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The Line it is Drawn #141 – Rejected Children’s Books Starring 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 Noon Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of my pal (and blog co-founder) Alex Cox’s story in this week’s Adventure Time Annual, team-up or mash-up comic book characters with characters from Adventure Time!

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

Time to get your creative juices flowing! This week’s topic is Rejected Children’s Books Starring Comic Characters. How Ant-Man Ruined Christmas, Thanos’ Rainy Day Activity Book, stuff like that


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!

Before we begin, I’d like to take the opportunity to say goodbye to ANOTHER one of our Liners. Daniel Cox has always been really busy on a lot of different awesome projects (he storyboarded a goodly amount of the new Wolverine movie, for instance and he was the visual effects art director on The Great Gatsby), so he ultimately decided he’d rather not take up a spot if he couldn’t contribute on a more regular basis. Be sure to follow Daniel at his website to see what he has coming up in the future (although I’ll be sure to plug it here, as well)!

As another Liner exits, another new Liner enters. Please welcome the newest Liner, Nelson Flores! Here is Nelson’s first piece, based on a BeccaDannysWife/happysorceress/mikecantalupo/rulerbulon suggestion of

Goodnight Moon Knight


Great debut, Nelson!

Okay, on with the rest of the show!

BeccaDannysWife and iWillBattle suggested:

The Very Hungry Galactus

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.


BigMike20X6 suggested:

Fun With Dick And Jane Vs aliens

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




happysorceress and mikecantalupo suggested:

Green Lantern and Ham

Chaz is the artist for this one.


JohnnyUnusual suggested:

Little Golden Book’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth (drawn Bruce Timm-style)

John Trumbull drew this one. Here is his website.


Thiefofhearts suggested:

Are you my MODOK?

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


Pyrotwilight suggested:

Superboy in My Two Dads

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


therealAstrozac suggested:

Are You There God? It’s me Rogue

Robert Rath did the art for this one. Here is his website.


therealAstrozac suggested:

Batman’s How to Make Friends

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


therealAstrozac suggested:

Alan Moore’s Scary Stories

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


therealAstrozac suggested:

The Cat(woman) in the Sack

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.






Thiefofhearts suggested:

“What’s Happening to Me?” – An illustrated guide about gaining Mutant Powers from the Xavier Institute

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


Thiefofhearts suggested:

Deadpool in Wonderland

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


Thiefofhearts suggested:

The Paperbag Princess Koriand’r

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


zkchism suggested:

There’s a Mutant at the End Of This Book (Beast)

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Amanda Rodgers, you’re the one, you make Line it is Drawn lots of fun! You can check out Amanda’s website here.


Great work, everybody! We’ll miss you, Daniel! Welcome to the party, Nelson!

Now you readers go tweet us suggestions for next week’s topic!


Aw man, this is HILARIOUS!

Gotta step up my game!

I laughed a LOT this week. Good one, guys! :D

All of them this week are amazingly well done and true to both the source material and the characters.

Bill Walko, you really outdid yourself. I’ve seen all of your work so far and read all of your strips on your site and I would never know it was one of your works unless told- outstanding, simplistic, and very funny!.

My goodness, you guys are AWESOME.

I loved every single one of these!!


May 31, 2013 at 2:24 am

So great, all of them…all that extra effort!

Is it a bad sign that I really want a copy of Little Golden Book’s Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on a Serious Earth?

Best. Week. Ever. Kudos to all.

Tracer Bullet

May 31, 2013 at 4:52 am

These all were outstanding, but Colossus looking into his shorts? I died

Excellent week, guys & girl. This week was just made of win.

Welcome aboard, Nelson!

Fantastic week, especially “Are You My MODOK?” I can’t remember the last time a single “No.” was so hilarious to me.

While I still refuse to join Twitter, I can’t wait for next week. In my opinion, “Adventure Time” is one of the best shows on TV right now, for kids OR adults. Looking forward to seeing how Marceline is involved.

I wonder if the people who suggested “My Two Dads” were thinking of Kon-El and his dads Superman and Lex Luthor. I hadn’t realized that it works just as well for Superman, Jor-El and Pa Kent.

Great week all around this time. My favourite is probably “There’s a Mutant at the End of This Book”.

The Very Hungry Galactus just became my computer’s wallpaper.

these are the best i’ve seen in a while .so awesome.

One of the best Line is Drawns ever. Great work.

These are jaw-droppingly great. It’s wonderful to have an edition that really taps into the design skills of the artists beyond their capacity to simply draw a cool scene. Just wow.

Chris McFeely

May 31, 2013 at 7:22 am

So are we about done with the same Deadpool joke every single week?

Wow, this is a particularly good installment. Great job, y’all.

I know this gets said quite a lot, but seriously, this is one of the best weeks ever. Amazing stuff, folks.

Dick says,” Game over, man, game over!”
Jane says, “We’re all gonna die, man!”

Hah! @sgt pepper :)

this might be my favorite TLIID ever. Excellent!

Holy cow, what great work!

I’m thrilled to be included with such a talented group of artists and designers. Thanks to all the Liners for their warm welcome and I’m looking forward to all the amazing art that we’ll get to do in the future!

And special thanks to the people that sent in such fantastic suggestions! It’s easy to get inspired when there’s so many awesome choices!

Nick and Axel take the cake for me, but wow. Just *wow*.

some stupid japanese name

May 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

I don’t mean any disrespect, and I’m not trying to troll, so please don’t lock the comments.
I’m wondering what is going on with Moon Knight’s left leg? Is it a thigh and we can’t see the rest of the leg because it’s bent back, or is it the bottom of his boot and his leg is extended straight at us?
The black shadow over the hip/leg joint makes the leg pop out of the picture.
Overall, I really like the picture, I look forward to seeing more from the new guy. :)

And as usual, the rest of the gang proved the art side of the comic equation.

Gowdy has my favorite this week. I love the Very Hungry Galactus.

This, yet again, was one of the best weeks. You guys captured the prompts with a lot of whimsy. They were really fun and funny.

All awesome! Especially MODOK & Dick & Jane.

On Catwoman: A shame to lose the rhyming scheme on the last lines. Why not replace “crooks” & “boobs” with “thugs” & “jugs”? :)


May 31, 2013 at 9:36 am

@ some stupid japanese name:

I’d say it’s the thigh and we can’t see the rest of the leg because it’s bent back. That’s certainly how I first saw it.
In my drawing experience that can be a tricky pose to pull off, sometimes it works and sometimes not so much.

It can also look weird when there’s just a bit of a foot sticking out to show that the leg isn’t amputated.
Sometimes the foot just ends up looking like some goofy little appendage stuck to the thigh.
I thought it was a nice moody drawing overall.

I’ll echo the sentiments and say that this is one of the best weeks yet!

Everything’s better with M.O.D.O.K. on it!

Father should have been dressed as Cpl. Hicks. And Sgt. Pepper’s comment was spot on. ;)

Great job by everyone involved, as always – The Very Hungry Galactus, Are You My Modok?, Deadpool in Wonderland (with a Boba Fett cameo, natch), What’s Happening to Me?, and Little Golden Book’s Arkham Asylum were standouts.

(Speaking of LGB’s Arkham Asylum – who’s the masked guy above the Joker? Nice use of Maxie Zeus and Baby Doll, btw.)

awesome, awesome, awesome and awesome again!!! everybody did a stella job this week im chomping at the bit to get back next week now!!

Great topic. Great suggestions. Great execution.

Some of these should really get more exposure.

Steve F.-

I assume that masked guy is Lock-Up? He was a character who first appeared in TAS before making a comic appearance, like Harley Quinn.

Nice work, guys. Feels good to be back amongst you.


Brendan is correct. The masked guy behind the Joker is Lock-Up.

Wow… Thanks for this bit of ridiculousness.

These were all so good, fellas! I can’t pick a fav this week!

Shout out to my man Dan, you will be missed. :(

Nick, you cracked me up this week. ‘Run, dick, run”… Lol

@Ozymandas, good call.

I only chime in when TLIID hits a Spinal Tap 11. So, this is probably the 3rd or 4th I have ever chimed in. Hearty congrats all around; this is the difference between merely good and superlative.


@Doug: I did indeed have Kon with his dads Superman and Lex in mind when I made the suggestion but it does indeed work with little Clark too. Though if I had Clark in mind I’d probably ask for his two mom’s myself. Still Sean did a terrific job on the piece. I’d love to have that on a shirt.

Deadpool in Wonderland…with a gun that pours tea, no less. Classic. :-)

Oh wow! Great, great stuff here as always – I especially love the Rogue/Judy Bloom combo – but the absolute icing on the cake is seeing my own book featured here! Thanks Bill for the fleeting taste of fame afforded by the Line it is Drawn!

I’m sure readers of the book who frequent this site will have noted my not-so-subtle references to the X-Men and Spider-Man, although they flew over the heads of my editors. (Now if I only had the rights to do a book titled ‘How to grow up the Marvel way’…)

-Alex Frith

@Chris McFeely

Are you suggesting one can have too much Deadpool?

The Pre-Nu52 Superboy could have worked with the My Two Dads concept, since Lex Luthor and Superman are technically his fathers.

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