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The Line it is Drawn #77 – After Watchmen

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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 6:00 AM Pacific, Friday, February 17th).

The topic is…

An oldie but a goodie – mash-up a comic book character and a famous music album cover!

Read on for the sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge! Come meet the new Line it is Drawn artist!

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)!

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!

First, our regulars…

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Nite Owl Beyond

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

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Ecovore suggested:

“Reign of the Rorshachs” (Rorschach of Steel, Rorshach of Tomorrow, Kid Rorshach, Last son of New York)

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

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LuciferanHeart suggested:

Silk Owl and Night Spectre, the kids of SS & NO

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

starpilotsix suggested:

Laurie Jupiter is now the Comedienne!

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

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Swiss_Fox suggested:

Best After Watchmen would follow Dr. Manhattan and the new species of lifeforms he created out there in the universe.

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

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thefarlander suggested:

Ozymandias comes out as a full on villain removing all nuances of his character…. With squid minions….sqidions?)

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

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And now the new artist. Or, should we say, ARTISTS! Yep, they were all so good I couldn’t get rid of any of them. So welcome our TEN new Line it is Drawn artists!

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Planetary finds Rorschach’s journal

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Laurie Juspeczyk, Princess of Mars

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Tales of the Black Freighter vs. Aliens

Daniel Cox also drew this one. Here is his website.

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Ecovore suggested:

Giant squidlike Moore-head blows up the movie premiere of “Watchmen”

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.

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Hutchimus suggested:

Nite Owl and Silk Spectre morning talk show hosts

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Rorschach’s ghost becomes the new Spectre. Hrrrrrmmm…

Marco D’Alfonso drew this one. Here is his website.

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mannycartoon suggested:

Crisis on more earths. Watchmen meets Charlton.

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

starpilotsix suggested:

Ozy’s son resents his father enough to create a time machine and kill him before issue 1, paving the way for DC’s: Instead of Watchmen

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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starpilotsix suggested:

Doctor Manhattan’s attempt to create new life on other planets depresses him when all he can manage is Smurfs.

Yukinori Xum drew this one.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

The Lil’ Watchmen

Jason Gonzalez drew this one. Here is his website.

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Wow! Welcome to our new artists! Now, with so many artists, you folks REALLY have to work on getting us good topics for next week! Start tweeting!

65 Comments

last one is gold

All inserts of Alan Moore and the little scribbled blue penis at the end for the win.

That was gold, Jerry. GOLD!

Excellent Inglorious Basterds tribute from Josh Gowdy.

Magtanong’s NS&SO made me laugh. they are FULL siblings, right? :)

Best week ever.

Stunned. And shocked. Wow. Just… wow.

This is one of the best TLIIDs ever.

DAMN! Awesome work all around!

Welcome to the crew everybody!

Awesome stuff as always, guys. A few highlights:

– I am fully in the “no prequels or sequels to ‘Watchmen’ allowed” club, but Mic?’s Night Spectre and Silk Owl are so well-designed and intriguing… I almost want to read that comic for real.

– Nick Perks always does a great job, but wow… this week’s piece is possibly his best I’ve ever seen. It’s gorgeous! The composition, the perspective, the fact that he threw in ALL the characters. No exaggeration, I think that piece should be hanging in a gallery.

– Marco’s “Rorschach as Spectre” piece is so dead on. Out of all the pieces this week, this is the one that I could most easily see sitting on a comic book rack.

Stellar work, everybody.

Thrilled to be included with such a great group of artists! This is going to be fun!

REALLY loving Jason Gonzalez’s “Lil’ Watchmen” piece.

Thumbs up to dc2omniverse & Daniel Cox. If Watchmen kept going for the last 20 years, I’m sure Black Freighter vs Aliens would have happened years ago.

So everyone was kept! Rightfully so, I might add. If this is gonna be what I see every week, I have new excitement for this feature. I giggled a bit at the “Reign of the Rorscachs”. Also, “Lil’ Watchmen” is something I’d pay real money for. Not fake money. REAL MONEY.

Good choice on keeping everyone Brian. A whole slew of great pieces…

But this actually The Line It Is Drawn #77. Last week was #76….

Lil’ Watchmen for the win!

But seriously, everyone did awesome.

the trumbull one’s not showing up for me. anyone else?

I hate this Twitter BS…wtf is the point of it? I’m already following this blog. Why do you need to beg people to sign up for some other thing to have to follow? Fuck Twitter.

I don’t quite understand the anti-Twitter hostilitly. If you hate it, don’t sign up. If you want to contribute suggestions, sign up. This blog is the only thing I use Twitter for.

Great job on my suggestion Marco!

Lots of other good ones as well!

@Fury same here, the Trumbull piece is not showing up for me.

Hmm. It’s showing up fine for me. What browser are you guys using?

What everyone else said re: the awesomeness this week!
@Nick Perks: is that Debbie Harry in the Veidt advert?
I can’t see the Trumbull piece either.

Hmm. It’s showing up fine for me. What browser are you guys using?

Yeah, it is showing up for me, too. How weird. I updated the piece, let’s see if that makes a difference for those folks who didn’t see it.

Not yet. I am using IE 8, I believe.

Nice, this time several of my suggestions got used… Instead of Watchmen, the Comedienne, and Manhattan creating the Smurfs (also, it looks like Chaz Folger might have incorporated my ‘Dr. Manhattan attempts to create life on other planets resulting in…’ suggestions as well, although they’re obvious enough that he might have come up with them independently).

Great work all around, in all cases!

and wow, we’re keeping all the try-out artists?

We’re due for an embarrassment of riches in future weeks!

I still think we should do ‘suggestion week’, where instead of suggesting pictures for a theme, twitter-ers each suggest a theme for a week to be used in future LITDs… each artist chooses one theme, and produces one ‘example pic’ that THEY come up with themselves, out of their own imaginations, to illustrate the theme when it comes as the week’s topic (like, say ‘After Watchmen concepts’ was one of the twitter-suggestions, an artist might decide to draw “Kid Rorschach” to be the example that illustrates the wacky stuff people can suggest), and, as usual, we then contribute our suggestions for that particular theme.

Might give a little more variety, especially since this week seems to be another rerun of a topic done before. Then again, with so many new artists, I’m sure some of them want a crack at some of the classic LITD themes they missed out on themselves.

Then again, with so many new artists, I’m sure some of them want a crack at some of the classic LITD themes they missed out on themselves.

Yeah, while obviously there will be new topics in the future, I am also going to be sure to mix in some of our classic topics to see the new folks handle some of the best topics from the past. For instance, comic book cover homages is something that’s going to occur at least three times a year since it is so awesome.

RE: Gavin vs Twitter

I am in 100% agreement with Gavin that having to sign up for Twitter to submit is ridiculous. That having been said, I am signed up to Twitter expressly for this blog and to submit things to Sims from CA.

Funny how everyone (okay…one person?!?) says they’d buy comics based on these, yet everyone (mmm…not sure) hates ‘Before Watchmen’!
Have to agree though, the most magnificent TLIID yet.
Well done everyone.

Ok, let me start by saying that I have never seen what people find so awesome about Watchmen. Sure, the writing is clever and the art is good… but I’ve seen tons of better comics. As for its influence on comics, I‘ve yet to see conclusive proof of it. Just lot of accolades by fans and pros. Comics, not so many.

Having said that:

WOW! I liked nearly EVERY one of this week’s pieces!! Our newcomers artists are really talented! And the suggestions were pretty clever too!

Nite Owl Beyond: …Pink wings? Or are those “magenta”? Other than that, very well drawn, and I dig the Smiley Button Face mask.

Reign of the Rorshachs: this would have gone better with Dr. Manhattan in my opinion, still, VERY good homage!

Silk Owl and Night Spectre: Mic Is definitely one of our best *original* costume designers, and I love his clean, bright artwork.

Laurie Jupiter is now the Comedienne!: I’m not getting this one well, is it a Harley Quinn homage? Whatever, excellent art from Perks with a great Noir feel.

Dr. Manhattan and the new species of lifeforms: Folgar and Moore go together like peatnut butter and banana sandwiches! (That’s a compliment! ;) )

Ozymandias comes out as a full on villain: I’m not quite getting the reference here either (boy I’m slow today) but GREAT artwork!

Planetary finds Rorschach’s journal: Never read Planetary so I don’t get this one, but great attention to detail!

Laurie Juspeczyk, Princess of Mars: BWA HA HA!! Funny and I DO recognize every Martian here, so I really like it!

Tales of the Black Freighter vs. Aliens: As a comic, this would suck (sorry, but unless that pirate’s name is Jack Sparrow, he has zero chance against the xenomorphs) but I like the art style and even the black-and-white motif.

Giant squidlike Moore-head blows up the movie premiere of “Watchmen”: Ok, this one I didn’t really like. Shouldn’t Moore be killing the people who exploited his work, not innocent moviegoers? And the art is just OK. Sorry.

Nite Owl and Silk Spectre morning talk show hosts: Cute art and I like all the little in-jokes in this one.
Rorschach’s ghost becomes the new Spectre: Mwa Ha Ha!! OK This I would actually have bought! Who’s the God now, Manhattan? ;)

Watchmen meets Charlton: Ohh, this is my favorite one. Extra points for Beetle catching the button. Ha!

DC’s: Instead of Watchmen: Another one I don’t quite get. X-Men maybe? Still very well drawn!

Doctor Manhattan’s attempt to create new life on other planets depresses him when all he can manage is Smurfs: And history repeats itself, too. It ain’t easy being God, is it? :D

The Lil’ Watchmen: This is even funnier than that “Watchmen as a Saturday Morning Cartoon” thing. :D

Whew! Those were a LOT of contributions this week! And as I said, I liked nearly all of them- that’s rare! Congratulations to *everybody!*

PS: Someone explain the ones I didn’t “get” OK?

Lil’ Watchmen is awesome, definitely my favorite of this all around great batch!
The Planetary one made me laugh because that speech is pretty much what I thought of Watchmen itself.

Great job to all the artists! Really enjoyed them all; liked that it was Ted who caught button in the Trumbull piece.

I am not planning to read any of the Before Watchmen books, but hot damn, would I ever buy a book featuring Rorschach as the Spectre! The “Reign of the Rorschachs” piece was also fantastic, the pose of “Rorschach-Boy” really makes that one fantastic.

Wow one of the best ones ever, no doubt.

Great job new artists!

I want a Rorschach as Spectre book right now. And a Spectre vs. Dr. Manhattan battle. Oh man…

the trumbull one’s not showing up for me. anyone else?

Me neither

I don’t quite understand the anti-Twitter hostilitly. If you hate it, don’t sign up. If you want to contribute suggestions, sign up. This blog is the only thing I use Twitter for.

Well, in all fairness, Gavin is apparently an angry red dinosaur. Everyone knows dinosaurs hate Twitter.

Great stuff this week–and I’m beside myself with joy about all the new artists. Congrats and welcome, all! And excellent call, Brian.

Great work, guys! I love being in such great company.

Sijo: you have to read Planetary, if only to look at Cassaday’s iconic and masterful panel design. He’s the artist that got me interested in comic book art to begin with. Plus, it’s about Superhero archaeologist lof the supernatural… That’s just cool, man.

Warren Ellis is A friend of Alan Moore’s, so i thought it would be funny to have his characters crack on Moore’s verbose prose. I love both the books, but Ellis’s writing and storytelling is much more to my taste. :)

Can’t see Trumbull! Help?

Brian, if you want I can resend you the piece as a higher res or something. Just let me know.

I’ve been able to see it fine on both the computers I use. I’d understand if it was a larger filesize or something and it just wasn’t loading for people (in which case higher res would only exacerbate the problem), but I don’t think that’s actually the case. It’s a mystery!

I’ve been able to see it fine on both the computers I use. I’d understand if it was a larger filesize or something and it just wasn’t loading for people (in which case higher res would only exacerbate the problem), but I don’t think that’s actually the case. It’s a mystery!

True. It just bugs me that it’s not coming through for a significant amount of people and I want to help fix it if possible. If I had to guess, it’s probably browser-related. I can view it fine on both Internet Explorer & Safari.

Great work everybody! So happy to have the whole lot of you on the regular!

To add to the Trumbull Mystery: I can see it at home on chrome, I cannot see it at work on exploder. Is it maybe being blocked by some sort of filter? Is the description filled with patently horrible slurs, smut and slander?

For those who haven’t seen it; it’s pretty great. You’re missing out, so go to the nearest big box store and buy a new computer. I think that’s the most sensible solution.

Glad to be among such fine company. Greetings to all.

I can see John Trumbull’s piece on my iPad.

It is pretty sweet!

Aww thanks, JoeMac!

Trumbull’s piece is not showing up for me on IE, Firefox, Chrome or my Kindle Fire. Never have i used so many browsers and devices to view a piece (and still failed)

i switched over from my PC laptop (work) to my MacBook Pro (personal) and then i could see John Trumbull’s piece. nice!

For anyone not seeing John Trumbull’s piece (and it is worth seeing!), I just uploaded it to my photobucket, so click here:
http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b174/n8twing/CharltonColor.jpg

Daniel Cox’s image is absolutely fantastic. Well-designed and well-executed

And this should still be Line it is Drawn #77, not #76….

I can see Trumbull’s piece on Firefox too (and thank goodness because it was my favorite! :) ) No idea what can be happening to the rest of you. Ad block settings maybe?

I personally like the version of “Dr. Manhattan creates new life elsewhere” from the webcomic “Complex Actions”, done 2 years ago…

http://complexactions.com/?id=72

I’ll be uploading it to my DeviantArt page this weekend & post a link here for any others who’d like to see the piece.

Thanks for posting it to Photobucket, Bill! Awfully nice of you!

It appears that the problem was the HalfTone version, John. The one I have up now looks like it works.

working for me now, on IE8…

I prefer the 2 Tone version. It’s one step beyond.

Hmm. I wonder what about the halftone version was screwing it up. Oh, well. I’ll post them both on DA page shortly & add a link here!

I wonder why the comments on my work computer are frozen at February 16, 2012 at 9:08 am, even though I know plenty of more comments have been posted since then

Woo! Some really great work from everybody.

Gonzo — your blue squiggle penis is brilliant.

I figured out the problem! I did the halftone effect in the non-web friendly CYMK format & forgot to convert back to an RGB file before I sent it off to Brian. I’ve corrected this an posted an RGB of the halftone effect version here: http://johntrumbull.deviantart.com/#/d4q53bl

Sorry for the confusion, everyone!

CMYK format, I meant. This is not my week… :)

Ohhhh SNAP!!!! The bar has been set to a new high!!!!!!!!!
Welcome new artists!

I forgot to look at this last week. Damn, I missed out! Great work and welcome to all!

And buttler’s last comment is driving me to Madness :)

Wow.

Those are all too sweet! That last one by J. Gonzo is hilarious and creative beyond belief. I`d buy that to read.

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