Perhaps it began when I first heard about the movie Iron Man or when the Emerald City Comicon captivated Seattle last weekend. Whatever started it, superheroes and villains seem to be in our midst lately, and I think it's pretty fun.

So Blackbird presents Two Steps to Becoming a Superhero.

First, choose from our suggested activities to ignite your imagination. Then, channel your newly found inspiration into a superhero wardrobe. Don't worry, you won't have to wear tights or a cape...

STEP ONE: Comic-centric Activities

Go see "Iron Man" at Ballard's Majestic Bay Theatre
Showtimes - 12:30pm, 3:45pm, 6:45pm, 10:10pm
[click here to buy tickets online]
2044 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-2227

Read a comic - take your pick at Arcane Comics on 15th Ave in Ballard
5809 15th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 781-4875

Visit the exhibit "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" in New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 7, 2008 - September 1, 2008
[click here for hours and directions]
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028

Read the NYTimes article "Power Dressing" about the Met's exhibit

STEP TWO: Hero-ific Wardrobe Ideas (steal our ideas or make up your own)

Channel your inner Clark Kent
and wear a suit with thick-rimmed glasses. Pick up some pomade and get coiffed to complete the look.

Modern takes on Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne.
LEFT: photo from Nom de Guerre fall/winter 08 lookbook [link]
RIGHT: photo from [link]

Choose your weapon like our Billykirk leather cuffs or your favorite watch - they're current and basic so only you will know that they're really your secret weapon.

Billykirk leather cuffs

Invent your own superhero outfit. Pick a perfect ensemble that you can rely on to give you some extra "POW!" when you need it.

Whether it's bold colors or perfectly tailored basics, if you feel powerful, it's your superhero outfit.
photo from [link]