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White Queen Wednesday: JJ Kirby

An Emma Frost Salon
by Ken Kneisel


Welcome to White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. Today I would like to spotlight this ebullient X-Babies commission drawn by Juvaun “JJ” Kirby featuring Emma Frost and lots of other mutants besides.

Even as a cute little moppet, Emma still has attitude to spare. I love her self-satisfied smirk.

Everything about this amazing commission is just adorable. From the wind-up Nimrod toy to Nightcrawler perched atop Colossus’s shoulder to pouty emo Rogue, even those disgusting space roaches the Brood manage to look downright cuddly!

Here is a comparison between the original black and white linework and finished color art.


Juvaun “JJ” Kirby is actually one of my very favorite artists, although he hasn’t drawn an awful lot of comics. He drew a couple of X-Babies one-shots for Marvel called Murderama and X-Babies Reborn, along with some Backlash and DV8 back in the 90s and more recently the New Dynamix miniseries for Wildstorm. His artwork is incredibly dynamic and expressive and I hope to see him draw more comics someday!

Thank you for joining me for this fun little lighthearted edition of White Queen Wednesday, gentle reader. I will be back next week with more to discuss.

Spotlight on John Bolton

Angel versus Wolverine:  Two totally disparate characters who come from completely different backgrounds.  And who are they fighting about?  Jean Grey.  That girl must have pheromone powers that nobody knows about.  Bet you didn’t know that adamantium claws across a telekinetic shield = KREEEK! (Click on images to view them larger).

I’ve already talked elsewhere on this blog about how much I love John Bolton’s realistic style for the X-Men so this time let’s focus on his composition.  He lets the characters define the panel shapes he creates and he isn’t afraid to break the panels for extra dynamism.  The conflict practically bursts from the pages!
Great use of font as part of the action!  Storm shows up to create some distance between the silly boys.  If she hadn’t, Wolverine would have sliced Angel up like a Thanksgiving turkey.  I mean, I love me some Angel (more than any other male Marvel character) but versus Wolvie?  No way he could win.  Side Note:  I like the simple approach Bolton uses to depict rain.
Colossus in the Savage Land!  Even in his unarmored form, he’s a force with which to be reckoned!  Run, dinosaur, run!   As many times as the X-Men have been to the Savage Land, you’d think they’d have built a residence there by now.
A Mesmero mind-controlled Phoenix drops the telepathic whammy on Nightcrawler and Banshee.
Havok and Polaris enjoy a drive with Phoenix flying overheard.  This image and all of those above are from Classic X-Men with their respective issue numbers hand written on their pages.bolton
I’m not sure if this is meant to be Conan or if John Bolton drew another barbarian, but I had to share this image, especially with the tiger in the background!  Breathtakingly epic!

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