Monday, February 27, 2017

Emerald City Comic Con '17 + new comic "Train 8: The Zombie Express"

Bliss on Tap will be at Emerald City Comic Con 2017 in Seattle, March 2 - 5.  Stop by booth #1201 and say hello to Brian Phiilipson, Phil Phillipson, David Stephan & Marysol Levant.

We'll be premiering our latest comic book series "TRAIN 8: THE ZOMBIE EXPRESS" a 3-part series about a zombie outbreak on a runaway train - soon to be a major motion picture from BPositive Films.  Written & Created by David Stephan & Marysol Levant, with additional writing by Brian Phillipson and art by Alex Cormack.  Issue #1 will be in stores summer 2017 but we'll have some advance copies for sale exclusively at the Emerald City Comic Con.

Train 8: The Zombie Express #1



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Observer article on But Like Maybe?

Meet the Instagram Cartoonist For Millennial Messes

Think 'Girls' meets 'Daria,' with a Bob Ross twist

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An illustration of the pair.
An illustration of the pair. Courtesy @butlikemaybe


Butlikemaybe, the 20-something fashion girl cartoon on Instagram, makes for highly #relatable content (at least that’s what the cool teens are calling it these days). The account was created by Arianna Margulis, who worked in fashion in New York and Los Angeles, where she’s also dealt with the pitfalls of dating apps, NYFW parties and tequila hangovers, all of which has lead to the aforementioned content. And now, the account has its very own comic book, created by Margulis and her recent collaborator Dru Radovich, with plans for a potential television show.
The collaborators connected over (what else?), Instagram, and worked together to create the comic book, with Margulis in Manhattan and Radovich in L.A. They chatted over Google Docs and FaceTime. Now, they’ve signed with CAA and are taking meetings for an animated series.

“I want people to know there is a pulse behind the pen,” Margulis told the Observer. She used Instagram stories to allow her character to join strangers on the subway and at airports. The 20-something even started posting stop motion videos so followers can see the animation process. Margulis has also made personal appearances on the feed, by doing what she called “dorky instructional drawing videos à la Bob Ross—RIP.”
The nameless character Margulis created is engaging because she’s unapologetic about being a millennial mess, even if that means smeared mascara, a truly terrible hangover and openly cyberstalking a Tinder first date. The account has helped the cartoonist come to terms with growing up (which makes sense, as it has been called New Yorker cartoons for millennials). “I used to think you had to be doing a certain thing by a certain age. I don’t intend to change my wacky self, but I want to grow—and I think she will too.”

The creator and her cartoon have more in common than just a penchant for pop culture. “To anyone that knows me IRL, she is me. I go out until 4AM and stumble out of a white limo that I didn’t pay for. My mom called asking me to take down a photo in which I wore a ‘boobie dress’ on New Year’s Eve. When I run out of clean underwear I just buy more from Kmart,” she admitted. It’s all very Cat Marnell, only far more PG-13 rated.

The Instagram creation has led to social media connections, including an encounter with Lil Yachty after posting about her love for the cool teen and a “going out top” collaboration with @greevingcards. But the biggest collaboration yet has been with Radovich, who she connected with over Instagram after they briefly met in Los Angeles. Radovich was inspired to reach out and wanted to know more, asking herself, “Who are these dudes she shouldn’t be texting?”
Margulis began scanning her sharpie art to Radovich, who called their process “archaic.” She explained further: “Comic book veterans get very technical with their panels displayed neatly on cork boards—we are digital babes—the literal opposite of that.” While they had a few issues critiquing each other’s ideas over FaceTime, and ran up their phone bills, the television series that’s likely on the way (perhaps it will be a modern-day Daria, with a hint of Girls thrown in for good measure) made it all worthwhile. They want to create a series that captures “our truth of the just named ‘most narcissistic generation ever'” Radovich joked. And with a snarky main character, an Instagram fan base of thousands and content about growing up, going out and getting rejected, they just might. capture the selfie generation.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

But Like Maybe? #2 now available on Drivethrucomics.com

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"But Like Maybe? #2" is now available to download over at DriveThruComics. Print copies available in comic book stores and at blissontap.com on February 22!
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"
page from "But Like Maybe? #2"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Future Proof update

Quick Future Proof update: while creators/writers/artist Brian Phillipson Alexander Murillo and Alex Cormack are busy working on a bunch of new projects, we haven't forgotten about our favorite comic book series! We'll be releasing issues 13 & 14 later this year as well as the first trade paperback (covering issues 1-6). Stay tuned for the release dates and further info.
Future Proof

Teaser for a new project coming soon...

With art by the Great Alex Cormack.  More info coming soon.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ButLikeMaybe: New Yorker Cartoons For Millennials

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Whether she's on Bumble all night long during cuffing season, curing a hangover courtesy of her bff's tequila, or enjoying the fifth slice of pizza for dinner this week, we can all certainly relate to the whimsical @ButLikeMaybe. Life's tough, and creator Arianna Margulis (@ariannabonana) reminds us that no matter the difficulties we're going through in the city, i.e. "he hasn't texted back," it's all better to laugh and shake it off, then go out and enjoy yourself till brunch time! Click through for some of her funniest doodles.