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Review by Henry Chamberlain
Cannabis humor is tricky. The subject comes with its own unique
background that easily attracts goofy humor. It can also definitely have
redeeming quality. I’m talking about overall quality and craft. In
movies, think: Cheech & Chong. Seth Rogen and James Franco. In
comics, think: Robert Crumb. Simon Hanselmann. If you are really cool
and smart about it, you can succeed with goofy jokes about pot. WEED
MAGIC, published by Bliss on Tap Publishing, is a new comic book series that gives it a try. Let’s take a closer look.
Here’s the deal: you are already preaching to the choir when you
create a cannabis comic so you really don’t need to overstate your case.
That is a big challenge to contend with. And, to be fair, you are also
dealing with a variety of opinions and tastes. Some people think Kevin
Smith is spot on with his cannabis humor and some think not so much. It
does seem that people can get way too caught up in proving that they
have cannabis cred and that they’re up for the most wildest of
misadventures. In general, less is more. Some people think more is not
enough. At first, I was leaning towards this being a problem for this
comic. Attempts at going full-on Mary Jane can fall short and feel too
generic and calculated. But, after careful consideration, I say this
comic grows on me.
The narrative steadily takes form and the reader can expect to roll
with the offbeat humor. This is light entertainment done right. This is
written by Brian Phillipson and Jordan Lichtman with art by Alex
Cormack. Brian Phillipson is the president and co-founder of Bliss on
Tap Publishing. It is easy for readers to take for granted the hard work
involved in creating something that falls in the light humor category.
But this is a sharp and well-executed smooth read. The dynamic use of
color by Cormack is in step with the pace and humor. We’re in good hands
down to spot on lettering by Alex Murillo.
The story does a good job of playing off the typical superhero origin
story. Set in Los Angeles, in Hollywood, we follow two friends as they
discover their true destiny. Bunny Cortez dreams of making it big as a
filmmaker. Moe Green is more down to earth as a law clerk on a fast
track to becoming an attorney. But both of these guys are not happy, at
least not as happy as they’d like to be. Until, one day, they stumble
upon a big bag of magic weed. Hey, I could see this attracting the
attention of Seth Rogen and James Franco or the next wave of talent that
aspire to be Rogen and Franco. It could happen. Lastly, we’re just
discussing the first issue here. From what I see, I am intrigued and
look forward to the collected trade. All in all, a strong first issue.
Seek this out.
WEED MAGIC is available as of October 4: digitally on all major
distribution platforms, including Amazon, Apple iTunes, Hoopla,
Comixology, Google, Scribd, Nook, and Drivethrucomics. And for fans
attending New York Comic Con (October 5-8), Bliss on Tap will be featuring WEED MAGIC at booth 945 along with a special collectible.