Updated weakly.

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

Friday, September 22, 2017



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

John P.


"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)


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

Friday, September 15, 2017


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