejudice. South Beloit Journal collects these strips."

40 pages, 6.5″ x 8″, two color covers, black and white interiors. (Uncivilized Books)

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(Apartment Number Three, Pascal Girard's lovely, funny comic from 2011, will be back in print soon!)

Friday, September 15, 2017

SPX and BEYOND



Hi everyone,

I won't be able to make it down to SPX this year in person, but Spit and a Half will be staking out a corner of the Kilgore Books table (I 8-9) where Jenny Zervakis will be selling copies of her acclaimed* COMPLETE STRANGE GROWTHS collection, and there'll be recent issues of King-Cat for sale, including the new one, #77. Please drop by and check it out. Jenny would be happy to sign your book for you!


Since last year's debacle I've told myself I will only do one "long distance" show per year from here on out, and this year that show is CXC in Columbus, to be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 1. I'll be tabling with good ol' Zak Sally at that show.

Then a few weeks later I'll be at the Saint Louis Small Press Expo on October 14, followed by my annual final show of the year, Milwaukee Zine Fest (Date TBA).

See you there!
John P.

*"Book of the Year!" -- Frank Santoro, Comics Workbook
"Book of the Year!" --  Ron RegĂ©, Jr., Author of The Cartoon Utopia

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KING-CAT #77 AVAILABLE NOW!



Hey everyone,

I just got the boxes from the printer, and King-Cat #77 is now available for purchase!

It's 40 digest pages loaded with dogs, cats, possums, mountain lions, moths, frogs, and toads, in stories including Night of the Living Possums, Bee/Bike Story, Big Cats in Illinois (and Wisconsin) Exist!, Caterpillar Story, Fluttering Moth, plus an adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' poem "Willie Metcalf," and more! (40 digest pages, black and white throughout)

To order a single issue of King-Cat #77, costs (including shipping/handling) are as follows:

USA: $6.50
CANADA: $7.20 USD
REST OF WORLD: $8.75 USD

Via PayPal to kingcat_paypal AT hotmail DOT com

If you're in the US you can also send cash/check/mo payable to:

"John Porcellino"
PO Box 142
South Beloit, IL 61080

If you would like to order KC 77 along with other items, please use the convenient online shopping cart at SPIT AND A HALF

Thank you!
John P.