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The Line it is Drawn #128 – Music Album Cover Homages

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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!

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The topic is…

In honor of 2013′s Will Eisner Week (read more about it here), you simply have to name a comic book character and our artists will do a pin-up incorporating that character’s name into the piece, a la Will Eisner and the first pages of his famed comic book, The Spirit. Thanks to John Trumbull for the great suggestion!

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

Every fifty installments, this will be the theme! Mash-up a comic book character and a famous music album cover!

Enjoy!

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What I bought – 4 January 2012

It may, then, be said with truth that the Hebrews were the first to discover the meaning of history as the epiphany of God. (Mircea Eliade, from The Myth Of The Eternal Return)

Ms. Powers does not, in fact, appear in this comic! He fights for ... JUSTICE! The alien cover is MUCH cooler than the chick one! Nice boots! Why is her sword stuck inside his shirt? Cage Smash! Well, that can't be good Historical! You all love Ben Caldwell, right? GINORMOUS!!!! Oh, Hellboy-verse comics - you never disappoint!
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What I bought – 14 December 2011

“Truth, Vinicius, dwells somewhere so high that the gods themselves cannot see it from the top of Olympus. To you, carissime, your Olympus seems higher still, and, standing there, you call to me, ‘Come, you will see such sights as you have not seen yet!’ I might. But I answer, ‘I do not have feet for the journey.’ And if you read this letter to the end, you will acknowledge, I think, that I am right.” (Henryk Sienkiewicz, from Quo Vadis)

Yeeeee-hawwwww! Oh no, it's a fastball special! He's on the rag (yes, I totally went there) A hook hand!  A HOOK HAND!!!!! I'm not entirely sure what that big ball of cash is - a wreath, maybe? I know this isn't supposed to be a cover, but it's still uninspiring Well, it might be ridiculously late, but at least the cover is spooky! The dude with the flame thrower cracks me up I'm not really sure why this image is being used as a cover for this issue It's about time! At least they fixed the trade dress! Who knew that motif was coming? Leonardo DiCaprio NOOOOOO! That's some good use of color there It never gets boring! At last! This looks groovy! Will this book make me like Satrapi???? Oh, Jubilee - what have they done to you?
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What I bought – 17 August 2011

dearest abbie who told me that in a sick society a symbol will always become a commodity (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)

Everyone out of the pool! It's not as bad as it looks Shit hits the fan! Just your standard excellent Fables cover! You mean people with different colored eyes are ... mutants?!?!? Wait, something unpleasant going on in a John Constantine comic?  Alert the media! Visual Hamlet puns never go out of fashion! Simon looks pretty smug This is a bit generic, but it's better than the last few So many O-faces! I'm guessing nursing is out of the question? You can't go wrong with a machete! It's in landscape! Dayum!
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What I bought – 20 and 27 July 2011

Later, over cigarettes and coffee, Perry returned to the subject of thievery. “My friend Willie-Jay used to talk about it. He used to say that all crimes were only varieties of theft. Murder included. When you kill a man you steal his life. I guess that makes me a pretty big thief. See, Don – I did kill them. Down there in court, old Dewey made it sound like I was prevaricating – on account of Dick’s mother. Well, I wasn’t. Dick helped me, he held the flashlight and picked up the shells. And it was his idea, too. But Dick didn’t shoot them, he never could’ve – though he’s damn quick when it comes to running down an old dog. I wonder why I did it.” He scowled, as though the problem was new to him, a newly unearthed stone of surprising, unclassified color. “I don’t know why,” he said, as if holding it to the light, and angling it now here, now there. “I was sore at Dick. The tough brass boy. But it wasn’t Dick. Or the fear of being identified. I was willing to take that gamble. And it wasn’t because of anything the Clutters did. They never hurt me. Like other people. Like people have all my life. Maybe it’s just that the Clutters were the ones who had to pay for it.” (Truman Capote, from In Cold Blood)
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What I bought – 16 February 2011

She didn’t realize that it was in the blood and not on the skin; she didn’t see that there could be nothing more suburban than suburbanites repudiating themselves. (Hanif Kureishi, from The Buddha of Suburbia)

I don't know what those things on the sides of her legs are, but I wish they'd tell us! The name of this issue is NOT 'Time's Up'! I don't know what those letters next to the creators' names are The cover is the best thing about this issue! Why so many versions of Ozma? Such an unimportant part of the issue is depicted on this cover! I wish I could blow smoke like that! Don't taunt us with a Bradstreet cover! Spooooooky! I need me to get a tattoo on the back of my hand so I can freak people out! I love this cover! So, yeah, Dustin Nguyen is pretty good Hyperion looks really odd on that cover Let's give it another try! Who doesn't love the bleak stuff?
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What I bought – 2 February 2011

What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation. (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)

Oh, it's going to get messy! A Ryan Benjamin cover?  Really? There's never enough ordnance when it's ASS-KICKING TIME!!!!! It's spooky AND charming! I'm not entirely sure why she's dressed like Alice, but I guess we just have to go with it! Catman wants to punch YOU! Wait - you mean someone in this book ISN'T who they seem to be?  Shocking! I'm really looking forward to reading this Who doesn't love comics about high school girls trying to find themselves? I wonder what this book's selling point is? Tomine = funny? Hey, look - a play on words!
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What I bought – 19 January 2011

“Do you know what it is to throw a child in the air and catch it on a knife in front of its mother? To be tied to a burning log? To have your ass split with an axe so that you beg the Serbs, beg them, to shoot you in the head and they don’t?

“And they go to their church after. They go to their goddamn church. I have no words …”

Ismail shuddered. “There are things that are beyond evil, that you just can’t speak about.” (Robert Kaplan, from Balkan Ghosts)

Damn you, Blair Butler!!!! Everything on this cover takes place inside! So ... much ... symbolism! I love the snarky headline It's all spooky, man! Huh Yep Shouldn't she be rejecting the bourgeois notion of jewelry? Wait, how many more issues are there? Quick Draw McGraw he ain't More bad-assery! I dig me some Sherlock Holmes!
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What I bought – 22 December 2010

“You remember those birds that were getting sucked into the jet engines? Sometimes I lie in bed at three or four in the morning and I imagine myself flying miles above the earth, very cold, and one of those black secret spy planes is up there with the huge round engines with the spinning blades in it, the blades that look like the underside of mushrooms? The black plane’s going very fast and I’m going very fast in the opposite direction and we intersect, and I fly right through one of those jet engines, and I exit as this long fog of blood. I’m miles long, and, because it’s so cold, I’m crystalline. Very long arms, you’ll be pleased to hear. And then I recondense in bed, sshhp, as my short warm self. It must have something to do with my estrogen level. But that’s what telephone travel would be like out there, I think. What am I saying, that’s what it is like.” (Nicholson Baker, from Vox)

He's a friendly derring-doer! The hen takes one for the team! He's all rugged and handsome! I would have liked to check out the variant cover! Gene Ha's cover is the best thing about this book! More Bisley wackiness! It's like Odysseus and the sirens, sort of! Lightning makes everything more dramatic! Nick Spencer - master of self-promotion! Still awesome?  Why yes, yes it is! Bullets, blood, and boobs! When Campbell does something like this, it looks trashy, but when Jusko does it, it looks heroic! It just keeps getting better!
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