Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

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Marvel Fanfare Monday: Terry Austin, Sandy Plunkett, Mike Zeck & Rick Leonardi

Marvel Fanfare Monday was only supposed to last through September, but I simply cannot pass up the chance to share some more pinup gems with you from that short-lived series!  As always, click on an image to see it larger!Cloak & Dagger by Terry Austin Marvel Fanfare #18 Terry Austin gives us a serious take on Cloak and Dagger (not that they were really ever happy go lucky) with this image from Marvel Fanfare #18. I like how he uses the white of Dagger’s outfit as a design element that contrasts with the darkness of Cloak’s hand.   This is simplicity and elegance in one amazing portrait.

Punisher by Zeck Marvel Fanfare #45This Punisher pinup by Mike Zeck from Marvel Fanfare #45 spotlights Frank Castle posing in front of a wall of graffiti.  Zeck is often remembered fondly for his work on Punisher as well as “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” and Secret Wars (he and Rick Leonardi designed the black Spider-Man suit).  I loved his work on G.I. Joe as well!

Scarlet Witch by Sandy Plunkett Marvel Fanfare Sandy Plunkett‘s rendition of Scarlet Witch is beyond fierce!  Surrounded by animals in the wild, she is a force with whom to be reckoned!  This image is from Marvel Fanfare #45, the all pinup issue!

Colossus by Rick Leonardi Marvel Fanfare #45Colossus is bursting through Russian words in this image by Rick Leonardi (also from Marvel Fanfare #45).  There’s an amazing gallery of his art here.  I especially love Leonardi’s work on The Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants and Cloak and Dagger!

Check back next Monday for more pinups from four different Marvel Fanfare artists!

San Diego Comic Con 2008 Spotlight: Jason Aaron

If you’ve been reading Ghost Rider lately you might know about Jason Aaron, one of comicdom’s rising writiers.  Or you might know him from Scalped, the ongoing Native American crime series by Vertigo Comics.  Or you might have read some issues of Wolverine by him or maybe you’ve read the first issue of his three issue Secret Invasion stint on Black Panther.  I sincerely hope, dear reader, that if you are unfamiliar with his work that you seek it out and support this amazing writer (especially Scalped, it’s truly gripping).  Jason was also nominated for an Eisner for his work with Cameron Stewart on the Vietnam War mini-series The Other Side.     

I got the opportunity to chat briefly with Jason at the San Diego Comic Con and being a good sport, he not only signed my sketchbook for me, but he also drew this funny Ghost Rider/Punisher cartoon!  Thanks, Jason!

Check out Jason Aaron on his site here.  Stalk him on MySpace here.  Now go pick up a copy of Scalped.  Now!

San Diego Comic Con 2008 Spotlight: Jimmy Palmiotti

While working at the Darwyn Cooke, Cameron Stewart and Dave Bullock booth at this year’s San Diego Comic Con (more on that soon, I promise), I got the chance to meet Jimmy Palimiotti!  Jimmy’s a man of many talents and projects and is a well known writer, editor and creator.  You can check out his official bio here (along with the super-talented Amanda Conner and the illustrious Justin Gray).  Jimmy’s wikipedia entry is here and after you check out the work he’s done and order his books from your local comic dealer and watch Painkiller Jane on the SciFi channel, you can stalk him on MySpace.

I really enjoyed my brief chat with Jimmy as he hung out with the artists of Booth 2207 and was especially delighted when he graciously agreed to sketch this portrait of the Punisher for me.

Frank’s looking grim and gritty in this piece, just the way I like him!  Gotta love the stubble, the jacket collar and that raised eyebrow.  I think this drawing really encapsulates the rough and rugged emotional character of Frank Castle!  He’s a potent combination of handsome and dangerous! Much gratitude to Jimmy for this great sketch!

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