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, IllinoisBlack and Gold Risograph, 11" x 16"Edition of 25

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

REST OF WORLD : $45.00

Payment via PayPal to kingcat_paypal AT hotmail DOT comThank 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, IllinoisBlack ink on gold embossed paper, 8.5" x 11"Unlimited edition

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

REST OF WORLD : $35.00

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 .

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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.