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The Line it is Drawn #170 – Happy Holidays from the Line it is Drawn!

Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

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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).

I’m giving the artists the rest of 2013 off, so we’ll pick up again in 2014. So your suggestions will be for the topic in TWO weeks.

The topic is…

Based on a suggestion by twitter followers Ted and Lisa Dahlman, we’re doing a twist on dream casting for a superhero movie. Now, instead, pick a comic book team or character and a YEAR and our artists would have to come up with dream casting for that character/team for that particular year. To wit, who would be the dream casting for Wolverine in the year 1939? 1957? 1968? 1985? 1992? You get the picture.

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

It’s the Line it is Drawn’s annual Holiday Special! So suggest comic book characters for drawings inspired by Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, what have you!


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!

BigMike20X6 suggested

The X-Mas X-Babies vs toy soldier Sentinels

Cynthia “Thea” Rodgers drew this one. Her website is here. Silver bells, Silver bells, It’s Christmas time in the city. Do you know who makes sure that the bells ARE silver? Colorist Amanda Rodgers, that’s who! She colored the above piece. Check out Amanda’s website here.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Batman, hanging upside down, wrapped in vines. Mistletoe dangling from his cowl, under which Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy are smoochin

Bill Walko drew this one. His website is here.


BigMike20X6 suggested

Santa brings Dr Manhattan a gift on Mars

Chaz is the artist on this one.


Brian_Cronin suggested

Santa mashed up with The Shadow

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


Ecovore suggested

Rogue absorbs the power of Santa

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


Ecovore suggested

The Question asks too many questions about Santa and makes kids cry

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


Ecovore suggested

FF’s new costumes but more like candy canes

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


hundbot suggested

Santa 2099

Chaz is also the artist on this one.


hundbot suggested

Who can deliver presents faster: Flash or Santa?

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Watchkids: Alan Moore writes Santa as grim & gritty

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


Thiefofhearts suggested

Scrooge being visited by Ghost Rider

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.

Scrooge meets Ghost Rider-page-001

Thiefofhearts suggested

Frank Miller presents the Dark Knight Returns (his presents)

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


Great work, everyone! A Happy Holidays to all of the amazing Line it is Drawn artists, and to you readers, as well!

Now go make us some suggestions on Twitter and we’ll see you all in the new year!


Ho ho ho! Merry drawings, everyone! :-)

Wow nice holiday work there everyone! Love the Nightcrawler elf (why didn’t I think of that) and the Santa/Flash race too in addition to the great work on my suggestions.

You switched the comments for yours (Shadow) and mine (Question – brilliant execution BTW).
And I wouldn’t mind a shout-out for my Elongated Man suggestion in Xum’s. I bet you were too busy out buying presents :)

I should add that my piece is an homage to Kirby’s cover for Fantadtic Four #3, but you guys already knew that, right? Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, all!


Elongated Man vs. Captain Cold may be the bestest Christmas present EVAR!

The Alan Moore part killed me. Merry Christmas and happy moments with your families y’all!

Thank you, Ecovore, for the funny Elongated Man “Christmas Story” suggestion. Brian shows us the list of suggestions (and it was a long list) WITHOUT the names, so we don’t know who is suggesting what (though we have a good guess regarding the ones involving Squirrel Girl and Sister Voodoo). I’m glad the old 1980’s DC Comics back-up story bit allows me to sneak in an extra suggestion once in a while (including a few of my own).

I can picture Jeffery Combs voicing the Question in Nick’s drawing. Both Nick’s and Axel are my favorite this time.
Thanks for the beautiful art everyone.

Xum, I suggested Squirrel Girl in The Nutcracker, was that the one you were thinking of? (Pacific Northwest Ballet has been running the Sendak version of the musical every year for… um… decades?, and Squirrel Girl was too obvious a pun to pass up.)

Can’t blame me for any Sister Voodoo suggestions as I’ve never heard of the character.

TDKR (his presents) is genius.

Warm fuzzy holiday feelings from the Line family :D
The V elf in Paul’s Watchkids piece was a nice touch
And KAM, I have made a Squirrel Girl suggestion just about every week since the Line first started. As for Sister Voodoo, check her info out here.

Thanks for the acknowledgement Xum! Well played with Captain Cold too.

I was guessing the list was anonymous seeing Brian’s (creepy) Santa/Shadow suggestion. It’s nice to see you all play your own game sometimes.

Figure DKR Presents gone billy. My mon D’Alfonso don’t shiv.

These are all great! Happy Holidays!

The phrase “polar pole tongue trap” is just awesome!

Brian from Canada

December 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

Rogue was cute, The Question was well done, TDKR (his presents) was a great pun, but the winner hands down has to be Xum.

Can someone at DC *PLEASE* hire Xum to do an Elongated Man series? Please?? Elongated Man vs Captain Cold would certainly be fun and entertaining!

I don’t usually do the “list of pics” thing, but this one spoke to me….

I’m surprised Disney doesn’t already have an X-Babies cartoon in the works….since they own the Muppets too, I see crossover.

Still wondering who’s going to smooch who in that Batman one… ;-)

Dr. Manhattan you could see coming from a mile away, but sooo well done.

The art on Santa Shadow is really great. It somehow evokes both old Shadow paintings and Santa paintings all at once.

Anyone else wondering where the magically appearing lump of coal “appeared” for Emma?

There just isn’t enough Question in the world.

Sue Richards looks like she got new matching PJ’s from Reed for Christmas.

You know, design-wise, that could be a 2099 character.

HOW has no one thought of and done a Santa/Flash race yet? And who wouldn’t buy that comic?

Owlman (Owlboy?) makes me sad…. :-(

And the art for the Dark Knight is just spot on.

x-babies FTW!

All great. And the characterizations in Hostetler’s “Watchkids” are so dead-on it’s ridiculous. Is there a better way of summing up Dan Dreiburg in one question and one answer?

TJCoolguy, you have named yourself aptly.

Merry Glycon-mas to all, and to all a good night!

The Batman one kind of looks like a subliminal dick.

Santa/Shadow and Ghost Rider/Scrooge are the winners. Love them!

And Dr Manhattan’s present is hilarious!

Someone needs to tell Captain Cold he could put an eye out with that ice blaster…..

I take it Nick Perks was watching “South Park” a couple of months ago (the “Santa/NSA” question).

“Still wondering who’s going to smooch who in that Batman one… ;-)” YES that was my intention. ; )

The best were the two Watchmen ones (Dr. Manhattan gets underwear, Santa Moore), The Question on Santa, and Batman returning gifts.

@JosephW – No, I came up with that all by myself. Let’s face it – it is sort of obvious.
Annoyingly I’ve only just remembered a question I meant to include: “‘Santa’ is an anagram of ‘Satan’ – Coincidence? Two guys in red suits? I don’t think so!”

My favorites : “X-Babies in Toyland” by Cynthia Rodgers ; “Rogue Absorbs Power of Santa” by Axel Medellin ; and “The Dark Knight Returns…His Presents” by Marco D’Alfonso.

The others are great, as well. All of these artists are very talented. I am only a writer…every “The Line It Is Drawn” makes me wish I could draw.

Anyway, Merry Christmas to all my fellow comic book fans ! Hope everyone has a great one !

Actually, I would think the Ditko Question would appreciate how Santa divides kids into the “naughty/nice” dichotomy….

As usual, everyone is amazing. We are truly blessed every week.

Perks’s Shadow/Santa is awesome, man. Do I detect a bit of Orson Welles in that face, or am I just projecting that onto it, given that Welles did the Shadow on the radio for awhile? Feel free to claim that you had it in mind all along, Nick!

@Travis – I wish i could make that claim! That would have been so much better!.

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