Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

Month: September 2011 Page 1 of 2

Storm Sunday: Michael Golden

Michael Golden - Storm

We conclude our recent Michael Golden appreciation with a look at Golden’s interpretation of the X-Men’s Storm!  Above, an inked sketch by the master himself.  Love the pose, the facial structure and the lighting on her costume.  Golden designs Ororo’s tiara much larger than it is usually depicted, but the proportions are great overall.  And like Dave Cockrum (Storm’s creator), Golden gives Storm a massive mane of hair!

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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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Spotlight on Doctor Strange with Michael Golden & Frank Miller!

drstrange portfolio - golden 003

Michael Golden is one of the comic industry’s greats and his depiction of Doctor Strange (among many other characters) is seminal.  A master illustrator, he is often cited as one of Arthur Adams’ influences.  He is also the co-creator of the X-Men’s Rogue!  Today we celebrate a few of his Doctor Strange images from a portfolio he created in the early 1908s.  Above, we have a lovely image of the good Doctor with his disciple and lover Clea!  The detailed designs in this drawing are breathtaking and remind me of J.H.Williams III’s later work on Promethea!

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Black Bolt and Medusa by Cliff Chiang

Chiang Black Bolt and Medusa

In celebration of this week’s release of the all new first issue of Wonder Woman drawn by Cliff Chiang (and written by Brian Azzarello), today we feature this amazing sketch of Black Bolt and Medusa, King and Queen of the Inhumans!  Enjoy!


Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Bishop

Bishop by Jim Lee

Greetings, dear reader! This post is the tenth in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process featuring my award-winning X-Men cards.   Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Bishop!

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.

If you would like an X-Men Tarot reading, I will be in San Francisco all of October!  My schedule is here, so let me know which date/time works for you!  I also give readings over the phone and via email!  Contact me for more information at stormantic(at)gmail(dot)com!

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.  The number Ten represents mastery, completion and tradition.  The cycle has come to an end and we can choose to relearn those lessons or evolve to the Court cards.  Either way, the wheel has turned and we can no longer cling to the old ways.

Note: I will be referring to each card by their traditional tarot names, although I will provide the equivalent playing card terms under each image.

Above artwork by Jim Lee.

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Omnific October Opportunities!

King of Rods/Wands

Omnific? Oh yes, indeed!  This beneficent word relates to creation, specifically unlimited forms of creations.  We all have the power within us to manifest change for the better in our lives.  Just like the King of Rods/Wands above, we are all visionaries, working on empowering ourselves to approach any situation with mastery and courage.

I created Heroic Tarot in order to bring insight, reflection, and guidance through divination.  As a synchronicity attractor, it is my mission to help you find strength in your convictions and bring your dreams into reality.  I am returning to San Francisco for the month of October and will be once again giving readings at Swankety Swank!  My schedule is listed below.  Contact me at stormantic(at)gmail(dot)com or 415-260-2903 to make an appointment.  This Halloween season is one of my favorite times of year and I love giving readings at parties and events!  Consider me for your special occasion!  I am currently using the traditional Aquarian Tarot as well as my awardwinning X-Men Tarot deck but I am versed in other decks as well!  If you are unable to come in for an in person reading, please know that phone and email readings are also available!  Check out my reviews!

Heroic Tarot October Schedule

APE, the Alternative Press Expo, returns to San Francisco on October 1 and 2 at the Concourse Exhibition Center, located at 635 8th Street.  Heroic Tarot will be partnering with Prism Comics and I will be giving mini-readings with my X-Men deck from 11-3 on Saturday and 11-3 on Sunday!  Stop by  Booths #601-602 and discover your inner superhero!  While you are there, be sure to check out Writers Old Fashioned (Booth #241) and Wuvable Oaf (Booth #429) for awesome comics!

Or, if you cannot make it to APE (really?), I will be giving readings on both days at Swankety Swank! I accept credit cards through Square or PayPal as well as cash.

Saturday, October 1 – 6 & 7pm.

Sunday, October 2 – 6pm.

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The rest of my October appointments will take place at the artist retail co-op Swankety Swank!

Friday, October 7 – 1, 4, 5 & 6pm.

Saturday, October 8 – 2, 4, 5 & 6pm.

Sunday, October 9 – 1pm.

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Friday, October 14 – 12, 1, 2 &4pm.

Saturday, October 15 – This evening we will be kicking off the Halloween season at Swankety Swank with a spooky soiree!  I will be giving mini-readings all evening!  Event begins at 7pm. Check Swankety Swank’s site as things develop for more information!

Sunday, October 16 – 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5pm.

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Thursday, October 20 – 8-10pm – Heroic Tarot CLASS at Workshop!

Friday, October 21  – 1, 2, 4 & 5pm.

Saturday, October 22 – 12, 1, 2 & 3pm.

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Friday, October 28 – 12, 1, 2, 4, 5 & 6pm.

Saturday, October 29 – 12, 1, 2 & 4pm.

Sunday, October 30 – 2-4pm – Heroic Tarot CLASS at Workshop!

Saturday, November 5 – 3-5pm – Heroic Tarot CLASS at Workshop!

On November 6th my travels begin again as I visit New York City!  If you would like an in person reading with me during this magickal time, make your appointment for October today!

Blessings to you all for this wonderfully spirit-filled season!

~Storm Arcana



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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Coming Soon: First World Problems by Spain Willingham

Yours Truly has a part in the upcoming independent film “First World Problems” and you can catch a glimpse of my “Tarot God” character in the brand spanking new trailer (that’s me at 0:42):

Triple Threat Writer/Director/Actor Spain Willingham describes “First World Problems” as a meta-comedy horror and says:

“I grew up on crazy 80’s horror comedy, and this is my salute to that genre! I cannot wait to raise a little more money so I can finally show this feature film off to the cast, crew and my friends and family AND ALL OF YOU!!!

This is a total labor of love – to show that Horror is still alive and well – and that in my opinion it can’t live without comedy. They go together so well, and Directors like Lloyd Kaufman, Frank Henenlotter, David Lynch and Stuart Gordon are why this film exists. I hope they would be proud! I can safely say you have never seen a feature film like this one! If David Cronenberg would’ve made a comedy in his younger days, it might look like this.”

What’s the movie about?  I am so glad you asked:

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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.

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