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The Line It Is Drawn #19 – Special Fred Van Lente Day Edition!

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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, December 9th):

Like a topic we did awhile back mashing-up/teaming-up comic book characters with famous sitcoms (which, admittedly, ended up with a few non-sitcom suggestions), this time around it is mashing-up/teaming-up comic book characters with famous TV DRAMAS! Law and Order JLA, X-24, stuff like that.

This week is a special FRED VAN LENTE DAY edition! Fred (with help from two friends of his, Ben Fine & David Wellington) came up with a number of suggestions under the topic of something near and dear to Fred’s heart, who was the writer of a comic book that is being adapted into a major motion feature. That topic?



I’ll put them in order based on when they were suggested by Fred.

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

Brad Millette couldn’t make it this week, so our super-sub Nick Perks is filling in for him! As always, thanks, Nick! You rule!

Buffalo Bill Cody lassoing & trying to “break” Dune sandworm

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

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John Wayne & Golden Age Superman, promoting the USA, Mom, and Apple Pie.

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

Lone Ranger vs Aliens (the HR Geiger kind)

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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Nick also did a full color version that you can see here.

Geronimo tracks a Predator … who’s tracking him.

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

Doc Brown from Back to the Future 3 vs Doctor Who.

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

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Yosemite Sam vs Tripods from War of the Worlds — Marvin the Martian sticking out of one.

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

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Thanks so much to the artists and to Fred and friends for the suggestions! Now everyone head off to Twitter and give the artists some good options for the next installment!

NOTE: If you wish to participate in the Decemer Reader Art Gallery, you have a few days left 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 last month – I’d like to see a bunch this month, too!


Excellent stuff from all, but Canaan…..wow. That would be awesome even without Marvin staring out of the “eye” in fear, but with that….amazing!!

Yeah, Canaan’s is amazing this week. Then again, his are always amazing.

I like how, in the Lone Ranger one, it looks like the one Xenomorph is saying, “Fuck this noise, I’m outta here.”

Awesome work all around! Can’t wait to see next week’s regularly scheduled programming

Lone Ranger Vs Aliens, part of the “Terrifying Stories for Disobedient Children” series.

Rafael’s piece is exquisite. Caanan’s ia both funny and gorgeous. Everybody did a great job.

Great work by everyone. Especially Canaan. By the way, Canaan, if you’re reading, was your cover also meant to act as a homage to Dark Knight #1 as well, or am I seeing things?


Hey, T.!

It wasn’t meant to be, but I certainly saw it too, once it was done.

And thanks for the comments, guys! I always try and stretch myself with each week’s sketch-off, so I’m glad my experiment came out so good!

I usually try something each week I might not normally do (apart from X-Babies – there’s always time for X-Babies) and this one was done on the computer from scratch, something I rarely do. And I’ve never used the airbrush in photoshop before, either, but there’s a first time for everything!

Canaan is great once again! Clearly the best.
Irizarri is pretty good, too. He has the best composition this week.

I also agree that Caanan’s is excellent, but I think Lone Ranger versus Aliens is beautiful and haunting. I’m having a hard time deciding which of the two should become my desktop background.

Good stuff all around, guys!

Some of these combos…WOW…. I have to admit laughing out loud at some of these matchups but then to see the pics after… Hats off to the artists…

Caanan – just wow. Love Daniel’s piece also – very nicely done.

Great job everyone. Loved the Predator one by Daniel.

To me, the concept of Aliens in the Old West just isn’t that interesting… but damn, some of those pieces are FANTASTIC!

In the Buffalo Bill one, how big is the worm supposed to be? Because I though those things were colossal. Maybe it’s the perspective. The art itself is gorgeous.

On the other hand, the Superman/John Wayne looks too cartoony. But the concept itself is cool.

My first reaction to the Lone Ranger one was “Oh no, they’re doomed!” but then I read the caption. Not sure if I agree with it, but then again, The Ranger is the kind of hero who never loses BECAUSE he’s a true hero, like Captain America. So, yeah! :) And the art is wonderful too.

Geronimo, on the other hand, probably doesn’t stand a chance against the Predator. Nice picture, anyway.

The Doctor Who vs Doc Brown one is the only disappointment here: they just had their vehicles crash!? And the art is too crude to enjoy even that. Epic Fail indeed.

Canaan’s piece is once again greatly enjoyable, you never know what he’s going to come up with next, but it’s always look wonderful! Plus I think this is the only time I’ve ever felt like cheering for Yosemite Sam. Hah!

It’s a close call between the Ranger and Yosemite this week, but the “Screw you, Alien Monsters, This the Lone Ranger you’re up against!” angle wins it for me this week. :) But thanks to everyone for their efforts.

Hey, crazy week, but a good one! I really dug all the entries, and i also think that each idea was developed to its best (‘cept for mine, of course.) I wish there could have been some of that good ol’ fashion Brad cartooning this week, but hey, there’s always next week, right?

Raf’s entry hasn’t gotten much attention, which is CRAZY since i think its really good. the design of Buffalo bill is fantastic and he answers my questions on how the hell one was supposed to draw and human and a Dune worm in the same frame. Chaz’s entry really did come out as american as apple pie, Goddammit. I really enjoy that he colored Superman in halftones. Its the little things in life that make things fun.

Nick Perks is a monster, I would never put that much effort into ANYTHING, Nick pulls these off once a week. He’s definitely a champ, and its fun to see his work every week.

Also, each week I come here to see how George is gonna screw with us with his entries. It is like clockwork with him that he’ll DEFINITELY go in the opposite direction of what anyone would imagine with his pieces, and today he didn’t disappointed.

and Caanan, just add me to the above list of adoring fans, seriously. Great work.

Caanan I would love to write a book for you. I do write at EvilAvatar if you want to see my work on previews. Good work by everyone this week but I really wanted to see the Buffalo Bill work inked and colored.

Really great stuff here you guys! Solid work from everybody!

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