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The Line It Is Drawn #16 – Amalgamated Comic Book Characters!

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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 18th):

Pretty straightforward challenge this week – team-ups or mash-ups of comic book characters with characters from any one of the six Star Wars films!

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

Remember Amalgam Comics? When Marvel and DC merged their characters together, like Superman and Captain America became Super Soldier? Stuff like that? Well, that’s the theme this week, only you can use amalgamate ANY two characters from ANY comic book company!

Enjoy!

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!

Brad Millette couldn’t make it this week, but as luck may have it, reader Nick Perks did a piece based on this week’s theme for December’s Reader Art Gallery. Since it’s been awhile since we had six pieces for you folks, I figured I might as well share Nick’s piece with you all (it certainly helps that Nick’s piece was very well done)! So if you folks want to draw a piece for next week’s theme, who knows, it might end up getting used like Nick’s (if not, it’ll still end up being seen in December’s Reader Art Gallery!).

BigMike20X6 suggested:

She-Ra + She-Hulk

Mike went with “She-Rulk,” but I think “Hulk-Ra” works better…

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

BigMike20X6 ALSO suggested:

Squirrel Girl + Supergirl = Kara Sqr-El

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

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gijoerice (who made his suggestions after the deadline, but luckily before Nick decided to do a piece) suggested:

Hopey Glass and Mary Marvel!

which, would, of course, be Hopey Marvel!

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Nick did not give me a website address.

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For you Hopey fans who don’t like seeing her in color, Nick provided a black and white version of the above piece! Check it out here.

NoMoreDucks had a big week, as well, as he suggested:

Venom/Joker

as…The Joker’s Venom!!!

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

(Click on the image to enlarge)

He also suggested:

Green Lantern/Cable

as…Battery Charge!

Chaz Folgar is the artist for this one. Here is his website. Chaz even threw in an amalgam of Sinestro and Apocalypse as…Apocalypstro!

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AND he also suggested:

Daredevil/Hellboy

as….Daredevilboy!

George Zapata 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!

NOTE: If you wish to participate in the Decemer 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 November) to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com is 6pm Eastern time on Thursday, December 9th! We received a lot of drawings this month – so I’d like to see just as many next month!

42 Comments

I like George’s minimal effort blend. Awesome job everyone.

Great job everybody. Sorry I had to flake out this week!

Nice, guys. Great work from everyone.

Extra points for Super-Maggie!

Liked all of these, great job. Not a weak link in the bunch. But what are these six Star Wars films of which you speak? I’m only aware of the existence of three…

Dear Canaan,
I love you.

How many people will suggest Jar Jar Binks being shot by the Punisher? Anybody? Probably a few. ;)

I love the perspective on Hulk-Ra, not so much the rock Greyskull sits on. It makes it look really small because the base of the mountain isn’t much wider than Hulk-Ra. Still, the figure is awesomesauce!

Daniel you’re just getting better every week.

And George, yours is hilarious. What more needs to be done, anyway?

I was hoping Chaz would do the Spongeboba Fettpants. Your pop art style would have done wonders to that mash up, but still, what we got is the usual level of eye candy!

And welcome, Nick! I love your Rockwellian rendering.

This week’s Star Wars theme should really bring out some obscure characters. More obscure than the usual suggestions, even! Are you guys trying to out-obscure each other over on Twitter? Some of the suggestions are like another language to me. I need to read more. :| (Shout out to Comicvine.com though, which is an absolute treasure of comic info and images. Yay!)

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Doesn’t She-Ra gets her powers from a different magical castle than her brother?

I want to like Kara Squir-el but it doesn’t really work for me for some reason. Maybe she looks too mean.

I have no idea who Hopey Glass is, but the art there is VERY good!

The Joker’s Venom gets all my awards this time: best idea, best art, best realization!

Battery Charge (and Apocalypstro) still get a lot of points for sheer fanboyness however! :D

I’d complain about Daredevilboy being a cop-out but since the artist himself was so self-effacing, I actually like it. :)

Great work all around, congrats to everybody!

Kara Squir-el is just amazing.

Serious, Marvel needs to have a The Line It Is Drawn variant cover month. Zapata and Grall are fantastic artists.

Great job everyone.

Been playing around and being more comedic with my illustrations recently. Having daredevil’s logo on Hellboy was the first thing I thought of before I said to myself “wow that’s lazy of me”….so I went with it haha

Sijo, Hopey is one of the main characters in Jaime Hernandez’s Locas stories in Love And Rockets. Highly recommended, by the way. And that characterization for Hopey is pretty dead on to how she is in the book!

Where did this Nick come from and why is he so talented? I have no clue who the characters are but damn that is some pretty art. reminds me of some of Tom Fowler’s sketches, and i mean that in a great way. welcome aboard!

Hulk Ra’s looking awesome, Raf. She looks tons more kick ass than even He-Man. Great work on the colors too!

Kara Squir-El if such a great piece! It takes elements from each character and melds them together perfectly. I have no clue what her back story would be but I’d read that book if Caanan drew it.

Chaz’s Battery Charge is SUCH a perfect combination of 90s excesses! this is my favorite representation of cable. seriously and him as a GL is fantastic.

George, you’re too clever for your own good! I’d be angry that you didn’t do the challenge but its just a hilarious, regardless.

This was a great week, can’t wait to see the next suggestions, please be gentle guys!

Awesome work guys!

@caanan yeah, I hear ya, I had it wider before, but shrunk it down for whatever reason. Thanks :)

@sijo she did, but I couldn’t find any pictures of it. I found out the toy version was very different from the cartoon version, and it was never made clear for me if it was on a mountain, or just floating somewhere.

Daniel, Kara Squir-El crash landed on Earth from planet Krypton and was raised by squirrels. End of Origin. Start of Something Awesome. ;)

Awesome work guys!

Raf — Been catching power hours of He-Man and She-Ra on the TV recently and gotta say, that drawing rules! The Sorceress is gonna be mighty peeved when she finds out what Hulk-Ra’s done with Castle Greyskull!

Caanan — Sorry to disappoint, man. Spongeboba Fettpants was one of the choices I was eyeballing, tho. Really liked your drawing. Nice mash-up and I love the squirrels!

Nick — That drawing is awesome!!! The look and colors of it are great! Love Dr. Sivana’s expression! Great job!!!

Daniel — Thanks, man! I love what you did in place of the spider symbol! And the webbing – perfect! Top-notch work!

George — Hilarious!!!!

@Sijo — Thanks for the kind words! Glad you liked it!!! I just couldn’t help myself!

Can’t wait for next week! Ha! Galactic Empire vs. the Shi’ar Empire! Prune Face joins the Starjammers! Galactus takes a bite outta the Death Star! Pure awesome! It could be anything!

Gotta say, She-Rulk came out awesome as well!
Oh and just to spite Canaan, I tweeted a non-hateful Jar-Jar suggestion :-p

Ah, you people not knowing who Maggie and Hopey are are killing me!

@Joe Rice: Love and Rockets, man, Love and Rockets! Hernandez Bros. all the way!!!

Chaz, just realized it might seem that I was saying I didn’t know. I meant people not knowing, they were killing me! That drawing was suggested by ME!!!!!

When this week’s theme was suggested, I immediately thought of Captain Carrot & the Flaming Carrot – which immediately led to memories of Pizza the Hutt’s demise in Spaceballs, and my mind shut down….

Having read a few issues of Love & Rockets, I never understood the fascination with the Hernandezes as a group package. Jaime/Xaime I can understand, but the others?
Granted, what I read were the early issues (the only one I read that I actually own, was #3, apparently signed years after the fact by two of them, that I won in a raffle), so perhaps the Hernandez brothers became more polished writers and artists later on. Most of what I read in the mid-80s of L&R was stuff that probably would have worked as secondary stories or small independent comics, not trying to hold up an anthology.
JH’s stories (especially the ones with Maggie) were the only ones in the bunch that were decent, and the method by which those old anthology comics were assembled buried them to where a casual browser would get turned off by the first or second story, and never make it to the others (in #3, JH didn’t help his cause with a 2-pager that should have been somewhere other than the first two pages of the magazine). MH appeared to be a decent writer, but needed to not draw his own stuff.

GH’s stuff was too ethnic – which is ironic, as the hype in the inside cover of #3 for the stories inside was awful; someone at Fantagraphics was REALLY trying to push the brothers as being so great, simply from their not being “WASP” (the intro writer’s words) writers & artists – apparently, said publicist was ignorant of the number of Jewish people writing comics from 1938-1983 (so much for the “ASP” part), and that trying to be ethnic doesn’t sell comics all that well to the mainstream, simply from missing the comprehension level of the audience.

As for next week’s theme – How about the clones as a bunch of LMDs wearing Stark tech-modified trooper uniforms?
The Episode 4-6 cast as the Starjammers would almost seem to be a gimmee.

As a L&R fan, I say to Basara (and all who haven’t read any L&R) — READ IT! It’s some of the most amazing stuff ever! Start with the volume 2 stuff if you have to, but Los Bros are outright incredible (and I don’t even work for Fantagraphics and I’ll say that!)

That said, the Maggie and Hopey piece rocked! Thanks to Joe Rice for the suggestion and to Nick Perks for the great rendering.

Hey, excuse some of us for never reading Love & Rockets! No offense meant, it just isn’t my cup of tea. I hear a lot of people like it so it must be doing something right. And I still found the piece above funny. :)

I really want to make some suggestions for next week, but I won’t Tweet unless my life depends on it, so I’ll post them here and let someone else pass them along:

-The Jedis as Green Lanterns

– Bobba Fett in Iron Man armor

-Wonder Woman in Slave Leah outfit.

Err, anonymous above was me. :P

I was going to recommend only characters from the Star Wars Holiday Special, because you can never have to much Bea Arthur, but they’d probably be against the rules.

Of course my favorite Star Wars character is actually from the Marvel comic: Jaxxon, the big green rabbit. Jax for short, which he ain’t.

I think I’m in love with Kara Squir-el. Great job, Caanan!

Seriously though, Sijo, why not take the minute it takes to sign for a Twitter account? All I use mine for is The Line. Wouldn’t kill you, I promise.

Basara, Re: Love&Rockets…Gilbert’s stuff takes a while to get into, and in the very first issues he was still dabbling when Jaime had much better start. I guess I was not the only one who in the beginning much preferred Jaime and after reading further ended up liking Gilbert better (Mario I have read only a little and didn’t much care about it).
Incidentally, both Jaime and Gilbert made it to my top 10 poll elsewhere on this site, Gilbert as writer and Jaime as artist…

No offense intended, Sijo, I just love L&R and figure that everyone else should at least try a bit of it. (If, as you say, you’ve never read it, how can you know it’s not your cup of tea?)

Actually, if you’re into superheroes but not sure about Los Bros, try the L&R New Stories book 1. Xaime has a big superhero story that he does, and it’s really good. If you like that, try some other stuff.

And hey, if you aren’t interested, that’s cool too.

“I guess I was not the only one who in the beginning much preferred Jaime and after reading further ended up liking Gilbert better.”

I’m definitely in agreement. As Gary Groth says, “You come for the Jaime, but you stay for the ‘Beto.”

Also, “too ethnic”? Jesus Christ . . .

Guys, i am honored that 3 of my suggestions were picked this week. And i loved them all (although the DD/Hellboy was a bit lazy ;) ), excellent work!

@NoMoreDuck- Hope you liked regardless :-P

I don’t want to leave the impression that I *only* like superheroes, or that I look down on L&R, so let me clear that up. It’s more that my comic buying habits have shrunk to the minimum, for various reasons- the darkening of characters, the cost of comics, their availability these days etc. Reading CBR covers my needs for the most part. If independent comics like L&R had been more accessible back when I was a more active fan I might have even given it a try. (Never saw a single copy in my local comic book shop back when it still existed. I only know of it from reviews.) Maybe one of these days I’ll find a trade of it on a bookstore and find myself enjoying it; stranger things have happened.

One thing is for sure, it wouldn’t be “too ethnic” for me… since I’m a Latino. ;)

As for getting a Tweeter account? To add to the list of accounts I’ve gotten but never used again (like My Space?) No thanks. Not to mention that if my much-hipper nephews found out, they would tweet me to death. :P

You know who’s way too ethnic? Steve Rogers.

Kara Sqr-El is the best thing this will ever produce. That’s absolutely inspired.

Kara Sqr-El for the win!

Amazing concept, incredibly well-drawn and super-cute.

If you like amalgams check out my friend Paul’s website, it’s truly brilliant. It’s the only place to see the Masticator, a mix of the Punisher and Matter-Eater Lad. http://amalgamage.blogspot.com/

Great pics. I think the joker venom on could been called slapstick.

I remember Wizard did one of these a while back. They did the Joker Venom one and called him Asylum. Looked pretty sweet. Good job from everyone though.

Well, my day’s been made again, seeing ‘Kara Squir-El’ on the CBR front page. The dream is realized ^_^

Tried commissioning a Green Lantern artist once at a convention to draw a Black Lantern Darth Vader.

He was “busy.”

The raised detailing on the chest armor’s already close to a Black Hand!

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