John Porcellino

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PLUS Online access to new Prairie Pothole comic strips as they become available.


PLUS Membership in the Honor Roll of the Chariots of Fire King-Cat Comics Fan Club, including a highly official signed and numbered, laminated membership card.

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(USA): Receive physical copies of any self-published zines and comics I produce while your support is current. I estimate this to be between one and three publications per year. Additional funds received beyond this level go towards the John P. Retirement and South Beloit Groundhog Sanctuary Exploration and Development Fund.

PLUS Access to the monthly Boney Island Observer e-Newsletter, including photos, scrawls, comics, and other chatter from my life to yours. Follow what birds I've been spotting, weather reports, commentary and updates, pictures of adorable pets, and so on, delivered straight to your inbox.

PLUS Online access to new Prairie Pothole comic strips as they become available.

PLUS Membership in the Honor Roll of the Chariots of Fire King-Cat Comics Fan Club, including a highly official signed and numbered, laminated membership card.

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About John Porcellino

My name is John Porcellino. I've been self-publishing my autobiographical comics series King-Cat Comics and Stories since May of 1989, and running the Spit and a Half Comix Distro since 1992. Additionally, I've worked with outside publishers to produce book form collections of my work. These include Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man from La Mano 21 (which won an Ignatz Award in 2005), as well as Perfect Example, King-Cat Classix, Map of My Heart, and The Hospital Suite from Drawn and Quarterly. In December of 2020 I published my 80th issue.

Through the work I do at Spit and a Half I've been able to help provide readers with access to brilliant and challenging comics from all over the world, while providing comics creators with a much needed additional revenue stream. In 2017, thanks in large part to Patreon support, I fulfilled a longtime dream by publishing a comprehensive collection of the work of Jenny Zervakis (Strange Growths), one of the seminal yet sadly undersung art-comics pioneers of the 1990's. My hope is this will be the first in a line of such collections, spanning numerous artists. I also published a new edition of Quebecois artist Pascal Girard's beloved comic Apartment Number Three. Again, this was largely possible due to Patreon.

In 2021, I plan to self-publish at least one issue of my comic King-Cat, hopefully two.

Additionally, later this year I'll publish a zine collecting my Prairie Pothole strips (which ran in the Chicago Reader), and a PDF of The Compleat Trail Watch, my affectionate analyses of Dodd & Elrod's Mark Trail comic strip, which appeared regularly in early issues of King-Cat but have never before been collected.

Signing up for my Patreon at $3 or more per month gets you exclusive digital content, such as the monthly Boney Island Observer newsletter, Prairie Pothole comic strips, Criterion Diary (an ongoing column of movie reviews), and Reading is Revolutionary (an ongoing column of book and comics reviews).

At $5 or above per month ($6 international), you get all that digital content, PLUS mailed hard copies of any zines, comics, and assorted gewgaws I produce.

I'm a Good Midwesterner, and as such it's almost physically painful for me to seek assistance from others. Still, I'm hoping that through this Patreon campaign, if you like what I'm doing, you'll have a convenient way to provide support. Aside from the projects I've listed above, I've begun to grapple with the reality of being an Aging American Comics Artist™. I've always lived on the edge of things, maintaining my independence and autonomy above all else, but for the first time in my life, I feel I need to begin acknowledging the realities of Father Time. Additional funds acquired from this Patreon campaign will enable me to begin saving for the future.

Thank you very much for your consideration and support!
John P.
www.king-cat.net
www.spitandahalf.com
www.johnporcellino.blogspot.com

Photo credit:  Phoebe Gloeckner
Video Credit:  Jon Pinnow
Music Credit:  Patrick Porter
Goals
$981 - reached! per month
Allow me to break past the US Federal Government's 2015 Poverty Line for a single person.
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Videos

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