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John P. has a PATREON. / King-Cat 82 is OUT.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


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

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.

Friday, May 5, 2017


Wow, after a whole lot of fits and starts, the COMPLETE STRANGE GROWTHS by Jenny Zervakis is at the printer! Barring any unforeseen difficulties, it will be debuting at CAKE in June in Chicago. Jenny will even be on hand at the Spit and a Half table to sign copies! (See below for info about the book...)

I'm still raising money to cover the printing expenses, and am offering the following prints for those who may be interested. This is a design I've had in the back of my mind since last year. I finally put it together for a benefit art show organized by Matt Davis of Chicago's Perfectly Acceptable Press.

Based on the complete drawing I made for the cover of King-Cat #76, this is a memorial print of the Morning Glory Family Restaurant of Machesney Park, Illinois, which recently closed after a great many years of service to the community.

The image s available in two editions, one is the limited (25 copies) risograph run printed by Mr. Davis himself. The print is in black and metallic gold on a nice soft off-white paper, with an OFFICIAL™ Stamp of Authenticity on the reverse, and signed and numbered (again, on the reverse) by yours truly. The print measures 11" x 16" and is Suitable for Framing®.

 Morning Glory Restaurant, Machesney Park, Illinois
Black and Gold Risograph, 11" x 16"
Edition of 25

Prices include Shipping:
USA: $38.00
CANADA: $40.00

Payment via PayPal to kingcat_paypal AT hotmail DOT com
Thank you!!!

The second version is a hi-res inkjet print in black ink, made at home by your humble narrator, 8.5" x 11", printed on this delightful gold-foil embossed paper I got at Walmart. Signed and dated on the reverse, this is an unlimited edition. I'll make as many as I need for those who want one. And it's Suitable for Framing®, natch.

Morning Glory Restaurant, Machesney Park, Illinois
Black ink on gold embossed paper, 8.5" x 11"
Unlimited edition

Prices include Shipping:
USA: $23.00
CANADA: $30.00

Payment via PayPal to kingcat_paypal AT hotmail DOT com
Thank you!!!

Questions: johnp_kingcat AT hotmail DOT com

Still some cool old King-Cats available from our previous fundraiser! Click here.


Jenny Zervakis is one of the great unsung creators of 1990's DIY comics. Her zine Strange Growths was gentle and sincere at a time when most alt-comics were loud and sarcastic. They were poetic and allusive, delving into the heart of the human experience, and they were one of my biggest influences as a cartoonist.

In 1997, as the Spit and a Half distro grew, I had plans to begin publishing a series of nice but simple book collections of my favorite underground cartoonists, and Jenny was at the top of that short list. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, I fell seriously ill and had to spend the next 10 or 12 years focusing on my health issues. So this publishing venture was delayed... for twenty years!

The Complete Strange Growths, 1991-1997 will be approximately 240 pages, and collect the entirety of Strange Growths numbers1-13, plus an assortment of rare comics from anthologies, and a new interview with Jenny conducted by Robert Clough. It should debut this June at CAKE in Chicago.