I have to admit, I was a lot more giddy while drawing the stranger thumb-up than I should have been. So far, this has to be his nicest moment, which shows that deep down, the guy isn’t just a jerk.

This Friday is the last page of issue 2! Yay! I’ve said before, I’m super excited for issue 3. Mainly because I’m one step deeper into the world of Waking Up Dead. I have a lot in store, and it only gets better from here, folks! I’m going to announce the title of Issue 3 alongside Friday’s comic, so stay tuned!

So, for those of you who are actually interested in my life (or just read this blog compulsively—I’ll take that too), You may be wondering how the Polar Bear Club show was.


Oh my god, okay, first, I need to give a little shout out to two awesome people I met. I’ll start here by saying that, due to all the bullying and stuff I went through in Middle and High School, I’m generally a bit standoffish when people (especially attractive women) I don’t know approach me. I’ve generally been through enough experience that any attention from pretty girls is them mocking me—something I actively know isn’t true anymore (I mean, I am dead sexy), and hasn’t been since ~2009. As a result, when someone walks up to me and just starts talking, my initial reaction is to glare at them until they leave me alone. Well, when this girl Jessi approached me on line, that was my initial reaction. However, I successfully fought my instinct, and I’m really glad I did. Doing this really helped me out, and when I got into the venue, she approached me alongside her buddy Sean, who is a really cool guy. He and I chatted a bit about various topics—Alexisonfire and their untimely going away tour (that never visited the States, damnit!), the vocalist of Alexisonfire who went solo (Dallas Green/City of Colour) and Jessi’s tattoo of some of his lyrics, Pokémon, Guy Fiere and Mitch Clem Comics, and even WuD a bit. Generally, and this happens pretty rarely post-grad, I made a few friends.

*Cue Confetti*

Thank you, Sean and Jessi. I’m almost positive that if not for you two, I would have been silent and miserable at the show. You guys really gave me some confidence, and contributed to make the night as good as it was. I can’t thank you enough.

Now, the actual show was amazing. I enjoyed the bands a lot, and their sets were fantastic. I have got to say, I believe Citizen to be my personal find of the year. I bought their album, Youth at the show, and it is some of the best music I have heard in a long time. I’m proud to say, I did my first stage dive ever during their set, during “The Night I Drove Alone.”

Now, the thing you’ve been waiting for: PBC’s set. They got on stage, and took it home with “Blood Balloon“, and followed that up with a little “Bottled Wind.” During “Bottled Wind’s” break (the lyrics featured in Page 13 of this issue), I hopped on stage, hugged Jimmy, and screamed “IT’S ONLY WORTH WHAT’S USING IT!” before doing a perfect swan-dive into the crowd. For a moment, everything disappeared. I wasn’t being held up by people, but was sinking into the sea. The venue faded around me, and I began to sink in the water. I fell below the surface, and I accepted my fate, expecting to drown as my back hit the sand below. I lay there a moment at peace before a hand grabbed my shoulder. And another. And a third. And suddenly, I was lifted back on my feet. The music came back, and the venue was there again, Polar Bear Club preforming the last chorus of the song. It was amazing.

Anyway, the rest of the set was epic. When they played their new song, “WLWYCD“, they were surprised that everyone sang along. The song only came out on Wednesday last week, so it was pretty awesome that everyone already knew the lyrics. I actually explained that I’d listened to it 180+ times (I ripped the song from Youtube and put it on my iTunes, then listened to it on loop for 2 days). Jimmy’s reaction was hilarious:

“Wow, you’ve already listened to it 80 times?”
“No, One-Hundred Eighty.”
180 times… I don’t know whether to be flattered or ashamed…”

Well, The rest of the set was amazing. I had a great time, met some great people, and got some good music. I’m actually thinking I might try to make the last show on the tour, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to. We’ll see. I have a month to figure that out. Seriously, though, that show was exactly what I needed in my life. I was sad none of my friends could join me, but I wasn’t going to let that keep me from enjoying myself.

I’ll see you next Friday with the last page of Issue 2.