The Toking Dead #1 Premier Issue
Created By: Benjamin K. Bartlett III and Jeffrey T. Homan
Written By: Benjamin K. Bartlett III and Jeffrey Homan
Artwork By: Eric Yep
Additional graphics and design by Jeffrey Homan
This AUTGRAPHED issue was graciously sent to me by the writers and creators of The Toking Dead. I have been seeing teasers for this for quite a while on Twitter and Instagram (find them at Instagram @thetokingdead1 and Twitter @thetoking) and I knew I just had to get my hands on a copy of this. I then saw a teaser about how these guys were signing freshly printed copies for their hard-working staff in appreciation for all of their contributions and I thought “Wow! These guys are really cool. That’s so awesome of them to do.” Then, I was lucky enough to get my very own copy of the Premier Issue and I read it as soon as it arrived.
This is truly a very unique comic book. I know of nothing like this anywhere else. I think these guys really put their hearts and souls into this business. I don’t want to call it a project because, it way surpasses that. This is a true accomplishment.
Now, I’m not going to tell you what happens. I know that’s different than normal but, I don’t want to spoil anything. This just released last week. I want to give you all time to get your own signed copy.
However, I will tell you that this is a wicked killer issue. There’s plenty of action throughout the whole issue. And the comedy is true stoner comedy. These characters have the kinds of conversations EVERY weed smoker has had. These are two guys, Duke and Tobi, that own a marijuana dispensary. I’m still trying to figure out how much of their own supply they are smoking. They have an employee, Piper (a hardcore chick with a major attitude), who gets caught up in the turmoil afoot as well.
And what turmoil is that? A Zombie attack! (And these are some gross looking zombies, for real.)
Stacked high (no pun intended but, still funny now that I think of it) with page turning vigor, we join Duke, Tobi and Piper as they not only try to figure out what is going on (which can be a slightly slower process for some stoners) but, also as they try to figure out a plan to deal with their new surrounding and apparent lifestyle, which is about to drastically change. We’ll have to keep reading to find out if it’s for the better or worse.
I want to say that the artwork in this newly produced series is phenomenal. The main characters look like the writers. Each page is a whole new experience as once you start reading, you can’t stop. The detail that is expressed in each frame is surely a testament to the incredible talent of the artist who, not only gives the visual images for the story but, also helps to bring the words to actual life. This artwork is incredibly realistic looking, which is something I have always been fascinated with. The portrayals of the zombies are by far some of the best I have ever seen. And if I’m being completely honest here, I tend to be really critical about zombies. I don’t want just pale wrinkled skin and dark circles around the eyes. That’s a 1960s zombie. We have so much more available to us now, I want to see some really gruesome looking undead. And these guys nailed it!!!
I would advise ANYONE to check this series out! I think it’s going to be a great series to read and I think anyone can find the attitude and sarcasm funny as hell (unless you just have no sense of humor and are so against marijuana usage that you just absolutely refuse to support anything even remotely connected to the subject). I, however, anxiously await the next issue!!!
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4/11/2018 01:16:18 pm
OMG unbelievable! Thank you very much. It's been a long road and reading this made it all worth it.
4/11/2018 09:56:31 pm
It was really good. I couldn't put it down
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