CURING CANCER #1: $?, 5½” x 8½”, copied, 44 pgs.

Jul 03, 2014

Despite the Germs reference on the cover, most of this book’s humor comes from science references, puns, and nerd trivia. Kind of like XKCD. Half of the pages were blank, and the commentary for the comics was longer than the comics themselves. GRADE: C-. (I’m pretty happy with this review. I think I captured exactly what was wrong with the comic I received in question. It’s not that the jokes from the comic were unfunny, per se, but they weren’t exactly unpredictable. This review also accurately captures how annoying it is to see the content of the zine outweighed by meaningless commentary and explanations of the jokes. A three-panel joke about Hellboy does not need two hundred words to explain the intricacies of the art. Plus, how do you not just printed two-sided? It seems like such a waste of paper to leave so many completely blank. I hesitate to make fun of the creators’ intelligence, because clearly it takes some brain work to be able to create these comics. Still, you’d think learning how to properly print a zine wouldn’t be rocket science.) –Bryan Static (