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The Line it is Drawn #110 – Comic Book Characters, Batman: The Animated Series Style!

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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…

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, suggest team-ups/mash-ups with comic book characters and characters from the Buffyverse. Willow/Dark Phoenix, etc.

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

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series, suggest comic book characters that you’d like to see come to Gotham and be drawn in the B:TAS style (drawn in the style or drawn in the style and teaming up with B:TAS characters – either/or)


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 up, a three-parter…

ArghantBigAxe suggested:

Classic Power Man and Iron Fist, B:TAS style.

BeccaBlast, samscenarist and therealAstrozac suggested:

Batman/Savage Dragon team up

ArghantBigAxe suggested:

Ghost Rider, B:TAS style (preferably battling the Demon)

Daniel Cox drew this one, title card style. Here is his website.

ArghantBigAxe suggested:

Ghost Rider, B:TAS style (preferably battling the Demon)

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

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ArghantBigAxe and BigMike20X6 suggested:

Ennis’ The Boys in Gotham

Paul Hostetler did the art for this one. Here is his website.

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B_2quared suggested:

Death of the Endless involved in Harley and Ivy’s hijinks.

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

B_2quared suggested:

Hulk in his Joe Fixit outfit trying to blend into Gotham

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one (she threw some Wolverine into it, too). Her website is here.

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Frank Miller in Gotham. Arkham Asylum perhaps.

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

The X-Men Animated lineup 1992 (Storm Beast Gambit Rogue Wolverine Jean Cyke & Jubilee) in Gotham

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Punisher being chastised by Batman about using guns.

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

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dc2omniverse suggested:

Doom Patrol

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

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dc2omniverse suggested:

The Fantastic Four

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

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happysorceress suggested:

Alan Scott

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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starpilotsix suggested:

Spoiler trying to see if she can find a place in THIS Universe since she’s had no luck in the New52.

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

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Tako1337 suggested:

Daredevil meets Nightwing in Gotham

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

therealAstrozac suggested:

Batwoman on an episode of Batman the Animated Series with the Question

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

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thevenomsite suggested:


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

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Great work, everybody!

Okay, now everyone make suggestions for next week!


I looooove Death with Harley and Ivy! She actually fit into that scene surprisingly well. And Joe Fixit fits perfectly into that mob enforcer image. Great work all! And BigMike, great suggestion about Punisher (great minds think alike).

Many nice ones!

Death is funniest this week, but the Fantastic Four get bonus point for the incusion of tiny Valeria.

Wow, I’d absolutely watch that Doom Patrol; perfect!

love the one with Spoiler etc. brilliant.

Really strong and interesting theme this week. Unfortunately, most entries failed to live up to it.

I’m not trying to single anyone out, but Chaz Folgar’s is a prime example. I don’t feel his Frank Miller (and his nightwing/daredevil) fits in at all with the style of Batman: TAS. Folgar’s joker face though, I can see it as being a nod to TAS.

Most of them were well done, just didn’t fit the theme. I especially love the art style and the concept of Venom Bane in the last one.

I don’t want my post to be seen as bashing the artists or their entries, I just don’t feel they fit in the theme of “drawn in the style of”.

Finally, one of my Venom suggestions gets “The Line it is Drawn” treatment! I can die happy.

Awww…there’s no hating on these…each of them fulfilled the requirement tater if not in look, with the tone.

Plus you gave me a “devoured” Jason Todd, Cassandra Cain, The Question (several times), a Venom’ed Bane (especially after last night’s new South Park), “Patch” working for Mr. Fixit, Death, and both the X-Men and FF in Batman Style….

The only thing I would have really wanted was the Wolfman Perez era Teen Titans or The Legion of Superheroes in this style..

…otherwise it is perfect. Thanks Artists….and now back into Comic-Con! *dives back in*

Loved many of these! Xum’s Batman/Alan Scott done in the style of TV Guide was a nice touch (and gosh darn it, now I want to watch this “episode”)!

Such great pieces. Man, I still remember middle school, sitting in art class talking about the premiere of TAS, and not getting any work done.

As always, all of them were great pieces. But my favorite has to be Paul’s use of Billy Butcher and Wee Hughie.

This is a very tricky week — draw something in a style that may not be anything like what you usually draw!

Thea, Brendan and Xum had no trouble adapting to the Timmverse style — but that doesn’t mean that Chaz, Mic? or Walko were wrong to take design elements that worked for their style and recreate them their own way. Walko’s FFtAS would be great to see — even if his style and Timm’s seem miles apart, particularly in their use of color. The way he worked elements of Clayface into Ben Grimm is particularly effective.

I have to give Paul special credit though for a really thorough mashup — if the Boys were in the DCAU Gotham, they would do just that in the opening! And Marco did a great job of catching the more frenetic style of the NBA — Robin trailing Bane on a tether, Nightwing’s design spot on, down to too much hair — and a Simpsons Easter egg. That bloody yellow boot in the alley though — I didn’t like much of that season as much as the first two, but the episode where they “killed” Barbara is a classic. I’m assuming that’s a reference to that, maybe?

Thanks to Daniel Cox for remembering that each episode had its own painted title card — and giving us three “lost” episodes! I guess he finally stopped slacking off….

Personal favorites? “If it Ain’t Broke…” “Harley & Ivy Meet Death” (although Ivy would NOT be at all upset at “Mr. J” taking a plunge) and the Doom Patrol guest shot. Even with their convoluted background, I always thought the DP would be a great animated series — giving Timm and Tobin a character like the Chief to play with could be legendary.

This is an interesting twist on TLitD. Almost exclusively the weekly entries are about portraying a theme and the fun comes from the unique styles of art all taking on that same theme. This week it was about portraying a style and applying different themes to it. I don’t think most of the artists were particularly prepared for it. Not that the art is bad, but much of it doesn’t succeed at the basic premise. A successful failure?

Paul, you smoked us on your second week! Nice job, dude. I love the boys.

Great job, everybody, i loved seeing the meld between their own style and bruce timm. Just as an aside, Bruce Timm is very difficult to emulate! It looks deceptively easy, the clean lines, sharp angles, the simplicity, but its just NOT that easy. I’ve tried and failed many times!

Yeah, like Neil said above, they’re all great, but the one with the Boys is especially perfect. Of course, I’m already feeling nostalgic and the last issue hasn’t even come out yet!

I think the Venom and Doom Patrol ones are the best Bruce Timm pastiches. The title cards are great, too.

I love Batman: TAS. I don’t think I’d be a comic fan today if it wasn’t for that show.

This is an amazing batch, especially considering most of the artists were working outside of their style. My favorites (in no particular order) were:
– Paul Hostetler. Billy the Butcher and Wee Hughie are least friendly characters to the TAS treatment here. You utterly nailed them. Plus, it is funny.
– Axel Medellin. I love the expressions. All the ladies are perfectly in character. There is also a nice sense of movement.
– Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers. An absolutely terrific evocation of the art deco look of BATMAN: TAS. A deco-style Hulk is hard enough, but adding Wolverine in “Terry & The Pirates” mode to the mix was brilliant.
– Bill Walko. I’d totally watch this. Franklin Richards takes this image into awesome terrain for me.
– Xum Yukinori. This is a dead-on evocation of the BATMAN: TAS style. Is there a style that you can’t do? Seriously, it routinely amazes me.
– Marco D’Alfonso. The total image is super-dynamic, but what I love are the details. The Duff Beer sign made me laugh when I found it. The mash-up of Bane with Venom is extremely clever and well-done. The Bat logo is nicely done. Your Robin is pretty terrific as well.

Love the Deadpool cameo, Marco.

I love Daniel Cox’s title cards. It’s a unique way to avoid having to ape the TAS style but also creatively paying homage to the show.

It was really hard to pick a favorite, but I did. Bill Walko, you are the winner!

I think style ” wise” going with batman animated, Marco takes the cake.
The style clearly represents the animated series and was specific to the requests of the lovely public. (side bar) The creepy deadpool in the window is a fun addition.
I have been following for a couple of weeks and silently keeping my comments to myself. And although I am mostly blown away by the artists represented each week, this week I found that not many of the artist retained the Batman The Animated Series style. I was hoping for people to break out of their boxes and show us something different but still saw the same old.

Please do not hate on me since i am a new lover of Comic BOOK resources but I was hoping for a broadening of styles.

None the less, obviously your crew are the best of the best I am always impressed every week and my mind is blown on every occasion!
Keep up the good work and Know that you are making comic art “that” much more awsome.

From the dawn of my time here Chaz Flolgar will always be my favourite.

Wow, this has got to be my favorite TLID ever! I love the show so much. After seeing the Power Man/Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Spoiler, Doom Patrol, Alan Scott, and Batwoman pieces, I’ve even come up with voice actors for the characters had they actually appeared on the show (or in the DCAU, period):
-Elasti-Girl: Jennifer Grey
-Negative Man: Judge Reinhold (he voiced him in Teen Titans, I thought he did great)
-Robotman: Michael Chiklis
-The Chief: James Coburn
-Spoiler: Jeanette McCurdy
-Black Bat: Brenda Song
-Batwoman: Daphne Zuniga (who lent her voice to a couple of episodes of Batman Beyond)
-Alan Scott: Sam Waterson
-Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze: Michael Pare
-Power Man/Luke Cage: Chi McBride
-Iron Fist/Daniel Rand: Scott Wolf

And I do love the FF and X-Men pieces, watched the X-Men cartoon almost all the time.

I did not want these to end. Wonderful job, everyone!

Gee, thanks dudes.

A rather remarkable lack of entries drawn in the Batman: The Animated Series style here, oddly.

Cox: I always loved the BTAS intro cards, such great design work on display, and you got the vibe perfectly. Shows you just enough to understand the premise, but sill leaves you guessing. Excellent work.

Sean: Geesh buddy, if you’re going to be putting your work next to these guys, you might want to start putting in a little more time and effort. Quit slacking!

Paul: Ha! Great homage to the title sequence. Butcher and Wee Hughie look great all Timm’d up.

Axel: Brilliant use of Death! Just adorable all around!

Thea: Fixit AND Patch! Whoa. Holy alternate identities Batman! This is some fine work.

Chaz: HA! Poor Franky. We all knew he was headed this direction. Hopefully he’ll get some help and folks will start being able to enjoy reading his work again ( a man can dream). And look at this! Bonus piece like a baller. Skewed perspective makes me feel like I started the weekend early!

Phil: Nice double tribute! I will say that though the 90’s put out some slightly suspect comics, the cartoon side of things really started to shape up. These are some great designs! Could totally grab these models if they wanted to re-visit claremont years x-peeps on the small screen.

Nick: I don’t trust a contrite Punisher and neither should Bats! Great body language. And LOOK! Super bonus piece featuring that moment between Harley and Ivy we all knew was coming! Excellent stuff here Nick!

Brendan: The Doom Patrol looks perfect. Just a great blending of styles present here.

Bill: Could you kindly make this happen. The FF could be great animated, you would not know this given their track record. Great looking Thing especially.

Xum: Man your work is always so damn convincing, makes me wonder if I just missed this episode. Also, some great programming listed in the sidebar. My Mother the Xum sounds like a surefire hit.

Mic: Sharp and snappy as always! DCAU> DCNu. I think we all can agree.

Marco: Excellent idea on combining venoms here. Really enjoy the movement and energy of this piece. Good to know Duff has expanded its territory to parallel universes.

I’m not that current on Marvel stuff but I thought the yellow boot in Marco’s piece might have been some type of reference to Flash Thompson’s tenure as Venom.

Great work all around and I especially enjoyed Brendan’s Doom Patrol.

The Miller one did not work at all, in either style or tone. If the topic had been “superheroes in political cartoons” or something similar it would have been fine. However, that wasn’t and, other than giving everyone a chance to snicker at Miller’s rants it had no place in this particular contest.

Wait a minute… These are CONTESTS?!? Where’s our Prize Money, Cronin???

That Doom Patrol one is too awesome! A Doom Patrol show would be a dream come true!

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