Spot 12

A baby is born with major complications and a family hurled into unfamiliar territory. Through a maze of hospital corridors and dark corners of the soul, this graphic memoir delves into a six-month saga about an infant and her parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU

by Jenny Jaeckel

Published in October 2016

ISBN 978-1-941203-11-8

Retail $19.95 US

116 pages

b&w illustrations

Also available in Spanish (Cunero 12: Cinco Meses en la UCI Neonatales)​​​

Praise for SPOT 12

"A memorable and beautifully executed memoir of a newborn's difficult first months"

                                                 -Kirkus Reviews

"If I managed a neonatal unit, I would buy a copy of the book and pass it around. For physicians and nurses, the very direct gut impact of how parents feel is brilliantly shown. For parents, it will be either harder than their own experience and they will be happy, or easier than their own experience but they will find comfort in how the author expresses their pain."

              -Anita Catlin, from Advances in Neonatal Care

"Spot 12 conveys Jaeckel’s pain, fear, joy and pride as a new mom experiencing the incomprehensible. Using cartoon-like animal characters and playful names, she guides readers through her interactions with her family, friends, the medical staff helping to care for her baby, Asa, and her own rampant thoughts. While this is Jaeckel’s story, many readers will be able to see themselves in the mix of emotions and empathize, if not somehow relate."

                                                -Seattle's Child

“…this non-fiction personal story is exceptionally well presented and will prove to be a consistently riveting read from cover to cover.”

                                         - Midwest Book Review


Spot 12 is Jenny Jaeckel's graphic memoir about her experience with her newborn daughter who had to be in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for almost 6 months. Graphic black and white images of anthropomorphized animal characters that are sometimes cute and sometimes chilling, convey the raw, mixed emotional edge of Jenny's experience and that of her family.

About the Making of Spot 12

First published in 2009 with the help of the Canadian Xeric Award, Spot 12   was only available in Canada by word of mouth. In 2016 Spot 12 was published here at Raincloud Press with distribution in the US and Canada. This first US edition is less text-dense and printed in a larger format with a redesigned cover.

Author Jenny Jaeckel describes how Asa's care continued after leaving the hospital in her blog:

Awards for Spot 12

Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU won the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Parenting/Family category. Also, Spot 12 is named a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist in the Graphic Novel and Comics category. Spot 12 is ​honored to be named a finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards in the Graphic Novel catagory.