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The Line It Is Drawn #47 – Dramatic Revelations!

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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, July 1st).

Next week’s theme is…

Courtesy of our own Nick Perks, come up with something that you’d always like to see a comic book character do that you know they never will. Like Wolverine singing and dancing, Batman just killing the Joker, etc.

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

The theme is to come up with a dramatic reveal and our artists will draw it.


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 is filling in and Nick did a bonus sketch!

AdamRuvola suggested:

Rom Spaceknight, your head is actually a toaster.


Aoide_Muse suggested:

Deadpools father is revealed to be Howard the Duck!

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

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Aoide_Muse suggested:

Wolverine and Cyclops are revealed to have a ‘thing’ for each other when Jean grey walks in on them in bed together


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Cyclops gives up on both Jean and Emma. For Logan.

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Howard the Duck… Donald is your father!

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Apocalypse and Mr Sinister reveal their role in creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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

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Sean also did a black and white version of the above piece. You can check it out here.

kevinsmithj suggested:

Mystique, your father is Papa Smurf!

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

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And yes, Caanan’s explanation for all those little skulls on Mystique’s costume sure is inspired (if twisted)!

Finally, our bonus piece by Nick Perks….

TheCountingTree suggested:

Hopey (L&R) didn’t lose her baby! She was secretly adopted and is revealed to be…

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Very cool of Nick to complete his bonus piece so that we could have six pieces this week!

Thanks to all of our suggestion givers and, of course, our awesome artists! You guys all did a great job this week!

Now now everyone go to Twitter and make suggestions for next week!!


Travis Pelkie

June 30, 2011 at 4:30 am

So, is Sinister responsible for Daredevil, too, then?

Nice work from everyone, but…but…WHO? Who is Hopey’s daughter? Augh! Actually, didn’t Penny Century almost have a baby around the same time?

Cyclops HAS known for years that Wolvey’s the best there is at what he does…

And Mystique vs Smurfs. Yes!


..and I wanna see Wolvie with Emma to see if admantium cuts diamond!

So, does this mean Donald is Deadpool’s grandfather?

OMIGAWD! *standing ovation* Gentle-artists, these were awesome!

Turtles, Smurfs, and Ducks besmirched ….(or is that “besmurfed”?) Oh my….

the skulls!

Marvel…get Canaan to do a Mystique vs The Smurfs Max Mini Series ASAP!!!

I was underwhelmed this week, not by the art which was great as usual, but by the suggestions. They weren’t in my opinion as good as they could have been except for one…Mystique and the Smurfs! Not only was that one of the better suggestions, but Canaan’s explanation for the skulls on the belt was even better, and very inspired, I agree Brian!

Mic Magtanong’s is my favorite, though they’re all quite good. Just that seeing Scott and Logan in bed feels so, so, so inevitable.

Neil: I liked the art in Mic’s piece, I just kinda wish he did more with it than just recreating the suggestions so literally. Like maybe work in Mick Jagger and David Bowie somehow. That’s the one thing I tend to like about Canaan’s pieces is he often adds extra inspired touches that improve upon the original suggestion somehow.

Matthew Johnson

June 30, 2011 at 8:04 am

They actually did that Rom/toaster thing in the first comedy issue of What If?.

Mystique vs the smurfs…*head explodes*

Mike Loughlin

June 30, 2011 at 9:26 am

Is Hopey’s daughter one of the main characters from Strangers in Paradise? (I think her name is Katchoo)

Chaz, wait, if Deadpool is wearing a hat and tie like Howard… is he pantsless too? O_o
Mic, love the setup
Sean, woo hoo, love it love it.
Caanan, haha. Perfect. X-Babies, then Muppets, and now Smurfs. Love it.
Nick, that look on Daisy’s face is heartbreaking, but a great pic. Donald’s got some explaining to do.

Also, I hereby once again demand a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/X-Men crossover comic. I’ve wanted that since I was a kid.

I was also thinking of Katchoo in Nick’s piece, also because that layout and drawing style has some SiP-like quality…

Chaz, wait, if Deadpool is wearing a hat and tie like Howard… is he pantsless too? O_o

Howard has been wearing pants since 1979, as part of Marvel making him look less like Donald under legal pressure from Disney.

In the comic itself, Howard putting some pants on was explained by being sued for public indecency by a guy named “Wally Sidney.”

I was also thinking of Katchoo in Nick’s piece, also because that layout and drawing style has some SiP-like quality…

Funny thing is that because of the setup I was expecting Francine. But I guess she’d be more likely Maggie’s kid.

Mea culpa – what with camera angle and so forth Hopey’s daughter may be perceived as bigger than she is; She is only a few inches taller than Maggie.
Certainly not anyone from SiP (which is in no way influenced or inspired by L&R of course).
No, Hopey’s daughter is – hang on, phone is ringing…

I was thinking Katchoo for the final piece, too, though the body type is closer to Francine.

Even if the turtles all had their skittles colors rather than the traditional all-red bandannas, I’m so pleased with Sean’s piece. Particularly, I enjoyed him including Klunk the cat. Not many people may get it, but it’s an added piece to TMNT-lore.

How is Canaan not working for a major comic publisher??

Or are you? DO you have any trades I can buy?

I have to agree with T, I was hoping the suggestions would be something more than “so-and-so is your parent!” given the usual range of good suggestions usually given here. Still all the art pieces were good.


Chaz: I can’t stand Deadpool, I just don’t see why he’s supposed to be funny. He’s certainly no Howard. Nice to see Rom used though.

Mic: I’m all for gay rights but don’t care to watch man-love, thank you! :P Still it’s funny I admit, and very well drawn.

Nic: The Ducks piece would have been funnier if it was set on Dr. Phil’s show or had included more bits from Donald’s history with Howard (like the pants thing). But still, very well drawn.

The L&R one left me cold because I don’t read the series so I don’t know who these people are or why I should care; the unreveal of the daughter didn’t help. Still, for your incredible adaptation of the Los Bros art style (is there any style you can’t do!?) I declare this piece the best drawn this week.

Sean: Was I the only one who needed to enlarge the picture to see Apocalipse well? And in between his bored attitude and the turtles all looking distracted, the piece felt slightly off. But very well drawn, especially the statues. (And who is the cat again?)

Canaan: Once again, you come up with the unexpected angles! :D I have to wonder if Mystique is half-human, and if so, who did Papa knock up? Maybe Mother Nature? They always seemed like they were flirting in the cartoon. ;) Didn’t like Papa using a knife however, and what happened to Smurfette’s eyes? Still overall my favorite of the week.

Once again, an enjoyable show, everybody. Thank you!

Hey Cronin, I know we can give the suggestions for a specific topic by Tweeter, but do we have to suggest the topics there, or can we do it here? (Can you tell I’m no tweeter fan?)

I cannot stop laughing at the notion that Mystique wears a belt of Smurf skulls.


June 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Oh dear… I think I started something with my Howard: the Duck suggestion from last week. I’m going to have to come up with something non-duck related for next week!

My vote this week goes to kevinsmithj and Caanan Grall. Great twist with the skulls!!

So, no one else noticed that the Cyclops/Wolverine joke replicate the classic panel of Uncanny X-Men #137?

Could it be Jaka from Cerebus?

Nick Perks is absolutely right. There is no one I trust more to successfully mash-up different mash-up ideas than CHAZ. And I find myself wanting the products he places in his pieces week after week. Rom Toaster head. YES.

NICK is a saint for always producing more than what is asked of him. And they’re always quality!

Even in the quiet moments, SEAN pulls off energy and emotion in his drawings masterfully. Well done, bro!

I literally lost my Smurf w/ the brilliance that is EISNER AWARD NOMINEE CAANAN. Hee-larious. I love Papa Smurf rockin’ a blade. lol! It’s a good look. Now we also know what dye he uses to make his clothes bloody red.

Thank you to BRIAN as always for putting this all together! Highlight of my week!

Thanks to Aoide_Muse and BIG MIKE for the great suggestions!

Thanks to everyone for the comments! Much appreciated! I’m glad you got a kick outta my piece!


Hee. The pic for Mystique vs the Smurfs is awesome.


Chaz is hillarious. He just is. If you accept it, and move on, you will have a better life. Actually, everybody brought the funny this week. Surprise paternity with Nick, hot boy on boy wth Mic, and Caanan “the Goddman Batman,” Grall finally explains all those tiny skulls. Seriously, those skulls make no sense in any other context.

I was shooting for an over-enthusiastic sinister and mildly irritated Apocalypse…. I think I might need to team up with a writer to make better punchlines…. Anyone have a better caption idea; I will totally re-letter that mofo.

Thanks Everyone who dug it. I was torn on the Red v Skittles…. I ultimately yielded to my inner child, who was all about the color coding.

How about a Sports theme for next week’s topic? Comic characters playing a particular sport, combining them with certain athletes…

That Mystique/Smurfs pic is one of the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while! Bravo!

And I second Trey’s question: Does Canaan have any published work/comics anywhere?

Sorry if the Rom gag has been done before. I just like Rom. I think there should be an all Rom week. Chaz Folgar’s treatment is funny and clever. The Smurf pieceis very charming. Great work all around as always.

IAM FeAR…..hit Canaan’s webpage for Max Overeacts… I consider it the spiritual heir to Calvin and Hobbes…

As far as printed work, he just had his Celadore printed as a trade… think Buffy if she was a 10-12 year old girl…

I hope those are good enough descriptions….

The child is Power Girl…admit it…lol

Not to worry,

That ROM = toaster is one of the oldest ROM-jokes in his history.

It was first used in ROM # 50 (as a beautifully hilarious one-page strip for “Assistant Editor’s Month”).
I blogged about it (with the scan) on my blog some time last year.


It was also used, as mentioned in the comments, in an old What If? issue.

And., of course… Peter David and various artists would toss in a ROM -head toaster in backgrounds of issues of the HULK.

I also vaguely remember some dialogue in a comic (maybe even one of his own?) where someone may have referred to him as “toaster-head”.

So, it’s all good.
You’re in good company.


For fans of Caanan’s work, defintiely check out his webcomic Max Overacts at http://www.occasionalcomics.com, and his book Celadore, published through DC’s Zuda imprint.

MAN! fantastic week. It sucks that i wasn’t able to participate but the resulting pieces are just too phenomenal to feel bad. wow.

Am I the only one who wanted Jean to leave Scott for Emma then?

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