Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bliss on Tap / Weed Magic 420 podcast with 8bitbros

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"We have a special guest who we have been trying to hook up with since NYCC and finally TONIGHT Brian Phillipson (President and co-founder) and Jordan Lichtman of Bliss on Tap Publishing."

Friday, March 16, 2018

Weed Magic #2 wafts into comic book stores April 20th...

Weed Magic #2 back cover - art by Alex Cormack
“Weekend at Mummy’s” - issue 2 of Weed Magic wafts into comic book stores on April 20th👌🏻

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New "Train 8: The Zombie Express #1" review by Fanbase Press

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‘Train 8: The Zombie Express’ - Comic Book Review 

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Zombies are no stranger to the horror genre, having slowly (or quickly - depending on your zombie mobility preference) crept into the pop culture zeitgeist over the past fifty years.  From Night of the Living Dead to iZombie, re-animated corpses have not only come to pervade the horror genre, but they have paved their way into various other genres and mediums of entertainment.  Given the ever-present nature of the zombie tale, it takes a truly special story to stand out from the ambling crowd, and Bliss on Tap Publishing's Train 8: The Zombie Express does just that.

Train 8 is a three-issue comic book series written by David Stephan and Marysol Levant and illustrated by Alex Cormack.  The series takes place on Train 8, the famous Seattle to Chicago rail line, and sets the stage for an unfortunate virus outbreak that quickly infects the passengers and staff on board.  While this may seem like a familiar series of events for a zombie tale, the train itself is as much an unwitting passenger on a tragic path as are its inhabitants, speeding ever so quickly towards impending doom and bringing a subtle increase in intensity to the pacing of the story.

Writers Stephan and Levant waste no time in getting to the action within their inaugural issue, quickly and efficiently depicting the cause of the zombie outbreak in a medical research lab and then accelerating the story by transporting the audience to the titular train.  The reader receives a brief glimpse at the passengers on board but is, perhaps, spared from connecting with them individually, as many on board quickly succumb to the bloody outbreak.  The series' description notes that "the surviving passengers are then left with the moral dilemma of stopping the train to save themselves but also letting the outbreak infect the world or being heroes by keeping the train rolling and suffering the consequences."  While the first issue of Train 8 does not delve into the moral quandary in which the passengers find themselves, given the short run of the series, the next issue will likely waste no time in examining the hard choices that befall the riders, making for a more cerebral and fascinating approach to zombie fiction.

Artist Alex Cormack's realistic approach to portraying the passengers of Train 8 makes the issue truly take form, and it serves as a perfect storyboard for the forthcoming feature film that is based on the series.  (The lead scientist has a striking resemblance to Tom Skerritt!)  The most remarkable illustrative standout from the issue, though, is the coloring by both Cormack and Ashley Cormack.  A muted color palette eases the reader into the storm, yet a moodier tone seeps in as the story reaches the train, crescendoing into bursts of deep red with each zombie attack. 

If you are a fan of the horror genre or - more particularly - of zombies, Train 8 #1 sets the stage for a unique and intriguing tale that is sure to delight.  I cannot wait to pick up Issue #2 and dive deep into the uncertainty of the passengers of Train 8.


Creative Team: David Stephan (writer), Marysol Levant (writer), Brian Phillipson (additional writing), Alex Cormack (artist/colorist), Ashley Cormack (colorist), Alex Murillo (letterer)
Publisher: Bliss on Tap Publishing
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Emerald City Comic Con 2018

Bliss on Tap will be up in Seattle again for Emerald City Comic Con.  We'll be in our same booth as last year, number 1201.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weed Magic No.2 in stores 4/20/18!

Get your Weed Magic No.2 orders in before March and you'll have a very pleasant gift for the 4/20 holiday!
 Diamond code: FEB181181



Weed Magic No.2 in stores 4/20/18

Monday, January 29, 2018

Weed Magic #2 is now available for pre-order through Diamond (FEB181181)

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Weed Magic No.2 is stores 4/20/2018

FEB181181
(W) Brian Phillipson, Jordan Lichtman (A/CA) Alex Cormack
Wafting into comic book stores just in time for the 4/20 Holiday, the highly anticipated second issue of Weed Magic rejoins our heroes Moe and Bunny as they continue to search for the elusive origin of their magic Devil's cabbage! Will they learn to control their powers and use them for good or will they be tempted into a life of sin, sexual debauchery and cheese balls? Weed Magic will answer all of your questions about the meaning of life in exquisite detail and provide tens of minutes of reading enjoyment.
In Shops: Apr 20, 2018
SRP: $4.20

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New review of "Train 8: The Zombie Express" issue #1 by Reading With a Flight Ring

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Train 8 The Zombie Express #01
Bliss On Tap Publishing 2017
Created & Written by Dave Stephan & Marysol Levant
Additional Writing & Dialogue by Brian Phillipson
Illustrated by Alex Cormack
Coloured by Alex & Ashley Cormack
Lettered & Designed by Alex Murillo



     Train 8, the famous Seattle to Chicago line, becomes ground zero as an experimental GMO virus breaks out on the crowded train during the Thanksgiving holiday, turning any infected passenger into a blood thirsty primordial. The surviving passengers are then left with the moral dilemma of stopping the train to save themselves but also letting the outbreak infect the world or being heroes by keeping the train rolling and suffering the consequences.
     I know that the zombie genre is kind of on it’s way out it’s been saturated to death since the Walking Dead debuted still every once in a while something comes along and says the genre isn’t dead yet and for me that’s this story right here. While this may not be “Train to Busan” it does have a nice similarity to it and it’s nice to see that folks have this way of branching out and making something new in the genre. Also the fact that The Empire Builder, the trains name, is a 46 hour trip and that’s with the stops now with at least a day and half until they reach their destination what will the passengers be able to do to stay alive?
     As with most stories we need a genesis point. So not too ironically the story starts off at the Genesis Research Unit in Seattle Washington. Well I think that the why and how this starts is pretty darn well conceived. It is completely within the realm of possibility and reality I mean it’s not much of a stretch and scientists are all about being able to genetically modify anything these days. There’s something about playing god and being a mad scientist that researchers seem to be extremely fond of. While this facility didn’t follow protocols the outcome of what we are seeing could be entirely real.
     By the way the interiors are extremely well done. With every project Alex continues to grow, hone is craft, go down some new interesting pathways and still keep that signature style he has cultivated. I love the way he’s able to make the train look and feel from the sleek outer shell to the nearly cramped interior he obviously did a little research here. The attention to detail is great and the use of panels with their angles and perspective in the page layouts show how strong his eye for storytelling is. Even the way the backgrounds are used is nice to see it may be subtle at times but it’’s a train after all. Oh and the colour use to denote the violence without gore is exceptional stuff!
     It is a great concept to use a train with limited room for movement to use as the centre stage for a zombie epic. There will be a need for fighting and the use of their brains and some will live and some will die it’s the nature of the beast. So this issue sets up the premise and shows how it’s executed, though I do think a certain goes too fast but it’s a three issue series so there are time constraint issues.
     The way the book is structured so the flow we see is great and easy to follow. Once the action starts the emotions do too and there’s a certain type of adrenaline rush that comes with the fear in what we see and how we process it. The dialogue is good, strong and shows us the characters personalities nicely. We’ll see and learn more next issue as we get to see the cast in action.

     Fun, interesting and well executed this could be quite the ride and it is off to one hell of a start! Another book from Bliss On Tap that you need to have proving high quality storytelling is out there to be found!
 
 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

But Like Maybe? nominated for Instagrammer of the Year by the Shorty Awards!

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About But Like Maybe

Arianna Margulis makes, like, hand-drawn toons about life and stuff. Under the name @butlikemaybe, her hilarious, hand drawn comics have gained 155K+ Instagram followers and a feature article in the September 2017 issue of The New Yorker, which praised her “Jaundiced View of Modern Womanhood.” Arianna started posting her simple-yet-ingenious sketches a few years back, after a boyfriend broke up with her and she decided to draw out her frustrations in Sharpie and Instagram snapshots of them. Her unique blend of self-deprecation, self-appreciation, and equal love for coffee, tequila, and vodka (even partnering with Smirnoff) speaks to so many other women wending their way through the modern world, bringing delight despite the difficulties. 

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, Musical.ly, and the rest of the social web.

The 10th annual shorty awards will be held april 15th, 2018 in new york city


Friday, January 12, 2018

Train 8: The Zombie Express issue #2

art by Alex Cormack

New panel from Alex Cormack exquisitely doing his thing on Train 8:The Zombie Express🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️ 🚊 issue two (of three)in stores June 2018 by Bliss on Tap Publishing

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Weed Magic No. 2 in stores 4/20/18

Weed Magic No. 2
First look at the cover for Weed Magic No. 2. - in stores 4/20/18! “Wafting into comic book stores just in time for the 4/20 Holiday, the highly anticipated Issue No. 2 of “Weed Magic” rejoins our heroes Moe and Bunny as they continue to search for the elusive origin of their magic Devil’s cabbage! Will they learn to control their powers and use them for good, or will they be tempted into a life of sin, sexual debauchery and cheese balls? Issue No. 2 of “Weed Magic” will answer all of your questions about the meaning of life in exquisite detail and provide tens of minutes of reading enjoyment.”#weedmagic #blissontap #makecomics #comics #comicbooks #weed #weedporn #weedcomics #weedstagram #weedmemes #420 #brianphillipson #jordanlichtman #alexcormack