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The Line It Is Drawn #61 – Comic Book Characters and Board Games

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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 SEVEN 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 7:00 AM Pacific, Friday, October 14th).

Next week’s theme is…

In honor of the news that we’ll have at least 25 seasons of the Simpsons, team-ups/mash-ups between comic book characters and characters from the Simpsons!

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

Comic book characters and board games. Comic book characters in board games (Batman in Clue, Wolverine stuck in Candyland), comic book characters playing board games (Hulk playing Scrabble), comic book characters teaming up with characters from board games (Uncle Scrooge and Rich Uncle Pennybags teaming up), whatever you’d like!


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 Daniel or George this week, so Sean will fill-in!

AgentChuckAloo suggested:

Ka-Zar and Shanna appear while kids play Jumanji

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

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cavalli suggested:

A Guess Who board full of The Question’s face.

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

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rov124 suggested:

Superman putting Mxyzptlk name on Scrabble & him protesting it’s not a valid word 10 going back 2 the 5th dimension

RevPhillipJ made a similar suggestion.

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

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Candyland invaded by Darkseid and Apokolips

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

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theyallfalldown suggested:

dr doom playing monopoly

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

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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!


Great stuff. I must say, though, has anyone ever played the Marvel version of Guess Who? Playing with other comic nerds using obscure character criteria is among the best, geekiest fun I’ve had.

There’s a Marvel version of Guess Who?

I love the Superman scrabble one.

That Question Guess Who piece is amazing! Is that all digital artwork?

I forgot to send in my suggestion for this week: Danny the Street as a Monopoly square.

Kudos to Nick for drawing a GREAT Superman. Love the old school mug.

The Question one was appropriately creepy. That turned out well.

This is one of those challenges that I hope comes back soon.

Um… Jumanji isn’t a real boardgame! But still, good work! I laughed really hard at the Superman one, and again at the Candyland invasion. However, no barrel of monkeys?!

Yes Jumanji is a real game. It came out with the movie, I have a copy in my closet some where.

Great suggestion for the Superman/Scrabble one, and fantastic result as well.

Now that’s a Candyland I want to play! Great suggestions, beautiful renderings.

I’d never have guessed this would work so well, especially Jumanji and Guess Who.

Jumanji: Umm… I dunno. It’s not BAD, but something’s missing. Maybe I’m TOO used to Caanan being unbelievably creative with every one of his sketches. (It’s HIS fault for spoiling us! :D )

Guess Who: Visually, this is the best one. I like that it features BOTH the male and female question.

Scrabble: Didn’t this actually happen in a story once? Whatever, this was a near-perfect recreation of that kind of Silver Age silliness (note Supes’ old boots! Perks never misses a detail!) The only thing different is Myx’ near-swear, but hey, funny. :)

Candyland: Once again: how come every time the New Gods are used -everywhere, not just here- NOBODY uses the good ones? Don’t they know Kirby intended them as a balance? OK so Darkseid and company are the more interesting ones. But it just feels incomplete to me, and Earth’s heroes never quite fill the bill as their opponents. (Oh and the piece was well drawn. Though kinda mean.)

Monopoly: This reminds me of a story in which the Fantastic Four were turned into living dolls inside a tabletop simulation of a small town (though that was Puppet Master’s doing not Doom’s). This may be my favorite Chaz picture yet, though I wish he’d thrown in the Monopoly Guy too.

Overall: WELL PLAYED, GUYS! *runs away laughing* XD

Argh! Now my Tweeter account won’t work? Sorry Brian but that’s it, I never wanted one in the first place and I kept missing the deadline anyway, so I’m done making suggestions for The Line (unless someone else wants to pick my ideas from here.)

Two winners: the smug look on Superman’s face and Darkseid eating a lollipop.

Loved the Superman/Mxyzptlk/Scrabble & Doctor Doom’s “Monopoly”.

The Candyland was definitely creeply.

I love these – And this was the BEST of the 61 so far – awesome :D

Great week guys! it sucks that i couldn’t make it this week but DAMN, y’all didn’t need me at all! This was a KILLER week! I usually think every piece every week has something cool and unique about them, but this week was an all out blast.

Caanan made me miss my Jumanji VHS and long for a simpler time when Robin Williams was just funny. As usual its loaded with that same Grall-charm. you can see it in the dumbfounded expression on kazar, and i love it.

Mic gives us his most ominous piece yet, and if you slap on a logo and i price tag, that would be such and AMAZING comicbook cover. No jest. wow. I love how dark everything is.

Is that some digital coloring Nick? I like it, and i love how well it suits your work! i’m glad your experimenting with the current media, and i promise you it won’t disappoint! Not to mention that silver-age smug-ness we all love from superman. Very Curt Swan of you!

Sean’s Darkseid in Candyland is just all kinds of great. I love the juxtaposition of elements in general, but i think Sean pulled it off better than i could have ever imagined. Way to go!

Another great comicbook cover would be Chaz’s. I love that type of silly plot that could only exist in the 60s and in fantastic four books. I love that you were able to color your piece this week. I love your black and white stuff, but colors really make ‘em pop!

The Question piece is AWESOME! Good job, Michael.

Glad mine was picked up, i really had to struggle to put all in the 140 characters allowed on twitter.

Damn good stuff, you guys!

Caanan: I love the expressions on the family! It’s funny how the mom is scrambling to cover up Ka-Zar’s rump, while the kid and the dad get nice views of Shanna.

mic?: That piece is pitch-perfect! A great use of the two Questions, the coloring, the shadows, composition — I can go on and on. I think what’s really amazing about the whole thing is how ominous it feels. What you did with the board game is incredible! I agree that that would make an awesome cover!

Nick: Superman is super-smug! Ha! AWESOME! A great drawing, too!

Sean: Darkseid’s evil-ness knows no bounds! Dude, this is phenomenal! I love how you did each scenario in the total subjugation of Candyland — the invasion before our eyes! Good stuff! Darkseid’s having his cake and eating it, too.

Sijo, PaxHouse, and Daniel — I’m glad you guys dug my drawing. I was definitely trying to capture that grandiose quality Doc Doom has in spades! I’ve always liked that depiction of Doom in the second intro of the 90’s Fantastic Four cartoon, where he literally has the Four (really three, cuz I think Johnny’s flying around) in the palm of his hand.

Man! What a strong week, fellas!

CAANAN‘s work is so fresh down to the lovely couch pattern. The son’s priceless expression and view are accentuated even more by the light source! lol

NICK brings the classic w/ the funny! It for real looks like something officially from my childhood and the digital colors bring it home!

SEAN, you monster! I hate seeing good desserts get destroyed. Most excellent composition! Every time I think of iconic depictions of Darkseid now, there’s no way I’ll settle for an image of him without a lolli in his hand.

CHAZ, dude, you just straight up inspired me w/ your piece. I love the dramatic staging and the depth you created!

ERIC: Yup! This one’s all drawn and colored digitally.

I’m very happy you got a kick outta mine, ERIC, CROZACK, DNWILLIIAMS, SIJO, DANIEL, MER, and CHAZ! It’s all thanks to CAVALLI for throwing down a suggestion that allowed me to work in two of my favorite characters in one piece! Been wanting to do it for a while, but wasn’t sure how until this collabo!

Thank you always for the kind words on all our pieces and for the fun suggestions, everyone!! Let’s do this again! Every week! :D


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