When the COVID-19 pandemic first began to spread, some saw it as an opportunity to create. There are only so many shows you can binge on Netflix before you want to make something of your own. Such was the case for writer Mario Candelaria, who put together a team of artists for Tales From the Pandemic, a 29-page collection of shorts serving as a visual mixtape of comics to cope with this life-altering events.
The comic, currently available digitally through Gumroad as a pay-what-you-want price, features seven tales altogether, all written by Candelaria. Artists Andy Michael, J. Paul Schiek, Randy Haldeman, Joe Hunter, Dan Buksa, Saci Ediriweera, and Adam Ferris each illustrate a story and Scott Ewen handled the lettering. The book sports a cover by Skylar Patridge and a foreword and afterword by Danny Earls.
Putting the Tales From The Pandemic collection together was a nice distraction from what was going on in the world. While I was deemed an “essential worker,” many of my friends in comics were not as fortunate. I could see on their social media as well as in private communications that this financial uncertainty was weighing heavily on everyone’s mind. On top of day jobs closing up or reducing hours, many comic publishers we all had deals with halted production, so it felt like the end of the world in many ways, and I am always looking for ways to help my buddies out!
You can pick up Tales From the Pandemic right now through Gumroad at whatever price you want, even free. Comics are not cheap to make, so please consider throwing in at least a few bucks.