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The Line it is Drawn – Call to Artists!

Some sad and some exciting news, everyone!

First, the sad – all three of our original The Line it is Drawn artists – Caanan Grall, Daniel Irizarri and George Zapata – are going to be moving on. George, as you may or may not know, is hard at work on the independent comic book series, The 36 (you can check out preview pages of The 36 here). Daniel is working on a comic book project of his own and Caanan (besides continuing his Eisner-nominated Max Overacts) is working on some new projects, as well.

So we wish them all very well. We’ll certainly miss them here a lot!

Now on to the exciting news – with us soon to be down three artists, we need to add three artists to the feature! So here’s what we are going to do. If you are interested in becoming one of the new Line it is Drawn artists, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. For the next two weeks, everyone who wants to try out for a spot will join our current seven artists (Caanan, Daniel and George will be sticking around for the next three weeks) for a two week trial period. All of the trial artists will pick out a suggestion from our Twitter suggesters and they will do a drawing on the same schedule as our regular artists. After the two weeks are over, you readers will vote for who you like best. Your votes will be mixed with votes by myself and some other folks whose opinion that I trust. The top two artists will get the chance to join as new regular artists for the Line it is Drawn and the third will be the regular alternate artist (like Sean McFarland is right now).

To refresh what we’re asking for here – we want artists who are willing to do a drawing every week in about 4-5 days time. I’m certainly fine with people missing a week or two (that’s the whole point of having an alternate), but if you don’t think you can meet that schedule, please don’t try out. Chaz Folgar has hit every deadline since he joined 57 weeks ago. Nick Perks has hit every deadline since he joined 52 weeks ago. Mic? has missed 2 out of a possible 48 weeks. Sean has barely missed any, either. So it is certainly a doable achievement, but please be realistic with your abilities to hit a deadline before you offer yourself up as a possible addition to the Line it is Drawn.

Otherwise, I welcome your e-mails! This should be a lot of fun to see a bunch of new faces! Remember, if you think you can hit the deadlines and you want to do this, send me an e-mail at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. There is no vetting process, it is an open invitation. I’ll e-mail you your list of suggestions on Friday.


Wow, has this really been going for over a year? We’ve sure been lucky to get so much awesome art from the participants.

Woo hoo! Consider my hat thrown in the ring!

Note: Sad to see the others move on, as everyone put out some great stuff, but it sounds like we will see plenty more from them soon.

what the twitter handle for suggestions, I have a doozy

Hey, this looks very cool…just sent an email. Had a few questions about where the tweet suggestions are, what day does the trial period start etc.. Looking forward to some good art.

This a paying gig?

Have emailed some samples of my work for you to view, more can be found on http://www.myspace.com/nubnubb

This a paying gig?


Thank you.

No problema, I should have been more explicit. That was my bad.

Woah. Big loss. Thanks for the great work, guys!

It might not be a paying gig, but it is exposure. I’m guessing the appearances here played a part in all 3 of the guys getting the projects leading to them moving on.

Congrats to all 3 guys!

Thx to the original 3 for the fun and the pictures. Much respect and luck wished to you guys on the future books.

Good Luck to the incoming artists…. I’m sure they’ll have lots of fun.

While I didn’t get any extra work from the Line – I was already well under way on Max Overacts which keeps me busy enough – it did get me readers, and fans, and I even sold a lot of my original art pieces. (For all you bean counters – the one that sold for the most was the epic Calvin & Hobbes – Iceman & Beast mash-up.)

So… you can monetize it if you know how, but the biggest reward for me was just stretching my abilities. Drawing things I might never otherwise draw, in styles I might never try, has made me a sketching maniac for the conventions I attend.

I will miss doing the Line every week, but I’ll still be checking it out (and tweeting up a storm) and look forward to seeing some fresh perspectives, too! The column is in more than capable hands with Chaz, Mic? Nick and Sean, as those guys have wowed me every week and I’m sure they’ll continue to do so, until my eyebrows become part of my hairline.

Good luck to our replacements. Bring it on! :D

As a weekly suggestioner from Week 2, I’ll miss Caanan and Daniel and George, but look forwards to seeing what comes in next as far as style and method. Can’t wait.
And good luck in the future, all of you guys

Thanks to the departing artists for the year of awesomeness.

OK, I think I’ll step up and give it a whirl…

Looks fun, if I had time I’d definitely do it, I enjoy the feature.

Would like to try this out. I think I cannot only do this but do some amazing art. Thanks again and have a good holiday.


Do stick figures count as ‘art’?

hmm Really tempted to give this a shot.
Just not sure I’d be able to stick to the strict weekly schedule for it without eating up all my free time.
I’ll think about it.

i’ll work for free and i can make deadlines!

check me out..


Remember, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you’re interested.

I am going to miss Caanan, Daniel and George. These three, along with the rest, have made The Line is Drawn an enjoyable venture.

Best of luck

It will be sad to see such talented guys move on, but the guys who are sticking around are great.

This may not be a paying gig, but I did buy the art for the one suggestion I tweeted that got voted in. Between that and what Canaan mentioned, there are some real benefits.

Honestly, I’m not worried at all about where I’m leaving The Line, I feel like We’ve all grown plenty as artists and, beyond any monetary gain, THAT is what i’m taking from it all. We’re leaving The Line in good hands. I personally got a lot more exposure than I ever imagined. I can google myself now, so yeah, submitting one’s work for the scrutiny of dozens of people each week also prepares one for that crazy outside world.

I’m not trying out, but good luck to everyone who does!

Sounds cool, definitely would love to try out to be a contributor and I usually do sketches like this every week anyway to stay sharp. One question though, does it always have to be in color? If most of my entries were detailed inked pieces but not colored, would people be disappointed?

Sounds cool, definitely would love to try out to be a contributor and I usually do sketches like this every week anyway to stay sharp. One question though, does it always have to be in color? If most of my entries were detailed inked pieces but not colored, would people be disappointed?

I personally am fine with black and white. Would people in general prefer color to detailed black and white pieces? I dunno. Maybe? I really couldn’t say. I tend to think that colored pieces do go over better, though (note the evolution of this feature – when we started it was all mostly black and white but everyone slowly but surely began coloring their pieces).

It sure sounds like fun, I’ll give it a try!!

I’m gonna miss thosw three talented artists. I always looked forward to see their work every week.

Heya Brian,

Have the emails been sent out yet for today? I did send an email a couple of days ago to join the open call (wasn’t expecting an immediate response), but now I am concerned that it maybe went to your junk email box.

Nope, not yet.

looking forward to giving this ago

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