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The Line it is Drawn #272 – Comic Book New Year’s Resolutions

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 artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions 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 for the next Line is…

In honor of the passing of Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, it’s a heavy metal week! Either team-up or mash-up a notable heavy metal band with comic book characters

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

Based on a suggestion from our own Merk, come up with some New Year’s resolutions for comic book characters!

Enjoy!

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

Deadpool resolves to get some of that sweet Star Wars cash, recruits Boba Fett for his Mercs for Money

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

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Uncle Scrooge vows to be more generous to the underprivliged…those with only a billion dollars.

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

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KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Doctor Doom vows to try and not blame Richards for every little thing that goes wrong in his life.

Brendan Tobin drew this one. Here is his website.

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therealAstrozac suggested

Captain America will be more patriotic

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Batman will reveal that he really is Donald Trump

The art for this one is by Merk. His website is here.

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therealAstrozac suggested

Galactus needs to switch to a more nutritious diet with less fat

The art for this one is by Christian Moore. His website is here.

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therealAstrozac suggested

Professor Xum will not draw DC covers for an entire year

Xum Yukinori drew this one. Here is his website.

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therealAstrozac suggested

Batman resolves to figure out Riddler’s New Year’s Riddles

The art for this one is by Philip Horton. His website is here.

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therealAstrozac suggested

Wolverine and other dead characters promise to return

The art for this one is by Nick Butch. His website is here.

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Thiefofhearts sugges

Bizarro resolves to finally do that TED talk he’s been hoping to do all this time…

The art for this one is by Monica Munster. Here is her website.

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Thiefofhearts suggested

Frank Miller resolves to write stories about women who aren’t hookers or assassins.

The art for this one is also by Merk. His website is here.

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werehawk suggested

MJ Watson-Parker resolves to stop killing spiders in the house.

Axel Medellin also drew this one. His website is here

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werehawk suggested

Rocket Raccoon and Deadpool resolve to stop killing people. 2 minutes later….

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

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Nice job, everyone! A fine start to 2016!

Okay, folks, go tweet us suggestions for heavy metal week!

45 Comments

Saw the Batman/Cap one and didn’t bother with the rest. I hate it when you let partisan clickbait politics into these things (and, no, I’m not a Trump supporter). See you guys next week.

Everyone rocked it, but Xum has outdone himself!

Xum for president! (sorry, was that too political?)

Hank, politics have always been a part of comics. Maybe you need a new hobby.

Nice drawings. Yes, IMO Scrooge’s the richest person in comics, especially versus the “mere” billionaires like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark (ignoring bizarre “Forbes” surveys).

Also someone else remembers Astralad and Batman Jones…

I bow down to the awesomeness that is Xum. Stellar job.

Loved Galactus and Doom.
Also hate politics inserted in things that are supposed to be fun unless they are in fact bona-fide political cartoons….and yes, I dislike both of those candidates.

I wonder why guys who hate politics being inserted into fun things always seem to lean Conservative? In any case, Trump is the sort of politician that already seems like he is self-parody all the time. It’s already a fun thing, though many would say it’s tragic fun.

And will anyone help a non-American here? Who is Captain America supposed to be in that piece with Batman/Trump?

@Rene
I’m assuming it’s Bernie Sanders, although when drawn like that it also looks like Dick Cheney. But that would make little to no sense.

@Rene
It’s supposed to be Bernie Sanders.

I get it. Everything is steeped in politics right now. But if I didn’t want to read or look at it, I can scroll past it like I do on any other website. Honestly, I did read it and enjoyed it.

yes. It’s Bernie Sanders. I tried durka. Sorry you didn’t like your free art, Hank. And there’s no clicking involved, so ‘clickbait’ doesn’t make sense. I’m Canadian, and the American race scares the crap out of me. The suggestion was political so i took it political. I do make occasional political cartoons and this seemed appropriate considering the suggestion. You can be fun and thoughtful. All of Batman’s quotes are based on actual Trump quotes. Amazing how many people complain or make harsh comments on free art. … Oh well. See everyone next week.

A great week for TLIID. Keeping it like this would be a great, thought very hard, resolution.

As for the inclusion of politics? As long as it’s in good taste I don’t care. It’s far worse that potential super villains and Arkham candidates are inserted in real life politics. It’s kinda scary to see Rorschach Cruz, Stryker from the X-Men and the politicians from Transmetropolitan dominating the primaries for the party that controls both the house and the senate. It would be an entertaining freakshow for us Europeans if not for the fact that USA is still so big that their actions influence the whole world.

It’s probably been answered before this gets moderated, but anyway: Captain America is probably Bernie Sanders.

What are the odds that Lemmy and Lobo party together next week? Or Dazzler and Lila Cheney joins Girlschool (a band with close ties to Lemmy)?

Well, personally, I enjoyed it, Merk. Keep up the good work, and don’t let the haters get you down.

I enjoyed all of the pieces this week, although I have to say my favorite was Deadpool/Boba Fett.

Great work all around! I was particularly blown away by Xum’s offering…and I had fun figuring out Philip Horton’s riddles.

Keep on doing what you do Merk :-)

I liked your entry, and you are so correct when you point out that the instructions were to draw Trump as Batman and that he has actually said all of those statements he makes. If anyone thinks Trump seems like a whackjob asshole here they should blame Trump, not you.

Becca Danny's Wife

January 8, 2016 at 11:28 am

Merk, I wish I could say I was surprised by people who whine about their politician being mocked in a cartoon, yet reserve the right to be “politically incorrect” whenever they feel like it.

Especially this week, the idea that something is too sacrosanct for a cartoon is ridiculous. Je suis Charlie.

I lol’d at that Spider-Man one

It’s unreasonable to expect an open creative environment like this to be devoid of politics or any other sort of topic. This is about celebrating what speaks to the artists involved, If a political idea speaks to them, then that’s fine.

The problem is the political cartoon isn’t particularly funny or interesting, it’s just weird. But it was a super weird suggestion, so there wasn’t much to work with. It was just a bad decision to include it as one of the twitter choices, because it was kinda doomed for failure.

But I never get the “don’t complain about your free art” whine. Isn’t art in the public eye to be judged and assessed, not just fawned over? Should movie critics only be allowed to give good reviews, since they didn’t pay to see it? Seems like it’d be just as rude to say “hey, if you don’t want people to say bad things about your lackluster art, keep it on your drawing table.” Not saying any of the art is that bad, but both tactics are obnoxious. If one can’t handle reasonable, non-personal criticism, they really should put their work in the public eye, and do it for his or herself.

Xum’s is pretty spectacular; who is it on the list that is that Amazo/Super Adaptoid looking amalgamation of the various heroes in the bottom center? It’s eye catching, because I never understood why when these “combined” heroes or villains appear they always have them absorb the same powers in the same way in the same look, rather than mixing it up each time. This one look really cool. Plus the picture has an octopus with boxing gloves…what more could you want?

M-Wolverine –

I thought it was sort of funny, but you may have a point, because it is indeed weird. I mean, what poor Batman ever did to suffer the indignity of being reimagined as Trump? :) Also… well, Trump says such outrageous things that he may be beyond satire. He already is satire.

D. Trump was on a team with Black Lightning ? WOW, now he would have gotten my vote, if I could vote in the US !

M-Wolverine,

That creature is called Super-Duper. More information here:

http://xum-yukinori.blogspot.com/2015/11/unapologetic-zaree.html

And no, I do not have Who’s Who pages on all of these — just 12…

Nick –

Do I dare explain the joke and ruin it?

It’s a satire of the Donald saying he is cool and not racist because he is friends with some black celebrities.

No Rene, don’t worry, I did catch the joke :)
I just wished to live in a world where the D worked with Black Lightning…

group hug!!! Bring it in, everyone. Awwwww….. all better. snikt

Yeah, like I said, I don’t blame the execution, because I think it was an impossible task as a selection. Trump is clown shoes enough on his own. There’s certainly a LOT of political satire that can go his way…but having to tie it into Batman seems like a huge mountain to climb. SNL or something could do a hundred skits with them…. But the suggestion isn’t even really a “resolution.” I guess the reveal, but that’s really loose. And I get it ties into his inane Batman comments. But it’s not a Trump thing; I don’t see how “Obama is Fin in Star Wars” sets itself up for good humor, or some amazing visual, which these should. But it’s one piece in many TLID; probably given it too much analysis anyway, it’s just meant to be fun.

And Xum I thought I remembered it as Super Duper, but I didn’t want to say “I really love Super Duper” and have someone go…”uh, that’s Batman Jones…but, uh, thanks.” They should just let you do a DC Who’s Who, but the Internet killed most of the fun of those old books.

Dagnabbit, I would love to see that Who’s Who in full! So many pre-Crisis characters who never made the cut in the original “Definitive Directory”… Possibly even another 26 issues’ worth! :-)

I want that copy of Xum’s Who so badly!

Fantastic work Xum! I loved looking over the cover and working out/remembering who each character was (just like I used to do with the original Who’s Who).

I thought it was Cheney, too, at first, but the characterisation clearly didn’t fit. But it didn’t take too long to realise it was Sanders.

I get annoyed when politics in mixed in with stuff like this sometimes, but only when it is clearly partisan or self-righteous, which this was not. This was light-hearted joking about the public image of the two candidates (and as the others have pointed out, most of the ridiculous Trump statements are based on things he has actually said).

The Snake Lady. A one-off villain from an 80s back-up story. That is a deep pull, sir. Golf clap.

And no, I do not have Who’s Who pages on all of these — just 12…

Xum’s entry is great for those of us who read the old Who’s Who and noticed the omissions his volume rectifies.

It’s always rankled me that, due tot he publication timing and the desire to promote the new stuff, DC never gave the Earth-1 Superman, the Fortress of Solitude, the Kristin Wells, version of Superwoman, Wonder Woman of Earth-1, and the Earth-2 Aquaman proper entries.

And then there’re even worse examples: Leaving Woozy Winks out of the original volume was bad enough, but then a couple of years later I believe he was also left out of the Supporting Cast issue of the ’88 Update. And as I recall, the Squid was an orphaned cross-reference in Croc’s old Who’s Who entry.

I suppose that issue of Who’s Who is sitting on the shelf in Dream’s library, right next to The Man Who Was October, The Return of Edwin Drood, and The Life and Times of Titus Groan.

Agreed, Omar. And that is why you will find the Superman of Earth One entry here:

http://fireandwaterpodcast.tumblr.com/post/97481034763/whos-who-the-definitive-podcast-of-the-dc

And you will find the Earth One Wonder Woman, Nubia, Domino, and Earth Two Aquaman here:

http://fireandwaterpodcast.tumblr.com/tagged/Xum-Yukinori

Enjoy.

Clearly the Trump/Batman was partisan and somewhat self-righteous. Rather than just going with things that Donald Trump actually has said, the, for lack of a better word, artist, decided to add words and statements that were never said and probably exist only in the, again, for lack of a better word, artists head.

And Captain America has been held out as representing the the best ideals of USA and should be presented as non-partisan, rather than a partisan hack.

Captain America punched out the head of state of a country the U.S. was not at war with on the cover of his first issue. He has been a political figure right from the start. His creators got death threats for their political views.

I legit marked out seeing U-Go-Girl in Nick Butch’s entry, then just got sad at how X-Statix are still dead.

And whoever pointed it out above, the suggestion was born in the joke Trump made sometime last year that he was Batman(doing something with charity for children). A rich Jersey/New York billionaire, like Bruce Wayne. And somewhat like Bruce in Nolan’s trilogy, being a more obnoxious rich playboy to throw off suspicion that he really is Batman…

@Brian: Yes, we were not at war with Hitler at the time , however at that time he was marching across Europe attacking our sometimes allies, and the U.S. didn’t get involved for mostly isolationist reasons. And the anger about hitting Hitler may have arose because there was a large contingency of Left leaning politicians and citizens who supported Hitler and thought he was handling things well in Germany. (Just an aside, the outside world likely did not know what Hitler was doing to the Jewish population, but otherwise supported his political ideology.)

@Astrozac: I did get that Trump did say answer a child’s question that he is Batman. I only pointed out that the cartoon would actually have been funny if the artist had stuck with what Trump had actually said, rather than what the artist seems to have thought Trump had said. He has certainly said enough, and his actions and speech patterns have certainly provided enough comedic fodder. To put it more simply, it is not humorous to say that someone is a mindless boob and then portray them as a mindless boob, rather then taking something they actually said or did and pointing out the buffoonery in that. The other way does not require much thought and is a crutch.

Wonderful stuff.

Brendan Tobin’s Dr. Doom made me laugh out loud… perfect storytelling.

Philip Horton: will you reveal the answers to all four riddles? :)

I’d be so sad if Professor Xum stopped doing DC covers!

I loved the Deadpool/Boba Fett covers, and I’m fine with poking fun at politicians in comics. So there.

Hello Derek. Here you go, the answers are;
SOUPerman!
Me unfortunately (but hope to come back one day)
Just ice!
Batman can go into a store without robin

What Brian said. Captain America, from the get go, was a guy that took a stand on controversial matters, instead of hovering over it all as some kind of vague patriotic symbol.

That being said, I don’t know enough about Bernie Sanders and I don’t presume to know enough about what sort of policies exacty Steve Rogers would lend his support to, but given his history in the Marvel Universe I am pretty much sure that he would oppose a divisive, egomaniacal demagogue like Trump.

How in the world does Xum dig up obscure characters like the ‘TRS-80 Wiz Kids” and “Kid Lantern?” “Lady Cop”, I can see since she is on Arrow.

I don’t use Twitter and have no desire to sign up for another social media platform; but, Iron Maiden’s Eddy and the THUNDER Agents Iron Maiden seems like a no brainer, for the heavy metal/comics mash-up.

That and AC/DC Comics.

@Philip Horton: Perfect! I laughed. I’m a sucker for a good pun – and those are good puns.

Sorry to hear it was your last week – I always enjoy your work. But you certainly went out on a high!

Hello again Derek! Bit corny I know but thanks for the comments about the puns. I’ve got one more picture for next week and then I’m going to go on a bit of a hiatus. Only been on The Line for a year and can’t imagine what it’s going to be like not doing any work for it. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I’m back. Thanks again for taking time out to write something on here. Really appreciate it.

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