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The Line it is Drawn #76 – We Celebrate Freedom of Speech With Lady Liberty!

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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 9:00 AM Pacific, Friday, February 10th).

The topic is…

Come up with a concept for AFTER Watchmen! Come up with your best (or worst) plot ideas of stuff that could have happened after Watchmen #12. Kid Rorschach? Dr. Manhattan Force? Do your best (or worst)!

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

In honor of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund‘s 2012 Membership Drive, team-up various comic book characters with Lady Liberty, the symbol of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!

Enjoy!

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!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Lady Liberty & V (For Vendetta)

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Tony Chu & Lady Liberty taste freedom, and it tastes sweet

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Lady Liberty meets Superman, becoming one more LL in his life

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

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Lady Liberty and The Chainsaw Vigilante

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

dc2omniverse suggested:

Lady Liberty and Cherry Poptart

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

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Lady Liberty Rob Liefeld style

Brendan Tobin is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, Vigilante, She Hulk and other comic book character lawyers with Lady Liberty

Steve Howard is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

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Thanks to all our suggestion-givers and thanks to all of the artists for the great artwork!

Go make suggestions for next week!

30 Comments

Well done, Mr. Howard — I don’t know who the big gold guy is, but including Kate Spencer, Harvey Dent and Ronan(!) conveys both character and message perfectly!

And that may be the only meal Tony Chu has ever enjoyed that doesn’t include beets!

Who’s going to be the first to name all the lawyers?

First of all, is there a definitive Lady Liberty character, or is the CBLDF just using the Statue of Liberty concept?

OK, comments now:

#1- OK, V for Vendetta IS about freedom, but it is dark, violent, and possibly even satirical (eg., was Moore just satirizing some people’s obsession with justice?) so this team up feels kinda iffy to me. Still, very well drawn.

#2- Is this the guy from that Chew comic? Sorry haven’t seen it. It looks funny, tho. :D

#3- Once again, Perks does a great homage to classic comics (though I feel it could have used a background) and the use of the old “LL” gimmick was very clever! :D

#4- Chainsaw Vigilante? Never heard of him. And should people have the freedom to commit violent vigilantism? Hmm.

#5- Bwa ha ha! Oh this one made me laugh aloud!! For those who don’t know, Cherry was the star of a pornographic comic book. And I just love the comment LL makes! Best piece this week!!

#6- Aww, bashing Liefeld is an old joke by now. Still, it made me chuckle, I admit it. :P

#7- This feels like the most appropriate team up of all (and VERY well drawn!) Let’s see if I can identify everybody: The Living Tribunal, Wolfman & Byrd (Counselors of the Macabre), Ronan The accuser, Judge Dredd, Two-Face, Manhunter, Judge Adrian Chase (Vigilante), She-Hulk, Daredevil and his pal Foggy Nelson. Got them all right? If not for the Cherry Poptart one, this would have been the best! :)

Fun week, everybody! And kudos to the CBLDF!!

Whoa, next week’s theme could be controversial (not to me, I don’t care much about Watchmen either way, but to some fans.) Good luck with that folks!!

“First of all, is there a definitive Lady Liberty character, or is the CBLDF just using the Statue of Liberty concept?”

This, exactly, because I was wondering why everyone was drawing the statue in a flag-sporting t-shirt.

[...] Libby, the CBLDF’s Lady Liberty mascot, team up with to fight censorship. In today’s The Line is Drawn feature we’re treated to a wide range of artistic visions that speak to the heart of the [...]

Props for no feet on the Liefeld, but you’re missing flag-style tassles if you know what I mean.

That Liefeld piece is pure genius. Absolutely love it…and hate it at the same time. :)

I just noticed though that for the Liefeld piece her gun should really be sort of floating in her hand. That’s how the master does it anyway. Also, one eye should be a little higher than the other.

Hillarious this week, good job on all of them. My winner has to be Tobin.

After being majorly disapointed by the cancellation of a Kirkman title involving Liefeld this made me chuckle. Love the inner thigh ammo pouches,
the katana handles,
the lack of feet and background,
the gun,
the impossible body,
the grimace,
the hatching,
the Van Halen hair and especially the signature.
A true homage to the talentless – apologies stylized – has been.

Is Rob Liefield’s anatomy really as bad as the parody we have here? I’ve yet to read any of his comics so I’ve only seen a little bit of his art.

OMG, Cherry Poptart – a dirty, sexy, VERY dirty paean to my youth. I actually owned all her comics at one time. Love how the old woman in the mob wants to spank her with her hairbrush…..

Liefeld one was funny, and the others were good too, but Cherry Poptart! Lovely idea, wonderful execution!

i don’t think Dredd, a character who is known to hate freedom and liberty, would team up with a buncha lawyers…

just saying. besides, he’s a Judge, no lawyers needed!

Wow, I never really thought of the CBLDF mascot as being a hot lady before, but there are some very sexy Lady Liberties up there (especially Steve’s and Nick’s).

Brendan Tobin made me laugh

Great work all around, guys, particularly Steve, but everyone stepped up as usual.

Sijo, re: V and Liberty, if you’ve read it, remember that “V’s mistress” was Liberty, until she bedded another, and then he found anarchy. Yeah.

And Chainsaw Vigilante is a Tick spin off. It actually had early art by Zander Cannon, iirc.

And am I the only one amused at how Sijo doesn’t know all of the characters featured many weeks, but by gum, he knows the fairly obscure (and fairly obscene) Cherry Poptart. Bwa-ha-ha!

Travis: Not to get in the way of a good heckling or anything, but is Cherry Poptart all that obscure? Sure, she was in a different section than most of the comics I bought, but I was certainly aware of her. Heck, Neil Gaiman even wrote a Cherry Poptart story.

I’d never heard of Chainsaw Vigilante either, but I was pretty late to the party with the Tick. When he appeared he looked so much like the Cockroach from Cerebus that I dismissed him as a knockoff. I only came to appreciate him later through the short-lived live action show.

in preparation for the “coming alien threat,” the U.S./U.S.S.R. alliance rushes to create the D.O.C.T.O.R. Force including Dr. Moscow, Dr. London, and Dr. Berlin!

@sandwich eater
For a fairly in-depth explanation of why people find Liefeld’s art to be terrible, I believe this is the typical link used:
http://www.progressiveboink.com/archive/robliefeld.html

Brian, when are you going to spill the beans on the new TLiiD artist?

@buttler: I think the first I’d heard of Cherry Poptart was a reader art thing in Wizard. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen any of her books myself. Of comics of that ilk, I’m much more familiar with Omaha the Cat Dancer.

More amusing to me was that Sijo so often is unaware of characters that are much more known, but Cherry Poptart…oh yeah!

Tick I liked due to the cartoon. Especially the mad scientist convention with Tongue Tongue. I don’t know if CV was in the cartoon — not likely. Part of one of my emails to Brian about Cerebus related Legends had to do with Tick being a Roach like character.

Great work all around for an even greater cause! Awesome stuff!

I don’t think Chainsaw Vigilante ever made it into the Tick cartoon, either (though, I wish he did!), BUT he did appear in the video game for the SNES. It was like a Double Dragon, side-scroller beat ‘em up. It was pretty cool, but a bit tedious to get through. There were these levels where you’d have to jump from rooftop to rooftop as the Tick avoiding ninja stars. If you fell, you’d land in an alley and fight CV.

Is it bad of me that I thought Lady Liberty was Miss America from the old Invaders the first couple of times I saw her picture?

Anyway, the Vendetta meeting could easily be on a poster board at any of these “occupy” thingamajigs….

The Chew one was amusing and perfectly in tone with any good day…

After reading about the Byrne “Barda Porn” Man of Steel issue over at another sight not more than 40 minutes ago, Supes’ smile has me a bit worried here….

Props for digging out the Chainsaw Vigilante!

Cherry Poptart…*snicker*

Liefield’s Lady Liberty Likeness LOL!!!!!

Ah, a giant law convention…. where’s the Joker to gas everyone and secretly plant a bomb here? (Sorry, watching “The Joker’s Favor” as I type this…)

Great Job Once Again Folks!

“sight”? I meant site…..god I tired…sowwie…2:10am….gotta get sleep…..

Travis, that’s branching out :) For me too several B- and C-list superheroes and even some A-listers from recent years are unknown so there are references I don’t understand in TLIID but even while pornographic comics is a bit more obscure genre, Cherry Poptart is one of the most recognizable characters in them (even Scott McCloud used Cherry as a shortcut reference for comics porn in Understanding Comics).
Never read any of her adventures (unlike, say, Omaha the Cat Dancer, Birdland or some even more obscure stuff) but sure I have seen them.

Brian, when are you going to spill the beans on the new TLiiD artist?

Next week will have the reveal.

Sure, Heckle me if you want, guys, as long as it’s in good spirits. Just don’t complain if I ever return the favor. ;)

As for my ignorance of some pop culture references, keep in mind I’m from Puerto Rico. Its amazing I get the ones I do! And even that’s because I’ve read comics since the 70′s! (But haven’t been reading that many in recent years, due to everything from availability, rising costs, to just plain losing hope with some *cough* DC *cough*)

And yes, Cherry Poptart is famous enough that you can know her without ever having seer her comics. Besides, compared to some stuff on the Net, her comics look TAME these days. O_O

Getting serious now, the Cherry piece may have been the best representation of what the CBLDF stands for. Love it or hate it, the author had a right to publish it. It isn’t like anyone was forced to read them.

The Line It Is Drawn is getting big time; the picture Caanan Grall did mashing up the Smurfs with Mystique has started to go viral on Facebook, I’ve had like half a dozen people post it in the last day and it’s over 250 shares and close to 500 likes total. Pretty sweet.

[...] Libby, the CBLDF’s Lady Liberty mascot, team up with to fight censorship. In today’s The Line is Drawn feature we’re treated to a wide range of artistic visions that speak to the heart of the [...]

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