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The Line it is Drawn #9 – Comic Book Characters and Literary Characters

Let’s get the standard stuff out of the way.

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Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our SIX blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the top six choices from the previous week

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (all suggestions due by 11:59 PM Eastern on Thursday, September 30th):

This week’s topic is – place a notable comic book character in a genre different from their normal genre (for example, stuff like Green Lantern Noir or Romance Wolverine)

Read on for the four (I’m afraid due to some scheduling pile-ups, it is just four artists this week) sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge:

Either team-up or mash-up a comic book character with a famous character from prose literature. Batman and Captain Ahab, stuff like that).


All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners!

Both BlackKnight75 AND skippertommy suggested:

Nemo and Namor/ Namor and 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Sea

George Zapata is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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JonathanBeckner suggested:

Ron Perlman
fight:Beauty+the Beasts Beast vs.Hellboy.

Rafael Desquitado is the artist for this one (he even threw in the X-Men’s Beast!). Here is his website.

Werbals suggested:

Squirrel Girl meets Lenny from “Of Mice and Men.”

Brad Millette is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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Werbals ALSO suggested:

Edgar Allan Poe meets Raven from Teen Titans

Caanan Grall is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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Thanks so much to the artists and the suggestion-givers! Now everyone head off to Twitter and give them some good options for next week!


Excellent work all.

Brad’s work is amazingly endearing.

And I won’t say anything of Caanan’s due to fear of being a creepy stalker…. Though I do have you book on preorder now Caanan.

All amazing jobs. Too bad there were only 4 this week because these leave me wanting more.

Rafael’s Beast (X-Men) is drop dead awesome.

Great job again everybody. The one that stands out most this week (to me at least) is Canaan. Just awesome!

Every time I see one of Canaan’s pieces, I’m CONVINCED that he’s the guy who does Cursed Pirate Girl, and then I google it and find out he isn’t.

It’s really nice stuff.

Thanks, Oz!

And yeah, Caanan really nailed it this week. Poe and Raven’s expressions are priceless.

Aw, shame there’s only four this week, but great stuff, guys!

And thanks, Joe! I consider that a great compliment, as I LOVE Cursed Pirate Girl. Sadly, it is not me. Happily, it is Jeremy Bastian, and I believe he’s trying to raise funds on kickstarter for a beautifully bound complete Cursed Pirate Girl collection, on nice, heavy old paper and everything. As it should be.

And, thanks, Oz! I hope it doesn’t disappoint. :) It’s out two weeks from today actually. Yay!

Caanan, could you send me the info about your book? I’d like to get a copy as well.

George Zapata your colors are gorgeous as always. Caanan has a book coming out? Interesting.

Good stuff. I’m going nuts on twitter now, because I just remembered I could.

[…] his Occasional Comics Disorder blog for a while now and really enjoying it, but it took a post on Comics Should Be Good to compell me to talk about his work here. The post was part of their ongoing art challenge […]

I have to laugh, I suggested Raven/Edgar Allen Poe /last/ week (as a historical figure)

Also, glad to see a Squirrel Girl pic (love that floofy tailed girl)

It’s a tie for me between Caanan and Brad. Both pieces just exude personality and tell a nice story with one image. Great stuff, guys.

But isn’t the Disney “Beast” the wrong one? For a Perlman face-off with Hellboy it should be from the tv series with Linda Hamilton as the background character. That series is mostly forgotten I guess, but Perlman did play that Beast.

The Squirrel Girl/Lenny and Beasts/Hellboy pictures were cute, but that Raven/Poe image hit it out of the park. Well done!

Umm… I’m not so impressed this time, sad to say.
I don’t get the Namor one (where is Nemo? Or the Nautilus? Is it supposed to be that fish thing in the back?)
Why are the Beasts fighting Hellboy? He’s a good guy!
Now, the last two were funny, though the Raven in Titans cartoon almost never smiled so it doesn’t quite look like her.

Still, artistically very good job overall, and yes I agree Canaan’s the best again (he does seem to have great flexibility of art styles, not to mention fun ideas!) :)

I liked them all, but Canaan and Brad’s were my favorite. I didn’t know Canaan had a book. I too will order it.

I love that last one.

The less than usual drawings is of course disappointing, but what we got is of the same super high quality as always. Nice work, guys!

Oh man, that’s so Raven.

Oh, buttler. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that. Kudos, sir. KUDOS.

Even more Raven than that is Namor discovering that the ocean floor is female.

One year at the Shore Leave convention costume contest, Peter David’s daughter came out dressed as Beauty from the Disney cartoon, dancing with the Beast. Then another person (Mrs. PAD, I believe) came out as Vincent and cut in. They danced while Beast 1 fumed. Then PAD himself came out as Dr. Henry McCoy from X-Men III and cut in again. Beauty & The Beast & The Beast & The Beast.

Somewhere on the web there are pictures…


Damn i wanted so badly to do a piece for this one!!

lets hope the schedule clears up soon! i’ll definitely try to get one out for next week before NYCC!

this week’s entry’s are freakin” awesome, btw. classy all around. Loved that Namor piece to death!

I thought that Beast was going to be the Ron Perlman Beast, not the Disney one.

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