If you asked me when the last time I read a comic book was,…well, it was a really long time ago.
But I recently found out that there was a comic book called Dirtbag Rapture about a psychic medium and I knew I had to read it. I literally found out about it and on the same day went to my local comic book store in a neighborhood called Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington.
Lucky me! They had it on the shelf and I immediately purchased issue number one.
I read it shortly after arriving home and I just want to tell you – read it, buy it, get it. I think it’s fantastic.
FYI, in the back of the comic book they have a little Q&A with the creator Christopher Sebela and it was fascinating to learn a little bit more about him as well.
So I understand this is a work of fiction, but I thought that it would be fun to give a review from the viewpoint of my personal experiences being a professional psychic medium and what my reaction was to some of the information presented in the comic book.
First off, I love that Kat, the main character, drinks my drink – cranberry vodkas. I loved reading that – I burst out laughing as soon as I read that.
When Kat is on an airplane and explains that air travel is the only place where she can relax because there are no dead people…that’s not true. My experience as a psychic medium is that dead people are everywhere. Energy is everywhere, ergo so are the dead people. They are not really restricted in where they can go. But I thought it was really funny that that was one of the constraints the creator of the comic book gave this character as a reprieve from speaking to the dead.
However, this issue of not having boundaries with the spirit world is not an unfamiliar topic. It is not uncommon for psychic mediums who are at the beginning of their journey as being psychic mediums to have difficulty turning off.
For example, when I’m with my clients, then yes, I am totally tuned in and turned “on” and I want to hear everything that your loved ones in spirit and spirit guides have to say. Outside of my office, when I’m living my “normal” life, i.e., going to the grocery store or having a cup of coffee with a girlfriend, then I turn off so that I can have this semblance of a normal life. That being said, I loved that the creator introduced this idea that in order to get away from spirits Kat had to get on an airplane, which I found amusing and also made total sense on a practical level.
The way that Kat becomes a psychic medium is she has a near-death experience (NDE). I love that too. NDEs are a very common way that people become psychic mediums. Why is that the case? I don’t know. I can’t explain it. But there have been so many instances of people who are leading this “so-called normal life” and then they have a near-death experience and all of a sudden they’re just able to communicate with the spirit world.
If you’re curious about other ways that people have become psychic mediums:
- Generational – If your mother, grandmother, grandfather, father, etc was/is a psychic medium, there’s a very high likelihood that it will be passed down to you as well.
- Experiencing a significant loss – People who suffer the loss of a child or a significant loved one can sometimes without warning suddenly be able to communicate with spirits on the other side.
Also, if you generally have an interest in becoming a medium, you can train to become a psychic medium. Feel free to reach out to me if you want to learn more about developing your psychic and/or mediumship abilities.
I also love the fact that this comic book partially takes place in the state of Washington. Since I’m a psychic medium – who as of writing this blog post – lives in Seattle, Washington, it was cool to share that connection. Being a Chicago native I was surprised to feel excited about reading a comic book where the protagonist was based in Seattle, but there ya go. I was.
Final thought: The pretense of extorting the dead for money is definitely not something that I nor any of the mediums I am friends with professionally do. Our clients are living and they are seeking us out in order to get messages from their deceased loved ones.
The comic book Dirtbag Rapture, Issue #1 was funny and enjoyable to read. I’m looking forward to reading issue number two!