weed: it’s great!

i haven’t actually smoked/vaped in like, almost a month, because i moved and it’s not legal here and i don’t have any friends, but i still love weed very much and thought maybe i should write about it.

i’ve been lucky enough to live places where the weed you get is a particular strain that corresponds to whatever the person selling it tells you it is (not just like, bAnGiN LeMoN KuSh CrAcK BuBbLeS BEST DANK! or whatever), and, like wine, i’ve been lucky enough to figure out what i like. unlike wine, i enjoy different strains for different purposes and activities, whereas with wine the activity is always going to be ‘drinking’, and maybe also ‘eating’ (or writing a blog).

that said, if i had to pick a desert island strain it’d be Critical Kush because it combines most of my favorite effects into a single super-mellow experience. the Leafly notes for it say it’s a good sleepy-time strain but honestly i like it all day, particularly because i tend to get a lot of anxiety when i’m out and about, some of which is related to various injuries and disabilities that make moving around in a crowd both painful and stressful. i definitely understand people who prefer to stay home/away from people when they’re stoned, but i prefer being high when i have to go outside because 1) everything hurts less and 2) it makes navigating the human world more fun, in that i get a little goofy and thus treat everything like a game, making it easier for me to manage my otherwise debilitating social anxiety. in my experience the balance of THC-to-CBD in Critical Kush is close to an ideal balance because i get the silly lateral-thinking benefits of the THC alongside the pain relief and anxiety-reduction of the CBD. while i enjoy a good old fashioned couch lock, i feel like this strain has been my favorite go-to for daily enjoyment because it keeps me right in the sweet spot.

i should be back to those areas of the earth’s crust where weed is legal this summer, so maybe i’ll do some more in-depth reporting on this important topic later this year. until then, think about how fuckin’ ridiculous it is that weed is mostly banned by all those assholes with a monopoly on violence.


Bubbler, Chillum, and the LaZerBear Market

enough of old things i never finished! on to the glorious new things that i’m actually working on! in this post i’ll introduce some of the starring characters in my game (which has the working title LaZerBear Market, or LZBM for short).

that cheerful individual you see up top there is the titular LaZerBear, the world-renowned mascot of a chain of automat convenience shops in the near-future setting of the game. the market’s tagline is ‘Your Favorite Place in Space!’ (that’s a little architecture joke for you 😉) though as of now they only have one non-terrestrial location.

LaZerBear is frequently seen in the company of dankbot, a mobile vending machine that sells cannabis-derived products around town (in the LaZerBear universe, cannabis was legalized alongside alcohol in 1933, part of the alternate history in the LaZerBear universe). one version of dankbot can be found on twitter, and below you can see some of the different versions that i’ve sketched out. dankbot is the first playable character of LZBM.

other characters include Bubbler and Chillum, a pair of cats that are best friends. The concept of B+C developed out of an illustration I did long ago imagining a goofy 90s-esque sidescroller in the vein of ToeJam and Earl called Bubbler and Chillum: Bongs of War. Even as cats, their respective body shapes are supposed to reflect the paraphernalia that inspired their names.

while LZBM will have a robust single-player experience, at its heart it’s a party game, and there are a number of other unlockable characters to play, mainly based on various natural phenomena, and each with their own special abilities and strengths

one important feature of LZBM is a large amusement park/golf course/race track modeled off the solar system, which has gone through various iterations while sketching. look closely and you’ll see the concept art for the version where a giant animatronic wizard uses magic to make the sun glow

finally, i shall leave you with this scale drawing of a multi-necked bong-spaceship

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