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Month: February 2011 (Page 1 of 2)

Cloak & Dagger by Yildiray Cinar

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You’ve seen his amazing art cards on Storm Sunday and you’ve marveled at his Doctor Strange, now feast your eyes upon Yildiray Cinar‘s rendition of runaway super-heroes Cloak and Dagger!  Tyrone and Tandy look fearsome in this image.  It’s rare that Cloak looks like more than a ticked off head inside a sheet, so I am loving how Cinar chose to show Ty’s hands.  The extra folds of fabric above his shoulders give him an imposing stance and Dagger’s form is curvaceous while still athletic.  I love the simplicity with which her hair is depicted.  Amazing work!

Storm Sunday Extra: Minimates

Minimates Storm

There was a time when I collected every toy, model, figurine or representation of Storm and I had a massive collection of our weather goddess.  That time is no more and although I have not been recently inspired by any Storm related products to actually buy any of them, I found this model sheet for a 90s era Storm to be fascinating.  Minimates are  tiny little toys known for not having noses and really weak elbow and knee joints.  At least, that is my take on them.  I don’t think it particularly interesting to reduce a character to a simplistic block-headed existence, but there seems to be an audience for them.  I do enjoy the planning it takes to make such a toy, however, and this model sheet breaks the figure down into all of its components.  This particular Storm figure came in a two pack with the Black Panther and a review for them can be found here.  You can see classic Storm and mohawk Storm here.  What Storm toys or figures are your favorites?  Include a link in your comments!

Storm Sunday: Trading Cards

Storm Trading Card

I love to collect trading cards of my favorite super-heroes.  They don’t take up as much room as comics and it’s interesting to see what kind of statistics are used each time.  I enjoy seeing different takes on the characters by my favorite artists.  The cards I am featuring today are from my personal collection and you can see the wear and tear I have put them through.  I do believe that some things should be kept in pristine condition, but toys and trading cards are not among those things in my humble opinion.  Join me today as I take a look at some of my favorite Storm-related cards from the early 90s.

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White Queen Wednesday: Warren Ellis

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. With the final issue of the Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis miniseries released last week, today I would like to take a look back at Emma Frost as penned by Warren Ellis.

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Witches, Faeries, & Druids, Oh My!

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Hi Lovely Readers!

I wanted to take a minute to let you know that I will be attending PantheaCon in San Jose this weekend.  It is my first time attending and I am super-psyched about meeting other witches, faeries, druids and the like.  I am also performing in The Living Tarot, presented by The Circle of Dionysos.  In this magickal presentation, actors embody each of the Major Arcana.  I have been asked to portray the Moon!  I am so excited about my silver and white drag and my non-verbal dance piece I have created (to the tune of Crystal Castles’ “Tell Me What To Swallow”)!   I will be taking photos all weekend and will be sure to blog about my experience once I return!

I will not be available for Heroic Tarot readings this weekend, yet you can make your appointment for the following weekend!  Call Swankety Swank at 415.932.6615 today!

Hope you are all hale and hearty!

Blessings!

~STORM

White Queen Wednesday: Magneto

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. This week I discuss Emma Frost’s complicated history with her one-time foe and current X-Men teammate Magneto. Although they both began as X-Men villains, Emma and Magneto originally encountered each other during a period of time when Magneto had reformed and in fact acted as headmaster of Professor Xavier’s school in his absence and instructed the New Mutants, who Emma frequently tried to enroll in her Massachusetts Academy to join her Hellions.

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Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Gambit

Gambit trading card by Jim Lee

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

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, Beast is all of the Sevens, Bishop is all of the Tens, etcetera.  Gambit is represented on the face of all of the Sixes.   The number Six represents responsibility and objectivity.  Gambit has been both responsible and irresponsible, objective and subjective.  He’s been a hero and thief, lover and cad, mentor and traitor.  He searches for the harmony of the number six, but it is a challenging quest, often elusive and when found, fleeting.   As a Six in the X-Men deck, Gambit is a journeyman, benefactor, absolver, and vindicator.  Let us examine the search for balance in the character of Remy LeBeau.

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Mr. Marvel: RJ Danvers

RJ Danvers

An Interview With RJ Danvers
by Ken Kneisel

RJ Danvers is a former Raging Stallion Studios exclusive adult film star who now works at a comic book store in Florida. Inspired by his favorite superheroine, he chose the last name Danvers to honor Ms. Marvel. I happened upon RJ’s blog a few years ago and quickly became a fan of his boundless passion for comic books and charming personality. We wound up hanging out and chatting about comic books and life in general a few times when he would visit San Francisco to film, and over the years we became good friends.

I’ve read many interviews with RJ, but his interest in comic books and his superheroic namesake are hardly ever touched upon. Today those questions will all be answered. I am grateful to him for taking the time to share with us the deeply personal origins of his inspiration and I hope you enjoy this interview with RJ Danvers!

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Storm Sunday: Stephanie Buscema

Storm by Stephanie Buscema

I fell in love with the art of Stephanie Buscema the first time I saw this rendition of Susan Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman.  Stephanie has been trained in traditional brush work techniques (without computers! *gasp*) and her work invokes mid-century illustration and design.  Buscema’s work can be sweet, sexy, or quirky, and oftentimes all of the above.

Stephanie recently tweeted the above painting of Storm and I fell in love with her work all over again.  Stephanie understands the construction of Storm’s tiara (something near and dear to my heart as regular readers of stormantic already know), she did not forget the ruby on her cape, and she gave Ororo some great lip color that cosmetics diva Iman would be proud to wear (see Wild Thing).  Those arched eyebrows and curved eyelashes bring glamour and authority and I adore the bronze shimmer on her eyelids.  I can only hope Stephanie gets a chance to paint mohawk Storm as well!

Check out Stephanie’s blog, follow her on Twitter, and see her work in Girl Comics (the hardcover came out last year)!

White Queen Wednesday: Nick Bradshaw

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

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Welcome, gentle reader. Today, in this short and sweet installment of White Queen Wednesday, I would like to spotlight a couple of lovely Emma Frost commissions drawn by Nick Bradshaw. You might recognize his vibrant kinetic art style from previous editions of White Queen Wednesday and Storm Sunday, where he made the seemingly random assortment of mutants currently residing on the X-Men’s island Utopia appear more like a cohesive unit.

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