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The Line it is Drawn #126 – Valentine’s Day With the Superheroes!

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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 on Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of Cyclops and Uncanny X-Men #1, the theme is superheroes gone bad! Pick a superhero that you’d like to see our artists depict as a villain. What would Superman look like if he was a bad guy? Or Captain America? You get the picture. If they feel like it, our artists might even draw a villain as a good guy fighting the villainous hero (if they feel like it, of course).

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

In honor of Valentine’s Day, pair up any two comic book characters for our artists to depict in a romantic scene of their choice!

Enjoy!

I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion (there’s one minor exception this week since an artist decided to do a themed series of pieces, so I changed the order to allow them to run together).

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

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Conan & Wonder Woman

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

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BigMike20X6 suggested:

Damian Wayne & Hit-Girl

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Colors by the wind beneath all of our wings, Amanda Rodgers (her website is here)

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dailymario suggested:

Charlie Brown and Jean Gray.

Chaz is the artist for this one.

EclecticLeeS suggested:

Poison Ivy and Groot.

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

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EclecticLeeS suggested:

Machine Man and Jocasta.

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

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JaronHataway suggested:

Squirrel Girl and Ambush Bug

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

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Bill Walko decided to do a series of pieces under the umbrella of “Romance in Gotham” His website is here.

KeithAlanMorgan suggested:

Silver Age Batman and Catwoman having a romantic Break-in At Tiffany’s

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thefarlander suggested:

Dick and Babs

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thefarlander suggested:

Tim and Steph

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mnshume suggested:

Superman and Lois Lane.

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

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originaldayfan suggested:

Deadpool and Harley Quinn.

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

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shurwitt suggested:

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Giganta and Ryan Choi!

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.

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shurwitt and therealAstrozac suggested:

Wonder Woman and Steve… Steve Rogers, that is.

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.

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thefarlander suggested:

skullfire and la lunatica

Phillip Sevy drew this one. Here is his website.

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TheRonyn suggested:

Kyle Rayner and Soranik Natu

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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Great stuff, everyone! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Now you readers go get to tweeting!

37 Comments

That’s great stuff guys.

Marco– I have no words… brilliant.

Awwwwwwwwwwwww!!! So cute! :-D

WHOA! Marco D’Alfonso!!! That is pure, pure genius!

Other favs this week include Nick Perks drawing an incredibly minxy Poison Ivy, Thea Rodgers’ brilliant depiction of Damian Wayne and Hit-Girl out on a soda shop date and the classy “Romance in Gotham” series by Bill Walko.

Man, Nightwing’s boobs are almost as big at Batgirl’s.

All of these are brilliant, but for whatever reason Thea’s piece tickled my funnybone the most this week. That’s *exactly* what both characters would do on a date and how they’d relate to one another.

Xum and Marco always impress me with their design sense as well as their storytelling, and Marco’s piece in particular has a clever use of the “rain on lovers” cliche that made me look twice at the background. The use of the angled orientation to place the Joker’s body in the background works very well to set up a sneaky visual punchline there. Xum’s Cupid-Lanterns are extra adorable for being “real” Valentine’s messengers.

Bill Walko *nails* the vibe of the Cats-Bats romance in its classic form, Phillip Sevy’s piece nicely plays up the 90s aspects of the commission, and Josh Gowdy’s piece achieves a similar feel as he takes full advantage of both the framing and the characters to create a clever moment. Nick Perks also creates a smart gag in his piece: Poison Ivy loves plants so much, even they think she’s coming on a bit too strong.

I quite liked John Trumbull’s piece as well, which feels like an actual Golden Age cover concept. I’m pleasantly intrigued by the body language in Sean McFarland’s entry: is Lois ambivalent about Superman’s courtship here, or simply trying to put up a cynical front regarding a cornball romantic gesture she secretly lurves? The colors on the piece really pop too, particularly the way Lois’s vest is set off against the Daily Planet globe.

Paul Hostetler’s pieces are quite nice, showing two different relationships at two different phases. The old overeager, perhaps mismatched courtship of the first piece contrasts nicely with the wordlessly cozy intimacy of the couple in the second. And Brendan Tobin’s warm, winning piece gives us something that works as a Valentine’s Card; the choice of classic Machine Man over the parody version from Nextwave lends the piece a sweet sincerity.

bah, no one ever picks mine…

“Colors by the wind beneath all of our wings”… wow, Brian, wow. Always finding new and creative ways to make me fall out of my chair.

That’s not the first Hit-Girl and Damian mash-up I’ve seen. I do like them as a pairing.

I agree with a lot of what Omar has to say. Great work everyone! I can’t even pick a favorite!!

And Omar, John Trumbull’s Cap/Wondy kiss is based on “V-J Day in Times Square” a famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress on Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) in Times Square, New York City, on August 14, 1945.

Yep. Bill’s exactly right.

And it turns out my old college roommate Scott is the one who suggested Sean’s Superman & Lois Lane piece! Way to go, Scott!

Chaim Mattis Keller

February 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

Love the bracelets/shield pairing in Trumbull’s picture. Great job!

Would have loved to have seen a same sex couple.

I think I can actually say I liked everyone of them.
And now we need a Damian/Hit Girl crossover..it would be too good.

…well, now we see Ryan Choi’s place in heaven. :P

Brilliant. All of these were brilliant (loved Xum’s pleas to save GL: TAS and Young Justice)!

Especially liked the choice of Hippolyta (the ’40s WW) over Diana… after all, Steve and Hippolyta were in the same era) – and the implementation of “The Kiss” pose was well played. Great job, John Trumbull, and to all the other artists in this weeks TLIID!

Oh, I don’t interpret that as Hippolyta but as the actual Golden Age Wonder Woman before all the silly retcons, which would be Diana. Only John can speak to his intent, though. As one of the guys who suggested the pairing, that’s my hope anyway.

Hugh Tims,

It’s not specifically a Valentine’s drawing, but Mic? did an awesome Batwoman/Question drawing that would very nearly fit in with this group.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/02/02/the-line-it-is-drawn-26-comic-book-cover-homages/

Thanks for picking not one, but two of mine! And thanks Nick and Brendan for drawing them so nicely.

Squirrel Girl and Ambush Bug. Best strip I’ve seen in a long time. Love it!

Sean’s Lois has this look in her eye as if she’s thinking “How can I ever get off of here if he gets fresh!”

Especially liked the choice of Hippolyta (the ’40s WW) over Diana… after all, Steve and Hippolyta were in the same era) – and the implementation of “The Kiss” pose was well played. Great job, John Trumbull, and to all the other artists in this weeks TLIID!

h, I don’t interpret that as Hippolyta but as the actual Golden Age Wonder Woman before all the silly retcons, which would be Diana. Only John can speak to his intent, though. As one of the guys who suggested the pairing, that’s my hope anyway.

In my mind, it was the Golden Age Wonder Woman. Hippolyta didn’t occur to me, even though I thought that was a clever retcon. Hope that doesn’t wreck the piece for you, Steve!

Well, in any case, the Hippolyta Wonder Woman has now joined the original 1940s Wonder Woman in retcon limbo anyway. And I love the piece.

And I neglected to say anything about my other suggestion! The Choi/Giganta piece is adorable.

Great pieces this week.
Damian and Mindy make an adorable if not lethal couple
Love Brendan’s Rendering of Aaron and Jojo.
I do take slight issue with Squirrel Girl snuggling someone that isnt me, but its still damn cute.
And everytime I look at Marco’s piece I hear the sound of rushing water from Mr J’s neckhole

Wow and X-Men 2099 reference? And I love the foil dig too!

Lovely pieces all around.

And those “GL Cupids” are our children, Aika and Isamu. Or should I say, Ayaka and Razamu.

Xum

I am flattered by your very public display of adoration, Xum… but wow, that outfit really makes my… body look big.

Mm-wah!

Nataniel Costard

February 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Man… I miss the old DC…

“oh, uh, gee, Conan, you really shouldn’t have….” love the look on her face!

But I’ve got to go with Squirrel Girl and Ambush Bug. Snuggled up in snuggies, wih a bowl of popcorn, watching tv…d’awww! And the Superman and X-Men pillows are a nice touch.

Always good stuff here. Almost makes me wish I had a twitter account, so I could suggest ideas. :-D

As soon as I saw this week’s theme, I thought to myself “Someone will suggest Deadpool and Harley, and Marco will draw it, and it will be awesome.” Thanks for not disappointing me, Marco (and originaldayfan)!

CONAN & WONDY…1st
DEADPOOL & HARLEY…1st

& i like ur piece more XUM after reading ur comments :)

No worries, John. Still love the piece. :D

BTW, in my neck of the woods (San Diego, CA), we just had a statue of “The Kiss” installed near the USS Midway in San Diego Harbor!

Any reference to the world of 2099 wins in my book. Kudos, Phillip Sevy

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