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Month: December 2010 (Page 1 of 4)

Happy New Year! Bright Blessings For 2011!

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for making this blog a part of your life, whether you read Storm Sundays, Heroic Tarot Tuesdays or the random posts in between!  Thank you for the emails, comments, and in person compliments!  It has been a blast sharing my obsessions with you and it is affirming that so many of you feel the same way about our beloved goddess Ororo Munroe that I do.

I would like to take this moment to give thanks to Ken Kneisel, whose much loved White Queen Wednesdays have added a sexy bad girl gone good flair to the blog.  Ken recently celebrated his birthday (aka “Kenmas”) so wish him a happy solar return and let him know how much you love WQWs!

It’s been a whirlwind year (pun intended) and I’m a bit overwhelmed just thinking about it.  So, instead of ruminating at length, I humbly genuflect in your general direction and invite you to stay on board as we move into 2011!

I wish you all success and happiness in the new year!

~STORM

Valkyrie by Adam Warren

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Empowered creator Adam Warren recently shared his creative process regarding amazing artwork of Marvel Comics heroine Valkyrie!  I found these images in Warren’s deviantART profile and if you like what you see here, you might consider checking out his gallery!  Above we have the final piece of art, but check out his inks and sketches below!

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Valkyrie by Don Perlin

Valkyrie by Don Perlin

In the heat of battle, Valkyrie leads the charge with her faithful Pegasus Aragorn by her side.  Illustration by Don Perlin, co-founder of the Cartoonists and Illustrators School and artist of numerous titles such as Will Eisner’s The Spirit (in 1951), Ghost Rider, The DefendersWerewolf by Night., and Transformers (!).  He also co-created Moon Knight with Doug Moench.  During the 90s, Perlin also penciled Solar, Man of the Atom and Bloodshot, in addition to editing several titles for Valiant Comics.

Valkyrie by Colleen Doran

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As a long time Valkyrie fan, I am adoring this artwork by A Distant Soil creator Colleen Doran for Girl Comics #2!  Brunnhilde is looking strong and statuesque here with a lovely crown of intricate design work adorning her.  Valkyrie is a formidable heroine and I believe this portrait does this stolid beauty justice.  The finished piece can be found on Colleen’s blog.  Fans of Valkyrie can read about her monthly in Secret Avengers, written by Ed Brubaker and drawn by Mike Deodato.  Check out Walter Simonson’s depiction of Valkyrie here.  I heartily recommend reading A Distant Soil on Colleen’s site. It’s a great read.

White Queen Wednesday: Jim Lee

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I will focus on the handful of Emma Frost images drawn by Jim Lee. Considering that Jim Lee was such a massively popular and influential X-Men artist who really redefined the team for an entire generation, it’s interesting to note that he never drew the White Queen in any actual comic book story appearances that I am aware of. So today we will look at a few trading card images he drew of Emma Frost.

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Rogue

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Greetings, dear reader! This post is the fourth in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot.   Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Rogue!

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, Archangel is all of the Fives, Gambit is all of the Sixes, Beast is all of the Sevens, etcetera. Rogue is represented on the face of all of the Fours.   The number Four represents the four seasons, the four directions and the four elements.  Four is the idea of home, not simply in one’s residence, but also in one’s body and one’s community, and in a larger sense, the world.  Four grounds us in the present, funding our persistence, stability and endurance.  It makes us examine the structures in our lives and what makes us feel secure.  As a mutant whose power to simultaneously absorb powers, memory and psyche with a touch, Rogue is familiar with these concepts.  After all, she has to live with the repercussions of each intimate connection for the rest of her life.  In recent stories, Mike Carey has written Rogue finally finding a way to control her powers.  However, for most of her published history, and especially during the era when these cards were sold, one of Rogue’s defining characteristics was that she was unable to touch another person without compromising her mental integrity.  After all, it was under Mystique’s guidance as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants that Rogue fought Ms. Marvel and absorbed that heroine’s flight, invulnerability and strength, along with all of the heroine’s memories and personality.

During her tenure with the X-Men, Rogue has absorbed abilities and memories from countless villains and heroes and has had to live with the psychic residue of each one, long after the powers and thoughts wore off.  For a time she shared her mind with the psychic persona of Carol Danvers (the former Ms. Marvel), and when Rogue was knocked unconscious, the Carol entity would take over.  When the X-Men went through the reality-altering Siege Perilous, Rogue was separated from her alter ego.  In recent times, her mental slate was cleared.  The status of Rogue’s mental stability is always in flux, but somehow she always finds a way back to her center.  Whether she is taking a road trip with Iceman, or leaving Gambit stranded in Antarctica, Rogue does whatever she needs to do to feel secure.  And through all of her trials and tribulations, she endures.  She’s a Southern Belle, a Mississippi swamp rat, and everyone’s “sugah.”

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The Sandman: Death and Dream by Colleen Doran

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The Sandman and Death are intricately illustrated by the amazing Collen Doran, creator of the science fiction space opera A Distant Soil.  I love the art deco style of design permeating this drawing and the level of detail that Colleen put into this piece.  From the stars to the roses, to the folds of fabric and the sheen on Death’s boots, this image is simply inspiring!  But all those things are obviously meant to draw our attention to, and deepen the character of, our titular siblings.  Seeing Dream slumbering creates a more human impression than one normally gets from him and having Death stand guard over him, alert and ready to wield he scythe is pure genius. For another portrait of Dream and Death by the inimitable Colleen Doran that I find completely breathtaking, please click here.

The Gay League Reviews Princess Witch Boy!

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The nice folks at the Gay League just posted a heartfelt review of Princess Witch Boy #1 and 2!  Check it out!  Here’s a snippet:

“I thought, perhaps from the juxtaposition of princess, witch, and boy that this was probably a cute and breezy, fairy tale like adventure. Well, breezy hardly, though it is a tale touching on the faerie world and as Storm refers to his work, a fantasy memoir.”

Doctor Strange by Colleen Doran

Doctor Strange by Colleen Doran

Doctor Strange by Collen Doran, creator of the science fiction space opera A Distant Soil.  I love this image of the master of the mystic arts because it combines solid anatomy with with an ethereal magical quality.  Colleen gives the character grace and elegance with a sense of gravity.  Stephen’s face is grave with the understanding of his otherworldly duty.  Someone has to keep the chthonic forces of the universe at bay!

Be Your Own Active Principle!

It’s the perfect time of the year to illuminate truth in your life!  Would you like to burst the bonds of outgrown ways of being and move on to the next level?  It is time to take action based on spiritual will.  The new year calls for focus, compassion and a determination to carry through on our decisions.  Much effort is required, but we all contain great strength and the potential for good.  Obtaining a Heroic Tarot reading can assist you with this goal.  There are many types of decks from which to choose for your divination experience!

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Friday, December 31st: 6pm & 7pm
Sunday, January 2nd: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

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