crystal planet
Comic Release Date Mar 2021 / Album Release Date Mar 3 1998

The Comic (2021)


Crystal Planet begins as a five-issue series. The first print edition of each issue is being released as a prestige format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 1998 copies at $19.98.


Experience a vivid space odyssey where Satchel Walker, a man out of time, finds himself caught between desperate factions as they battle for resources in the perilous orbit of a dying star.
Satchel Walker's world is about to be turned upside-down in ways he could never have imagined. Issue #2 will bring his futuristic, battle-torn nightmares closer to reality and re-unite him with his father's strange and powerful guitar.
Everybody loves vintage guitars. What about guitars from the future? Satchel's got one that can destroy incomprehensible enemies and restore order to the universe with a sound that he alone can conjure from it. Guitars are cool.
As it turns out, the future on Crystal Planet is much like the music business on Earth these days, that is to say, totally unpredictable and chaotic! Add the evil Swarm to the mix, and it's positively explosive. Hey Satchel, it's time to turn on and tune up the Time Shredder!


Limited Crystal Planet NFTs are available.
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Character Profiles

Character profile "trading cards" are revealed as the issues come out. Click on the image to view the character bio and key details. Check back for more!

Crystal Planet Playlists

Every issue of Crystal Planet comes with a custom Spotify playlist curated personall by Joe to stimulate your sci-fi vibes. The songs are a representation of the emotions of the characters and the music brings a sense of humanity to the story that might seem a little fantastical from the outside looking in. Check them out!

Watch Joe talk about the playlists here

Crystal Planet

"Funny how things get their start. July 1994 I'm on tour with Deep Purple and I'm warming up with my guitar backstage in a bull's isolation cell at the Plaza de Toros in Gjion, Spain. Then and there I start writing the opening riff to a song that will become "Crystal Planet" and a few years later it's the title track for my '98 album release. Fast forward to 2013, friend and fellow guitarist Ned Evett makes an animated sci-fi video for my song "Lies and Truths" using artwork from my "Joe's Art 2013" book. We projected that video on a 30ft. screen every night of the Unstoppable Momentum Tour. It was a hit with the fans which got us thinking we could expand the clip into a "Crystal Planet" sci-fi epic. Ned and I formed Satchtoons, a company focused on creating animated content, and we got to work on scripts and demos for the "Crystal Planet" pilot. Seven years later, thanks to Llexi Leon and Heavy Metal, here we are with our first comic book series! Llexi and I had worked together on his awesome "Eternal Descent" comics, and by coincidence we met again when Heavy Metal published a short excerpt of "Crystal Planet" adapted by Brendon Small for the magazine's 2019 music issue. Both Ned and I love working with Llexi and the Incendium creative team, they bring so much artistry and expertise to our time-traveling adventure. I am thrilled to finally offer our fans the first full issue of what will ultimately be a three novel trilogy." - Joe
"Crystal Planet is a thrilling rollercoaster through space and time, it's Mad Max Vs TRON - with guitars! This has been an incredibly rewarding project to bring to fruition, digging deep into the lore behind one of the greatest instrumental rock records. Working with Joe has always been a pleasure, having collaborated in comics with Eternal Descent years ago his love of the medium is well known." Llexi Leon says, "There was a treasure trove of concepts and character exploration compiled over decades by Joe and his writing partner Ned that formed the basis of this project, with the ultimate goal to take fans on a journey to Crystal Planet for the first time. Tony, Richard, Carlos, and Jacob have done a tremendous job realizing an incredible world and telling it's story. It's fitting that our publishing venture with Heavy Metal would begin with a space faring time travel adventure!"

The world of Crystal Planet will extend beyond the printed page into toys and collectibles. A Joe Satriani Crystal Planet action figure is also available, featuring Joe in a Tri-Diver suit from the comics with his signature Crystal Planet Ibanez guitar.

CREATED BY: Joe Satriani, Ned Evett
WRITER: Tony Lee
ILLUSTRATOR: Richard Friend
COLOR: Carlos Cabrera
LETTERS: Jacob Bascle
EDITOR: Llexi Leon

About Ned Evett: Ned Evett is a writer, animator, and inventor of the Glass-Necked fretless guitar. He has built custom Glass-Necked guitars for John Frusciante and John McLaughlin. He is the winner of the 2003 North American Rock Guitar Competition. He co-founded Satchtoons LLC with Joe Satriani in 2014, a creative incubator that develops original animated and live-action content. He is currently finishing a film degree at the David Lynch School of Cinematic Arts.

About Writer Tony Lee: A #1 New York Times Bestseller and Eagle Award winning graphic novelist and screenwriter, Tony Lee's numerous credits include Doctor Who, Star Trek, Superboy, 2000AD, Spider-Man, X-Men, Battlestar Galactica, Shrek, Wallace and Gromit, Megadeth and Ozzy Osbourne among many others. Tony also works in television, film and audio where he has written for BBC One and Amazon UK / Audible, as well as working with both US and UK producers and studios as a go-to 'script doctor'.

With 33 years experience as a professional writer, Tony has created stories in pretty much every visual medium. In 2010 he became a #1 New York Times Bestseller for his graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In 2014 his Doctor Who / Star Trek Graphic Novel 'Assimilation Squared' reached #2, and in 2019 his full cast audio drama of Dodge & Twist was #4 in the New York Times Audiobooks Bestselling List.

About Artist Richard Friend: Multi Eisner Award nominee and recipient of the Comic Con International Inkpot award 2018. Richard Friend is a 20- year veteran of the comic industry working on titles like Batman The Dark Knight, Justice League, and Wild Cats. No stranger to fusing comic books with hard rock, Richard has more recently worked on Iron Maiden: Legacy Of The Beast, and Megadeth: Death By Design. His love for both music and art is well known with his fans and Richard has been a guitar player since he was 11 years old. Crystal Planet is the perfect challenge to feed his love for both guitar music and sequential artwork!

Crystal Planet Videos

Crystal Planet Press

Joe Satriani To Release 'Crystal Planet' Comic Book Series (Blabbermouth)

Joe Satriani Creates New 'Crystal Planet' Comic Book Series' (Loudwire)

Joe Satriani immortalized as TRON-style action figure (Guitar World)

Joe Satriani Sets Issue Two of 'Crystal Planet' Comic Book Series (The Music Universe)

Joe Satriani's 'Crystal Planet' Comic Book Set To Release Issue #2 (Blabbermouth)

The Album (1998)

Crystal Planet Cover
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01. Up in The Sky
02. House Full of Bullets
03. Crystal Planet
04. Love Thing
05. Trundrumbalind
06. Lights of Heaven
07. Raspberry Jam Delta-V
08. Ceremony
09. With Jupiter in Mind
10. Secret Prayer
11. A Train of Angels
12. A Piece of Liquid
13. Psycho Monkey
14. Time
15. Z.Z.'s Song


Joe Satriani - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Harmonica
Stu Hamm - Bass
Jeff Campitelli - Drums and Percussions
Eric Caudieux - Keyboards, Programming and Editing
Eric Valentine - Drums, Bass, Keyboards and Percussion
Rhoades Howe - Percussion
Elk Thunder - Percussion
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Crystal Planet Tour (1998)

Tour book

March 11, 1998
Los Angeles, CA
Live netcast
March 13, 1998
Portland, OR
Roseland Theater
March 14, 1998
San Francisco, CA
The Warfield
Live netcast
March 17, 1998
Dallas, TX
March 24, 1998
New York, NY
Irving Plaza
March 25, 1998
Toronto, ON CA
The Guvernment
March 26, 1998
Chicago, IL
Live netcast
March 27, 1998
Minneapolis, MN
The Cabooze
April 18, 1998
Sauget, IL
April 19, 1998
Des Moines, IA
Super Toad Entertainment Center
April 21, 1998
Grand Rapids, MI
The Orbit Room
April 22, 1998
Cleveland, OH
The Odeon
April 24, 1998
Cincinatti, OH
April 26, 1998
Pittsburg, PA
The Metropol
April 28, 1998
Indianapolis, IN
The Vogue
April 29, 1998
Nashville, TN
328 Performance Hall
April 30, 1998
Raleigh, NC
The Ritz
May 01, 1998
Virginia Beach, VA
Rogues Gallery
May 02, 1998
Sea Bright, NJ
July 04, 1998
Milwaukee, WI
Summerfest (Catch the Lake)
July 11, 1998
Winter Park, CO
Winter Park Ski Resort
July 13, 1998
Houston, TX
Aerial Theatre at Bayou Palace
July 14, 1998
New Orleans, LA
July 15, 1998
Panama City Beach, FL
July 16, 1998
Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckerd Hall
July 17, 1998
Lake Buena Vista, FL
July 18, 1998
N. Myrtle Beach, SC
House of Blues
July 25, 1998
Fargo, ND
Red Hawks Stadium
October 24, 1998
Las Vegas, NV
The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel
October 25, 1998
Los Angeles, CA
The Wiltern Theatre
October 27, 1998
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State Fair
October 28, 1998
Thousand Oaks, CA
Thousand Oaks Civic Center
October 29, 1998
Sacramento, CA
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
October 30, 1998
Reno, NV
Reno Hilton
October 31, 1998
San Jose, CA
San Jose Event Center
November 02, 1998
Santa Rosa, CA
Luther Burbank Events Center
November 03, 1998
Portland, OR
November 04, 1998
Seattle, WA
The Paramount Theatre
November 06, 1998
Minneapolis, MN
November 07, 1998
Chicago, IL
Riviera Theatre
November 08, 1998
Kalamazoo, MI
Kalamazoo State Theatre
November 10, 1998
Detroit, MI
State Theatre
November 11, 1998
Canton, OH
Canton Palace Theatre
November 12, 1998
New York, NY
Town Hall
November 13, 1998
Boston, MA
Orpheum Theatre
November 14, 1998
Philadelphia, PA
Tower Theatre

Crystal Planet 1998 Tour Merch

Tour Tshirt (front)

Tour Tshirt (back)