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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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Solar Flair: Birth of the STORM!

STORM-BDAY (1)That’s right, dear reader!  Time waits for no mutant and I am yet again a year older come the morning of September 8th!  As you can see from this amazing flyer designed by the inimitable James Sime (with dazzling art from the illustrious Aaron Lopresti), the festivities are going to be grand!  In honor of my birthday, I am going to list a few things that make me happy, in no particular order or importance!  Longtime readers will notice a few things that I have previously touched upon in past posts, but I have tried to make it interesting for everyone, including me!  Let us begin!

BansheeBanshee & John Bolton!

Two great tastes that go great together!  Well, your mileage may vary, but I love Sean Cassidy and like his daughter, Siryn, I simply will NOT believe that he is dead.  Like all the X-Men who have died and come back, I am waiting for him to return.  And when we ask “Wait! Weren’t you dead?” He can say, “Yes, but I got better!” Just like Colossus, Jean Grey, Psylocke, et al.

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Polaris & Steranko!

Lorna Dane, let me count the ways I love you!  1. You have green hair and that is so cool.  2.  You wear a skull on your chest for no apparent reason (starting a trend that Mystique would pick up much later).  3.  You control magnetism and are so much hotter than that old husk of a terrorist Magneto (and it doesn’t matter to me if you are his daughter or not).  4.  You get possessed a lot!  5.  This cover sold me.  End of story.

madman_ac_08Madman & Mike Allred!

I’m crazy about Madman! Well, maybe not Polaris crazy, but still.  I recently talked about my enthusiasm for the character and the series on Tim Young’s Deconstructing Comics podcast.

YNGAVNRUNWY_Left_colWiccan & Nico Minoru (Art by Jim Cheung)

One is a Young Avenger and the other is a Runaway.  One is gay and the other is Goth.  Both are spellcasters.  So they’re kind of like me divided into two people.  Why isn’t there a Marvel Team Up book featuring them?  Make it so, Marvel!  Better yet, let me write it!

absolute-promethea-v1Promethea & J. H. Williams III!

Promethea is penned majestically by the magical genius Alan Moore and illustrated by the incomparable J. H. Williams III and is my favorite comic of all time!  Fantasy, adventure, character study, magickal tome, experimental storytelling, heroic legacy, myth, muse and map of the subconscious all rolled into one!  This is the kind of work that brings light and inspiration into a oftentimes depressing and dark reality.  You are the divinity you are seeking!  You are the spark of life of inspiration for the world, your community– and most importantly– your self!  Promethea is proof of all of this!

My Solar Return!

Today the sun has returned to the position it was in when I was born! What better way to celebrate this day of new beginnings than with this amazing solar-powered image of Promethea drawn by J. H. Williams III! If you haven’t checked out Promethea by Alan Moore & J. H. Williams III, you are missing out on a wonderful adventure in magic and imagination! Promethea is perhaps my favorite finite series of all time! Alan Moore’s writing is full of wit and wisdom and the characters are easy to fall in love with. And J. H. Williams’ artwork will blow you away!

Astro.com says that one’s birthday is when you receive “a new impulse from the energy center within you, as symbolized by the Sun. Therefore any new venture that you start at this time will ride the crest of this new energy and will very likely come to an acceptable conclusion. Whatever you do or begin today will bear the stamp of your individuality more than anything else. This is the day to assert yourself anew!” Now that’s a great reason to celebrate one’s birthday!

 

I’ve never understood people who don’t like to acknowledge their birthdays. To me, it’s a time to bask in the amazing unique creature that is you. It’s time to affirm your connection to the world and the people with whom your surround yourself. It’s time to give thanks for the blessings in your life and time to reflect on the last year and make plans for the next. It’s a personal high holy day!

 

For really cool horoscopes on a weekly basis as well as planetary transits, check out astrobarry.com! His blog is full of fun and insightful posts.

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