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The Line it is Drawn #183 – Western Re-Designs of Manga/Anime 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 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

As suggested by CBR’s own Stephen Gerding, in honor of the passing of Dave Brockie, design a Gwar costume (or costumes) based on a comic book character or group of comic book characters. Like what would a Gwar costume based on Spider-Man look like?

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

In honor of Yukinori Xum’s 100th edition of The Line it is Drawn (counting his try-out weeks), the topic is Manga/Anime characters drawn in the style of American comic/cartoon characters. Like, what would Goku lok like if he was originally designed in America? 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!

adriantullberg suggested


This one was drawn by Derek Langille. Here is his website.


Brian_Cronin suggested


This one was drawn by David Branstetter. Here is his website.


GreenLuthor suggested

Super-Saiyans from DBZ as drawn by Rob Liefeld

This one was also drawn by David Branstetter. Here is his website.


Kholdstare21 suggested

Dick Tracy is looking for Light (Death Note)

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


Kholdstare21 suggested

Samurai Champloo drawn by IDW

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


Kholdstare21 suggested

Lupin the Third as drawn by Jack Kirby

This one was drawn by Mathieu Parent. Here is his website.


Kholdstare21 suggested

Spike and the Gang from Cowboy Bebop as done by Disney

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here.


iWillBattle suggested

Attack on Titan as drawn by Jack Kirby

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


Shistari suggested

Future trunks, Gohan and Cell

This one was drawn by Fernando Pinto. Here is his website.


snakebitcat suggested

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Akira.

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


Thiefofhearts suggested

Vash the Stampede if drawn by Todd McFarlane

Nelson Flores did the art for this one.


Thiefofhearts suggested

Chobits if drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley.

This one was drawn by Rachel Ordway. Here is her website.


Thiefofhearts suggested

Battle Angel Alita

Centennial Lad Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.


Thiefofhearts suggested

Cowboy Bebop if it was a 90s era Image Comic

Cynthia “Thea” Sousa drew this one. Her website is here. Amanda Rodgers is friends with the monster that’s under her bed. She also gets along with the voices inside of her head. Said relationships really lend well to her coloring abilities. Check more of her work out at her website here.



That faux-Liefeld drawing looks nothing like Liefeld. First off, he has feet. There are no random lines drawn on his face, and his head is far too big. But most of all, where are the pouches?

Let me be the first to say AKIRA is awesome!

The Lee-Kirby Akira is the best thing ever.

That Akira is awesome

Raven Matthews

March 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

Almost all these were amazing! Such an awesome concept; good work, everyone!

The DBZ Rob Liefeld kinda failed… I see no moobs.

Oh wow, that Kirby Akira is like the greatest thing ever!

I feel like a lot of these are still pretty anime-y, but to reiterate what everyone is saying, holy moly that Akira one. All the Kirby ones are pretty great.

The Akira one wins the day, but I love how Cell, Gohan and Trunks seemed to be inspired by Ryan Ottley’s Invincible work, which also takes a little inspiration from DBZ (the fights, the Viltrumites).
Was a little disappointed that no one did my suggestion: Ranma 1/2 as a 70’s martial arts comic. I was positive that it was guaranteed Xum-bait!

What this tells me is that the only way you can transform manga/anime into a western comic is make it look like Kirby or Dick Tracy.

Gotta say I love the Disney Cowboy Bebop. Though I’m glad it’s not a real thing. And yes on the Akira.

some stupid japanese name

March 28, 2014 at 9:34 am

Gotta agree, Kirby Akira wins this week.
Being a Rochesterian, the Kodak logo sealed the deal.

Also, judging from the disappointment I’m seeing concerning the Vegeta cover, I think the artist really nailed what makes Liefeld Liefeld.

I gotta say, I really dig the Kirby Lupin the Third. I’d have read the hell out of that in High School. Geez, I’d read the hell out of it now!

What this tells me is that the only way you can transform manga/anime into a western comic is make it look like Kirby or Dick Tracy.

Yeah. What I’m getting from the whole enterprise is how thoroughly the manga influence has been absorbed into Western comics technique, to the point where it’s virtually impossible to precipitate it out again.

Not saying that’s a bad thing. Just that it’s awfully hard to pretend that the last 30 years of comics history never happened.

Also, the idea that Bryan Lee O’Malley is an example of an artist with a distinctively non-manga style makes me laugh out loud.

I like the Alita one, but these all look way too Manga-ish and not Western enough at all. Maybe you can’t take the Eastern out of manga?

Most of them still look anime-ish, which shows how deep the anime influence has gotten in today’s Western comic art.

Congratulations to Xum on a superb 100 LiD submissions, all of them brilliant. Fantastic stuff from him and Thea as always

Wow we are taking some heat over on the Facebook page! Geez we aren’t all Xum (thats what I tell myself when I sit I draw)

I don’t even know what Cowboy Bebop is, but I still found that Disney Bebop illustration hilarious.

Akira + Bronze Age Marvel is like chocolate and peanut butter! Also, why the hell is there not a Voltron by Genndy Tartakovsky? Make it happen Internet!

Hoosier X . . . I highly recommend getting into Cowboy Bebop. One quibble on the Disney submission . . .Corgis aren’t supposed to be that big. It looks like Edward is overfeeding Ein.

The Liefeld Dragon Ball Z one is disappointing because I’d rather see like, DBZ characters as drawn by David Aja (maybe I could have suggested that if I was paying attention) but like that dude said earlier, being disappointed by Liefeldian things (barring his concepts being used by other people) is part of the point

@Hoosier X

You’ve never seen Cowboy Bebop? You’re missing out.

The one and only time you will hear a group of people complain that a picture doesn’t look liefeld enough

Disney Cowboy Bebop: just imagine the theme parks, and the direct-to-DVD movies, and the Star Wars-crossover toys… oh lord, here’s my wallet.

Marco D’Alfonso wins by an apocalyptic landslide,

Xum using his old covers here = extra treat.

Going with the majority here…Kirby Akira is the winner.

Both of the Cowboy Bebop pictures are good too.

And I the only one who looks at Kirby’s Lupin and is reminded of Wolverine? Maybe it’s just me….

Meant to also say that Xum’s piece is good too.

Some of these are disappointments not because there is a lack of talent or skill in the pieces but because they don’t look Western enough. However, the ones that hit, hit so well that it more than makes up for it. Especially the Kirby Akira one. One of the best I’ve seen yet, not just for this week’s entry but in the whole run of The Line It Is Drawn.

Wouldn’t have minded seeing say, a Lupin III cast inspired by Jack Davis or Black Jack inspired by Spider-man co-creator Steve Ditko, or even Galaxy Express 999 inspired by Wallace Wood….providing any of these artists have heard of them, of course.

Kirby Akira is the greatest goddamn thing I’ve seen all week

I’ll throw in praise for the Kirby Akira. I would even go so far as to want to see a retelling of the movie if Kirby adapted it. (maybe not the whole comic, that thing was huge) The art alone there just nails it.

Wouldn’t have minded seeing say, a Lupin III cast inspired by Jack Davis or Black Jack inspired by Spider-man co-creator Steve Ditko, or even Galaxy Express 999 inspired by Wallace Wood….providing any of these artists have heard of them, of course.

I dunno, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko and Wallace Wood are super obscure artists. I doubt any one else knows who they are.

Wouldn’t have minded seeing say, a Lupin III cast inspired by Jack Davis or Black Jack inspired by Spider-man co-creator Steve Ditko, or even Galaxy Express 999 inspired by Wallace Wood….providing any of these artists have heard of them, of course.

I dunno, Jack Davis, Steve Ditko and Wallace Wood are super obscure artists. I doubt any one else knows who they are.

I could imagine the current generation not knowing much about Wood or Davis I suppose, but Ditko? Sure he only publishes his work through Robin Snyder nowadays, but surely current fandom has heard of him through the various Spider-man reprints as well as the movies showing him as Spider-man’s co-creator.

I would mention him as the co-creator of Squirrel Girl, but many may not have seen Ditko’s original story from the early 1990s.

And the funny thing about my suggesting Jack Davis-style with Lupin III? He (along with Harvey Kurtzman) were two artists whose style heavily influenced Monkey Punch when he created Lupin III back in 1967 (him being a huge MAD fan).


What was that going overhead?

I think it may have been a missed joke!

Anyway, this week was ok. The Liefeld, Dick Tracy, and Disney style were all pretty neat looking. Then Marco goes and kicks ass with that Kirby Akira. Hells yeah!

What?! No Kamen Rider!? That’d be the most obvious one to do up, en Marvel style no less!

hideous and scary -_-

I want a print of the Kirby Akira piece to hang on my wall. Love, love, love it!

Dr. Slump by George Perez or Dragonball (original with kid Goku NOT Z or GT) by Dan Jurgens.

when i saw that Naruto i looked up David Branstetter’s work and that drawing is completely below him. i comes across more as a parody than a translation.

I did that drawing last year with the intent of doing something new stylistically. I thought it would fit this weeks theme and felt like it wouldn’t hurt to allow others to see it. I’m not familiar at all with manga or manga influenced characters. I thought it would be interesting to take a completely westernized artist as myself and attempt to translate a completely foreign concept into something I might have seen growing up. I used a blur effect in the foreground ( a first for me). I did a lot of things I wasn’t comfortable with, with the idea that I might find more creative approaches to my work. I only started adding color to my work as a way to make it pop on deviantart. I don’t consider myself a colorist but I’ve learned a lot from experimenting and I feel more confident with every piece I create.

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I hope something like this never actually happens..

As fanart sure, I like some of it, but I just don’t like the idea of
making anime/manga look like this… idk Nothing personal
against any of the artist involved, I just dislike the whole idea..

A lot of these seem to be based on art styles that are based/inspired
by anime/manga style in the first place..

My least favorite has gotta be the disney bebop… I couldn’t find a favorite..

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