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The Line it is Drawn #118 – A Li’l Collection of Li’l Comic Book Characters!

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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 today’s holiday (Fred Van Lente Day), we’ll tie in with Fred Van Lente’s upcoming project, Action Presidents, by having out artists do “Action” versions of other historical figures (not Presidents or Philosophers, of course). You suggest a historical figure and our artists will come up with an “Action” design for them (like how Plato was a wrestler, so the great Ryan Dunlavey designed him as a big masked wrestler)

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

Based on a suggestion from somebody (repeated by Axel Medellin), pick a comic book character that you’d like to see a “Lil'” version of (like Lil’ Archie, Hellboy Jr. or all of those Skottie Young covers)


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:

Li’l Flex Mentallo and the Li’l Doom Patrol, by Li’l Grant Morrison on a Li’l bit of acid

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Secretly protecting the Li’l Marvel Universe… the Li’l-luminati.

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

The Li’l Line it is Drawn!

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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happysorceress suggested:

Li’l Gotham City Sirens

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

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JaronHataway and therealAstrozac suggested:

Li’l Darkseid and the New Gods

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

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JaronHataway suggested:

Li’l Ex Machina

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

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JaronHataway suggested:

Li’l Luthor Strode

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.

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JaronHataway suggested:

Li’l The Boys

Michael “Mic?” Magtanong is the artist for this one. Here is his website (Big Mike will recognize this one well!)

KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Li’l Darkseid

Chaz is the artist for this one.

Kholdstare21 suggested:

Li’l version of Modok

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

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LuciferanHeart suggested:

Well, we’ll keep it a secret until you see what Nick Perks did with the idea. Here is Nick’s website, by the way.

TheHeroBiz suggested:

Li’l Arkham Asylum

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

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TheHeroBiz suggested:

Li’l Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.

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therealAstrozac suggested:

Adventures of Li’l Deadpool and Hulk

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

thetallman_Z suggested:

Li’l Prophet! (Brandon Grahams) its like rugrats, crazy adventures in an unknown bizarre lands like the early issues

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

Sean, as you can see, when a bit nuts with this one, doing THREE different drawings based on the idea!

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What a great week, folks!

Okay, now you readers go tweet us suggestions!


A classic baby MODOK moment from the awful 90s Iron Man cartoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZErgM2wtmq0

Damn, Chaz, that Li’l Darkseid is epic!

Li’l Arkham Asylum aces it purely based on the Riddler asking “Why? Why? Why?”

I think I would buy almost every one of those if they were ongoing.

Agreed DK, especially Li’l Hulk and Deadpool!

That Doom Patrol picture has quite possibly become my favorite thing ever.

All excellent but 3 just top it – lil darkseid, nick perk’s peanuts one which is so cool and the lil boys which part of me wishes had been drawn like that but the violence would have been a bit weird.

WOW I’m so impressed, Liners! These are more than a lil’ AWESOME!

Li’l Boys becomes far, far more disturbing (in a good, presumably artist-intended way) if you’re familiar with the backstory of Mother’s Milk.

MAN! I HATE myself for being too busy these past few weeks. These are SO good. Congrats guy! Love them.

Wow, that felt like a Lil’ Snark Blocker. Sweet stuff everyone.

Love these. Deadman A+.

Kinda disappointed my “Lil’ Sugar and Spike” twitter suggestion didn’t get used. Was hoping someone would have caught on and had the misadventures of two embryos or a couple sets of irresponsible parents…

ha ha these are superb guys well done everyone!!! love what you did with us Xum

Not a big fan of the “lil” stuff, but I’d get that Lil’Darksied and the New Gods

Kevin Haughwout

December 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Where can I get a “YOU’RE NO TRUMBULL” t-shirt?

Lil Deadman was great, way better than I anticipated when I suggested it!

Sad none of my suggestions were drawn, but I’m really impressed with all of these. Deadman was amazing.

There is only one proper response to a baby M.O.D.O.K.:

“Where are Mommy and Daddy? I want to make them EAT you!”

All sorts of strange things can happen by the light of a rack of Worlds of Warcraft servers…

Boston the Friendly Ghost might be one of my favorite things ever; I just hope Charlie Brown gets to remember some of it!

And I SO want to see the next panel of Lil’ Sirens, where Harwee clobbers ‘Lina just as she pounces on Robin…

The creepiest thing about Arkham DayCare? Bruce checking them out from his limo. And I know I’m gonna feel stupid for asking this, but who’s the one with the inhaler? Ivy’s expression is just perfect though.

I know nothing about Luther Strode — is there some sort of Flying Spaghetti Monster joke in it? ‘Cause it looks like we are now missing one Noodly Appendage.

Who came up with that nursery rhyme — Xander?

NONE of us are John Trumbull — until that dark day when the Man comes for him — then we are ALL John Trumbull, right? (I know — I missed the great political debate last week, so I’m playing radical catch-up)

But Lil Thea, Mic? the Mite, and even Prodigy Xum were just adorable. And is that a Dread Lord in Diapers as well?

Now, can I borrow Lil’ Deadman to reanimate some of my dead suggestions? Thanks!

Nick, part 1: This is great. I especially like the cyclical nature of the piece. Good that you stuck with a “not so li’l” Grant Morrison since a “li’l bit of acid” is involved…

Bill: Amazing characterization and details going on here, especially the look on Reed’s face, the pacifier for Black Bolt, and Tony “going for the high score.”

Note to Self: 34 characters on a single cover? How does George Pe’rez do this (and more) on a regular basis? Thanks to all the Liners for the references; shall we all paly a game of “Who’s That?”

Thea: These girls are so cute! The expressions, colors, and body language are top-notch. Look out, Robin! (Or should it be: “Look out, Li’l Selina!”)

Brendan, part 1: Great details here as well, especially having Orion acting out, and the Mobius High-Chair.

John: Funny piece. My son doesn’t get it, but I think one doesn’t really “get” Schulz until they are older. Good that you went with your original instincts with the blender; it works much better than the Facebooked suggestions…

Josh: Spaghetti tends to disagree with me as well. Great idea on how to keep the “bloody face” motif on this “underage” version.

Mic?: This is amazing beyond words. I’m only 1/3 of the way through “The Boys” run but I know you’ve captured the essence of the characters perfectly. That’s red finger paint, right? Right?

Chaz: More disturbing ginchy brilliance. And the blonde lock with the pink bow was completely unexpected. So *that’s* the reason for the blue helmet…

Brendan, part 2: Li’l M.O.D.O.K. is cute and threatening. I like the twist of his “flying” chair.

Nick, part 2: About time Charlie Brown got his due. Brilliant idea. Kudos to Brian for not giving it away. The GIF effect adds a nice suspenceful touch as well.

Paul: I really love the details for this piece: the annoying Li’l Riddler; the penguin, the cat, and the croc on the wall; Li’l Harley holding out her hand and her heart to an oblivious L’il J; the clever way to depict a Li’l Clayface and Li’l Two-Face; and Li’l Bruce Wayne riding by under the bats. All rendered with that same zany intensity (“zain-tensity”?) from your previous works.

Axel: This would probably be even funnier to me if I had been following “Buffy.” Always blown away by your painting talent. Say, wouldn’t this be a “Sugar and Spike” piece of sorts?

Marco: This is great. The swingset panel made me choke on my coffee. My keyboard will be sticky for weeks. Hilarious!

Sean: Now that’s commitment, doing different versions of the Li’l Prophets. I especially like the sense of movement in the second piece. Say, is that “Krypto”?

Awwwww-some work this week (yes, someone had to say it).

(Who is going to trademark “zain-tensity” so he can pay himself a nickel every time he uses it…}

NONE of us are John Trumbull — until that dark day when the Man comes for him — then we are ALL John Trumbull, right? (I know — I missed the great political debate last week, so I’m playing radical catch-up)

Dear God, I hope not. I would never wish the sorry fate of being John Trumbull upon you, Becca… :)

BeccaBlast: I think the kid with the inhaler is Calendar Man. The tally marks on the wall next to him are my reason for thinking this, but I could very well be wrong.

Deadpool and Hulk tie with Deadman Charlie Brown for my winners this time.

I thought the inhaler kid was Bane, but only Phil knows for sure…

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww… :-D

Er… only PAUL knows for sure (way too early in the morning for me…)

Apologies, Paul.

Yeah, Inhaler Kid is supposed to be Bane. He was fat and had an inhaler in the movie too. The tallies were supposed to be for Mr. Zsasz, but I for the life of me could not find a way to Li’l him without someone knocking on my door later.

Super work. I think I need to rub my face in a pug now.

[…] All part of ‘lil week at “The Line It Is Drawn” […]

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers made me smile with hers

[…] Harley Quinn, Catwoman and Poison Ivy as little rambunctious little girls. The piece was part of CBM‘s The Line it is Drawn. I like how Harley is about to smash that bird with her giant […]

While I absolutely love Li’l Bane and his inhaler, I think my favorite thing is this TLIID is the lower-case “a” on Li’l Captain America’s head in Li’l Deadpool and Hulk. It’s such a subtle touch, but so awesome.

[…] Marco D’Alfonso’sAdventures of Lil’ Deadpool and Hulk was my favorite piece in the latest “The Line is Drawn” feature on CBR’s Comics Should Be Goodblog. Check out the rest of the li’l submissions here. […]

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