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The Line it is Drawn #108 – Comic Book Characters And Emmy-Nominated TV Shows!

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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 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 choices picked 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 this Friday).

The topic is…

Based on a suggestion from Thea, mash-up comic book characters with the plays of William Shakespeare. Batman as Hamlet, Luke Cage as Othello, etc.

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

In honor of the Emmy’s this weekend, mash-up comic book characters with any of the TV shows nominated for Best Comedy or Best Drama. Said shows are: Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland and Mad Men for the Dramas and 30 Rock, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Modern Family and Veep for the Comedies

Enjoy!

I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion (with a slight change just to separate two pieces with similar themes this week)

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

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Spider-Man teams up with the cast of 30 Rock in a sequel to his teamup with SNL

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

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joshschr suggested:

Deadpool and Hydra Agent Bob as Walter White and Jesse Pinkman

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

joshschr suggested:

Hit Girl as Arya Stark!

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

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Several inmates from Arkham as the cast of Mad Men

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

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Kholdstare21 suggested:

Justice League in The Big Bang Theory (Flash as Sheldon)

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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ozmendoza suggested:

Unca Scrooge’s Game of Thrones

Daniel Cox drew this one. Here is his website.

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ozmendoza suggested:

Roger is Iron Man, Don is Captain America and Joan is Black Widow

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

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rock_golf suggested:

Dr Doom, Black Panther, Namor in Game of Thrones.

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

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samscenaristt and StephenMuses suggested:

Batman/Mad Men

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

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samscenaristt suggested:

Reed Richards in Breaking Bad.

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

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samscenarist and j_cohl suggested:

Batman/Boardwalk Empire

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Gotham by Gaslight Batman with Boardwalk Empire

Phil did TWO pieces using the general Batman/Boardwalk Empire theme…

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TheHeroBiz suggested:

Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Riddler and Ultra Humanite as Big Bang Theory (with Power Girl as their neighbor, if you’d like)

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

Awesome work, everyone!

Okay, now you readers go tweet us suggestions for next week!

35 Comments

I rarely comment here, but I have to say, this week was amazing. The Batman/Mad Men DVD cover homages and the Boardwalk Empire/Joker poster are especially well done. Just phenomenal.

I like how there’s no love for either of the shows that actually won. Homeland is tough to parody, I guess.

No Iron Man/Game of Thrones? Even the names match!

Gotta love the homage to old-school Marvel Team Up.
I like Steve’s choice of movie-costume for the Hit-Girl piece.
And Marco’s Deadpool… who do we see about getting him on a Deadpool book?
Great pieces all around, even if I don’t watch a single show that was nominated (outside of the occasional Big Bang Theory ep or 30 Rock)

If The Big Band Theory was nominated for an Emmy, this must be an especially dire time for tv comedy.

I like how there’s no love for either of the shows that actually won. Homeland is tough to parody, I guess.

Well, we also all made our choices before the Emmys on Sunday, so there weren’t any intentional snubs. I honestly don’t remember us getting many suggestions for Homeland, though.

You all did great work this week! John, great concept, I love Tracy Jordan as a Jedi! Dan, that work on Scrooge was phenom, love the brush work. Phil, that joker is uber creepy, nice job. And Marco wins me over again with that Deadpool parody.

Thea

I tried to give suggestions for every show, but I have to admit Homeland failed me (I also despise The Big Bang Theory, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). Modern Family is hard because of the sheer size of the cast — it may be funny to recast it as the Pride and the Runaways, but that’s asking a lot of artists who already have pretty full plates to draw that many characters.

That’s why when we get pieces like “BatMadMan”, “Gaslight Arkham Empire”, Xum’s proof sheet parody, or John’s 30Rock guest shot, it’s such a treat — and that’s not to slight others’ work this week, even if Cox thinks he’s slacking off again. (I KNEW there was something ugly happening in Duckburg!) When you get something as full of the little details as Marco’s Deadpool (a Wonder Woman apron!) or Bill Walko’s “Certifiably Mad Men”, you just be grateful for it.

“Can this cockpit hold the lusty fields of France?” We will find out next week – -and there’s a raft of Shakespeare already in your box, gang!

Not much variety in tv shows. Really dig the batman/mad men pieces this week.

Dean: As they say, “Gotta be in it to win it”. If you wanna see something, pls feel free to suggest it.

Thea: Glad you like the brushwork in Duckburg.

John: There were six suggestions for Homeland this week.

And if anyone is interested in the exact breakdown, there were 125 suggestions this week, and if we were handing out Emmy’s based on popularity of suggestions, Game of Thrones was the winner!

Game of Thrones 23
Mad Men 19
Breaking Bad 18
30 Rock 13
Big Band 12
Boardwalk Empire 7
Veep 7
Homeland 6
Modern Family 6
Downton Abbey 6
Girls 4
Curb Your Enthusiasm 3
Parks & Recreation 1

Quick comments:

John: Haha! Looks great. Good job on the likeness and old school style.
Marco: worlds biggest Deadpool fan? Indeed. Great follow-on from last week! Like the spidey-underoos.
Steve: Nice rendering job…very Adam Hugh-ish. Don’t forget about those punctuation marks though!
Bill: Way cool. Well thought out and executed, Sir! Like all the little details:)
Xum: Awesome! Fantastic cover mockup and great likeness of the Bang crew. Like the touch of the original art.
Cox: Needs some edge lighting on Scrooge’s hat. And shouldn’t that be a crown?
Nick: Cool. Like the feel of this one, and Don Draper is spot on!
Sean: Love it. I really like your colour palette’s and mood established in each piece. Great choice on leaving out an balloons or captions.
Thea: These are spot on. NIce and graphic and bold. My fav: all four!
Chaz: Haha: “Los Topos Hermanos”. Only you could come up with this — awesome in its originality.
PhiL: This is really bold and powerful. In the true spirit of the show, and the Joker persona. Top marks on both!
Axel: Awesome job with the likeness…very impressive. All char’s are spot on in my book. Thumbs way, way up!

Great job Liners!

And thanks for the shout-out, Becca:)

LOVE the Arkham Empire pieces. They are the best!

Spider-Man/30 Rock is really good, too. Love Spidey’s comment. :-)

Walko’s Batman/Mad Men piece is great, too.

Wow, only ONE suggestion for Parks & Rec? That’s a shame. I love that show. I guess its ratings were even lower than I thought!

Another stellar week, Liners. I really love Bill’s Mad Men piece (wish the Riddler’s pants were purple, tho), Xum’s JLA cover (I’m so tickled that you did registration marks!), Nick’s retro-style Avengers (Love the Iron Man 2 in-joke), Chaz’s FF Breaking Bad, and Phil’s Arkham Empire (Man, I’d love to see Buscemi play the Joker).

Chaz’s is my favorite. The Los Topos Hermanos was a really nice touch.

John, I don’t believe P&R was up for an Emmy this year and whoever suggested it was going from last year

This is probably the best installment yet. holy crap, you guys nailed it.

As ever I am in awe of the talent on display here.

So much goodness this week!

Love John Trumull’s retro homage to Spidey’s SNL team-up!
Marco’s Deadpool/Breaking Bad mash-up works perfectly (and Marco, you’ve got such a handle of Deadpool humor!)
Steve Howard’s Kick-Ass Game of Thrones is oh-so nicely rendered.
Xum knocks out yet another funny cover homage — JLA/Big Bang Theory style!
Daniel Cox’s “Game of Ducks” is both creepy and funny and well-drawn in equal measure.
Nick Perks’ Made Men/Avengers homage is amusing!
Sean McFarland’s “Games of Thrones” in nicely done, although I admit the content is lost on me since I only watched the first episode!
Chaz’s Reed Richards/Breaking Bad is off-the-wall absurdist.
Phillip Sevy’s Joker is suitably creepy, and his Arkham Empire is well-cast!
Axel Medellin’s Big BAng Theory (based on my suggestion) is everything I hoped for and more!

But my fav this week in Thea’s Batman/Mad Men pastiche. I LOVE what she did both artistically and conceptually! Bravo!

Phillip, who’s that back figure supposed to be on the left? Two-Face?

Kinda surprised there’s no Mad Men/X-Men parodies. One of their cast members was even Emma Frost.

Marco and Steve, thanks for doing such a great job on my suggestions! While Walt and Wade are two very different characters, I think they both share a madcap genius you blended well here. And I haven’t read the GoT books or seen the second season, but I was feeling a Hit Girl vibe from Arya after watching season 1.

Great work everyone else too!

@John Trumbull – I was also referencing those rumours of Jon Hamm playing an older Superman (I guess everyone forgot about those.) Now, if Millar can just persuade him to do ‘Superior’…

That first 30 Rock one is great. It matches the old cover very well:
http://www.spiderfan.org/comics/images/marvel_teamup/074.jpg

I remember coming across that as a kid, not long after I had first discovered SNL’s “best of” reruns on TV. It’s so damn absurd if you actually get around to reading it. It makes perfect sense given how into the real New York the Marvel folks often got, especially in the 60s / 70s.

I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I really enjoy this feature generally, and this week’s contributions are especially awesome. I really like them all, but I have to say that I like Thea’s & Daniel’s the most.

And I don’t think I’m going to be able to get the sentence “It’s just a kick-ass game of thrones” out of my head for a week. :-)

I don’t watch any of those shows, but still, great work by everyone, with my favorite being Cox’s superb Game Of Ducks!

@John Trumbull – I was also referencing those rumours of Jon Hamm playing an older Superman (I guess everyone forgot about those.) Now, if Millar can just persuade him to do ‘Superior’…

Oh right, I remember that. Personally, I’d much rather see Jon Hamm as Batman.

I’m very happy my suggestion of Batman/Mad Men was drawn and that Thea did such a great job with it.

@Astrozac – Yep, that’s Two Face. I was basing my image off this promo piece
http://www.spoilersguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/boardwalk-empire-season-two-poster_556x373.jpg
And the Two Face character was kinda small, so unfortunately, he didn’t get as much focus as I wanted.

@John Trumbull Other than Nathan Filion, Jon Hamm would be the best choice for Steve Trevor.

I definitely don’t post enough here but this week was an awesome week. Not only did every artist have a strong piece, I can’t possibly choose my favorite one. Pure enjoyment all the way around!

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