Storm Arcana

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Month: March 2011

It’s In The Cards! Heroic Tarot Update!

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If you are looking for a Heroic Tarot reading this weekend, you will have to attend WonderCon!  I will be at the  Writers Old Fashioned table in Artists’ Alley (#AA-088) on Friday from 1-7pm, Saturday from 1-7pm and Sunday from 11-5pm.  Princess Witch Boy candles, original artwork, archival prints, and the last remaining copies of issue #2 will be available for purchase!  You can read Princess Witch Boy #1 for free here!

After WonderCon, I have openings on Friday the 8th (3, 4, 5, 6pm), Saturday the 9th (2, 3, 4, 5, 6pm) and Monday the 11th (2, 3, 4pm).  Call 415.932.6615 or email HeroicTarot(at)gmail(dot)com to make an appointment!

Lip Syncing For My Life!

Celebrate! with Princess Leia

YOU are cordially invited to STORM’s going away party this Thursday, March 31st at 8pm at Swankety Swank!  Yours Truly is leaving San Francisco sometime in April to embark on a journey of epic proportions and I would love to see as many Bay Area folks as I can before I go!

STORM. Photo by Christine Donley.

I will be performing a lip sync or two that evening in my inimitable fashion and DJ Gehno Aviance will be spinning tunes to manipulate your body like a madcap marionette!  Oh yeah, BYOB.

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STORM (Princess Witch Boy) and Storm (Queen Ororo Iqadi T’Challa, née Munroe) most humbly request an audience with your royal personage!  By the Bright Lady, we hope to see you at 289 Divisadero at 8pm this Thursday, March 31st!

I ♥ The Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe

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I used to pore over copies of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe for hours at a time as a youth.  To tell the truth, I still do.  However, the new updates are not quite as special to me as the original handbooks.  The art featuring the characters in the new books is rarely actually new and if it is, then it is the same artist featuring most of the characters.  Older handbooks had some of the best artists selected from Marvel’s Bullpen and often featured the characters the artists were associated with at the time.  Comic book panels depicting key scenes or costumes were accompanied by text that detailed at length the history, powers and skill sets of each character.  Nowadays, the text has to abbreviate so many years of continuity that the narratives often lose a sense of wonder (becoming mere lists of pivotal moments instead of a soap opera-like story) and the accompanying art in the character’s biography is shrunk to the point of being ridiculous.  All that said, I still adore the art from many of the Handbooks back in the day and wanted to share some of my favorites in all of their black and white glory!

First up is the decadent and diabolic Black Queen Selene of the Hellfire Club.  Energy vampire, sorceress and manipulator of inorganic matter (she could animate the very floor to wrap itself around a victim), she possessed a wit and cunning only matched by very few (I would count White Queen Emma Frost and the Enchantress among them).  Mark Beachum drew this amazing image and my adolescent self will always be indebted to him for the wild places my imagination took me upon its repeated viewing.

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The Wonder Of Cosplay

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WonderCon is almost upon us and I am so excited!  I will be with my Writers Old Fashioned compadres in Artists’ Alley at booth #AA-088 with Princess Witch Boy candles, original artwork, archival prints, and the last remaining copies of issue #2 (You can read issue #1 here)!  I will also be giving Heroic Tarot readings, so if you have never experienced my award-winning X-Men readings, now is the time!  I will be at the Writers Old Fashioned booth on Friday from 1-7pm, Saturday from 1-7pm and Sunday from 11-5pm.  I look forward to seeing you there!

I really enjoy giving readings at conventions, especially when they are in my hometown!  One of my favorite aspects of the show will be the brave individuals who run around dressed as their favorite characters!  I love to dress up myself whenever I can, but this year I will be living vicariously through other cosplayers.  I dug out some fun images of costumed folks that I had been saving to share with you, dear reader.  I hope you enjoy them and will attend this year’s WonderCon to see me and all of the fantastic imaginauts!  Above, a Flash and Wonder Woman cosplay couple get cozy at the MUNI station.

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Storm Sunday: Xenogenesis Ororo

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This gorgeous Xenogenesis version of Storm was created by the DeviantArt creator 89g as inspired by the designs of Kaare Andrews.  Ororo looks quite gaunt as if she were a supermodel punk rocker.  This look hearkens back to Storm’s mohawk days in which she was a bit more unpredictable in behavior and attitude as a weather manipulator ought to be, in my humble opinion.  I love the feather earrings and the hot pink background.  I think 89g’s rendition does justice to Andrews’ Storm.  Comics Alliance has a great article about the artwork of Andrews on Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis in which writer David Brothers appreciates Storm’s new look.

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State Of The X-Men: Ken Kneisel

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I’m sick of the X-Men. It’s not the first time and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The X-Men, along with Wonder Woman, were what originally made me so passionate about comic books as a child. But occasionally I have to set them aside for a while. STORM explained his reasons for abandoning the mutants and now I will expand upon mine.

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STORM Presents: Princess Witch Boy #1

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Princess Witch Boy is a fantasy memoir, weaving together true tales of one boy’s story with the adventures of three different women from his imagination.  This first issue debuted in November of 2009 at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco.  As of this writing, both printings of Princess Witch Boy #1 are out of print.  To celebrate, I have decided to share it with you!  Issue #2, featuring the shape-shifting super-spy Replica is still available and can be purchased here.

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State Of The X-Men: STORM

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I am over the X-Men.  Let me clarify that statement.  I am over reading all of the numerous comic book titles of the X-Men and I am not going to buy any more.  As pop culture archetypes, the X-Men have enough cache in the collective consciousness to still remain (and grow) in relevance and I believe they will continue to do so.  However, the years have been unkind to the characters I love and although there have been a few gems here and there, I haven’t been inspired by the X-Men in quite some time.  It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when because I feel that the decline has been happening ever since Chris Claremont was forced off of the books in the 90s.  I’ll elucidate on that later in this post.

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March Into Your Future With Heroic Tarot!

Ken Kneisel's Heroic Tarot reading

For the month of March, you can get an award-winning individual Heroic Tarot Reading from me at Swankety Swank for only $50!  I only have a little over a month before I embark on a life-changing adventure;  I would love to help you kick off one of your own before I go!  I give readings on Fridays at 4, 5 and 6pm and Sundays at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6pm.  I invite you to make an appointment.  Couples and students ask about my special rates! Walk Ins are welcome!  Check out this post to learn about the variety of decks I use and see which options might be best for you!

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