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The Line It Is Drawn #33 – Comic Book Characters/Advertising Mascots

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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 Pacific, Thursday, March 24th).

Next week’s theme is…

Mash-up comic book characters with films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture! Here is a list of all past winners.

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

Team-up/mash-up a comic book character with a famous advertising mascot (thanks to Mike Shirley for the suggestion)

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!

All the regular artists showed up this week, so Sean’s piece will go up in a couple of days!

benito_cereno suggested:

Ronald McDonald/Superman, Burger King/Batman, Wendy’s/Wonder Woman.

Michael “Mic” Magtanong is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Squirrel Girl teams up with Mr Peanut. Tragedy ensues. Hilarious, delicious tragedy.

planetpex also suggested Squirrel Girl/Mr. Peanut.

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

dc2omniverse suggested:

Batman catches Hamburglar in the act.

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

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Edwardthe_III suggested:

Red Skull/Toucan Sam “Just Follow Your Nose”

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

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planetpex suggested:

Spider-Man versus the Geico Gecko, having mistaken him for the Lizard

The disease-ridden Caanan Grall, using his last reserves of stamina, is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Hulk and the Green Giant

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

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Thanks so much to all of the suggestion-givers and, of course, our awesome artists!

Now go make suggestions for next week’s theme!!

NOTE: If you wish to participate in April’s Reader Gallery, be sure to drop me an e-mail with a JPEG of your drawing (you can submit up to two drawings per month) by 6pm Pacific on Thursday, April 14th! Use any topic that has been featured on The Line It It Drawn (I’d prefer you use stuff from March’s editions, but I won’t hold you to that)!

38 Comments

Oz the Malefic

March 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Solid week by all, excellent work.

Fantastic as always – Squirl Girl the pick for me

WTF!? Mart Noddell created the Pillbury Doughboy and the golden age Green Lantern. That’s a gimme. In the immortal words of Job Bluth, “COME ON!”

I swear Brian has a campaign to ignore every suggestion I have for this.

Kevin Kuczynski

March 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

The first one was the best for me. I love the subtle things. Look at how all of the characters’ feet meet up except for Ronald McDonald’s big old clown shoes. Brilliant in it’s own little way. These were all really good.

Disney C&D from Hulk won it for me.

Kind of disappointed with the non-interaction in the Batman/Hamburglar one. Had I the artistic talent, I’d have had a closeup of Hamburglar being punched in the face with Batman’s recognizable gloved fist (the rest of his arm and body off-panel). Maybe lose a tooth or two.

Apparently next week someone will do “The Thing’s Speech”. Saw that title posted in the comments last week on ComicsAlliance “Great Comics that Never Were”, etc.

haha I loved this weeks. Squirrel Girl came out hilarious.

@Graeme- I’m sure that’s not true haha we’re actually not even given the names of who the suggestions are from

@ Graeme Burk:

It seems like the folks that make a LOT of submissions and leave them very general tend to get picked. Also, earlier submissions get chosen over later ones. It makes sense, since it essentially a collaboration between anonymous strangers.

So, if you just want SOMETHING picked, then go to Twitter and start typing stuff like “Black Canary and Chicago”. “Zatanna and Chicago” and “Aquaman and King’s Speech”. You can even use those suggestions. I have more fun crafting things a little bit, but they are lower percentage shots.

Brilliant work!

Crash_Fistfight

March 23, 2011 at 3:01 pm

best collective effort so far this week in my opinion. canaan’s piece is genius as always
On a sidenote: this picture of the red skull is one of the very few times german is displayed gramatically correct although a “,” is missing before “der”) and genuinely sounding. extra points for that.

Love it, love it, love it.
The Earth 2 homage is genius, Mic, and overall the pieces rock.

Isn’t Robert Downey Jr. now the voice of Mr. Peanut? I love the picture, but wish I could see Iron Man looking on in horror.

I don’t Twitter, but Black Bolt in The King’s Speech is a natural. Also, I’d love to see Blue Beetle and Booster Gold in the diner scene in Marty. (What do you wanna do tonight, Marty? I dunno. What do you wanna do?)

Gotta say, I don’t usually enjoy these, but almost all of these were great this week. Clever and well-drawn. (Except the Batman one, as noted above.)

LMAO at Red Skull one.

And no Coppertone ad?

For next week, this member of Anti-Twitter League wonders about Rogue starring in My Fair Lady….

@Graeme: Although it’s widely mentioned that Mart Nodell created the Pillsbury Doughboy, it’s not true. He worked at the same advertising agency where Poppin’ Fresh was created (and at the same time, even), but he himself wasn’t the actual creator. (Just trying to set the record straight.)

It seems like the folks that make a LOT of submissions and leave them very general tend to get picked. Also, earlier submissions get chosen over later ones. It makes sense, since it essentially a collaboration between anonymous strangers.

Besides the simple logic that the more choices you make, presumably the better the chances are that at least ONE of them will be used, there is no secret to getting your choice picked. Just try to come up with something interesting and hope the artists are on the same wavelength as you. Mike Shirley sent in 20 suggestions and got one used. JR Loflin sent in 2 suggestions and they were both used. There is no rhyme or reason to these things, it’s just what the artists feel like drawing (and yes, as George noted, there are no names attached to the suggestions when the artists make their choices).

I dunno, I usually make a lot of suggestions (honestly, I get self-conscious about it and feel like maybe I should keep more of them to myself) and occasionally I’ll get one picked. More often I don’t. But I love this feature every week either way, and this week is no exception. These are just great, top to bottom.

Exactly, buttler, there is no rhyme or reason. Just make suggestions.

And Brian, I make 20 suggestions a week with the hope that at least one gets picked. I’d say my overall track record for getting drawn is fairly good, statistically speaking.

@ Brian Cronin:

I love the feature, too, and certainly wasn’t suggesting “gaming the system”.

It is just that the more detail there is in a suggestion lowers the odds of it being selected. For example, The final scene from Unforgiven with Nightcrawler as Hackman and Deadpool as Eastwood saying “Deserve got nothing to do with it” is a low percentage suggestion. The artist has to have seen Unforgiven, remember the scene in question, think the joke is funny AND feel like drawing the characters. Plus, detailed suggestions take longer to write, so you are not going to be able to make as many of them.

You’re right, Dean. In fact, this week is terrible for me. Out of ALL those Oscar winning movies, I’ve seen about ten. Three that I can remember in any great detail, and the thing is – an advertising mascot, that’s easy to look up on google images, but short of renting the movie, I’ll be damned if it’s gonna be easy to find reference to work from for specific movie scenes. Or easy to find time to watch a movie for reference sake. I barely have time for entertainment’s sake.

I guess I could say which three I have good knowledge of in the hopes someone will hit Twitter with ‘em, but it’s meant to be a challenge! ;)

@ Caanan:

I am the total opposite. I have seen 41 of the Oscar winning movies and remember most of them pretty well. The hard part is trying to think of a scene that might work as comic panel.

I’m counting on you to bring the Suggestion Gold, Dean.

Oh yeah, great week guys! Mic, when I saw that suggestion, I couldn’t wrap my head around what could be done with that (in the brief seconds I give every suggestion) but man, you delivered a great entry! The perspective on the figures is a thing of mathematical beauty. Dan brought the funny again. I really like the way you put the subtle three panel structure on yours, Chaz. Nick, the Skull’s facial expression is the tops, and George, I dig the style of what I have dubbed ‘Sailor Hulk’. :)

Great stuff by everyone involved!!! So glad to see the Toucan Sam/Red Skull suggestion I had taken especially when I figured it was going to be more of a suggestion to roll your eyes at haha! Glad to see it turned out so great! Still need to translate what’s there, but it looks like a great touch!

Love the rest, and the C & D with Hulk really makes the whole piece!

Caanan knocks it out of the park again! Hilarious suggestion and great execution!

And mic? is amazing again! Seeing his name on a book with Grant Morrison is the true jem of the week, especially if you know him at all! Amazing work all!

Such controversy! lol

Brian Cronin’s love for this feature and the readers completely debunks any conspiracy theory. He loves us all! I really do appreciate the passion, though, so thank you to all the regular suggesters! Let’s hug it out!

Let’s proceed to enjoy, shall we?

LMAO @ Mr. Peanut & Toucan Sam! Genius stuff, Daniel & Nick! Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything when I scrolled down cuz it woulda ended up on my computer screen. Twice.

LOL @ “the disease-ridden Caanan Grall” who managed to pull off an AMAZING drawing with a fisheye effect at that! Not only must your disease be lethal, but your skills remain as deadly even when sick. I hope you feel better! I *LOVES* drawing, but I can most definitely (& most recently) attest to how sitting up & drawing do not feel that great when ill & in dire need of bedrest.

caanan’s right, Chaz! That 3-panel composition is too fresh! I had to give it a second take to admire it. What I DIDN’T have to give a second take to are Hulk’s headlights. I zeroed in on those green suckas even before the Mickey Mouse hat. Damn you, George! ;D

Thanks for the love, Kevin, Big Mike, caanan, and everyone! I’m very pleased that you think my piece is truly outrageous, EdBart! ;D A HUGE thanks to Benito Cereno for the inspiring suggestion!

Peace.

Although it’s widely mentioned that Mart Nodell created the Pillsbury Doughboy, it’s not true. He worked at the same advertising agency where Poppin’ Fresh was created (and at the same time, even), but he himself wasn’t the actual creator. (Just trying to set the record straight.)

As I understand it, while he can’t take sole credit he worked on the design team at Leo Burnett who came up with the character. So less than “creating” but more than “worked at the same ad agency”. Most obituaries said “he helped create”. Good enough for the purposes of this.

@Graeme- I’m sure that’s not true haha we’re actually not even given the names of who the suggestions are from

Actually I knew that. It’s just easier to accuse Cronin of deliberate and willful collusion because they only other conclusion is that my ideas are not good enough, which is simply inconceivable! (Pillsbury Doughboy and Green Lantern. COME ON!)

Yep, that’d be the flu working. I wasn’t AIMING for a fish eye effect. ;)

Great pieces everyone!

Mic’s JLA has a nice look to it. The King is creepy as always

Daniel’s Squirrel girl piece is hilarious

I love the tiny hamburgers in Chaz’s piece.

Nick’s Red Skull expression is just perfect.

Caanan’s piece is gorgeous. I like your color work but I’m a sucker for pure black and white! Love the perspective as well.

George added some great comedy to the concept. Nice Green Giant although I would have made Hulk’s pants purple.

This blog has actually inspired me to start my own blog with some friends, so if you like nerdy mash-ups check it out:
http://www.draw2d2.com

RIP Canaan.

Batman just nudges out Squirrel Girl for me in a week where every single piece is superb. But I give it to Folgar as I so know the moment of smush coming for Hamburglar an instant after this image…imagining Batman wiping the goofy grin off HB’s face gives me far too much pleasure…

Hey, I made the Geico Gecko/Lizard suggestion as well! Though as usual Grall gives it his own original (and fun) spin. Great work!

But my favorite this time has to be the DC Heroes/Hamberguer Franchises Mascots one, for SO many reasons:

-It sounds like an idea that would just suck, but didn’t;

-A PERFECT homage to the cover of “Earth 2″!

-Incredible artwork, especially on the mascots!

-and SO funny, especially the “2 times as obese” line!

Especial Damn-That’s-Too-Bad Award: The Squirrel Girl/Mr. Peanuts could have been funny… if she was chasing him, not eating him while he screams. Sorry, but that’s just disturbing. (Well drawn, though.)

As always, Caanan rocks the joint. The Big 3 mirror image is great, but am I the only one who thought the pairing should have been the King with Superman and Ronald (McDonald’s Joker) with Batman?

Scot: At first glance, I thought so – then I realized that Ronald is the heavy hitter of the three, and that the King has lots of Batman-level stealthing (especially in the wee hours) in his commercials, while rarely doing anything super-human.

Basara549: You’re probably right. Ronald is the head dog. Also, I notice now that the color scheme of Ronald and Superman are fairly similar.

thank goodness for a site where i can still see caanan’s work on a regular basis…/

tamika: I have to agree there!

I would LOVE to see Caanan Grall draw an issue of Spidey.

That JLA: Times Obese cover is absolutely stunning/amazing/hilarious.

I would totally read the comic it contained.

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