Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

Tag: Alternative Press Expo

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



White Queen Wednesday: Going APE

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel

Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. Today I draw your attention to this sweet Emma Frost sketch by Lovekiller artist Jess K and talk a little bit about my experience at this year’s Alternative Press Expo here in San Francisco.

All of our favorite mutant ladies as rendered by Jess K reflect her own personal sense of style with their dramatically defined eyes and bountiful flowing locks, and Emma is no different. Although Emma has the added effect of her characteristic cold severity and pale platinum blonde tresses. I love that Emma is wearing her New X-Men era Frank Quitely designed daring X-cutout ensemble here, as simply indicated by her high necked pointed collarpiece. The cocked eyebrow really conveys that unmistakable Emma attitude.

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Princess Witch Boy Press: APE 2010

Alternative Press Expo 2010 was great fun!  I saw great folks from years past and met lots of new people!  Many issues of Princess Witch Boy #2 were sold and many Heroic Tarot readings were given!  Writers Old Fashioned had all new banners this year, hosted a comics demo and had our first panel!

Speaking on the panel was a great experience!  Everyone spoke from the heart, sharing their perspectives and process on creating comics.  Justin Hall was a great moderator, briskly moving us along from one topic to another.  His questions were poignant and he gave us all an opportunity to talk about our individual comics.

In addition to being the first stop for JK Parkin (from Robot 6 at Comic Book Resources), he also penned a lovely writeup of the Writers Old Fashioned panel and shares artwork from our current and upcoming projects.  I am so happy that PWB2 made it into his take home pile of comics!

Writers Old Fashioned at Alternative Press Expo 2010

Writers Old Fashioned at Alternative Press Expo 2010

Headed to this year’s Alternative Press Expo?

You are? Excellent!

Then you are invited to stop by the Writers Old Fashioned table to say hi to some old friends, pick up some amazing comics, check out our feature panel and comic making workshop on Saturday, and book a time for your Heroic Tarot reading with STORM!

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Get Drawn Into the Writers Old Fashioned Panel at APE!

Alternative Press Expo returns to San Francisco this October 16th and 17th and Writers Old Fashioned is rip, roaring and ready to go!  Visit your favorite comic book guild at Table#224 and attend our panel on Sunday!  Here’s what the official APE solicit has to say:


12:00-1:00 Writer’s Old Fashioned—The Writer’s Old Fashioned group is the latest in a long line of illustrious San Francisco–based comics movements and is proving to be one of the most dynamic. Originally a small group of comics writers who began meeting in 2006 to exchange ideas, provide feedback, and imbibe a few drinks, WOF has expanded to include some cartoonists, comics illustrators, and even teetotalers. Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia) will grill Kirsten Baldock (Smoke and Guns), Stephenny Godfrey (Panorama), Jason McNamara (Martian Confederacy), Matt Silady (The Homeless Channel), Emily Stackhouse (Brazilia Noir), and Storm (Princess Witch Boy) about their creative endeavors and drinking habits.

We will see you there!

STORM Sunday: Princess Witch Boy Press!

Last week’s Alternative Press Expo was amazing!  Debuting my first mini-comic was a great experience.  I loved seeing a lot of people I talked to last year as well as meeting a horde of new folks this year!  Press has been very kind to me and my funny book endeavor and I am feeling so much gratitude that it is simply quite humbling, dear reader!

Princess Witch Boy made it into the take home pile of JK Parkin from Robot 6 of Comic Book Resources, Comicvine reporter Sara Lima interviewed me on the first day of APE in a heartfelt exchange of mutual admiration, and JK Parker quotes me in his article about “The Garage Band of Comic Cons.”

Sara Lima is the Lois Lane of our generation!  Her energy is infectious! You can really tell that she loves comics!  Check her articles out on Comicvine and chat her up in the comments section!  Start up a conversation with her about Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl or Namor the Submariner, but make sure you know what you’re talking about!  Not only is she smart like Lois Lane, but she is also tough like Wonder Woman!  To wit:
wonder sara

wonder sara 2I really wish I had met Sara at WonderCon when I was dressed as Black Widow! What fun we would have had!  There’s always next Con!

So, after you watch the video and read JK’s articles, check out two pages from Princess Witch Boy.  The meaning behind the pages may seem a bit esoteric, but please remember that they are taken out of context.  I wanted to share some of the work without giving it all away.   The image below depicts Princess Witch Boy drawing under the protective powers of an Egyptian Goddess.  (And yes, these pix have ginormous borders).

Princess Witch Boy Book One, Page 9
I had a hard time coming up with a three dimensional design for the Goddess, and by that I mean I wanted a more realistic approach to her without resorting to flat hieroglyphs.  For a few weeks I was really stuck.  Then on my birthday I went to the Tutankhamen exhibit here in San Francisco and I had a sign.  My Goddess was beautifully rendered at the head of a Queen’s sarcophagus and her sister was at the feet.  Yes, I’m being deliberately vague about the identity of the Goddess right now and I never call her by name in the pages of Princess Witch Boy.  However, I do draw her hieroglyph in the book.  So it’s not exactly a secret, but it’s also not important that I name the Goddess in Book One.  There’s already enough people to get to know in the beginning.  I will reveal more about this Goddess in Book Two.
Princess Witch Boy Book One, Page 12
Velvet is one of the three women that Princess Witch Boy turns into in his imagination.  Her story runs concurrently with his in Book Four.   Velvet is a magickal hybrid of human and djinn.  As such, she has untapped potential and power.  However, Vivian Van Ray, the daughter of billionaire tycoon Count Vincent Van Ray, would rather stay at home in her greenhouse studio and paint all day.  Then something happens that rips her from the safety of her father, her art and her home.  A betrayal of blood at first and the worst of all prisons in the end.

Velvet is a very important character for me because she was the first superhero that I traced off of a comic book to get the proportions right.   I used to trace all of the bodies for my female characters off of Storm from Classic X-Men #3 and the How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way image of Susan Storm.  The Reed Richards image from the book was used in conjunction with a Hal Jordan Green Lantern comic to trace the bodies of the male characters.  I’ve have drawn Velvet all of my life and she’s gone through many incarnations.  I love her most recent one the best and that is how it should be.  Looking forward to sharing her story with you, dear reader.

However, now I must show you some fun pictures from APE antics!  Indulge me! if you will, as I celebrate some fabulous folks!  What an amazing coincidence that I appear in every photogtraph!  Enjoy!

tristan storm pwb

My buddy the wizard wunderkind Tristan Leder shows his Princess Witch Boy pride by wearing the appropriate color for the launch!  Much love to Wuvable Oaf for bringing the pink in the first place!  Check out Tristan’s blog for some amazing King City art by Brandon Graham!

oafsMore Wuvable Oaf love brought to you by yours truly and the #1 White Queen fan in the multiverse Ken Kneisel!

writers old fashioned foursomeWriters Old Fashioned give good booth!  From left to right, yours truly, Emily Stackhouse, DangerBob and Steph Godfrey!

james n meAnd I leave you with one of my favorite images from the weekend.  At Isotope’s APE Aftermath party, James Sime relays very important information to me and I pay close attention.  Time has stopped and we are casting spells like the comic book sorcerers that we are!  Or maybe he’s telling me to go clean up all the empty cocktail cups off of the window ledge.  Yeah, that’s probably it.


STORM Sunday: Princess Witch Boy Debuts!

Today was most probably the best day of my existence!  I launched my first self-published comic, my memoir fantasy PRINCESS WITCH BOY at the Alternative Press Expo here in San Francisco!  So much to share about APE, Isotope, Dean Haspiel, The Mini Comic Award of Excellence, Prism, Writers Old Fashioned and so much more, but right now I’d like to send out a big ol’ shout to everyone who came out to APE, and/or attended the signing for Dean Haspiel or the APE Aftermath party at Isotope, and/or bought my comic!  You know what?  Today was the best day ever!  (Creating) Art = (Creating) Community = Joy!

4003249093_3f3ce3d285_bThis is the cover of Princess Witch Boy, Book One:  Gateway.  Out titular hero looks at the reader as the spirits of three women float above him.  They represent the triple aspects ( shapechanger, supermodel sorceress and djinn) that the boy channels in times of crisis.  From left to right we have Galaxy Runway, Velvet and Replica)

signingHere I am working the Writers Old Fashioned booth while hawking my wares.  That’s the lovely Ms. Emily Stackhouse (Brazilianoir) in the background.  Photo by Zan!

signing birdseyeSigning personalized copies of Princess Witch boy at the Writers Old Fashioned booth.  Photo by Zan.


Posing with Ken Kneisel with our Wuvable Oaf tees on! We’re like twins!  Wuvable Oaf is the genius comic by Ed Luce!  Yes, you heard me.  I said genius.  I meant every syllable!  And since I’m choosing to spend this Sunday on me instead of Ororo, here’s some random images of the best character I’ve ever named myself after! *laughs*
Image by John Byrne
StormBigHair2 Olivier Coipel drew this fierce as all get out Storm image!
TheUncannyX-Men147-29 Doctor Doom has the hots for Storm and uh, Storm might like him, too? Huh?

And just in case you forgot:
storm fly in the face
Don’t try to fly in the face of facts alone or with friends. Or at all, really. If a mutant goddess can’t do it, what chance do you have?  So, instead of wasting time flying in the face of facts, try looking up some facts about the following people, places and things since I don’t have time to create links to all their names.  That’s right, dear reader, Google some information on Isotope Comic Book Lounge, Writers Old Fashioned, Alternative Press Expo, Dean Haspiel, Prism, and mini-comics.  Stay tuned to and I will let you know how you can order your very own copy of PRINCESS WITCH BOY! Mwah!


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