Hi Everyone, I’m still in the process of collecting funds to cover the publication of Spit and a Half’s first book form publication :
The Complete Strange Growths, 1991-1997, by Jenny Zervakis. The AFFIRM print sale raised around $600, and I’ll be conducting a few more fundraisers in the weeks to come.
Below, I’m offering for sale a number of Highly Collectable™ and Potentially Lucrative®* OLD KING-CATS from my office stash.
These are in very limited numbers, so if you are interested, please write to me first at johnp_kingcat AT hotmail DOT com to confirm availability.
Thank you for your support !
ABOUT THE COMPLETE STRANGE GROWTHS
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.
I’m selling the following old issues of King-Cat to raise funds for publication.
(Add $5 shipping per order in the US)
International Customers : I’ll figure the cheapest way to get the books to your location and let you know the cost. Please include your mailing address when writing.
These books are in good shape, but may have a few dings, dents and corner folds. Best copies go to the earliest purchasers ! Many issues contain oddities that have never been collected, like letters pages, Snornose pages, ads, photos, and other ephemera. ("Uncensored" pages are those which I edited for the book collections, usually to remove potentially litigable content.)
KING-CAT #27The Second Racky Raccoon IssueJune 1991
The funniest King-Cat ever features Racky Raccoon eating a radioactive sour grape gumball and growing to enormous size. My tribute to the Jack Kirby monster comics of the early 1960’s. Contains six uncollected pages. 16 page digest. SOLD OUT !
KING-CAT #48Nuts and BoltsMay 1995
Contains "Nuts and Bolts," "Barr Lake Story," "Hello Death/Goodbye New Wave," and many more. Includes four uncensored pages. 20 digest pages. SOLD OUT !
KING-CAT #53Perfect Example Volume IIFebruary 1998
The second half of the story later collected as Perfect Example, features "The Fourth of July" and "Celebrated Summer," and includes two uncollected/uncensored pages. 44 digest pages. ELEVEN SIX COPIES AVAILABLE ! $15.00
KING-CAT #55The OwlJune 1999
Contains "Prick Test," "Spring Signs" One and Two, "Eyeball Lesson," "Ryokan’s Moon," "The Owl" (collected in Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man TPB), and much more. One uncensored page. 28 page digest. SOLD OUT !
KING-CAT #56Punt No TellDecember 1999
Contains the book length "Punt No Tell," plus "Busy Bee," and Letters to the Editor. 28 page digest, includes extended uncensored sequence. SOLD OUT !
KING-CAT #57PsalmAugust 2000
Includes "Psalm," "Spiritual Light," "Spotlight on Pill Bugs," and much more. 32 digest pages, two uncensored/uncollected pages. FOUR SOLD OUT !
KING-CAT #61Shoppin’ with MaSeptember 2002
Includes "Shoppin’ with Ma" parts One and Two, "Bird Story," "First Hot Night," and more, including the rare, easily lost The Kukoc Cat Named Maisie mini-zine. 24 digest pages, pus 24 page mini. FIVE TWO COPIES AVAILABLE. $35
KING-CAT #62The Sound of the BirdsAugust 2003
Includes "The Sound of the Birds," "Long Day," "Fabyan Street Bridge," and more. 32 digest pages. SOLD OUT !
KING-CAT # 68Cloud MountainOctober 1997
Includes "Cloud Mountain" parts One and Two, "7 Weeks of Snow," "Anthill," Breathe," multiple Diogenes Stories, Warm Light," and more. 36 digest pages. To be collected in From Lone Mountain, Fall 2017. ONLY THREE TWO AVAILABLE. SOLD OUT !
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ! John P.
*Not all King-Cats go up in value. Some go down. WAY down.