Coming straight out of left field like a Tampa Bay Ray, Candy or Medicine Volume Five harks back to the Golden Age of comics. You might remember KISS #1 from 1977, in which the band members’ blood was mixed in with red ink used to print the comic. Or for you youngins, Malibu Comics’ Protectors #5 with the first, and thankfully only, forcebeam hole. And those of you who prefer an indie flavor and had your ear to the ground in ’93 might remember Adhesive Comics’ JAB #3, with an actual .22-caliber bullet hole shot right through the middle of the comic.
Not the Golden Age you had in mind? Well have no fear, daredevils, because Candy or Medicine is breaking ground with its first ever gimmick cover, courtesy of Johnson & Johnson. Get your mind out of the gutter, cheeky monkey; it’s not K-Y Jelly. The fifth volume of this quarterly mini-comic anthology sports a Band-Aid right smack on the cover. And not one of those regular Band-Aids, mind you, but a little square one that’s for…. um warts or something, I don’t know.
For those of you who don’t judge a book by its cover, and you should in this case because Cayetano Valenzuela continues to showcase his amazing illustration abilities, Candy or Medicine Volume Five features sixteen pages of quarter-sized mini-comic action including a 10-minute comic by Daniel J. Olson, a Craigslist “Missed Connection” by Ed Choy Moorman, a maze (yes, a maze!) by British artist Steve Rack, three of Ogner Stump’s “One Thousand Sorrows” by Andrew Goldfarb, a spider’s tale courtesy of Rob Moses, New Zealander Sarah Orchard’s presentation of a missed conversation and Maggie Morrill getting down with the sickness, cough cough.
All this and more (actually just this) can be yours for the absurdly low price of $1, plus 50 cents shipping. Trades are welcome. To order, visit www.candyormedicine.com
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