Hi everyone,

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.