This was certainly a great surprise! Comics For Sinners, a web site dedicated to comic book news and reviews, has a feature where once a month they spotlight an indie comic book from Indyplanet. As you may remember, our comic Purgatory Comics #1 is available FREE on Indyplanet (Seriously! It's free! You can literally go download it right now).
And here's the first concert post in a little bit: this time I returned to Jones Beach to finally see Muse live for the very first time. I'm pleased to say the show was everything I hoped it would be.
Let's start was Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band I casually like but I'm not too familiar with beyond their singles. Whatever you think about Jared Leto (I happen to like him as he's in two of my favorite movies), there's no doubt he was charismatic and sincere during this show. The best part for me was when Leto performed an acoustic version of "The Kill" while standing in the audience. Here's their setlist:
Up in the Air
This Is War
Kings and Queens
The Kill (Bury Me)
City of Angels
Do or Die
Closer to the Edge
Then came the Muse portion of the show, and wow. Again, it was an extremely energetic performance that really engaged the audience. Here's the set list for their portion of the concert:
[Drill Sergeant] + Psycho
Plug In Baby
The 2nd Law: Isolated System
Supermassive Black Hole
The Unfortunate Not That New Kind of Kick
Time Is Running Out
The Globalist + Drones
Knights of Cydonia
The highlights for me: lead singer Matt Bellamy performing "Starlight" while standing with the audience, seeing "Knights of Cydonia" live, and their incredible performance of "Mercy" (complete with confetti and smoke machines - this part was one of my favorite concert experiences ever).
I'd like to share someone's YouTube video of "Mercy" to punctuate how much I enjoyed this part of the show; of course this video won't do the performance justice, but it sure makes me happy to look back and relive the experience.
A few years back I plugged this collection of awesome art from Rafael Rivera (a.k.a. DARAF). Well now, Rafael's back with Jab, Jab, Whammo!!! The Art of Rafael Rivera A.K.A. DARAF Round 2 - and this book is even better than the first! Half the reason is because this time around, I have a full page foreword. It's a great read, but I'm a little biased.
I have a hard copy of this book and I mean it when I say: it's gorgeous. It's extremely well put together and as alwaysm the art inside is extraordinary. Recall that Rafael has been my go-to artist since the days of Purgatory Comics. Most notably, he illustrated and colored the entire Purgatory Comics comic book (still available, still free to download).
I was really honored to write the foreword for this one, and it really made me reflect on how far back Rafael and I go now (nearly a decade!). His art is only getting better, as you'll see in this collection. Check it out!
Here's a short, easily digestible episode for you all. One of my oldest and dearest friends Laura joins me in the studio along with her husband/my pal Chris - and also Steph returns as well! Here, we discuss our own mortality, and how we learned about the concept of death. Morbid! But fun!
Okay I changed my mind since the last post... this episode shall be the "season finale" before a hiatus. I thought this would be a really good one to go out on for now.