I have been an avid comics reader for pretty much my whole life.

Actually, I can’t remember a time where I wasn’t regularly reading comic strips or books.

When I was young, the comics section in the newspaper was a very hotly contested piece of paper in my house.

Sundays were practically a no holds barred competition for who could nab the full-color comics section first.

Thankfully, the Sunday comics were six pages long with a removable insert, and we would read and swap.

But really, the outer section was like a gold medal, and the insert was the silver.

My family always enjoyed the rest of the week’s black-and-white comics, but we didn’t compete as hard to read them.

Because black-and-white isn’t as fun as color, right?

Yeah, comics were serious business to us.

Putting Pencil to Paper

But being a creative type, I wasn’t content to just read comics; I wanted to draw them too.

I tried my hand at making a 3D comic with issue #3 of Superband.

During grade school, I began making my own comic books with my siblings, our friends, and one of my cousins.

Some of my childhood titles included Superband (Superman parody), The Iron Wrestler, Firebeast, The Ironakrons, Edmund Johnson, and The Grody Geeks.

In my twenties, I began drawing a webcomic, Bob & Skull, loosely based off the lives of myself and my friends.

I produced approximately 56 pages of Bob & Skull stories before retiring the title.

After I joined the Nug Life Radio Show in 2014, Mike Boris approached me with one of his comic book ideas.

Mike asked if I would adapt the first installment of his Patience series, “The New Guy,” into a comic book.

I produced the comic in approximately three months, using traditional methods for the most part.

At Kinkos, I had my tabloid-sized layouts printed before drawing on them in blue pencil and inking.

I returned to Kinkos to have all 21 pages scanned before digitally coloring and lettering them.

Patience was my first comic book to get an actual printing, thanks to the ever-generous Scott Migdol.

In 2017, I after joining Candid Chronicle, I began producing three-panel, Sunday-paper-style Patience comic strips.

Patience #1, “The New Guy.”

Candid Chronicle also published new strips of the golden age stoner comic Pizza Fella by Neal Warner.

CannaGeek Comics

Today, I am launching The Comics Page on CannaGeek with a Bob & Skull story, “Lunchbox of Matches.”

The original comics were black-and-white, but they will all be colorized on CannaGeek.

In reality, the story is the eighth Bob & Skull story I produced, but it’s one of the better ones.

Whether I release all of the stories CannaGeek remains to be seen.

Either way, the other seven stories are still up on the internet, in black-and-white, if you know where to look.

The goal is for The Comics Page to be an internet comics destination, with new stories and titles arriving regularly.

If there is a comic you would like to see on CannaGeek, message us through the Contact Form.

If you’re a comic artist and want to have your comics on CannaGeek, follow the instructions in the previous sentence.

In the meantime, pack a bowl, grab a snack, and enjoy some comics!

By Benjie Cooper

Raised on geek culture, Benjie has been in cannabis news since 2014, and a consumer since long before that. Before starting CannaGeek, he wrote for the Candid Chronicle and co-hosted the Nug Life Radio Show.

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