I woke up at 5 a.m. July 20, ready to start a new day by making comics, jogging and eating breakfast—three of my favorite things. The day was going to be extra cool, because a friend and I were going to see The Dark Knight Rises in the early afternoon. Everything was looking pretty good, and then …

I was unable to shake this sucking feeling from the pit of my stomach, and I couldn’t focus on anything else. So I did the only thing I really know how to do to cope with feelings: I wrote the comic (above).

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Aretha Franklin

Concert Review

Aretha Franklin

By Sean DeFrank

That voice. Powerful and passionate, it remains one of the great forces of nature, as expansive as it is expressive. Despite health issues in recent years, the 70-year-old Queen of Soul showed why Rolling Stone named her the “greatest singer of all time,” displaying a range and command that can still send shivers down your spine. Supported firmly by a 20-piece band that included 10 horn players, three backup singers and her son Teddy on guitar, Franklin appeared fit as she opened with the Jackie Wilson classic “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”