Swipe File: Strutting Rorschach

On the left is the new Rorscach statue from DC Comics as part of their Before Watchmen line. And on the right is Leonardo Di Caprio, taken during the making of the movie Inception. And named “Strutting Leo“.

The pose that has repurposed and reused for comic effect repeatedly, thus;


Could Strutting Rorschach be a new thing? Internet, make it so. Seriously, 4Chan? This is why you exist…

Also from DC is the Comedian Before Watchmen statue. Anyone recognise as that as taken from the artwork we ran on Christmas Day, showing JG Jones’ version of The Comedian, that meant we got a Cease And Desist from Warners on Christmas Day? Does that man that the upcoming Nite Owl and the Silk Spectre statues also resemble those pieces that we ran? And is that what those pieces of artwork were… Before Watchmen statue designs by the artists for their respective books? If so can anyone find the Strutting Rorschach original by Lee Bermejo?

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.

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