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The Line It Is Drawn #35 – Comic Book Spokesmodels

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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 6 AM Pacific, Friday, April 8th).

Next week’s theme is…

As suggested by our own Daniel Irizarri, team-up or mash-up a Western comic book character with a manga or an anime character!

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

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


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!

Mic was at Wonder Con, so Sean filled in this week!

First off, two Kick-Ass-related suggestions!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Hit-Girl for Orbit Gum (can it even clean /her/ mouth?)

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

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BigMike20X6 also suggested:

Kick-Ass fighting crime with Hostess Fruit Pies

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

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Our own caanan suggested:

Hellboy loves Hot Tamales

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

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Aquaman and StarKist Tuna.

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

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jpers36 suggested:


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

KeithWTSMorris suggested:

Hourman for Rolex

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

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)!


That Hourman ad is just fantastic.

It also prompts me for the first time to wonder: isn’t it silly of Hourman to advertise the limitation on his powers right in his name? It’s not “Powerless Against Wood Lantern,” for good reason.

Nick Perks artwork is fantastic. Also very smart.

Great work, guys! Awesome stuff!

The Hourman and Kick-Ass ads were fantastic. I liked the little Aqualad fish in the Aquaman, too.

I wonder how many of those Western comic book character suggestions for next week will be folks like Jonah Hex, Blueberry and the Two-Gun Kid.

Nice work by everyone.

Canaan’s Hit-Girl/Orbit drawing is really strong graphically. It has a little Saul Bass in it, which is always a good thing as far as I am concerned.

Sean McFarland had a tall order re-creating the goofy charm of those Hostess Pie ads. He delivered with some nice detail, like the Hello Kitty backpack.

I love the expression on George Zapata’s Hellboy.

The little Aquaman and Aqualad fish on Chaz Folgar’s piece cracked me up.

Daniel Irizarri gave me the creeps. The body position is so exactly Steve Jobs and that sells it.

Nick Perks did a great job with the page design on the Rolex ad. He even got the product shot on the endorser.

“Solid White Guy Albacore” just cracks me up. Chaz, you’re a winner. :D

Great work, guys! Nick, that Rolex ad wouldn’t look out of place in a Nat Geo at all. The Kick Ass Hostess ad is funny and right on target. It’s just like Apple to take over the world, ain’t it? And Hot Tamales – ALL muscle! ;)

Great pieces all around once again.

When are those iUltrons coming out? I need to go camp out at the Apple store…

Ha ha…Apple is evil. I hate those motherfuckers.

caanan, that is so kick-ass! Fabulous, even. *ting*

I dig how you captured the vintage feel of the fruit pie strips, Sean, and still made it your own. SHLORP!

Cool package graphic, George.

lol @ “Solid White Guy Albacore” & “Manta Safe”! It must also be new and improved Curry flavored. Classic, Chaz!

Daniel’s been tapping into his dark side the past couple weeks, uh? I’m seriously loving it. I’m actually more creeped out w/ Jobs than Ultron!

Fancy stuff there, Nick! I can see that plugged into old school comic books. Yet another product kids could only imagine owning!

Yet another awesome week! Congrats, fellas!



April 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Nick, You made my month! that Hourman piece is AMAZING. also loved everyones this week. Of course Caanan’s is top notch as usual. And Jobs lack of eyes is the evilest thing ever.

That Hitman piece is awesome, it even looks like Frank Miller’s art, which I’m assuming is what it was trying to evoke.

Wow, this is probably one of the best weeks yet. Really great, imaginative, and hilarious pieces! Great job!

man! great week for everyone!

Caanan’s piece went totally graphic with the concept, which works prefectly, since orbit has, in my opinion, great graphic designers.

Sean went the extra mile and made a whole strip for us! geez. this is going to be a thing. maybe someday I’ll do a page or caanan… that’ll be great to see. as for the page itself, i love the old comics feel, and this is a perfect homage to the old advertisements.

George knows how to pick his colors. maximum effect with the most limited of choices. great stuff.

I think Fish-Aquaman and Aqualad should be brought into the DC continuity. and then killed off, because nothing that awesome is allowed to live in the DC universe. love it, chaz. : )

As for Nicks, i had to look twice to realize that that wasn’t a picture of a watch. seriously thats amazing. Love the classy look of the old 60s and 70s advertisements.

I love The Line, seriously.

Yeah, I was looking for Orbit pics on google and they’ve had some really clever ads.

Eh… I didn’t enjoy this week’s efforts that much. Not for the art, mind, that was good; I just didn’t care much for some of the ideas.

Right off the bat: Hit Girl from Kick Ass, a movie I HATE. Only Canaan’s artwork (and masterful sense of design) saves it for me.

OK at least that was over with AAGHHH Hit Girl AGAIN! Plus that loser Kick Ass! Spoiled what to me should have been the funniest ad reference (the Hostess Pies one.)

Hot Tamales is an unknown brand to me so I can’t feel much for the Hellboy one.

Is the Aquaman one making reference to that old joke about Black Vulcan saying “Maybe they should call you WHITE FISH!” ? Also, no “Sorry, Charlie?” reference?

The Ultron one: OK, now THIS is funny, and VERY well drawn. Though it loses points for “Apple is Evil”. That’s a very tired joke.

The only piece that worked on all levels for me was The Hourman one: Nick Perks art, and the zing at Hourman needing to keep abreast of how long his powers lasted. Plus it reminds me of those ads that claimed their wristwatches were pretty much indestructible. (And yes naming yourself after your weakness is dumb, but that’s from the original character.)

OTOH I have great hopes for next week, as there are zillions of possibilities! Speedball and Naruto, Jack Sparrow and Luffy, Power Girl and Cutey Honey, Deadpool and Keroro Gensou, etc. etc…. would be hard not to enjoy! :)


April 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

What’re you talking about? The whole “Apple is Evil” thing sold it for me.

Eh, I make no apologies. I like Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. I wouldn’t have suggested them otherwise. But Caana’s piece is easily my favorite non-X-Babies piece done for the Line,
Can’t wait until the topic is one that will let me suggest an X-Babies/Hit-Girl/Squirrel Girl throwdown….

Thanks everyone for the nice words on “Hourman”.
These subjects can be surprisingly educational!
I hadn’t realised how Rolex had been linked to “The Great Escape” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolex). Looking back over old Rolex ads I was reminded that it used to be a top quality >product< rather than a gold-plated status symbol/male jewelry item.
And in the early strips Hourman was refered to as "Tick-Tock" which is sort of weird but much less revealling – I guess batman, aquaman, superman, hakman, etc. started a trend he could not buck.

Another week when I think everyone excelled – although for composition I would have to give it to Caanan.

Unfortunately I know NOTHING about Manga for next week…

Brian, what do you mean by “Western comic book character?” Your tweet said “American,” so are you now widening it to all Western countries or narrowing it to the American Wild West?

the fruit pie strip is becoming a poster on my wall as soon as I refill my printer.

Brian, what do you mean by “Western comic book character?” Your tweet said “American,” so are you now widening it to all Western countries or narrowing it to the American Wild West?

Western as in American, European, etc. But since people took that to mean “Wild West,” I changed it to “American.”

Good to know, thanks. As much as I like the Wild West, that would severely limit the potential fun!

Nitzan Rotschild

April 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Caanan on his Eisner nomination!!!

Fantastic news about the Eisner award Caanan. Congratulations and good luck!!!!!!!!

I really wish I would’ve thought of Hellboy/IHOP. That would have been much more fitting.

+1 for buttler’s prediction

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