Swipe File: ROD Vs Brian Bolland, Mike Deodato And Friends…

When I bumped into Brian Bolland at the opening of the new Gosh Comics in London, we reminisced about the Erro swiping of his work, and how Bolland was actually able to visit the work in question in France and then confront Erro.

Well, Brian, how are your sea legs?

The French artist known as ROD has swiped a number of images from comic books in his current work. Including this image;

Which some may recognise from a Brian Bolland Batman: Black & White story, recently reprinted in The Killing Joke hardcover.

But he’s not alone. Here’s a certain Mike Deodato swipe…

UPDATE: A couple more, from Leinil Yu and Jae Lee

And the others all seem very familiar and can be identified as certain artists… can anyone provide the specific swipes in question?


In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself.  If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn’t judge, it’s interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.