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The Line It Is Drawn #14 – Comic Book Characters/Comic Strip 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, November 4th):

The topic for this week is switching partners! Pick ANY two famous duos, say, Batman and Robin and Lone Ranger and Tonto. Then our artists will pick one character from each of the two duos to form a NEW duo! If our artists would like, they can draw both new mismatched duos, or just the one. So imagine Lone Ranger and Robin doing a domino mask team-up! Another example – Power Man and Iron Fist and Hopey and Maggie. Stuff like that. There are LOTS of duos out there – get creative!

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

Team-up or mash-up a comic book character with a notable comic strip character (Cathy as Wonder Woman, Calvin and Hobbes as Batman and Robin, stuff like that)


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!

You might notice I only said five sketches this week. We’re without Rafael Desquitado this week. He’ll be back next week, though!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Thor meets Hagar the Horrible

Chaz Folgar is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

The Wizard of Id as Dr. Strange.

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

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dc2omniverse ALSO suggested:

Odie as Krypto.

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

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kcgadiyar suggested:

“Billy Batson and Talky Tawny” as “Calvin and Hobbes”, it just fits.

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

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shurwitt suggested:

You’re the Watcher, Charlie Brown.

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

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! This week was our lightest on suggestions in quite awhile, so please send more!

NOTE: If you wish to participate in the November Reader Art Gallery, you have plenty of time to do so! The deadline to send your artwork (based on any of the previous The Line It Is Drawn topics, although I’d prefer you choose ones from October) to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com is 6pm Eastern time on Thursday, November 11th!


Awesome, once again!
And I suggested Dr Strange and the Wizard of Id as well *_* So it’s like getting a two-fer… four weeks in a row

Oh, these are all great this week!!!

Laughed at Thor-meets-Hagar which is more than Hagar alone has been able to do for quite a while…

Great work, everybody.

I would totally participate if I participated in Twitter.

Calvin and Hobbes as Captain Marvel and Talky Tawny was great.

Now I just feel the loss of Calvin and Hobbes all over again.

These are fantastic!

Sorry I had to drop out last minute, but I’ll be back next week!

Calvin and Hobbes makes my favorite.

Garfield’s plot is fun, but something about garfield’s face just looks wrong to me.

Every single one of these is stellar. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

These are some of the best yet!

Magnificent work, all around.

These are all so good! Garfield is great and Calvin and Hobbes is just brilliantly done.

Really well done this week.

These are all amazing. Great job everyone.

No one else has singled it out, so I am going to say how much I like the Watcher.

Sometimes the simple approach is really effective.

All are wonderful.

Also, happy to report that Caanan’s book was delivered to me last night, excellent stuff thus far.

Oh, and Chaz – Thor mistaking Hagar for Volstagg — Genius. I loved it.

Bill Reed on the AVClub

November 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I’m not sure if Chuck’s goodgriefing the outfit he’s wearing or some human folly that he just watched unfold on Earth, but it’s hilarious.

Garfield and C&H are also both great.

Goodness that Thor and Hagar one is incredible. No Thimble Theater or Krazy Kat.:(

I have to agree with Squashua.
I would love to get back into drawing again, but not enough to subject myself to the uselessness that is Twitter.

As for the contributions this time around…
Great work, everyone. A gold star for each. ;-)

Seeing as how you need to use Twitter if you want to make a suggestion for The Line It Is Drawn, it clearly is not “useless.”

I wanna give Brian an “oh, snap” for that one about Twitter. Nice. (Do I sound dorky enough by saying “oh snap”?)

I like all of them this week, but I especially like that Chaz gave us both a serious Hagar and a funny Thor.

Love the Calvin and Hobbes one :)

Heh. Awesome work this week, folks. Thanks to the artists for liking two of the silliness that pops out of my brain at times. Although, I guess Odie is about ready to deliver the final humiliation to the smoldering pile that was Garfield. As someone who owns two dogs, nice touch!

Loved the dual nature of the Thor/Hagar image with the realistic as well as the comic version.

Also, I’ll echo the comments on the Watcher and Shazam, those were just well done, one technically and for humor and the other for simplicity but carrying a deeper level of humor to it (never thought I’d say that about anything Peanuts).

Great work, everybody and I look forward to seeing what y’all come up with next week!

I gotta say, I really think Daniel knocked it out of the park this week. Great emulation of not only the style, but the pacing of the strip.


Love them all this week. High fives all around.

Awesome work all around everybody! The look of Daniel’s piece is right on, I’m glad Garfield’s finally gotten his comeuppance, George nailed it with Calvin and Hobbes, and Brad — I love that good ‘ol Watcher, Charlie Brown!!! Great stuff from a great crew!

As for the ‘uselessness’ of Twitter, The Line is the reason I have a Twitter account at all. That and to follow Weird Al.

To heck with Wednesday Comics and Strange Tales…we need a comic company to make a monthly/bi-monthly for this type of matches/mash-ups. Good job all around!…

(Finally someone shut that Garfield poser up! Sincerely, A Heathcliff Fan)


The best one has to be the Thor/Haggar one; not only it impresses me with the art (both parts) but the second part was really funny. Besides, is it me or does Thor look like Haggar’s Wife? :D

The Dr. Strange has good art but I expected something more clever than a vomit joke.

Aww, come on, Odie’s not that mean!! But the art was great.

The Shazam/Calvin & Hobbes one feels just like one of the original cartoons! :) Though I don’t much like Marvel’s look (and Tawny certainly doesn’t look like that) but that’s acceptable.

…I’m afraid I don’t get the joke with Brown as The Watcher. But it’s pretty well drawn.

Overall, another bunch of enjoyable fanart. Congratulations to everyone! :)

ooof! great week, of strips!

I’ll say that my own was SLIGHTLY half-assed in the sense that i didn’t very much enjoy the strip. though in terms of quality of the drawing, i gave it my best imitation. If the joke wasn’t upto par, blame the guys that write the strip. : P

I think caanan’s is an insult to garfield fans in the sense that they’re expecting nothing to happen and the comic to be boring. Caanan went against this by having something happen and it was funny. shame, caanan.

I really can imagine the watcher saying “good grief” now, btw. Calvin’s imagination is always the center of good comic strips and george’s doesn’t fall short.

ooh, and chaz answered the doubts i had when approaching mine in the sense that i didn’t know if i should have made the wizard more of a marvel character or make Dr. Strange more a comic strip character. Chaz did both!

Fantastic everyone, my favorite, once again, George Zapata.

Looks like Charlie Brown was at my bedroom window last night……….

I feel I must qualify my entry with this disclaimer: While I haven’t read it in a LONG time, I grew up on Garfield. Huge fan. I had TONS of collected editions. Read it every day. I AM a cat person. However, at some point, Odie’s just got to say ‘enough’s enough.’ ;)

I love the idea of Charlie Brown as the Watcher. After watching over society today, what happens to the boy who ALREADY worries too much? The ‘Good Grief’ heard around the world, that’s what.

Best series of Mash ups ever!

Hagar & Thor and Garfield & Odie in particular caused spontaneous guffaws

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