Wednesday, August 22, 2018

‘Train 8: The Zombie Express #2’ - Comic Book Review by Fanbase Press

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‘Train 8: The Zombie Express #2’ - Comic Book Review
Cover of Zombie Express #2
Last month, publisher Bliss on Tap continued its high-speed zombie comic book series with the release of Train 8: The Zombie Express #2, picking up right where it left off on a rollercoaster ride of terror.  As part of a three-issue series, the second installment maintained a palpable tension throughout, leaving readers worried as to when a flesh-eating walker might appear from around the next corner.
For those who may have missed the first issue, Train 8 is a series written by David Stephan and Marysol Levant and with artwork by Alex Cormack.  Following a virus outbreak on the well-known Train 8 (which travels the rail line from Seattle to Chicago), the passengers and crew have quickly dwindled in numbers due to those affected by the virus . . . and their subsequent hunger for flesh.  To make matters worse, the train is speeding out of control with no one at its helm, putting the remaining survivors on board with little hope for salvation.  With little-to-no information as to what is happening to their fellow passengers or whether help is on the way, the survivors band together in Issue #2 in an attempt to stop the train and escape the slaughter.

As with the first issue, writers Stephan and Levant maintained a commendable level of tension and suspense throughout the story which is no easy feat in the sequential art medium.  In other visual mediums like film and TV, external effects like music cues and lighting changes can greatly benefit the storyteller in increasing the anxiety of viewers as to what may happen next.  In the case of Train 8, I have been consistently in awe of the creators' ability to ratchet up the stakes in each subsequent panel, unsure of what may occur (to the benefit or detriment of the characters). Likewise, artist Cormack's portrayal of the beleaguered passengers, fraught with peril, shines through his dark and dreary palette that equally symbolizes their chances of survival. 

If there is any minor quibble, it is simply this:  With the full awareness that this property is being developed into a full-length motion picture, some of the captions listed within the text read more like stage directions from a screenplay rather than essential text that would assist the reader.  While the text did not detract from the story nor the tension of the action, it was perhaps unnecessary in the grander scheme of things.

This reviewer is very much looking forward to the third and final issue of the Train 8: The Zombie Express saga!  Be sure to pick up your copies of Issues #1 and #2 at your local comic book store.

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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Friday, August 17, 2018

The Little Book of Puppet Sutra

Just some NSFW Puppet Sutra for your Friday afternoon. Here are samples from the book we helped out on for The Happytime Murders movie.  Get your very own copy at the InkHole pop-up in Hollywood this weekend! #blissontap #happytimemurders #puppetsutra #makecomics #comics #stxentertainment

Uglydolls - 2018 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive by Bliss on Tap

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

San Diego Comic Con - Bliss on Tap booth 5533

It's that time of year again (already)!  If you're down in San Diego for the Con, swing by our booth #5533 in the Independent Press Pavilion (red carpet area) and check out all the latest comics.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Train 8: The Zombie Express issue 2 is now available to order at your local comic book store


(W) Brian Phillipson, David Stephan, Marysol Levant (A/CA) Alex Cormack
Train 8 speeds through the wilds of northern Idaho, barreling through its scheduled stops. Confused and panicked, a group of surviving passengers have barricaded themselves into the last Observation Car. Unable to contact the Engine cab, the Train Conductor plans to lead a volunteer group to the front of the Train. If they can stop the Train, they will survive this nightmare ...or so they think.
In Shops: Jul 04, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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


‘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