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Exclusive: Brian Michael Bendis, Greg Rucka, Rachel Pollack, Maggie Downs, and Catherynne Valente announced for Literary Tarot

The Literary Tarot

Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the world through storytelling, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for The Literary Tarot. This is an ambitious and unusual collaboration with some of the greatest authors and cartoonists of our time who have been asked to pair a tarot card with a seminal book that embodies the meaning of the arcana.

The campaign has been a hit with almost 7,000 backers and raising over $400,000.

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents. We have the exclusive announcement of five new pairings that will be a part of this project.

  • Brian Michael BendisThe War of the Worlds and the King of Ink
  • Greg RuckaThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Knight of Ink
  • Rachel PollackOedipus Rex and the King of Ink
  • Maggie DownsLeaves of Grass and the Eight of Ink
  • Catherynne ValenteCanterbury Tales (Wife of Bath) with the Empress

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents.

Major Arcana card pairings include:

  • Bestselling crime writer Chelsea Cain pairs The Emperor with Agatha Christie’s Poirot Investigates
  • PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist K-Ming Chang (Bestiary) pairs The Magician with Wu Cheng’en’s sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West
  • Amal El-Mohtar (author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning novella This Is How You Lose the Time War) pairs The Star with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Emily of the New Moon
  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy) pairs The World with King Arthur
  • Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Victor LaValle (The Changeling) pairs The Tower with H.P. Lovecraft’sThe Outsider
  • Talia Lavin (the author of Cultural Warlords and the host of the Moby Dick Energy podcast) pairs The Devil with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
  • Isaac Marion (the author of the bestselling Warm Bodies series) pairs The Hermit with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 
  • Bestselling Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia pairs The Lovers with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
  • The bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, pairs The Hanged Man with T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning novelist Rebecca Roanhorse (Black Sun) pairs Death with Bram Stoker’s Dracula 
  • Quill Award-winning novelist Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy) pairs The Fool with Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote
  • Simon Tolkien (No Man’s Land: A Novel) pairs The Chariot with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
  • Novelist and comic book writer G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) pairs the Wheel of Fortune with William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

For the Minor Arcana, each suit is renamed to reflect the literary tools that brought them to life (Ink, Quills, Light, and Parchment). Minor Acana Pairings include:

  • Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning writer Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death) pairs the Knight of Light (Cups) with Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones
  • Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) pairs the Queen of Light (Cups) with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
  • Vita Ayala (The Wilds) pairs the King of Light (Cups) with Homer’s The Odyssey
  • Bestselling author Leigh Bardugo (Ninth House and Shadow and Bone) pairs the Ace of Parchment (Pentacles) with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden
  • Tarot reader and host of The Word Witch Podcast Charlie Claire Burgess pairs the Eight of Quills (Swords) with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator and writer of Bitch Planet) pairs the King of Quills (Swords) with Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations
  • Bestselling writer Roxane Gay (The Bad Feminist) pairs the King of Parchment (Pentacles) with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • The Hugo Award-winning writer of Die, Kieron Gillen, pairs Five of Quills (Swords) with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment
  • Bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) pairs the Three of Quills (Swords) with W. W. Jacobs’s seminal, supernatural short story “The Monkey’s Paw”
  • Hart Hanson (creator of the TV series Bones and author of the novel The Driver) pairs the Page of Ink (Wands) with Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain
  • Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning writer Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) pairs the Two of Parchment (Pentacles) with Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  • The award winning writer of Monstress, Marjorie Liu pairs the Queen of Quills (Swords) with Beowulf
  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy) pairs the Ace of Quills (Swords) with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) pairs the Five of Light (Cups) with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Novelist and biographer Alec Nevala-Lee pairs the Two of Quills (Swords) with Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone
  • Novelist and comic book writer Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) pairs the Seven of Quills (Swords) with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat
  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) pairs the Page of Quills (Swords) with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

The artists for Literary Tarot are:

  • Major Arcana: Samantha Dow
  • Light: Shan Bennion 
  • Ink and Box Design: Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe 
  • Quills: Isabel Burke 
  • Parchment: Bradley Clayton 

The campaign ends on June 30, so back it now!

Preview: Tarot #4 (of 4)

Tarot #4 (of 4)

(W) Alan Davis (A/CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Merged into a single amalgamated band, the combined heroes of the amalgamated Avengers and Defenders race against the clock to put everything right – as the final card begins to turn.

Tarot #4 (of 4)

Preview: Tarot #3 (of 4)

Tarot #3 (of 4)

(W) Alan Davis (A/CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $4.99

As the chaos and madness continues to spread, the Avengers and the Defendersfind themselves confronted by the most unlikely characters in Marvel history! Would you believe – THE UNBELIEVABLES?

Tarot #3 (of 4)

Review: Tarot #1

The Avengers and Defenders come together in this “retro” story from Alan Davis and Paul Renaud.

Story: Alan Davis
Art: Paul Renaud
Color: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Preview: Tarot #1

Tarot #1

(W) Alan Davis (A/CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $4.99

An all-new epic adventure teaming the classic Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with Marvel’s premiere Non-Team by Alan Davis and Paul Renaud!

A strange and impossible lost memory from his days in World War II draws Namor the Sub-Mariner to his one-time compatriot Captain America-but the two heroes and their respective allies find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog!

Tarot #1

Marvel Reveals Hawkeye: Freefall, Tarot, Ruins of Ravencroft and More for January

Marvel has released its special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for titles coming to comic shops this January! The episode recapped all the exciting news from New York Comic Con 2019 like Iron Man 2020 and Ravencroft as well as the new launches of Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars! In addition, The Pull List revealed never-before-seen titles: Hawkeye: Freefall, a brand new solo series by Matthew Rosenberg, and Tarot #1, an all-new adventure featuring the Avengers and Defenders by comic legends Alan Davis and Paul Renaud.

HAWKEYE: FREEFALL  #1

Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG
Art by OTTO SCHMIDT
Cover by KIM JACINTO

HAWKEYE RETURNS IN A BRAND NEW SERIES!

When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who’s wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York’s most dangerous villains.

Hawkeye’s mission and Ronin’s secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from.

HAWKEYE: FREEFALL  #1

TAROT #1

Written by ALAN DAVIS
Art and Cover by PAUL RENAUD

An all-new epic adventure teaming the classic Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with Marvel’s premiere Non-Team by Alan Davis and Paul Renaud!

A strange and impossible lost memory from his days in World War II draws Namor the Sub-Mariner to his one-time compatriot Captain America—but the two heroes and their respective allies find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog!

TAROT #1

IRON MAN 2020 #1

Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE
Art and Cover by PETE WOODS

In IRON MAN 2020, the future has arrived, and Artificial Intelligences present a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! As the Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights, someone new will don the Iron Man suit: Arno Stark, the long-lost brother of Tony Stark.

But Arno Stark won’t be alone: War Machine, Rescue, Ironheart will all have roles to play in the new series. The Robot Rebellion will also feature some familiar robots from the Marvel Universe including Machine Man AKA Aaron Stack, Jocasta, the Vision, Albert (the robotic Wolverine character), Elsie-Dee, Machinesmith, Nick Fury LMDs, Death’s Head, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, Quasimodo, H.E.R.B.I.E., the Dreadnaughts, Brynocki, Alkhema, and M-11.

Iron Man 2020

RAVENCROFT #1

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by ANGEL UNZUETA
Cover by KYLE HOTZ

RAVENCROFT REOPENED!

After the hellish horrors of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Ravencroft Institute has received a much-needed facelift and is open for business with a new staff, including JOHN JAMESON, looking to atone for the part he played in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE. But will Ravencroft return the mentally unstable villains of the Marvel Universe to upstanding citizens and give John the redemption he’s looking for, or will they fall prey to the hospital’s seemingly sinister nature?

RAVENCROFT #1

RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE #1

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by GUIU VILLANOVA
Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

CARNAGE, USA!

In the aftermath of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Marvel Universe still needs a place to treat and rehabilitate the criminally insane, and efforts to reconstruct RAVENCROFT are well underway. But Ravencroft is no ordinary facility, and untold secrets may yet be waiting to be unearthed in the destruction Carnage left after his attack on the facility.

RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE #1

RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: SABRETOOTH #1

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by GUILLERMO SANNA
Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

The history of the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has been shrouded in mystery for years. NO LONGER! In the wake of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the facility’s past has started to unravel, and in doing so has revealed hidden chapters in the lives of some of the Marvel Universe’s most recognizable heroes and villains!

RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: SABRETOOTH #1

RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: DRACULA #1

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by STEFANO LANDINI
Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society’s most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and—as Captain America learned the hard way—some secrets have teeth.

RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: DRACULA #1

THOR #1

Written by DONNY CATES
Art by NIC KLEIN
Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL  

The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long… The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.

THOR #1

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

Written by AL EWING
Art and Cover by JUANN CABAL

Once, the Guardians of the Galaxy were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place — and it’s only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned — harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy — but who will accept the mission? And will they survive it?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1

STAR WARS #1

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by JESÚS SAIZ
Cover by R.B. SILVA  

In the wake of The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his noble Jedi lineage.

Now, after narrowly escaping the Dark Lord’s clutches, wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke joins Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance. But what Leia, Luke, and their ragtag band of freedom fighters don’t realize…is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!

The greatest space adventure of all time continues this January!

STAR WARS #1

Diamond Select Toys Coming This Fall: New Items from Batman, Aliens, Godzilla, PvZ and Kevin Smith!

The motto of Diamond Select Toys is “The Best of All Worlds,” and this new batch of products scheduled for late 2015 comes from a lot of worlds! Whether it’s the physical worlds of Earth, Oa, Krypton and LV-426, or the thematic worlds of cartoons (Batman: The Animated Series), movies (Godzilla), and video games (Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare), these new items definitely span a galaxy or three. Check out what’s coming out below!

Aliens Minimates 2-Packs Series 2 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The game is not over, man! DST returns to the world of the classic 1986 action movie Aliens with an all-new assortment of 2-packs! Four new sets include Pvt. Vasquez with Pvt. Hudson, Jumpsuit Ripley with Newt, Pvt. Frost with Burning Alien and a rare, one-per-case set that has Pvt. Crowe with Attacking Alien and Eggs! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangpeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152094, SRP: $9.99/ea.)

AlienMinimates

Batman Animated Series Harley Quinn Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Add some laughs to your bust collection with the Harlequin of Crime! Dr. Harleen Quinzell, a.k.a. Harley Quinn, is the second bust in DST’s line or resin busts based on Batman: The Animated Series! Capturing Bruce Timm’s timeless design in three dimensions, this approximately 6” tall bust of the Joker’s madcap assistant sits atop a decorative base inspired by the show and comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity.  Limited to 3,000 pieces! (Item #JUN152096, SRP: $59.99)

HarleyQuinnBust

Batman Animated Series Femme Fatales Batgirl PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Gotham City’s gorgeous guardian is the next Femme Fatales PVC Statue to come out of Batman: The Animated Series! Based on Bruce Timm’s timeless designs, this approximately 9-inch tall statue depicts Batgirl, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon, in full crimefighting mode, and is the perfect addition to your Femme Fatales statue collection. Comes packaged in a full-color window box. Also available: Supergirl and Poison Ivy! (Item #JUN152097, SRP: $45.00)

BatgirlStatue

Back to the Future Time Machine Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Remember that time you wanted a refreshing rink, but didn’t have a bottle opener? Well, now you can plan for the future with this sculpted 4” metal bottle opener depicting the famous time machine from Back to the Future! It won’t travel back in time to open past drinks for you, but the magnets on the wheels will keep it mounted on your refrigerator so it will always be there, time after time. Comes packaged in a full-color slip case. (Item #JUN152100, SRP: $18.00)

BTTF_BottleOpener

Femme Fatales Tarot Version 2 PVC Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! The first Tarot Femme Fatales statue was one of DST’s most popular ever, so DST is reteaming with Broadsword Comics for an all-new take on the titular enchantress! Featuring an entirely new sculpt, this PVC statue of Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose, measures approximately 9 inches tall atop an open-book display base, with a large sword and her pet cat Pooka.  Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Sam Greenwell! Coming soon: Raven Hex Version 2! (Item #JUN152099, SRP: $45.00)

TarotStatue

Godzilla Classic Rodan 1993 Vinyl Figural Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Whether you be a friend, foe, or Godzilla himself, beware the coming of Rodan! The giant winged pteranodon began his film career as a threat to Godzilla and the world, but since then has become one of Godzilla’s occasional allies, battling invaders from outer space to protect his home planet. This 8” vinyl bank is based on Rodan’s appearance in 1993’s Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II, and has a wingspan of 10 inches! With a coin slot on the back and a removable head, you’ll be able to save your change for the next Godzilla bank release! Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #JUN152102, SRP: $29.99)

GodzillaRodanBank

Gotham Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the biggest shows on TV just got tiny! Based on the smash TV show Gotham, this box set of four different Minimates mini-figures kicks off a full line of characters taken from the lawless streets of Gotham City.  Detective Jim Gordon, Chief Sarah Essen, forensic scientist Edward Nygma and brutal businessman Black Mask each stand approximately 2” tall with 14 points of articulation, and each features interchangeable parts and accessories. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152105, SRP: $19.99)

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Justice League Animated Green Lantern Battery Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Always wanted to join the Green Lantern Corps, but couldn’t afford the gear? Now you can save the galaxy and save some green at the same time! This nearly 12” tall vinyl bank is designed after the Green Lantern power battery seen in the Justice League animated series, but with a coin slot on top and an access door in the base, making this more than just your average prop replica. It’s just like a real power battery, except instead of storing energy, it stores your change! Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUN152104, SRP: $29.99)

GreenLanternBank

Podcast Pals Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes Vinimates Vinyl Figure 2-Pack

A Diamond Select Toys release! Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith have visited your home through the magic of podcasts, but now they can live in your home forever, as vinyl figures! Better known as Jay and Silent Bob, Jason and Kevin are best buds, whether they’re on stage, on-screen or in a recording studio, and now these 4” Vinimates vinyl figures of the pair are packaged together, joined forever in plastic matrimony (at least until you open the box). Sculpted in the Minimates block-figure style, these two static figures come packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #JUN152095, SRP: $19.99)

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Marvel Select Savage Hulk Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Whenever a new Hulk figure appears in the Marvel Select line, the results are always “smashing”! Based on the character’s earliest appearances, this all-new Savage Hulk action figure wears the tattered outfit that harkens back to his origins, when nuclear scientist Dr. Bruce Banner was caught in an atomic blast and first transformed from a man into a monster. Sculpted by superstar Marvel Select sculptor Gabriel Marquez, this Hulk figure stands approximately 9 3/4″ inches tall with 14 points of articulation. He comes packaged in oversized Select-style packaging, perfect for display or storage, with reference artwork on the spine. (Item #JUN152106, SRP: $24.99)

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My Little Pony Dr. Whooves Vinyl Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! The mysterious pony with the hourglass cutie mark is now the mysterious sixth vinyl bank in the My Little Pony series by DST! Based on his appearance in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, this pony (sometimes known as “Time Turner”) sets all the clocks in Ponyville, and is sure to delight any fan of the popular animated series. Not just a pretty sculpt, this 7” vinyl bank has a coin slot in the base for storing your spare change, and an access door for getting it out again. Packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #JUN152103, SRP: $22.99)

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Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Select Deluxe Yeti Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! Are the Plants winning in your Plants vs. Zombies toy collection? Even the odds a little with DST’s deluxe action figure of the Zombies’ secret weapon, the Yeti! Measuring approximately 8 inches tall, this oversized Zombie comrade features multiple points of articulation, and comes packaged in the famous Select-style packaging, perfect for display or storage, with reference artwork on the spine. (Item #JUN152101, SRP: $24.99)

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Superman Animated Logo Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to remove a bottlecap in a single bound! Draw on the strength of the Man of Steel with this solid metal bottle opener in the shape of the Superman logo from Superman: The Animated Series. Like Superman himself, this 4” opener can bend metal and remove bottlecaps with ease, and two magnets on the back allow it to hover on your refrigerator until it’s time to swoop in and save the day! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #JUN152098, SRP: $18.00)

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