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The Line It Is Drawn #58 – Comic Book Characters/Children’s Picture Books

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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. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

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 8:00 AM Pacific, Friday, September 24th).

Next week’s theme is…

Courtesy of our own Chaz Folgar, team-up comic book characters with characters from pulp novels (John Carter of Mars, Tarzan, Conan, Shadow, Captain Future, you get the idea).

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

Team-up or mash-up a comic book character with a character from a famous Children’s picture book.


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 Caanan this week or next (he’s traveling), so Sean will fill in. Also, no George this week, but Nick luckily did two awesome pieces, so we still have six pieces this week!

BFIrrera suggested:

how about Swamp Thing and the Giving Tree?

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Bat-Pooh and Christoper Robin

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

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paddyrhein7225 suggested:

Beast leaves the X-Men to join the Wild Things from where the wild things are

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

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shurwitt suggested:

The Little Prince meets John Constantine.

Sean McFarland is the artist on this one. Here is Sean’s website.

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slafaive suggested:

“How Loki Stole Christmas”

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

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therealAstrozac suggested:

The Grinch taking on Billy Batson/Captain Marvel

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

Cool stuff, everyone! Thanks to our artists for their amazing work and thanks to the suggestion givers for their ideas! Now go make suggestions for next week!


Nick, consider my heart warmed.

Right? So good.

I can’t explain how happy the Beast one makes me. It’s simply amazing.

Wow. Those are all so great. This is maybe the best batch ever, and that’s really saying something.

Somebody need to make that the official ending of The Giving Tree. DC should buy the rights and do this. Wow.

I have a special place in my heart for Sean’s because The Little Prince is just such a beautiful book it kills me. Seeing Sean’s take was really fun as well. i enjoy the juxtaposition of The prince which in my mind represents all that is innocence and Constantine literally being the polar opposite.

Chaz, once again you come in and flip thing on everyone. I really enjoy your take on Thor and Loki on this piece, and it’s nice to see that it IS so different from Mic’s Piece. You guys really went in separate directions with your Grinch pieces, which leads me to…

Mic, that is what i wanted to happen to the grinch from the start! I love the warm colors and the expression on the Grinch is priceless.

Wow, wonderful stuff. I think that ending tops the real ending of the Giving Tree.

I love the fifth panel of the swamp thing-giving tree crossover. The gentle way in which swampy urges the tree to grow further. Heartwarming stuff, sir!

Great bunch all around, but Beast is a favourite (but of course I haven’t read The Giving Tree or Grinch so I don’t really get the references…)

My God, Nick’s Shepard style art… floored me.

I don’t have a Twitter acount, and I don’t want one… could you give us twitter-less people an option to give our answers here? I miss Roald Dahl on this one! Do another round! :)

I have a computer, but I don’t want to use it to it’s full potential… could you offer a printer-friendly version so I can read this on the can? :D

WOW. Nick knocked these out of the park.

Oh my god. These are all incredible.

The WTWTA one is GREAT.

All are excellent, but the Giving Thing (Swamp Tree?) is just perfect in its simplicity.

Wow! This is the consistantly best “The Line is Drawn” yet. “The Giving Tree” is wonderful. Captures Silverstein and Moore.

These are all superfantabulous, and I’m thrilled with how marvelously Sean realized my silly Little Prince suggestion. And what a great theme for next week! My troublingly obsessive collection of Doc Savage and Shadow books thanks you.

I still don’t understand the anti-Twitter sentiment really. The only reason I started a Twitter account was for this blog, and it’s served me quite well.

^ditto here…

Thank you Mr. Perks for combining my favorite childhood book with my favorite comic character.

Love Daniel’s Wild Beast!
Here’s my Hellboy meets Grinch:

Great stuff. I particularly like Pooh and Wild Things, but it’s all lovely.

Patrick – I like your Hellboy vs Grinch! I wish you and others would post more links to your drawings on the topics now that CBR has dropped the ball on fan-art pieces.

Big Mike – Like you, I only signed up for Twitter for this and it works fine. But it is annoying that there is no other way for those of us who don’t use twitter for anything else.

And is there anywhere to make suggestions on future topics? I thought “Comic book characters doing things that we would do with their powers” could be a good one. For example, Green Lantern using his ring to find his car keys or Invisible Girl hiding from a blind date.

Wow. I actually feel sorry for the Grinch.

The Giving Tree/Swamp Thing mashup was AWESOME. (Actually, all the art pieces were, but that one just stood out the most.)

The best batch so far! Superb fellas!

These are cute and these are some of my favorite books as a kid

The first three are just outstanding.

They’re all amazing, but the Swamp Thing and the Giving Tree move me. Makes me wish I taught little ones again.

Once again, I’m at a disadvantage with the week’s topic because many of these books weren’t part of my childhood. Still, I don’t have to know the story of The Giving Tree to see why it was so touching, and the idea of using Swampy to give it a happy ending really works for me. :) Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s done by Perks.

I do know Winnie the Poo, but I never cared much for it. It was just…. boring. Using THIS Robin in particular doesn’t help. But Perks’ art is wonderful as usual, and the “maybe a little” comment in the end almost makes me like it.

The Beast-As-A-Wild-Thing is giggle worthy, but not much else. (And no, I didn’t read these either.)

OH GOD! Constantine and The Little Prince?? AND HE PLUCKED THE ROSE! No. NO. Sorry, well drawn and yada yada but I hate him and while I wasn’t a fan of the Prince it WAS part of my childhood and moving on already. > <

Loki (and Thor?) stealing Christmas is funny. Too bad it gets outdone by…

The Grinch and Shazam! Yes, this is the winner this time. Great idea, well executed and wonderfully drawn by Mic. It helped to wash my mouth from the taste of a certain other piece.

That was AMAZING! Thank you!

What…no Goodnight Moon Knight?

Simply put, outstanding! How is it nobody else ever thought to make Loki the Grinch? Perfect.

Jason: Ha, I totally suggested that too!

I may well actually print out & frame the Pooh/Robin picture.

I just drew the poppy scene from Wizard of Oz and Morpheus. You can see it here if you are interested.


I like the artwork, though I think the plot of Nick’s first one ruins the message of the Giving Tree. It is the kind of delusion we seem to be under though, relying on the “god of the trees” to come back and fix the shit we’ve permanently fucked up.

But that Damian Wayne in the hundred acre wood is sooooo perfect. I’ve never felt such sympathy for that character–that drawing really shines a light on what he’s missed in life. AMAZING!

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