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The Line It Is Drawn #39 – Comic Book Characters and Greek or Norse Mythology!

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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, May 6th).

Next week’s theme is…

In honor of the Month of Web Comics, team-up or mash-up comic book characters from print comics with characters from web comics!

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

With the release of Thor coming this week, the theme is team-up, face-off or mash-up comic book characters and characters from Norse, Greek and/or Roman Mythology!


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!

No George or Daniel this week, so Sean filled in and luckily Chaz did a second piece, so we still have six pieces for you all! Very cool!

AlexKeraunos suggested:

Swamp Thing embracing Demeter

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Throg, Frog of Thunder meets Poseidon/Neptune

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

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caanan suggested:

Pan (the half goat one) woos Poison Ivy

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

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Idun and Death (from The Endless)

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

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dc2omniverse also suggested:

Brunhilde and Big Barda.

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

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Nick also provided an alternate version of the drawing, done as if drawn on canvas. Check it out here.

theyallfalldown suggested:

Artemis (wonder woman) versus Artemis (Greek goddess)

Michael “Mic” Magtanong 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!!


To say that all of them are awesome at this point seems redundant. Because they are!

Hey, Brian! How can I participate in the weekly challenge? Can I, or the artists are already choosen?


The artwork was great as always, but unfortunately I just didn’t know enough about mythology to get the most out of these drawings. :(

Audrey II looks very disturbed by Pan there.

I had to do a bit of research myself. Idun is the goddess of Apples (randomly) and Eternal Youth. Her apples were how the gods stayed eternal, so Death eating one is like, “um… excuse me?”

I wonder if that’s where “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” comes from?

And, oh yeah! Chaz picked one of my suggestions! Oh, that horny, horny Pan… ;)

My gods, these pieces are great this week.

How do you like THEM apples, Death?

It’s funny, I’m so conditioned to seeing Brunnhilde as Marvel’s Valkyrie (especially since the Roy Thomas Thor arc that retold the Ring Cycle), but it’s nice to see “Brunnhilde Classic.”

My favorite is the Artemis one!

Demeter doesn’t look too happy to be embraced by Swampy. “Great, first Hades get to keep my daughter for half of the year and now THIS happens!” :D

“Hey, frog! Where are you going with my groin shell??” OK, I’ll stop now. :p

Ivy/Pan should have been Ivy/Dionysus, he was a nature god who (literally) drove women crazy. And was WAY more handsome that Old Goat there. Still, pretty funny.

Oh, Caanan’s piece is BEAUTIFUL. It even made me like DC’s Death for once! Very cute. Gets my choice for best this week.

AHH!!! NSFW! NSFW!! (actually I’m watching this from home but still give us a head up, Cronin!) Great art, as always, but I don’t quite follow what’s going on, is Mr. Miracle dead? Shouldn’t the Black Rider claim instead? Will Barda fight the Valkyrie for his soul? Still, great take on Kirby’s characters.

Didn’t the last one already happen in the comics? Or was that Diana vs Diana? Anyway, Very well drawn, especially mortal-Artemis’ costume and sword (another character I don’t usually care for.) Good job.

Overall a good job from all. And there’s six more pieces to come? Great!

@ Cronin: Fine, FINE! You win, Cronin! I’ve made a Tweeter account JUST so I can give you my suggestions! Now could some please tell me how to USE the thing? (This isn’t a joke. I’m clueless.)

OK, I seem to have figured it out. Btw, are we limited to one suggestion each, or can we post more?

I concur with Sijo…today wasn’t the first time I had to quickly click out of a CSBG column due to NSFW material. I’m sure I’ve seen other articles on this site slapped with the warning–can we get the same done here?

Oh it’s VERY nice to see Brunnhilde classic, nudge nudge, say no more.

Sijo: You can make as many suggestions as you want.

Fireball XTC

May 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm

The Brunhilde/Barda piece is STUNNING. Just an incredible, complete piece of work – and a great story too.

The rest of ‘em are lovely as well. The calibre of these TLIID entries is very high indeed.

@Sijo – Glad you liked it and you were right on every point – including the fact that really it should be the Black Racer not a Valkyrie! Damn!
“NSFW!”? Oops – sorry!
It didn’t work as I hoped, but if you look closely at the enlarged version you might see that I painted it in acrylics on acrylic paper to get that canvas-like ‘weave’. I was trying to imitate the ‘classic’ mythological painting you might find in a gallery somewhere. Those were full of nudes so it seemed at least ONE of the characters should have no clothes on.

@Nick P: I want to make clear I’m NOT offended by the nudity, I was just kidding (I seem to have had a rather humorous streak yesterday, heh) though articles that do feature nudity should always have a warning in case those of us who love comics want to check them out at work.

The only problem I had with the piece is that the characters seem to have been positioned oddly. Scott should have been in Barda’s lap, the Valkyrie should have been in front of them, and Barda should stare at her as if saying “You will claim him OVER MY DEAD BODY!” (Which btw would be an AWESOME story.) But this is a nitpick, OK? Overall the piece is magnific.

(Oh and the Black Racer thing can easily be justified… let’s say Miracle and Barda went on a mission to Asgard… dying there, Scott’s heroic soul attracts the local psychopomp, instead of the “correct” one for him. Cue epic goddess-on-goddess battle! And then- The Black Racer shows up!! To Be Continued!!! :D )

Holy cow. I totally want to own a print of that Caanan piece.

@Sijo: I like it – The Black Racer would show up just as it seems Barda is losing to the seemingly inevitable claim of Death in the local manifestation of the Valkyrie; Then as Brunhilde and The Black Racer battle for the right to the soul of Mister Miracle, Barda is able to revive him as the two avatars of death effectively negate each other. Then she just has to slip past Neil Gaiman’s “Death” on the way back to Earth and everything is fine…

Yes! Why didn’t I have Mr Miracle in Barda’s lap? It would have been perfect homage to the numerous paintings of Mary and Jesus after the crucifixion AND been much more emotional. I will consult you in advance next time! ;)

All are great but come on… Frog Thor is hanging 10 on a shell from Posiedon! That reeks of awesomeness!

Nick: At your service. :)

Cronin: I STILL don’t see my suggestions on the list, what am I doing wrong?

I’ll list them here too, just in case:

-Tony Stark meets Girl Genius (wearing Steampunk armor of course!)

-The Ray (the young one) meets Linkara’s Illuminator (I’ll bet he would be thrilled to see his character here!)

-Deadpool and the Order of the Stick (he and Belkar the Evil Halfling would probably get along great.)

I hope one of regular artists likes my suggestions (the last one in particular would be easy to do, since TootS is done in stick-figures! :D )

Very cool!

Swamp-Thing looks so much at home. Throg’s having hella fun. Horny Pan humps legs as feverishly and non-consensually as I do. And YOW… Brunhilde! Beautiful piece of art. All is as it should be.

Gotta say… Eisner Award Nominee Caanan blew me away rockin’ the new style and technique (or ones I’ve never seen from him before). Just gorgeous. Everything about it.

I’m glad you enjoy the Arties, rasx and Sijo! Thanks everyone!


man! i hate missing weeks. : (

these were awesome, really.

Mic’s stands out with his bright colors, Nick brought a level of detail that is just unmatched! chaz’s work is still that awesome breath of fresh air into the strange, Caanan kills it with the composition and Sean’s doesn’t even need colors to keep it bitchin.

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