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The Line It Is Drawn #37 – Comic Book Characters/Fairy Tale Characters Mash-Ups

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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 22nd).

Next week’s theme is…

“In the Style of.” You name a comic character and then name the artist you want to see that character drawn in. For instance, “Superman, in the style of Charles Schulz” or “Calvin and Hobbes, in the style of Todd McFarlane.” Stuff like that. The more offbeat the better!

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

Team-up/mash-up comic book characters with characters from fairy tales.


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!

B_Granderson suggested:

kitty pryde as alice in wonderland (various x characters as various wonderland characters)

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

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caanan suggested:

Agent Tony Chu takes a bite out of the gingerbread house.

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

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caanan also suggested:

Catwoman takes in a stray. Puss in Boots.

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

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Edwardthe_III suggested:

Princess Finding/Kissing Frog Thor as if he’d become a prince.

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

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slafaive suggested:

little Red Robin…hood?

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

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slafaive also suggested:

Rip Van Winkle meets Dream the Endless

Chaz Folgar 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 (including our Eisner nominee)!

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


[…] das vorletzte Panel – großartig! Gezeichnet hat es jemand namens Michael Magtanong. (via) Tweet Marco | Comics | Tags: Chew, Comics, Hänsel und Gretel, Märchen, Mashupt, Webcomics […]

great work everyone and good to have caanan’s max updating again…

That Kitty in Wonderland is perfect. Pity there’s none of the Crazy Gang in there.

Doormouseneto is perfect, as are Jamie-dee and Jamie-dum and I just noticed Lockheed and is that a Brood?


Those are awesome. I love how Mic totally captured the feel of Chew. He’d be a great fill in for the series!

Great details on Canaan’s. It took me a while to realize Nightcrawler and Colossus were in there!

Canaan’s is now my desktop wallpaper. So many fun little details.

That Magneto mouse is priceless! Also loved the Chew piece by Mic and the look in the eyes of George’s Robin. Definitely one of the best weeks yet.

Great stuff. Love the Chew piece, it was fantastic.

My background as well now…. and I just noticed the “wolverine” Cheshire cat in the tree. That mash up is brilliant.

I was thinking of Tim Drake as Red Robin, but hey, you did great with Damian, especially with his sinister leer and the poor wolf’s tail peeking out. Love the colors!

That is a cool depiction of Dream and Rip. Not at all what I expected. Nice!

Caanan wins, if only for his Caterpillar Professor Xavier, among the other great mashups amongst Excalibur et al
Other pieces were great, as usual also

Oh, Canaan’s definitely the best, not just for his art but for all the guess-who-is-who-bits. While the X-Men-as-fairy-tale characters has been done before, this is the most imaginative version yet in my opinion (loved the Dormouse as Magneto!)

Who the Hell is Tony Chu? Wait, is he from that “Chew” comic? Well, I think his power is lame but it fits into the Hansel & Gretel story pretty well. Too bad he didn’t arrive sooner. :p

Perks’ art is great as usual but Puss looks too much like a real cat, in the movies he was cuter. Otherwise great job, especially with Catwoman, mrrow.

I’m not too clear on the Frog Prince one: is it supposed to be Throg from the Pet Avengers rather than Thor when he was a frog? (and is the princess Lady Sif?) Still funny, however.

I had to think for a second before I realized what the bag on Red Riding Robin implied. But yeah, funny.

Man, Dream was always a dick, wasn’t he? He could’ve told Rip “you’re wasting 20 years of your life sleeping” but he probably didn’t care. (What’s with his hair, tho? Looks like a DJ’s from the 70’s.)

Can’t wait for Sean’s piece! :)

Caanan’s is excellent, of course. Note-perfect. And Daniel Irizarri’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine, as well.

I just now noticed that Emma is Queen of Diamonds, instead of Hearts. That seems so appropriate.
I can’t figure out who the March Hare is supposed to be.

The Thor picture is great, too, but Canaan is simply amazing.

Mary: The March Hare is Nightcrawler. And I believe Emma is, appropriately enough, the White Queen from Through the Looking-Glass.

Frog Thor is my fave. Love his facial expression.

Oh, pretty sure the princess is Jane Foster.

Mic, that is an awesome Chew page. Looks like it came straight out of the comic. In the third panel, though, Tony reminds me of Dean from Iron Giant. It’s the exact same facial expression he gets when he sees the Giant jump in the lake. Or maybe I just see the Iron Giant everywhere I go. ;)

Nick, is yours in response to that infamous Greg Horn piece that’s been floating around?

Dan, the colours on yours are awesome, and I love the ‘book plate’ feel of it. Did you create that decorative Font block yourself?

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not Robin! Creepy, George. Creepy. The tail coming out of the bag is a nice subtle touch.

And Chaz still brings it even without his trademark eye-popping colours.

For those playing the ‘who is who’ game, here are the answers! :D

Kitty is Alice, (obviously), Emma and Scott are the King and Queen of Diamonds (not hearts), Colossus is the white rabbit (Kitty would follow him anywhere, right?), Capt. Britain is the Mad Hatter (wearing a Meggan-coloured scarf), Nightcrawler is the March Hare, Tweedledee and Tweedledum are Madroxes, the caterpillar is the professor, and the dormouse is Lockheed. The little mouseneto is a different mouse from the story. Oh, and there’s the Cheshire Wolverine in the tree. ;)

Curses! I prefer to be right about everything, so I am forced to conclude that the artist is clearly mistaken.

Wow! Thanks for the love, fellow CHEW fans! It’s my favorite comic book so I had to show love. And it looks like I hit the jackpot and chose Eisner Award Nominee Caanan’s suggestion! Ha! I feel like Daniel all of a sudden.Thanks for the suggest! I was going for cartoony Ken Leung, but Dean from IRON GIANT works, too! ;D

EISNER AWARD NOMINEE CAANAN :: Dude, that has GOT to be a print. I’d be honored to liberate one from you if you’re doing SDCC this year (and you had best!). Absolutely stunning. I’m pleased w/ how I got all the characters w/o help! My faves are def Mouseneto and Cheshirine.

NICK :: “Hubba hubba” indeed! I completely forgot to mention in our exchanges how hilarious it’d be if you ended up doing a total Greg Hornesque/Horny homage. lol

DANIEL :: That’s frickin’ lovely, dude. I don’t say nor write “lovely” a lot, but it just fits. I wish fairy tale book illustrations looked as awesome as this on a regular.

GEORGE :: Evil! That is definitely Damian.

CHAZ :: Very nice to see your inks! Have all your pieces been done traditionally? Up until now, I thought they’ve been completely digital. You rock, dude!

BRIAN :: You’re the best. Thanks so much for everything.


Geez Louise! This batch is of the finest stuff i’ve seen! … and thats not counting Sean’s which is just as good!

seriously lets just go from the top:
Caanan. I’m a be straight up with you. Me, along with most of the commenters on this feature are quite bonafide Caananites. Yes we are faithful followers. as for the drawing, jesus christ its elaborate! everything is so intricate, but what i really enjoy most is the mouseneto dueling with the caterpillar xavier in the corners! such fun!

also, yeah the decorative font block was my own thing, probablly the most fun i had in the whole piece. : )

Mic takes the cake this time around, but then again it might be that i’m a sucker for full on sequential art in these things. it just shows how much determination he has and from what i can tell, it also shows just how much love he has for the character.

maybe one of these days i’ll make a full page entry. who knows?

Nick! You cut to the core of puss in boots, the true player. the cat that know’s his way around the ladies. Not to mention that its just a beautiful drawing!

I am absolutely terrified at George’s entry. Geez! It really does capture the essence of Damian as a character. Very awesome.

Chaz’s entry freaks me out for completely different reasons. I wish i knew more about rip van winkle to REALLY get the drawing though. : (

I’m so excited about this next theme! EVERY CHARACTER EVER, in the style of Mike Mignola? please?

Lovely art there from Caanan Grall and Daniel Irizarri

STANDING OVATION. Best this series has ever been, and this has been an awesome series. “Kitty in Wonderland” is the best piece to come out of it so far, in my eyes anyway.

That is one sexy Catwoman.

Wow. Great work all around yet again.

Canaan’s piece might be he best figure work that I’ve seen from him and he has done some great stuff in that department. The Mad Hatter’s pose just screams “X-Men” somehow. I adore Madrox as Tweedle Dee and Dum.

Mic made me interested in CHEW, which is an achievement. The image of our hero actually chewing cracks me up for some reason.

It took me a little while, but I finally got the joke in Nick Perks piece. Very funny. It is awesome that your Puss-In-Boots actually look like a cat. Also, Nick has a real flair for the Bat Family.

I am not sure how he managed it, but Daniel Irizarri put the perfect expression on the Thunder Frog. That is some high level work. I also love how period specific the princess seems.

George Zapata’s Red Robin Hood gives me the creeps, which is a good thing. I never saw it coming from the suggestion.

Speaking of the creeps, Chaz Folgar managed to make Morpheus horrifying. The wrinkles make the dead black eyes really unsettling.

Great work everyone!

These are fantastic, maybe my favorite round yet.

Of all that there is to love in Canaan’s piece though…that super intense “mouseneto” is my favorite. Ah-mazing.

I feel a little embarrased by the references to Greg Horn’s sexist Catwoman pic.
I hadn’t seen it but it was NOT what I was going for.
I guess I was poking a little fun at Adam Hughes’ over-endowed Catwoman covers and the male reader’s usual reaction to them: “Hubba-hubba!”.
Gosh, men are predictable.
At the same time, you have to admire Hughes’ perfectly crafted pictures .

Oh yeah, I hadn’t seen that either and just looked it up now. Ugh, yeah, I wouldn’t have made that connection either. But I guess it was recent and made some waves, so it was on people’s minds.

Sorry couldn’t join you boys on themain attraction, but it is great to see each and every one of you kickin Tale and taking names!
I knew Caanan’s would be awesome, but I was not prepared for Mouseneto (can one ever truly be?). So much going on, and all of it great.

Mic nailed Chew so well, you’d expect to find it as a back up. I love grannie’s shades and oh-so-appropriate apron. You got the quirky Chew vibe down perfectly, while retaining your inner Mic-ness.

Nick, great job as always man. I actually used water color in this last one, and I have no idea how you make it look so effortless. Kudos.

Dan, so sweet and pitch perfect for this week. Love it. Your Throg is a great interpretation of the character, instantly recognizable but a fresh view as well.

George, the quiet menace of your Robin is truly disturbing, you got to feel bad for the wolf.

Chaz, black and white serves Morpheus well, and I love how you wrapped it all in a tight little composition. I envy that economy of design.

Well done men. Can’t wait for the style mash-up, I suspect another killer week in store!

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