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The Line It Is Drawn #69 – Team-Ups and Farewells

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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 9:00 AM Pacific, Monday, December 12th).

While we decide who our two new regular artists are, we’re taking next week off, so the theme for the week after next is…

Happy Holidays! Simply name a comic book character and our artists will come up with a Holiday-themed drawing featuring said character. if you want to suggest a Holiday theme along with the character, go right ahead, but it is not necessary.

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

In honor of our departing artists, we’re going back to our very first them – team-up two comic book characters that have never had a team-up before!


I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion, with our three departing original artists going last (also in alphabetical order of the Twitter user).

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners!

Everyone will be drawing this week as we say goodbye to our three remaining original The Line it is Drawn artists!

B_Granderson suggested:

darkseid and squirrel girl

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

BrandoSupreme suggested:

Captain Marvel and Thor

Nick Perks is the artist for this sweet animated drawing. Here is his website.

ithinkyoureok suggested:

Avengers Academy kids versus the rival team from Morning Glory Academy

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

micQuestion suggested:

Ladytron & Renegade Sex Machine… DUN DUN DUUUNNNN!

Sean McFarland is the artist for this one. Here is his website. Renegade Sex Machine, of course, is the comic that Daniel Irizarri is leaving us to work on.

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And now for our departing artists….

ArghantBigAxe suggested:

Robotman and Machine Man

Daniel Irizarri is the artist for this one. Here is his website. And here is his website for Renegade Sex Machine (nothing really up there YET, but soon!).

micQuestion suggested:

Spider-Girl & Batgirl

George Zapata is the artist for this one. Here is his website. And here is the website for The 36, the comic book that George is drawing.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Batwoman and Psylocke

Caanan Grall is the artist for this one. Here is his website. Caanan has some new projects in the works. You’ll hear more about them here when they happen!

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Thanks to our suggestion givers!

Thanks to our artists! And, of course, special thanks to Daniel, George and Caanan for sticking around for 69 of these bad boys! You guys rock.

Fill the comments section with thanks for these guys, people!

And go make suggestions for the Christmas edition in two weeks!


My God, Canaan actually managed to make Psylocke look cool. That’s true artistic talent. Very nice.

Clearly, you can see Darkseid’s nuts.

It almost goes without saying, but hot diggity, Canaan’s piece is good.

Way to up the bar one last time guys.


Outstanding! I know i’m going to miss everyone who’s going…and can’t wait to see who’s coming in!

Brilliant work all around, guys. My favorites are Perks’ lightning switcheroo, Zapata’s deceptively simple and wistful piece, and Irizarri’s terrifying creation.

I demand that Squirrel Girl/Darkseid be published right now.

The Avengers Academy vs. Morning Glories one is pretty amazing. I’d never consciously thought of the Morning Glory kids in a full on superhero context, but those individual match-ups seem so obvious now.

Great work all around.

Christmas? I’d love to see a Red-Hulk Santa with Moloid Elves flying over Latveria. But that’s just me.

Thank you all so much. I looked forward to these drawings every week.

Thanks for all the great art, guys. I’ll be sure to visit websites and look for your work in the future.

Canaan, Daniel and George will be missed, and gave really great pieces to go out on. Can’t wait to see what the tryouts yield for replacements!

Thanks a bunch, guys. Keep the CSBG guys informed and we will be sure to follow wha you’re up to.

Also, Canaan, that is a great last entry. I would pay good money to watch those two kick ass together in some impossible, cross-company monthly.

The animated Thor/Captain Marvel drawing was amazing, I really love the Psylocke/Batwoman one too.

I’m really gonna miss Canaan.

Thanks for the appreciative words. I’m pleased (and surprised) Brian liked my humorous take on Thor & Captain Marvel – there is a more reverential version here: http://sketchpad.org.uk/comic%20stuff/sketches/xxxa3.jpg

Wow! Second week in a row I got an entry in. Thanks, Mic, for doing it–it’s stunning!

Are there going to be more audition pieces this week?

Canaan’s piece is awesome!

Hi ithink: the Audition pieces will be up at some point tonight in stages like last week…I can’t wait to see them either.

Psylocke’s ass is not facing me…..for shame Canaan….you know it to be true

Sean totally got me teary-eyed! Adding Alexander from Mecha-Reign is just going too far, I love it so much! Goddamnit I’ll miss the fuck out of this. Seriously though, Sean. There’s probably no better parting gift than that! Red (that’s the renegade sex-machine’s name) looks effin’ bad-ass here, and Ladytron isn’t far behind. Thanks a ton Sean!

Kicking things off, Chaz makes brilliant use of color to give us the silliness that is: Darkseid meeting Squirrel-Girl. I love it! I really hope your work keeps evolving as it has, and that you keep playing with your color theory. Squirrel Darkseid’s design is actually an improvement on what the DCnU gave’im.

When Nick started working digital, i had no idea he’d go THAT digital! I love that he’s playing with the medium in a way that really pushes the boundaries of what’s done in The Line, like Mic with his Storm piece! Still, I’m glad that you’re taking up digital since I can already see the improvement in such a short amount of time!

Mic is representing in a big way right here. Love the black and white work, and just the amount of effort it’d take to do big group shots like that. (in my case, I never know where to put people.) But you pulled it off splendidly. If you do eventually color it, you better put it on tumblr. I’m going to need to see this bad boy.

George gives us a nice, contemplative departure. I like the peace of mind that it emits. I don’t know, maybe I’m just reading into it, but it really does give me that optimistic looking towards the future kind of feel. I know I’ll be keeping my eye out for more work from you, man. Great job, in general, through out the weeks.

Caanan. My main man, Caanan. What better send off than strong women kicking all sorts of ass. I love that you can do the violence when you want to. It’s slightly different from your usual work in that sense, but why not? I’d read the fuck out of a Batwoman and Psylocke cross-over, but only if you draw it, man. You, sir, have been a pleasure to work with.

As for everyone else? To the commenters that noticed my drawings, liked them, shared them, criticized them or gave any sort of thought on them at all, Thank you. You’ve all helped me grow in one way or another. To Brian, I have no idea how you tolerated our shenanigans for so goddamn long, but i hope that now with me gone, you’ll find more socially acceptable, well behaved individuals that won’t spam the week’s suggestion list. : ) Thanks for giving me a shot!

(sorry for the wall of text.)

Thanks for everything, you wonderful artists! My otherwise-black heart warms when I see a “The Line Is Drawn” post, and it won’t be the same without you guys. And what a way to go out! Best of luck to all of you, and here’s to paying actual money for your work!

Bet that bad guy loved the focused totality of Batwoman’s boot in his face.


December 8, 2011 at 9:07 am

“Clearly, you can see Darkseid’s nuts.”

Is that ” ‘s ” as in an abbreviation for “is”, or as a possessive (or both)???

I want a Para-Squirrel vinyl toy to sit next to my computer. I don’t give one ugly shoe about Darkseid, but those manic (is there any other kind) squirrels are awesome. Chaz, every week you bring the pop, and then sometimes you bring the bubbles too.

Nick, with your crazy animations lately! This one reminds me of an old school computer game. Shortly after they switch, I expect to see a ‘Fight!’ caption come up. Every week I’m left wondering where you find the time.

Mic? – Such fine linework and figures this week! All fluid, and super well-composed. If anything, you always seem composed… ;) If this one ever gets coloured, I hope to see it.

Sean, I love it when you bring the “Lilo and Stitch” sensibility to your art where everything’s bubbly and rounded. Here’s to becoming regular!!! (Too much bread?)

Daniel, everyone in the line is awesome at what they do of course, but when it comes to personal taste – and we all have it … well, most of us – you’ve always been my favourite Liner! The sense of humour, the colours, and the compositions, you got it all. And I look forward to seeing where you go.

And you too George. The 36 looks great and I’ll be following the progress on that, maybe even one day when I have money I’ll grab a copy. Your art has a great, loose energy to it. Channel away!

As to all the commentators, spectators, readers, buyers, negative, and positive, thanks for giving us a platform to grow, play, shine, cry, take a beating, and come back for more. The finishing touch for any artist is always the audience.

Cheers! :D

Wow, I’m very surprised and happy that one of the (unfortunately for TLiiD) departing artists picked one of my suggestions and, of course Daniel did an amazing job with it. It’s always so much fun to give a bare bones suggestion and really see the crazy places these talented guys can take it to.

All amazing as usual, and outside of Daniel’s I’m in love with Nick Perks’ animated Thor/Captain Marvel, particularly in how it represents that core similarity between those two versions of the characters, a frail mortal granted power by the gods due to his worthy soul.

Chaz: I disliked your piece until I saw the Para-Squirrels. SO funny! And original! This is why I love TLIID, the inventiveness of the artists! :D

Perks: What is it with you and animated art recently? Your art is so good, it doesn’t need gimmicks like that. (THAT said, it was hilarious!)

Mic: Uh… I have no idea who any of those characters are. Still, this is the best drawn piece this time, no doubt about it.

Same deal with Sean’s Ladytron piece. Whozzat?

So sorry to see Daniel, George and Caanan leave us, but they did plenty of great stuff already. (I think Caanan’s take on Alice in Wonderland + X-Men is my favorite piece. And of course he mock- I mean homaged me so well with the Sijo Chips one. I felt so honored! :D) Thanks for everything and hey, you guys drop in to comment from time to time, OK? Wish you all great success!

Good luck to all the departing artists. I know we haven’t heard the last of any of you. And as usual, great job by everyone this week. I’d have to give Chaz and Canaan the tops spots, but it’s a ridiculously close heat.

You know, even with all the forewarnings to soften the impact of the news and the tryouts and all, I gotta admit I’m still a bit stunned that this is the last The Line entry featuring members of the original crew — it’s surreal! Danny, George, and Caanan — it’s been an honor and a privilege to work with you guys (or, at least have my work seen next to your awesome drawings) each week! These final pieces are testament of the incredible talent you guys possess. I can’t wait to see what you guys cook up for the future!

It’s going to be saddening to not be a part of this. It really has been an amazing time getting to work with everybody but it’ll be fun to see what great works will be made every week

Dan, glad you approve! I am honestly excited about RSM, and can’t wait to see what you come up with. Mecha Reign was awesome, and to see how far you’ve come as an artist since…. well I think RSM is going to be something special.

Cannan your clarity of line, sense of motion and sheer narrative ability is going to be missed. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got coming. You’ve always been the pumping Canadian heart of this feature, and it’s hard to imagine The Line without you.

George if I didn’t know what great work you were already pumping out for the 36, I might not let you go. Your sense of style, design and humor are all going to be missed greatly.

I can’t tell you all what an honor and privilege it has been to work along side you talented SOBs, I’ve learned a lot from each of you, and I wish you nothing but the best.

Chaz-mataz, Mic-aroni, Perk-alator, I look forward to many more Lines with you lot! But if you get the bright idea of leaving too, prepare to be internet stalked!

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