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The Line It Is Drawn #34 – Comic Book Characters/Oscar-Winning Films Mash-Ups!

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The blog’s Twitter account updates whenever a new post is put up on the blog, so it’s an easy way to keep up with the blog. In addition, I post new content on the blog’s Twitter account. As an incentive to follow us, if we reach 3,000 followers, I’ll either do another extra edition of Comic Book Legends Revealed the week we hit 3,000 or I will do another Month of Greatest Stories Ever Told (your choice)!

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 31st).

Next week’s theme is…

Courtesy of our own Caanan Grall, “Comic Book Character Spokespersons.” You simply pick a product and the comic book character you’d like to see as a spokesperson for that product. Green Lantern/Energizer Bunny, Flash/Nike, you get the drift.

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

Mash-up comic book characters with films that won the Academy Award for Best Picture!


No George this week, so Sean McFarland will fill-in! Be sure to stop by tomorrow where I debut a brand-new Sean piece that we didn’t have room for last week! Also, later on Thursday I’ll have a brand-new bonus piece from Chaz!

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!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Oliver, starring the X-Babies

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

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shurwitt suggested:

Ghost Rider in the Ben-Hur chariot race.

Sean McFarland is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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striffle suggested:


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

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theyallfalldown suggested:

A birds of prey Chicago mash up!

(NOTE: He also had a suggestion similar to Oliver/X-Babies – he said Oliver/X-Men)

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

WillieEverstop suggested:

The Joker in Silence of the Lambs. Have the fish stopped laughing, Clarice?.

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

Finally, this one was nuts…ZeppoMarxist, Edwardthe_III, UnGajje, thetallman_Z and B_2quared all basically suggested (and BigMike20X6 suggested something similar):

Joker and the Bat-Rogues in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Nick Perks is the artist for this one, too. 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)!


Yet another awesome installment of tliid.

I really loved the casting in the cuckoo’snest sketch with the whole reference to Burton’s films.
I love Mic’s birds of Prey Sketch, too. Reminded meofan awesom Batman The Brave and The Bold episode.
anyway, congrats to every artist havingdrawn a sketch this time.

PS: I demand that Marvel gives Caanan Grall an X-Babies title NOW.

What a crazy bunch! I am just blown away every week by what you guys bring.

Sean, I love the sheer joy on Ghost Rider’s face. ;)

Chaz, there’s one day left! You should submit that to the March Modok Madness blog.

Brilliant Chicago parody, Mic. I love the solid, chunky look you gave the ladies.

Daniel, yours is fantastic. The reflection is scary good. Great resolution to the old ‘How do I get BOTH faces in one piece without referencing a still from a daily soap…’ problem.

And Nick, man, you’re a king with faces. I love that weedy little Riddler in particular.

This is a great week! I gotta say, I wasn’t sure what to expect after the suggestion topic for this week’s art, but they turned out fantastic!

I second (or third or whatever number) the suggestion of having Caanan be given X-Babies. I’d buy that in an instant!!! So glad he always takes those suggestions!

Joker in Silence of the Lambs: How did I over-look that?! PERFECT suggestion and a great piece as well!

So glad to see Nick tackle the Arkham Inmates for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. And Glad to see I wasn’t alone in suggesting that! 2 weeks in a row by Nick, and I can’t complain!

That Birds of Prey looks like a legitimate cover for the series, and I hope one day it could be! I miss Kate Spencer, so I’m THRILLED to see her this week!

Holy crap, these are fantastic!

Wow, people really bought their A game this week!

Space Gandalf, if you loved Canaan’s Oliver/X-Babies, check out his previous TLiiD entries with the Muppet Babies/X-Babies throw down and his X-Babies vs Ewoks pic. Brilliant work.
Once again, great pieces all around.

The BoP/Chicago piece is just fantastic.

Yeah, I’m gonna wants on that Caanan Grall X-Babies comic, too! That is my fave X-Babies piece you’ve done, thus far, bud!

Sean! I love the expression on that soldier’s face! HURlarious!

Aaaaand that is the best Modok I’ve seen on The Line and, generally, in a while, Chaz! Congrats!

Dayumn, Daniel! I like this dark side of you. Everything okay, man? ;D

It’s always a pleasure seeing the Bat Rogues altogether, but doubly so when Nick’s the one that puts ‘em there.

Thanks for the post, Brian! Thanks for the love, everyone! We all emerged victorious!


Ghost Rider is badass.

I laughed my ass off at the X-Babies.

Cuckoo’s Nest is one of my favorite movies, so I love how well Nick meshed the cast with Batman’s rogues.

Oh and welcome to The Line, Ms Simone. Check out the archives and enjoy. This is an awesome place to visit every week, with great artists.

Nick’s piece is awesome but I don’t really see the Cuckoo’s nest influence. Joker sort of looks like Jack, penguin kinda looks like Danny Devitos character. But wheres chief, ratchett, or young doc brown? maybe put them on the basketball court or in the talking circle. maybe clayface tossing the water fountain out a window. maybe i love that movie too much.
awesome work everyone.

This is one of the best editions!

Great, great work everyone!!! Keep it up!!

Awesome edition! Love those X-Babies and of course, Modok! Thanks for using my suggestion!

Ehh, I didn’t like Canaan’s so much this time but that’s because I can’t stand “Oliver”. The X-Babies are cute as ever, tho.

And my personal award for Best This Week goes to the Ghost Rider/Spartacus one. Great idea, even greater execution!!

Uh, I don’t get the MODOK/Forrest Gump one. Those characters couldn’t be more opposite.

The last time Huntress and Black Canary sang together (in the Batman: Brave and the Bold episode “The Mask of Matches Malone!”) it turned into a PR disaster for DC (but then, who thought that a song with sexual double entendres in it was a good idea for THIS show? Geez!)

The Joker/Hannibal Lecter one is kind of too obvious. Great art, tho, especially the reflection.

And as usual, Nick Perk’s is the best drawn.

MODOK is as MODOK does. Truer words were never spoken.

And hey, it’s my Ghost Rider suggestion! And it looks awesome.

Love ‘em all guys, but Modok Gump has a special place in my heart. Pretty confident it would be the best movie ever.

Fantastic work this week.

Is there anything that Canaan can’t do? He is the artist that switches things up the most from week-to-week. I am always glad to see him go funny and this X-Babies-Oliver mash-up is funny.

Sean McFarland took a tricky idea with the Ghost Rider/Ben-Hur mash-up and knocked it out of the park. I love the Ghost Horses.

Chaz Folgar put a great expression on MODOK that totally sold that idea.

“Mic” Magtanong did a nice job with the re-inventing the Chicago poster. His Huntress and Black Canary each have a ton of personality.

The Batman-Joker by Daniel Irizarri is haunting and has some really nice details.

However, Nick Perks has my favorite of the week. He managed to merge McMurphy and The Joker in a truly unsettling way. My one quibble is that he missed an opportunity to work Danny DeVito in, who Martini in One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest and The Penguin in Batman Returns. Otherwise, it is flawless. The expression on the Harvey Dent side of Two-Face is heart-breaking.

@Dean – Thanks for the kind words! I did consider using the Danny DeVito Penguin but in the end decided it would detract from the central McMurphy-Joker amalgamation. And besides – some people would then ask why The Riddler isn’t Jim Carrey, Two-Face isn’t Tommy Lee Jones, etc.

Meanwhile… for me Daniel Irizarri is the winner. The use of color, the use of light and reflection, the painted-on smile. Great composition, beautifully executed.

Am I imagining it or is everyone getting >>better<<?

Holy crap, you’re not imagining thing Nick, I really do feel as if we’re all growing as artists the longer we stick to this. There’s so many things to say about this week though. Everyone stepping up in a major way.

(thanks to all those who liked my piece.)

Still, Caanan, adding watercolors into the mix REALLY made the drawing pop this time. i love the effect it brings. using those toned down colors to give it that ol’ oliver feel.

Sean, brought the pain with his rendition of Ghost rider’s horses! damn they look terrifying!

absolutely LOVE modok-gump. seriously. the expression on that thing is fantastic. I’m see you improve like crazy, chaz! seriously good stuff.

i have to admit that my pick of the week HAS to be mic. the colors the rendition and the full movie poster look is just exellently developed.

Nick! damn you! you draw likenesses like its nothing! seriously THAT is jack nicholson. wow. love the little winks with all the other characters fitting in perfectly.

Great week, guys. and here’s to a better one next week.

Yeah, just like anything else, the more you do something regularly, the better you get at it. You’ve all improved a lot since you’ve started, and you were all already good to begin with!

The Ghost Rider chariot wins this one. But all were pretty good.

@ NickP:

That makes sense. It is just such a weird little bit of serendipity.

My favorite is the Birds of Prey one!

I am kicking myself because I was gonna suggest a Black Bolt – King´s Speech mash-up but forgot.

did anyone do that??

Willie Everstop

March 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm

MOMDOK always said life is like a box of Cosmic Cubes, you never know what you’re gonna wish for.

These are great!

Ghost Rider looks awesome!!

Also, Joker in Silence of the Lambs is totally perfect! Great, great week :D


did anyone do that??

Yeah, a bunch of people actually.

“Modok is as Modok does?” Is the character talking like that now? (I haven’t seen him in ages, wouldn’t be surprised if he got brain-damaged since, well, he IS mostly brain.)

And all our regular artists ARE getting better. Congratulations! :)


April 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Gentlemen. Three cheers all-around.

Thanks for the kind words, guys!

Stellar work across the board this week! Is everybody improving? YES! It’s awesome getting to see everyone really hone their craft. A real honor, too! Caanan, Sean, Mic, Daniel, and Nick (George, too!) — you guys rule!

Thanks to Brian, too, for letting TLiiD happen!

ah well, it wasn´t really that much of a stretch, I suppose.

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