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The Line it is Drawn #10 – Comic Book Characters In Different Genres

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, October 7th):

This week’s topic is mash-up a comic book character with a famous musical, either a Broadway musical or a movie musical (Namor and Sue Storm in The King and I, stuff like that).

Read on for the six sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge:

Place a notable comic book character in a genre different from their normal genre (for example, stuff like Green Lantern Noir or Romance Wolverine)


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

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

ChadWaIters suggested:

Green Lantern police procedural

Rafael Desquitado is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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ChadWaIters ALSO suggested:

iron man steampunk

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

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donmilliken1976 suggested:

A young Batman and the Spectre team up as Brucie Rich and Jimmy the Friendly Ghost!

Now, let me introduce you to our newest member of The Line It Is Drawn crew, who will be filling in for Erich Owen for the foreseeable future, Carlos “Chaz” Folgar! Here is his website (I think I’ll just call him Chaz in future installments). Chaz decided to go one step further and throw in ANOTHER character, as well!

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ericreadscomics suggested:

Dystopian sci-fi Tintin

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

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Hutchimus suggested:

Thor Noir

Daniel Irizarri is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

the_malefic suggested:

Rorschach & Romance… how could it possibly go wrong?

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

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Great work, guys!

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! Especially you, Rice!


Travis Pelkie (My Beard Eats Monsters)

October 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

Wow, everyone stepped up their games this week. Nice stuff all. And welcome to Chaz, with that fun Harvey/DC mashup. And I want a whole GN with that Tintin story!

The only improvement I could think of for Chaz’s work, is if he’d gone even further, and tossed in Zatanna as Wendy….(though the idea of Wendy the Good Little Witch wearing anything resembling Zatanna’s costume, is strangely disturbing…)

Allow me to also extend greeting to Chaz and to offer warm compliments on his excellent interpretation of my suggested Harvey/DC mashup. Good call on Etrigan/Hot Stuff, I’m disappointed I din’t think of it myself.

I’m disappointed with the steampunk Iron Man, mainly because I feel like much more could have been done with that concept. Every other picture gave us some view of how the character fits into the larger world, while Zapata just gave us a slightly modified armor venting off some steam.

Compliments to everyone else as well. Great work guys, especially Caanan, who knocked his out of the park as always!

A question about Chaz’s pic though, maybe I’m missing something obvious here, but what exactly are the bags or packages or whatever that Little Etrigan is tearing into meant to be. It has me genuinely puzzled.

Excellent job all.

I’m glad after last weeks compliment Brad picked up my idea this week (sucking up works). Looks just like what one would expect on a an old-school comic cover. Wonderful

I want to pick people out that hit it out of the park, but I think that would just be naming everyone.

Welcome Chaz.

Can I ask why we are losing Erich? His work was fantastic. Hope it’s workload pressures and nothing negative.

A question about Chaz’s pic though, maybe I’m missing something obvious here, but what exactly are the bags or packages or whatever that Little Etrigan is tearing into meant to be. It has me genuinely puzzled.

They’re pillows.

“They’re pillows.”

D’oh. Looking at the pic again I finally noticed the bedpost. Makes a hell of a lot more sense now.

I’m so glad I had that Tintin idea, and that it was chosen by Canaan. Wow!

Ha ha! NYPD Green! Love it. Awesome stuff this week, guys! And welcome to Chaz!

Good stuff everybody! Welcome aboard, Chaz!

Love the art this week. My only disappointment was being stumped on the genre idea and not getting any good ideas. Next week, however…

I want to read the rest of that Tintin story. And, if DC were to ever put out an Elseworlds NYPD Green, I’d buy that as well.

I’m ashamed to admit that it took reading the comments for me to even remember Hot Stuff, the little devil. I had a lot of his comics when I was a kid and completely forgot his very existence.

Is it just me, or is the Steampunk Iron Man wearing canvas with metal gauntlets, shoulder pads, and chestpiece? If so, I like it and wonder how such a weakness would change the sorts of stories IM is involved in.

The Rorschach Romance is silly. I like it as a pin up. Although, for some reason my brain keeps insisting that the pining girl is Gwen Stacy.


It wasn’t intentional, but I definitely see what you mean with the headband and hair. I’m still TERRIBLE at drawing hair, so I just tried to make it easy for myself. And now looking at it, she’s got a real bad case of manhands. Yeesh.

I did laugh out loud with the Thor Noir. My only issue is, we’ll probably get a Thor Noir from Marvel, as much as that seems ridiculous.

Another great week- I particularly liked NYPD Green for the composition, use of color, and perfect evocation of both cop shows and GL in a believable setting. Brad’s Rorschach Romance was very funny, too.

NYPD Green is my favorite by far. That’s really good work.

I would buy any of these off the newsstand, if they were real. And if comics were sold on newsstands. And if newsstands existed.

Canaan’s is especially gorgeous, Thor Noir is awesome (and totally a comic I’d pitch to Marvel), and Rorschach made me bwahaha.

Thanks for the warm welcome everybody! I’m really glad to be a part of this feature and its talented crew of artists! I’m totally digging all the work on here! I know I got some pretty big shoes to fill, but I’ll do my best. Just keep those ideas coming, guys!

@donmilliken: Thank you!

Big THANK YOU to Brian, too, for starting such a sweet feature in this, The Line it is Drawn, and the Reader Art Gallery!

Thanks guys and great work, everyone!

Welcome to the show, Chaz. Glad to have you on board!

Wow. Li’l Demon is fantastic.

Dystopian Tintin is a fantastic idea. Caanan is just amazing. And his comic is funny too.

Shameless promotion time!

Over the weeks, some people have asked me if I have prints of any of my mash ups, and I will have a VERY limited few at NYCC. So if anyone would like the Tintin piece, or X-Babies and Muppet Babies, the Robin Without a Cause pic, the 1930s Dazzler poster, and a few others, I will be at booth 2461.

I laughed aloud at Rorschach. I guess she just has a big cupboard full of beans.

NYPD Green looks cool, though I don’t like the faces much for some reason. But the atmosphere is perfect.

I’m pretty sure someone has already done something ala Steampunk Iron Man before (maybe in an Anime?) but this one is good too. Nice “old poster” art look.

The Harvey superheroes made me smile! :D

Speaking of atmosphere: Whoa, that Tintin ala Transmetropolitan is scary! (and gets my vote for best art this time around.)

The Thor Noir however fails in that there’s not enough Thor elements in it to make you realize who it’s supposed to be. That Thor could be any blond cop. Still well drawn, though.

I don’t much like the style of “Rorschach Romance” but it’s undeniably funny! :P

I want to read that Tintin comic.

Caanan, want to send a Dazzler poster back to Australia?

Man, that Tintin cover is awesome!

Hey Oz. I will more than likely have one left. Contact me through my website! :)

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NYPD Green! Briljant! I’d totally buy that :)

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