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Heroic Tarot Named Best of the Bay by Refinery 29!

X-Men Tarot Super fun fashion site Refinery 29 just released their picks for top psychics and readers in San Francisco and Heroic Tarot made their list as the Best Tarot experience in the City!  Here’s what they had to say:

Storm at Heroic Tarot not only tells it like it is, but he is extremely detailed and goes beyond the typical reading to explain the symbolism in each card dealt. Plus, he makes the reading incredibly interesting by using X-Men tarot cards. Um, how awesome is that? He’s raved about for a reason, which is adding his quirky signature to this distinct style of readings.

There’s a lot of great people and places on their list, so be sure to check it out!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, San Francisco fashionistas!  There is a great future ahead for all of us!  And to share the fashion love right back atcha, here’s some great comic book fashion for you lovelies, both old and new!

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Super-Spotlight on Michael Golden!

Golden - marvel heroes

We continue our Michael Golden appreciation with more amazing artwork by the modern master!  Today we look at old school Marvel Comics images as well as convention sketches and commissions! Click below to marvel (pun intended) at Rogue (Michael Golden co-created her!) Doctor Strange, Clea, and more!  Above, 1980s Marvel heroes (and anti-heroes, we see you Punisher and Elektra) super-spar around a statue.

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Cliff Chiang’s Fiery Females

Cliff Chiang Goblin Queen

We recently celebrated the art of Cliff Chiang this past Storm Sunday and today we feature his amazing sketches of some of Marvel’s fiercest “bad girls”!  Above Madelyne Pryor, Goblin Queen of the X-Men cross-over Inferno (and clone of Jean Grey), poses with her demonic cohort N’astirh.

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Here Comes The Sun!


Crook and Flail

Today is my Solar Return!  As has become stormantic custom, I like to take a moment to celebrate the highlights of the past year!  It has been a while since I have written an update and I am excited to share my happiness with you!

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Storm Sunday Extra Extra: Chris Samnee, Part II

storm - samnee

Chris Samnee (rhymes with “omni”) is one of my favorite contemporary artists.  I love this image for the movement implied by the whirlwind surrounding Storm.  Samnee also draws Storm’s tiara in the exact manner as it was created by Storm’s creator Dave Cockrum.

Check out a previous Storm Sunday Extra Extra by Samnee featuring an awesome image of Storm with a black panther.

Storm Sunday Extra: Cliff Chiang

storm by cliff chiang

Cliff Chiang is one of the most interesting artists working in comics these days!  Don’t believe me?  Check out his convention sketches on his blog for proof!  His sleek clean lines are gorgeous and there does not seem to be a character that the man cannot draw!  Above, a head shot of mohawk Storm begins our appreciation of Chiang.  But there’s Storm as Janet Jackson, a fastball special, Marvel Girl and more after the jump!

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Storm Sunday: Brent Anderson, Part II

Brent Anderson Storm

Greetings, dear reader!  Today we celebrate the artwork of Brent Anderson!  We have looked at this amazing artist’s work before, but once I discovered these original art pencils, I had to give him another spotlight!

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Beast

Beast by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the seventh in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Beast!

The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants.  I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories.  The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation.  I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path.   This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.

One of the interesting aspects of the X-Men cards that I use is that every character gets to be represented four times. For example, Bishop is all of the Tens.  Beast is represented on the face of all of the Sevens.   The number Seven represents intuition, knowledge and introspection.  

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Storm Sunday: Diego Gómez

Elvira Vs Storm by Diego Gomez

Diego Gómez is a San Francisco-based illustrator, designer and performer with a style as unique as the city from which he hails.   As the above image of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark versus Ororo, Mistress of the Elements, attests, his art is glamourous and humorous!  I have been wanting to shift the focus of Storm Sundays to more edgy independent artists for some time now, and it is a pleasure to finally showcase a few images of Diego’s awesome art!  Diego’s fluid linework graces many pages of the tongue-in-cheek transexual superheroine comic Glamazonia, written and created by Justin Hall.  He also shares my love/obssession for the X-Men’s weather goddess and I always get a thrill when he tags me in one of his images of Ororo. I really appreciate his queer artistic sensibilities.  Let’s shine the spotlight on Diego Gómez!

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Marvel Fanfare Portfolio by Rick Leonardi

Iron Man by Rick Leonardi

Rick Leonardi is an artist whose issues of The Uncanny X-Men, Cloak & Dagger, The New Mutants, Spider-Man 2099, Nightwing and Batgirl have made him a fan favorite.  I vividly recall seeing his cover of The New Mutants #50 on the stands at a store in Rocky Mount, NC known as the Booktrader.  This new and used bookstore trucked mostly in romance and science fiction novels, but had a healthy selection of Marvel and DC comics to lust over.  I was instantly taken with the cover of Magik fighting for control of the other-dimensional Limbo from S’ym and a horde of demons.

The Rick Leonardi portfolio I am spotlighting today comes from the back pages of a 1982 issue of Marvel Fanfare (#12).  Leonardi’s emphasis was on flying characters and he paired many of them with gorgeous renderings of aircraft.  Iron Man starts things off, but we also get to see some of my all time favorites as interpreted by Leonardi, including Thor, Angel, the Silver Surfer, and Storm!

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