Rip Off Press 1971
After completing the first two issues of Mother’s Oats Comix, Fred Schrier produces another mind-bending cosmic adventure with The Balloon Vendor. The epic 18-page opening story is “The Time Machine,” in which oddball physicist-inventor Cecil Quill leads his companion Hodges into a metaphysical time warp, with all Schrier’s usual psychedelic trimmings. As always, Schrier’s artwork is dense with lush details that encourage the brain to meander and the eyes to linger. The characters of Cecil Quill and Hodges, and to some degree the story of “The Time Machine,” are continued in Meef Comix #1 (1973).