Yo, after several long months of delays (due to personal and professional issues), I’m finally back in the saddle and updating the site with the mountain of new comics I’ve received in recent eons. I got 21 new titles up yesterday, and have about twice that many to get online in the coming days. Be on the lookout for all this great new stuff! And thanks for your support!
I’m very proud to announce Spit and Half’s first book-form publication: The Complete Strange Growths, 1991-1997 by Jenny Zervakis.
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. Her stories 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 is a 240 page paperback, and collect the entirety of Strange Growths numbers 1-13, plus an assortment of rare comics from anthologies, and a new interview with Jenny conducted by Robert Clough. It sells for $20 and will debut this June at CAKE in Chicago. Please see below for sample images and ordering info.
Thank you! John P.
I’VE BEEN A VERY BAD BOY
Since the election it’s been a struggle to want to wake up each morning. That has shown itself in the lack of updates to Ye Olde Spit and a Half Site. Plus I’ve been finishing up like four book projects all at once. But mostly depression.
WELL THAT’S ALL GONNA CHANGE RIGHT NOW
This weekend I’ll begin uploading the vast backlog of AMAZING NEW COMIX I’ve accumulated over the last few months tout suite. So be on the lookout. Meanwhile, here’s a batch of RECENT RESTOCKS:
Josh BAYER ed.: Suspect Device #3 – $10 (IAMWAR)
Josh BAYER ed.: Suspect Device #4 – $8 (IAMWAR)
Inés ESTRADA: Alienation #2 – $6 (Gatosaurio)
Inés ESTRADA: Impatience – $24 (Gatosaurio)
Kelly FROH: Samson – $2 (self-published)
Aaron MANCZYK: Panthor #1 – $7 (Swimmers Group)
Annie MOK: Stitching Together – $7 (Self-published)
Christoph MUELLER: The Nincompoop #1 – $8 (Self-published)
Ron REGE Jr: The Awake Field (D+Q)
Jim RUGG: BW – $20 (Self-published)
Olivier SCHWAUREN: Arsène Schwauren (Fantagraphics)
Matthew THURBER: Art Comic #1-3 – $8 each (Swimmers Group)
Scout WOLFCAVE & Penina GAL: Limp Wrist – $4 (Paper Rocket)
BUY COMIX TODAY
Whoa, so I’ve been hustling around the continent — up to Toronto, out to Columbus, Chicago, Minneapolis, and everywhere I go people say, “Here are some of my awesome new comics” and I say “Give me twenty and I’ll sell them for you on my website.” And then the books sit in boxes while I travel to the next town and get more.
Well, I’m at home for a spell at last, so expect KOOL NEW KOMIX to be showing up here on a regular basis. I’ve recently picked up swell new stuff from Colour Code, Swimmer’s Group, Conundrum, Study Group, Ink Brick, Max Clotfelter, Kilgore Books, Fantagraphics, and the list goes on. Please check back often to see what’s up! Thanks.
Slowly, like the Tortoise, I add the countless new and very excellent comic books I gather for your perusal to this site. Comics such as those of Benjamin Urkowitz, Eamon Espey, Kate Beaton, Cara Bean, John Broadley, Spider’s Pee-Paw, Tony Millionaire, Kaz and many others. These comics are now available for you to investigate and potentially purchase for later handheld reading and visual delight. Do not delay, order today. And please do carry on.
Hey Kids, I had to take some time off from site updates to get the new King-Cat out and shipped, but now I’m back!
Today I added tons of new work from Keiler Roberts, Kelly Froh, Max Clotfelter, Gina Wynbrandt, Nick Maandag, Daryl Seitchik, HTML Flowers, and Sam Alden. Check it out!
Hello everyone, and WELCOME to the new Spit and a Half distro site! After years of toiling in the 20th Century, I’m happy to announce that this new site is wholly searchable, with a built in shopping cart and an automated shipping calculator. This is a whole new digital world for me, so if you find anything broken or confusing, please let me know and we’ll take care of it.
I currently have only about half of my titles moved over from the old site to this new one, so please check back often as I add books. You can still use the old site www.spitandahalf.blogspot.com for ordering older titles, but it’s not automated.
Meanwhile, I will continue to bring you the BEST in self-published, small press, and generally hard-to-find comics from around the world. Thank you for all your support! I hope to continue to serve the comix community for years to come.
Yours, John P.