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Panel: Quick Draw Improv

This is one of my favorite Comic-Con panels. This year's panel featured Sergio Aragones (Groo), Jeff Smith (Bone), and Scott Shaw (Hanna Barbara master). For those of you not familiar with Quick Draw and/or Sergio, you should know Sergio draws obscenely fast, which will perhaps make some of the prompts and drawings make more sense.

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Prompt: Draw "Quick Draw"

Sergio draws a picture of himself very slow (left), while Jeff Smith draws a picture of Sergio (right). Scott Shaw chose to draw Quick Draw McGraw

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Prompt 2: Draw a handsome self-portrait

Jeff Smith on left, Scott Shaw on right with the standard Hawaiian shirt, and Sergio looking buff

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Prompt: Most annoying fan

I don't remember the story that went with Sergio's.

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Jeff Smith had the funniest story. Someone requested that he draw a picture of Connie Chung topless with her bottom half as a dolphin, and then proceeded to show him an entire sketchbook of topless Connie Chung drawings.

Scott Shaw's drawing was about a fan who looked a lot like him who made an annoying request. There was another part to the story that I'll have to ask honeyfields about.

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Prompt: Animal hybrids

Sergio won this one. His hybrid was a rhino and a zebra.

Jeff: Octopus and Connie Chung. The first of many Connie Chung octopi

Shaw: Ostrich and lemur

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Prompt: Jobs for the Hulk. Each artist was given a different job for the Hulk to sketch.

Sergio: Hulk as a taxidermist

Jeff: Hulk as an accountant

Scott: Hulk as babysitter (missing photo)

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Prompt: Audience member has to guess what the artist is drawing (each given a different word)

Sergio had the weirdest drawing for medium (he first thought his word was [road] median)

Jeff had buddy, which was pretty easy.

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Scott had tip, which was also easy.

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Prompt: Just for Scott, he had to draw as many Hanna Barbara cartoons as possible in 2 minutes. He had to draw each one until an audience member could guess, and he couldn't draw two from the same cartoon in a row.

Scooby

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Yogi

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Huckleberry Hound

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Ed Grimley

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George Jetson

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Prompt: Bone (Jeff only)

Jeff was asked how many times he's drawn Bone -- "oh thousands." He was then asked to do a drawing of Bone. He then had to do the same drawing, blindfolded. Not bad, eh?

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Prompt: Constant narrative (Sergio only)

This is stress test for Sergio. He's told a story that he has to illustrate, and then it keeps piling and piling in an attempt to break him. It wasn't as funny this year, mostly because I don't think the story prompts were very funny.

There's a parade marching through town... (there's a running joke about how Sergio has spent most of his career drawing firing squads)

Sergio draws the tiny firing squad you see in the binoculars.

And the marchers have really bad acne...

Sergio puts the tiny marchers inside of binoculars and draws larger marchers with acne.

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And they're walking past the Queen Mary...

Sergio has a bit of confusion as to the fact that the Queen Mary is a ship, ends up drawing both the ship and a queen.

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And King Kong attacks...

And an assassin is hired to kill King Kong...

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And a swarm of locusts attacks...

Sergio draws a swarm of 'locus' inside a box

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And this superhero-I-don't-remember-the-name-of arrives...
And a football player is running for a touchdown...
And is intercepted by Frankenstein... And cheerleaders cheer them on...

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And aliens attack...
*And a thunderstorm attacks...

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And ninjas attack...

Sergio draws ninja stars everywhere

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And something about Connie Chung...

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And drawn himself and an Alfred E. Newman banner...

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Prompt: Nauseous

Draw a face conveying the most nausea

Scott wins brownie points by pandering to the audience.

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Prompt: draw yourself getting caught drawing comics in school

Sergio talks about when he was growing up, they didn't have nudie magazines, but there were these sexy French postcards, and Sergio also knew how to draw, so he drew some very popular drawings.

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I forget Jeff and Scott's descriptions; Jeff's was something like drawing all over his paper, while Scott's had something to do with drawing his teacher into his comics.

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Prompt: draw your idol

Sergio's was Otto Soglow. I don't remember Jeff what drew. Scott's was Kirby. (Update: Jeff was most likely drawing Walt Kelly of Pogo, which was his inspiration for becoming a cartoonist).

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Superman jobs

Sergio had Superman as a proctologist. Jeff has superman as a parking attendant. Scott's was Superman as a plastic surgeon.

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Prompt: Sergio was given a picture of Batman, and then had to describe it to Scott to draw.

Sergio started off saying "two parallel lines, but they're pointy on top," which was enough for Scott to draw the whole thing.

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Prompt: Scott was given a picture of Sergio, and then had to describe it to Sergio to draw.

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Prompt: Each was given a piece of paper in thirds. Passing the paper around in turns they had to draw a head, then a torso, then legs

Surprisingly Scott and Jeff drew nearly identical heads.

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Prompt: had to draw a Tex Avery take (better term for this, I forget)

Sergio said he was drawing one similar to Kyle Baker's from last year. Jeff's featured a little Connie Chung octopus.

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Prompt: had to draw the cause of their previous drawing

Once again, Jeff and Scott were on the same wavelength. They really don't like the blubber Spideys.

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Prompt: Fire (with Sergio prompted to do even more)

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Prompt: Jeff and Scott draw Sergio after too many firing squad drawings

Jeff's says, "maybe this time I put mustache on them." Scott's shows Sergio shooting the narrator.

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Comments (2)

H:

On the Draw the Idol section, Jeff's cartoon, was he drawing Walt Kelly of Pogo (Possum)? The face looks like Walt Kelly, and that's definitely Pogo's body and striped shirt.

kwc:

H, I think you're right -- thanks for filling in my memory gap. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Smith_(cartoonist)), Walt Kelly was Jeff's inspiration to become a cartoonist.

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