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The Line it is Drawn #136 – Line it is Drawn at the Movies, a Roger Ebert Tribute


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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 Noon Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of our own Daniel Cox’s music video directorial debut (which you can see here), the theme is mash-up comic characters and famous music videos!

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

In honor of Roger Ebert’s passing, mash-up a comic book character with a film that Ebert gave four stars to. Here is a list of all the films Ebert gave four stars to (1967-2007).


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! Click on any image to enlarge it!

bantwell suggested:

Two face meets Scarface

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website. A little bit of Line it is Drawn news. Due to some traveling for work, Nick will be sitting out the next month’s worth of Line it is Drawns. So Nick’s AMAZING streak of 118 (One Hundred and EIGHTEEN!!!) straight Line it is Drawn appearances will end this week. Congrats on the awesome streak, Nick!


bantwell suggested:

Superman as Jimmy Olsen’s very own E.T

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


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Tony Chu investigates Willy Wonka’s factory

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Do you want to know who lives in happiness like the oompa loompa do-ba-dee-doo? Amanda Rodgers, that’s who-ba-dee-doo! She also happens to color this piece. Check out her website here)


BigMike20X6 suggested:

X-Men, Animal House Style

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.


John did a black and white version of the above image. You can check it out here.

BigMike20X6 suggested:

Gandhi, Agent of SHIELD

Chaz is the artist on this one.


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Titans, Boogie Nights style

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


LuciferanHeart suggested:

Poison Ivy in “American Beauty”

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


rlewiston777 suggested:

Deadpool and Taxi Driver

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


StephenMuses suggested:

Hellboy in Pan’s Labyrinth

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


therealAstrozac suggested:

The White Queen in the Graduate

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.


Great work, everyone!

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


Wow, the art this week is absolutely stunning. I love the TwoFace and Pan’s Labyrinth ones especially.

Nick is out for a whole MONTH?

…Nothing makes sense any more. We’ll miss you, Time Lord.

It’s like Cal Ripken ending his consecutive games streak and then missing out the next month’s worth of games!

I know.

Stupid, stupid, super-productive, talented Nick. :)

These are all very charming. I just can’t forgive Ebert for this astonishingly ignorant comment, from his review of Robert Altman’s Popeye: “[Altman] takes one of the most artificial and limiting of art forms — the comic strip — and raises it to the level of high comedy and high spirits.” I really don’t care that this is from 1980, before Watchmen and all that jazz…for a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic of art to say something that stupid…knowing that movie’s story-board process are essentially comic-strips…he just lost all credibility with me, and I’ve been genuinely surprised by the love he’s received these past weeks from the comics industry for someone who deplored the entire medium.

Oh-kay, my favs are as follows:
-X-Men Animal House (LOVE that movie!–wonder who’s saying “Thank you sir, may I have another?”)
-Titans in Boogie Nights (though I haven’t seen that movie)
-Ivy in American Beauty (same as above)
-Deadpool in Taxi Driver (same as above)

If you want to see Ebert (and Gene Siskel) poke fun at themselves, check out the episode of “The Critic” titled “Siskel and Ebert and Jay and Alice”.

E.T. and Boogie Tights were spot-on hilarious this week.
All of the pieces were great tributes!
And Dave, Ebert and Siskel gave a great review to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and apologized for not reviewing it when it came out.
However, he was pretty mean to comic films even if he softened a bit up at the end.

Not to point out the obvious but Will Eisner pretty much echoed the “artificial and limiting” opinion. We’re used to the conventions of comics (and Ebert was writing about comic strips which are more limited than general comics), but Eisner referred to word balloons as “desparation devices.”

This isn’t an insult–it’s a truthful observation that we don’t live in a world of panels, written sound effects, and four-color printing. All art is by definition artificial and limited–it’s a testament to comics’ greatness in what they can achieve within their limits.

It’s not something to hold a grudge about since the Carter administration.

Oz the Malefic

April 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm

How about his attitude towards video games then? That was more recent.

He was a great reviewer, but a complete snob.

The Boggie Nights one was amazing. Bravo!

Yeah, he was a snob about some things, but then he railed against “Blue Velvet” because of the nudity in it. And I remember he gave the Affleck Daredevil movie 3 stars. The dude was kind of all over the place. I liked him a lot and found his lists of great movies useful growing up. I think he had really solid tastes and many of his reviews were very well-written, but his canonization has been a bit odd.


do also note that Ebert was commenting on comic strips, that is, those things appearing in newspapers with one to four panels and a punchline in the end. Which are quite artificial and limiting even if people have been making good stuff out of them…

All around great! And thanks for doing my Deadpool suggestion. :)

The Hellboy/ Pan’s Labyrinth one was almost too obvious. Guillermo del Toro directed both of Hellboy films and pans labyrinth as well as Doug Jones playing Abe Sapien and the pale man. The dialogue in this picture sounds very much like something Hellboy would say.

Danny, you have no idea what impact Ebert had on bringing attention to smaller films and increasing the level of discourse about movies. He won a Pulitzer for his writing in the mid-70s, before he had a TV show. He survived cancer, and lost his voice, but instead of retiring as most might, he doubled down on his writing and increased the number of movies he reviewed. He is very rightfully canonized. Don’t write him off because he thought Daredevil was okay and didn’t love video games. He was actually very gracious about the potential of video games in an essay following up his original thoughts, but all video game fanboys remember is the “video games aren’t art” headline.

I always liked watching Siskel and Eberts worst of the year shows. Those were the best to watch. One year, they had a french film about a French kid who was raised in Africa and had to come to Paris with his dad to live. The next year they had the American version starring Tim Allen. Worst of the years!

Love the Willy Wonka one. Looks like the one guy made the same mistake as Violet, and suffered the same fate! LOL

They all look really good, as usual, but the Poison Ivy one makes me giggle quite a bit. Love the double entendre of the first balloon of Ivy’s (and yes, you need to have seen the movie for the whole joke. Although I think that part is in the first 5 minutes, actually.)

And no Nick for a month? Oh no!

Isn’t it better if he has to miss awhile, though, and not just, oops, didn’t get in there one week, would’ve had a 300 week run otherwise?

I really love the X-Men : Animal House Style and New Teen Titans Boogie Nights pieces. Although, such a masterful film as ” TaxI Driver ” would have been better, (to me) with The Punisher, instead of Deadpool.

I kind of see your point, X-MAN. The Punisher is almost a perfect comic-book equivalent of Travis Bickle. But you also have to remember that Deadpool is Marco’s specialty (along with Boba Fett, making a cameo in the theatre shot) and our suggesters know our artists!

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