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

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Zombie Express - Issue 2 Cover Art

Sneak peek at the cover art for Train 8: The Zombie Express issue 2 (of 3), which will be in stores Spring 2018!
Train 8: The Zombie Express - issue 2 in stores Spring 2018

Monday, November 13, 2017

GEEK Speaks w/ Weed Magic Writer Brian Phillipson

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Weed Magic is one of the year's best new comics, and I had a chance to talk to its creator at NYCC!

By Josef Rodriguez | 11/6/2017 04:00 PM PT

Stoner culture has been making its way into the mainstream, especially during the last few years. As more and more states legalize marijuana – both medical and recreational – the cultural attitude towards smoking weed has softened. The idea that smoking weed somehow turns even the most productive human being into a lackadaisical couch potato is one that becomes more and more outdated by the minute. When I talked to Weed Magic writer Brian Phillipson about this, one of the first people that came up was Barack Obama, living proof that even the most significant figures partake in “the circle,” as it were.

“We have the visual evidence of it,” Phillipson said. “And that’s not a slacker. I think the slackers tend to be slackers whether they’re stoners or not. And, you know, I write a million comics, I work a full-time job, I have a family. It hasn’t slowed me down. It’s just helped.” The writer’s new story follows two friends – Bunny Cortez, an aspiring filmmaker, and his attorney-in-training best friend, Moe Green – who come upon a strain of magical marijuana that gives them powers beyond their wildest dreams. The story of how Weed Magic came to be isn’t exactly a surprising one, in that it was conceived during a particularly enlightening smoking session.

“This is an idea I’ve had in my head for ten years, smoking with my friends. At the time, my girlfriend – who’s now my wife – was with her friends just like smoking, like, ‘Oh my god I’m so high what is this? It’s magic weed. It’s weed magic!’ just being silly. And it’s just one of those things, doing conventions for all these years I’m like, ‘Someone’s gonna come up with this. It’s so obvious. You don’t see leaves anywhere. You don’t see anything at the comic-con. So many comic readers are stoners, and so many stoners are into comics. It felt like a natural fit and I literally saw nothing for that. And finally, I was, like, ‘You know what? Fuck it. I’m doin’ it.'”

With the idea coming a full decade in the making, I asked Phillipson how he planned to keep the series going now that the first issue is finished. “We’re probably gonna put out two to three a year,” he said. “Our next one will be coming out April 20th, 2018, and then I’ll probably have an issue 3 later that year; probably average about three a year. A lot of my comics tend to be indie. This is actually my first superhero comic. Because the weed gives him superpowers, there’s a limited edition of the weed, meaning that all the magic left in the world is in that bag. So it’s following them as they go on this journey of the hero, it just happens to be through weed. And it’s basically: you have superpowers, but it’s a limited time. And I wanted it to be through the lens of what would you and I do if we truly had this bag of magic weed? Like, we’d smoke half of it with shits and giggles, have all the fun with it. And then there’s that responsibility. What is that responsibility in two average guys’ hands? What would we do?”

Phillipson told me that his experiences with marijuana actually did start with a need for some help curbing symptoms of anxiety and mental unrest. “I was from California, got a medical card. As a writer, you tend to be very emotional and it really did help with the anxiety and insomnia. And then also, on top of that, it helps with creativity, which is just a bonus. And it’s like, instead of having a drink, if you told me ‘You want a beer or a smoke?’ I’d rather have a smoke any day. It’s kinda nice, now that it’s [becoming] legal, people are a lot more accepting of it. And it’s been kinda nice to see people turn that corner. Whereas, five years ago, ‘Oh, stoner, can’t do anything.’ You start finding out how many people smoke. They’re not all slackers.”

“A lot of the people you think are smokers, the typical ones probably are,” Phillipson continued. “But there’s, like you were saying, so many people smoke. So many people don’t have the courage because society doesn’t let them have the courage. Of course, everyone has wine or a beer. But there are so many people who smoke, or who wanna smoke, who are just afraid of the social stigma for it. And I think in the next ten years of it becoming legal, we’re gonna find so many more people open up and [more] books like this, TV shows, movies more that incorporate it. And that it can be all types of things, not just this typical stoner comedy, but incorporating the superhero part of it. And who knows what other creators come up with? But I think that helps start breaking down walls, you realize, ‘Oh weed’s just this thing.'”

He went on to explain how the benefits of medical marijuana have had an impact on his life beyond his own struggles with anxiety. “My mother in law’s actually going through breast cancer right now. And she, you know, they’re the older generation. Like, ‘We don’t smoke weed, we don’t do that!’ She’s taking CBD, which is the active ingredient without getting high. And now she swears by it, and she’s, like, “Brian I heard you have this weed comic, may I read it?” And the fact that my 70-year-old mother-in-law is into it, boundaries are changing. Things are changing. There’s hope for the future.”

When it comes to balancing the stoner humor with story, character, and genuinely good material, a lot of comedies come up short. We’ve all had to sit through cringe-inducing depictions of what weed does and how stoners actually act, which is something that Phillipson was extremely aware of. “What’s most important to me is the story. And it took me and my co-writer, Jordan Lichtman, a while to finish it. We were conscious of not making another stoner comedy. We wanted a good story, that happens to incorporate weed. But that’s the whole point, to have a good story. Not overplay our cool creed and weed creed. ‘Cause at this point, it’s around. It’s not taboo anymore. It’s a thing.”

“So many people have smoked it. I can’t fool the people who’ve smoked, who know what it does, and now it’s like I’m just trying to entertain you. And also trying to entertain the people around you and maybe make them think, ‘Oh, it’s not so bad.’ The perfect thing would be someone reads it who’s never smoked, and it might make them kinda wanna smoke it. It’s almost like if I can reach one person, I’ve done my job. If I can get someone to smoke who hasn’t smoked, I’ve accomplished something.” And, don’t worry, if you were wondering which strain inspired Phillipson to write Weed Magic in the first place, I didn’t forget to ask. His answer? “Blue Dream all the way. Blue Dream is what started the Weed Magic.”

Weed Magic #1 is available on Amazon for, you guessed it, $4.20!

Images: Josef Rodriguez, Bliss on Tap Publishing

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Weed Magic in stores October 4th!

WEED MAGIC WILL BE A MASSIVE HIT AS
COMIC BOOK SHOPS AND ONLINE RETAILERS
PREPARE FOR OCTOBER 4th STREET SALES
RED EYES. FULL BONG. CAN’T LOSE.

Looking for that new collectible buzz title in your neighborhood comic book shop? WEED MAGIC will be a huge hit when it is available for street sales beginning October 4th. The new comic book is prescribed entertainment that every collector will want to have on their top shelf.  
Let’s be blunt, there has never been a comic book about the unique super powers unleashed by a mystical, magical super strain of cannabis  — until now. Bliss on Tap, the HIGHLY respected independent producer and publisher of original comic books and graphic novels is sure to score with WEED MAGIC, a fun tale of two best buds looking for kush on the most celebrated day of the year for stoners and recreational marijuana users all around the world, 4/20. 
But when these two best friends in need wait too long and they discover the entire supply in the city is sold out, they must decide what price they are truly willing to pay for a bag of green that when smoked gives them true super powers and changes their lives forever. 
Written by Brian Phillipson and Jordan Lichtman with art by Alex Cormack, WEED MAGIC will roll out to comic book stores worldwide starting October 4 and be available digitally on all major distribution platforms, including Amazon, Apple iTunes, Hoopla, Comixology, Google, Scribd, Nook, Drivethrucomics and many more, so seek and ye’ shall find and all for the correctly priced suggested retail cost of $4.20. 
For fans attending New York Comicon, Bliss on Tap will be featuring WEED MAGIC at booth 945, so show up and ask for the special strain of mystic for a special free collectible??? 
“We have been life-long comic book fans and it was a joint decision to write a comic that weed like to see in stores,” said Jordan Lichtman, who by day is assistant general counsel for one of Hollywood’s leading studios.
Brian Phillipson,  president and co-founder of Bliss on Tap Publishing, added, “Some superheroes get their powers after getting bit. Ours get their powers after taking a giant hit. It’s high time that there was a comic book about the super powers unleashed by smoking a mystical, exotic strain of cannabis.”
Since its inception, Bliss on Tap has established a reputation as a producer and publisher of premium comic book and graphic novel content with taut and engaging narrative structures and the highest quality artwork. WEED MAGIC continues that tradition. Founded in 2004 by writer Brian Phillipson and animator Phil Phillipson, Bliss on Tap Publishing spans a wide variety of genres and targeted audiences, from sci-fi titles “Future Proof” and “Hardcore Henry,” comedy titles “Weed Magic,” “But Like Maybe?” and “God the Dyslexic Dog” to horror with “Train 8: The Zombie Express” and “Killing Hope.”