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.

As an added bonus, gentle reader, have a look at Jess K’s darling depictions of shape-shifting bad girl Mystique and her adopted daughter Rogue. I love the way Mystique’s dangerous sharp angles and heavy mascara are contrasted with Rogue’s big bouncy curls and wide eyed pouty innocence. Speaking of Mystique, can I just say that she looks simply stunning as depicted by Giuseppe Camuncoli in the latest issue of Daken: Dark Wolverine. In fact I purchased the issue on impulse just because he gives such good Mystique.

X-Women by Jess K

But this lovely Emma Frost sketch card and gorgeous print of all the X-ladies were not the only things that I was excited to pick up at this year’s APE, gentle reader. I also purchased many of my favorite self-published comics, which just happen to be produced by some of my best friends, along with several posters and t-shirts.

Wuvable Oaf: Reigning Goteblüd by Ed Luce tells a short tale of Oaf’s previously hinted at stint as a professional wrestler and includes a fun Oaf paper doll with his Göteblud wrestling outfit.

Glamazonia: …JFKiller? by Justin Hall explores the Uncanny Super-Tranny’s secret history of romance and intrigue with the likes of John F Kennedy, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

Princess Witch Boy #2, STORM’s deeply affecting fantasy memoir, is just as powerful and relatable as the first issue. We are introduced to Replica, shape-shifting super spy of the planet Cerulan, and discover how her epic quest for identity relates to the titular boy’s personal trauma.

Parasomnia, drawn by Greg Hinkle and written by STORM, Jason McNamara and Matt Silady, is a creepy horror anthology and an interesting contrast between the styles of three different writers as interpreted by the same artist. You can read Parasomnia for free as it is currently being serialized at Robot 6.

Martian Confederacy: From Mars With Love (APE preview edition), written by Jason McNamara and drawn by Paige Braddock, is a continuation of their sci-fi action comedy which combines McNamara’s clever scripting with Braddock’s open and appealing cartooning.

I also bought but have not yet read the first two issues of Myth by Sean-Z and the second through fourth issues of Boy’s Club by Matt Furie directly from the artists at the convention, and Love & Rockets: New Stories #3 by Los Bros Hernandez from the Isotope Comic Book Lounge during their legendary APE Aftermath party on Saturday night.

I added the new Wuvable Oaf Goteblüd design t-shirt to my wardrobe, and since I am hardly ever seen wearing anything but one of my beloved Wuvable Oaf shirts it was also nice to get a couple of Feral & the Ghost Skater and Glamazonia the Uncanny Super-Tranny shirts featuring the characters and artwork of Dave Davenport and Justin Hall respectively, in order to show my support for two more of my very favorite comic books at the moment.

Last but certainly not least, I also received one of STORM’s award-winning Heroic Tarot readings on Sunday afternoon which proved very enlightening. I highly recommend you get one yourself should the opportunity ever arise, gentle reader. There’s a reason STORM was awarded Best X-Men Tarot Card Reader 2010 by SF Weekly.

Ken Kneisel's Heroic Tarot reading

I also recommend attending San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo if you are at all interested in alternative, self-published or independent comics, gentle reader. This year the convention was noticeably more expansive than in years past, and I imagine next year it will only get bigger and better!

That’s all for this week. Please join me again next week when I will refocus on the one and only Emma Frost.