Mesa Rapper heads to Comic-Con to find marijuana comics

Phoenix New Times Top Rapper 2018 & 2019 Teek Hall flew to San Diego a few days ago to research the best marijuana comics and found more than he ever could have imagined.

“It’s a bucket list moment here,” he exclaimed in a new times telephone interview in San Diego. “I’m night one of Comic-Con International: San Diego!”

Even for San Diegans, it’s not easy getting to the half-century-old comic book and pop culture convention, which ran July 21-24. So for a Metro Phoenix pot smoker to get a professional badge to enter the huge extravaganza is a massive deal. Before the pandemic, the annual show drew 130,000 attendees; it was the return of the full-fledged four-day show since 2019.

“I’m here with Mega Ran representing the Mat Mania Podcast Friday at the Geekscape booth,” he said.

Hall and Mega Ran, another local rap artist, talk professional wrestling news on their podcasts, produced and broadcast right here in the Valley. Geekscape, “a community of writers and readers who love geek culture,” brought the two rappers from Arizona to San Diego to do an episode.

“I’ve always wanted to attend this show,” Hall added. “I was an artist and drew smaller comics when I was younger. I also tried screenwriting.”

That first Con appearance was a dream come true for the 37-year-old “Mr. T” rapper straight out of Mesa, who doubles as a quality control specialist by day.

But this geek “hits a little differently.”

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Teek Hall (middle) with two cosplayers

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“I’m currently an everyday smoker,” Hall said, noting that it elevates the experience of collecting and reading comics. “Weed helps to fully emerge in the comic or story. You expand your imagination and imagine yourself in this world.

“I still prefer [print and bound] books rather than reading comics on a phone or tablet. So he decided to find comics to add to his collection. the “Unicron” lyricist, by chance, stumbled upon another weed and comic book enthusiast.

“I was able to discover Kevin Smith’s podcast, fat man beyond“, Hall said. “He (Smith) is a big advocate of weed and mentioned that after the first day at Comic-Con he was ready to smoke all the weed!” Hall then took a selfie with Smith, the creator of Bluntman and Chronicle comic, which appeared in 1997 Chasing Amy romantic comedy-drama film. “It was also on my bucket list to meet Kevin Smith.”

When asked if Hall had smoked with the author of Jay and Silent Bob, Hall replied, “No, due to the still persisting COVID and Comic-Con’s strict mask policy, I didn’t. smoked with nobody. But I smoked and stayed high the whole time I was there.”

After Hall and Mega Ran wrapped up their interviews on their wrestling podcast, the rap artists on the team started messing around with cosplayers, including people dressed as Bluntman and Chronic and Jay and Silent Bob. Afterwards, Hall smoked more weed and then searched for comics to take home to the Valley.

new times compiled a list of Hall’s eight favorite comic book titles for stoners. While some contain weed, others are good reads for those on a good trip.

Bluntman and Chronicle was a paperback with three comic book stories published in 2001 by Oni Press. In one story, Kevin Smith’s characters Jay and Silent Bob win the lottery and become superheroes, going by the nicknames Bluntman and Chronic. Both names derive from how a joint and a weed were coined in the 1990s. Used versions of this book from $9.34 on Amazon.

The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers was an underground comic published in the early 1970s about three stoner characters – Fat Freddy, Phineas and Freewheelin’ Franklin – created by Gilbert Shelton.

The Boondocks was a comic featured in Source 2000s hip-hop magazine. It is about a fictional black family, the Freemans, who moved into a predominantly white neighborhood. The comic became an animated series for Adult Swim, Cartoon Network’s nightly programming slots.

South Park was a circa 1997 Comedy Central adult cartoon that tackled relevant social issues and featured crazy hilariously dialogue. One of the episodes aired revolved around a medical marijuana dispensary. Although there is no official comic book that features the characters Stan, Kyle, Kenny, and Cartman, there is the South Park Life Guidea book filled with comics and lines from the TV show.

Ren and Stimpy was originally a cartoon about the dog Ren Höek and Stimpy the cat, which aired on Nickelodeon. In 1992, Marvel released a comic called The Ren & Stimpy Show #1, which came with scratch-and-sniff air clog that reeked pretty badly of weed smokers’ rooms of the day. The comic sells on eBay for $7 and up.

Afro Samurai was a manga, Japanese comic book series, in a magazine about a warrior named Afro Samurai who searches for his father’s killer. Hall loved the story and the art so much that he made a rap album, headband number onededicated to manga.

Batman the comics have some of Hall’s favorite stories, especially those featuring the antagonist Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is a biochemist and botanist with a poisonous twist like the plant that is her namesake. She can command plants and weeds to do her dirty deeds against Batman and Robin and the citizens of Gotham City. In a recent “Leaves of Grass” storyline, Poison Ivy hooked up with Floronic Man, a villain from the DC Comics world, to get the people of Gotham City high.

spongebob comics is a comic book series based on Sponge Bob SquarePants animated tv show. Bongo Comics published and distributed the comic. Hall noted, “You have to be stoned to find and appreciate that.”

Daniel K. Denny