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The Line it is Drawn #164 – Walk on the Wild Side: A Comic Book Tribute to Lou Reed

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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 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

In honor of the late Nick Cardy, suggest a comic character and a Cardy cover to homage. Here is a sampling of some of his best covers (and here are some Teen Titans specific covers).

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

In honor of the late Lou Reed, suggest to us a Lou Reed lyric and a comic book character to go with that lyric.


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!

B_Granderson suggested

elektra/dd “When you think the night has seen your mind That inside you’re twisted and unkind Let me stand to show that you are blind

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Amanda says, Amanda says, Amanda says, Amanda says Amanda says that she’s on the run, looking for a special one. Amanda says that every time she makes his trip, she knows her heart will beat. You know what else Amanda says? Check out her website here.


B_Granderson suggested

deadpool “Walk on the wild side”

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.


B_Granderson suggested

silk spectre “Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather Whiplash girlchild in the dark”

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


BigMike20X6 suggested

This is the age of video violence/The currents rage so deep inside us Longshot & Mojo

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


Howlermouse suggested

“Oh, it’s such a perfect day I’m glad I spent it with you” Lou spending the day with Gaiman’s Death then saying good bye ala Sandman 8

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


JohnnyUnusual suggested

Can’t depend on the Sacrament, No Father, no Holy Ghost, Can’t depend on any churches Need a busload of faith to get by – Jesse Custer

Paul Hostetler did the art for these two. Here is his website.


KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Atom – And love makes you feel ten foot tall, Yes, love makes you feel ten foot tall

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


kevinsmithj suggested

You gotta run, run, run, run, run (from Run Run Run) – The Flash.

Josh Gowdy drew this one. His website is here.


mickeyangelsong suggested

batman to reed’s lyric:
While all the world is chiding
In visions of the dark night
I have had a waking dream
A holy dream

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


stevengetman suggested

Andy’s Chest/Batman (“If I could be anything in the world that flew, I would be a bat and come swooping after you…”)

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


that1guydannyb suggested

“Oh, it’s such a perfect day
I’m glad I spent it with you” Spider-Man & Mary Jane

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


Great tribute to a great artist, folks!

Okay, everyone, go make suggestions for next week!


Great job, Bill. That Spider-Man/MJ piece brought a tear to my eye.

My feels, Walko. My feels.

Nice, everyone. I thought I knew my Lou but some of y’all came up with different, fitting lyrics that I never woulda. Excellent stuff, everyone.


Yes, the two most epic things in superhero comics- the love of Peter and Mary Jane and the legacy of the Bat, set against Lou Reed lyrics gave me severe goosebumps. Great job, everyone!

Wow. Usually I like the funny ones, but this week the serious stuff (especially the two involving Batman) gave me goosebumps they were so good. Lou Reed really brings out the creative best in everyone, doesn’t he [okay, maybe not Metallica, but you know what I mean. ;-)]?

Even if Sword of the Atom got on DC Nation, it’d be cancelled halfway through the season because Cartoon Network.

uhhh, so, “Sword of Atom” WAS a DC Nation set of shorts!


But great work from everyone this week! :D

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh what a feeling!

I just can’t believe I anticipated this wonderful initiative. The day after Lou’s death, I quickly outlined a tribute sketch of him with a comic character recently dead, too, and who I highly appreciated, too. Here’s the result (just an initial doodle):


Hope you’ll like it. Be free to comment.

Among the drawings above, I choose “Video Violence” ’cause I love Longshot.

Bill Walko, don’t toy with my emotions.

I’m not registered in Twitter, but if you admit my suggestion this way, you could post my tribute art as I introduced it above.

“In Berlin by the wall
You were five foot ten inches tall
It was very nice
Candlelight and Dubonnet on ice”

Lou & Nightcrawler (who is, in case you forgot it, German)


I’ll try to round off my sketch, if I’ve got the time…

Agreed, great jobs all around. The Xum Yukinori Atom one is awesome and fitting, I’d watch the hell out of that show. The Batman, “Andy’s Chest” is great because it’s such a goofy song contrasting to such stark imagery. The Death, “Perfect Day” is very sweet as well, but dammit Walko the Peter/Mary Jane “Perfect Day” is spot on PERFECT! – so sweet and touching.

I thought of several lyrics, but I’m not on Twitter, so my loss.
Travis – I remember talking about Lou with you a couple of years ago – you definitely know your Lou!

A couple of recommendations if you’ll indulge me:
The BEST version of “Walk On the Wild Side” – EVER
can be found on the amazing live album – Take No Prisoners
“Can you imagine working for a fucking year and you get a B+ from some asshole in the Village Voice?”

The Quine tapes (esp. disc 3) – “Ride into the Sun” and “New Age” in particular – The Velvet Underground never sounded better (IMHO).

A truly fitting tribute.

A high degree of difficulty, great work everyone.

Stellar job Folks….RIP Lou Reed.. I may not have been a big fan but one cannot deny his influence on some of the best musicians today!

Raymond Wonsowski

November 8, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Alex’s Lou Reed & Death made me cry. Magic and Loss, indeed.

The sheer intensity of those Batman images, as well as Walko’s capper, have made me realize what we have missed not having “Lou Reed’s Turn of the Dark”. I can only hope he is now working on the soundtrack to “Orson Welles’ Batman”.

Whoa Nick Perks! Just perfect.

Lou Reed and Death is the hands-down winner. It’s perfect. Spider-Man and Mary Jane and Silk Spectre are the runners-up.

How did I forget to add that the Deadpool piece is hilarious?

Besides Death, there must be more drawings with the Endless. Gaiman is a declared fan of Lou, and “The Sandman” is full of quotes of his songs: Rose humming “Sunday morning”, “Venus in furs” playing in a night club, “Men of good fortune” as the title of an issue… There are Lou’s tracks in “Black Orchid”, too: “Going down” as a title of an issue and “Andy’s chest” in a jukebox.

In fact, all Gaiman’s work is imbued by Lou. In my opinion, both of them write, create, the same way –they have got the same scent.

Fantastic work everyone!!! :-)

Dammit, why did I choose to finally check this out while eating lunch at work? Now I’m sitting here trying to hide tears from my co-workers. As everyone said above, Walko and Axel really punched me right in the gut, and the rest of you did a fantastic job as well. Thanks, guys (and Rodgerses).

Its very awesome Bill fantastic work…for the more fun visit http://metrohero.com/

The detail and story telling in Robert Rath’s piece made me think it was instantly going to be the piece of the week. Then I got to Bill Walko’s piece which simplicity just made it all that more powerful and emotion evoking. Probably one of my favorite Line is Drawn pieces ever.

@March Hare: “Besides Death, there must be more drawings with the Endless. Gaiman is a declared fan of Lou, and “The Sandman” is full of quotes of his songs: Rose humming “Sunday morning”, “Venus in furs” playing in a night club, “Men of good fortune” as the title of an issue… There are Lou’s tracks in “Black Orchid”, too: “Going down” as a title of an issue and “Andy’s chest” in a jukebox.”

Oh! And “Beginning to see the light” is the title of another issue of the arc “A Game of You”.

In this same arc, Wanda talks about “the third LP of The Velvet”, and “Satellite of Love” sounds on the radio.

I had forgotten how many Lou references there are in Gaiman’s work –I’m still missing something, for sure.

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