The Toking Dead #3 Smoked Out
Benjamin Bartlett and Jeffrey Homan
Benjamin Bartlett and Jeffrey Homan
Cover Art by Jason Mooers
Interior Art by Marcelo Salaza
Additional Design, Graphics and Layouts by Jeffrey Homan
Special Feature: The continuing story of the Ziffits by Bill Diamond Productions.
Oh, our poor buds of bud! In this third issue of The Toking Dead, Toby and Duke are still infected and they aren’t looking any better, that’s for sure. WAY on their way to full weed smoking zombiehood. The guys, along with Piper (who has remained unaffected), are trapped in their building and still surrounded by pot smoking zombies. Who are desperately trying to get in the place, by the way.
The trio’s goal is to get to their dispensary “Weed B Here” in the hopes that they still have product left. They worry that the store and supply have been looted by the zombies because, remember, pot calms these zombies and chills them out. Lord only knows if they have the amount of product needed to hold these crazy things off. So, they are trying to save their stash, or what’s left of it.
Now, I’m not going to tell you EVERYTHING that happens in this issue because, well, that would be crazy. Talk about being a spoil-sport. However, y’all know me, and there ARE a few parts I want to highlight.
First, Toby constructs this massive, super-steamroller blower machine that would put ANY marijuana smoker straight on their ass. (He tests it on Piper, it’s hilarious!)
Next, we find a more…developed, shall we say, form of the zombies. I wouldn’t call them progressive by any means, they are complete barbarians and full of the most violent of tendencies. (Personally, I think Toby should blow them away with the steamroller blower!)
We have also established a running joke in this series. You have to have read the first two issues to get it of course, but it’s that small addition of real-life humor and reference to laziness that makes me laugh every time. It adds a certain personalization to the series that practically ANY stoner, pot smoker, medicinal users, whatever you want to call them, can relate to. It’s something so common and so minor in thought at the time, yet carries such heavy consequences later. So, adding the real-life struggle and humor of that fits as the realistic balance in the plot to me. It’s part of what melts the fiction with reality.
Piper is becoming more and more feisty as time goes on. She’s the epitome of the wild and brash, smart mouthed hot chick that people love to taunt but never really have the balls to fully push her buttons and make her explode on them. Yeah, that’s Piper.
We also have a few new characters introduced in this issue. No, I’m not going to tell you who they are, that would be giving stuff away, spoilers, hello!
However, as the trio spend more time together and the stress keeps piling up, their smartass jokes, snappy comments and humor that is sometimes dark and other times, delightfully disgusting, are firing out of each other’s mouths like bullets fresh from a gun barrel, fast and hot.
As usual, the guys did not disappoint in this issue. And as usual, I recommend this comic book and the series. Every time I finish an issue, I’m on pins and needles waiting for the next one to get to me! Not to mention that I love it and the guys and their team so much that I was gifting The Toking Dead comics and gear all Christmas. It was definitely a Toking Dead Christmas for a lot of my loved ones. And they thought it was awesome. (There’s something about coming from a smaller area on the outskirts of a metropolis and supporting small and private businesses that really makes me feel like we are helping to make a difference in real people’s lives, helping them with their livelihood, supporting their families, supporting their dreams. That’s how it should be for all us “little guys”. Some of the best restaurants are the little hole in the wall type joints. Some of the most talented people are working regular jobs and pursuing their passions in what little free time they have. Some of the most creative and amazing things are found at flea markets and swap meets. It doesn’t always have to be a big name, a big box store, part of the top 1%. There’s room for everyone in this world. All the skills, all the talents, all the dreams and the passions. And it can be done without hurting a single human being, without hurting a single soul. IF we all make some room and realize there’s enough clients, customers, money, real estate out there for everyone. Yes, NOW, I will step down from my soapbox.)
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