Swipe File: Shia LaBeouf Vs Dan Clowes

This is Justin M Damiano by Dan Clowes. Read the whole thing here.

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This is a teaser to HowardCantour.com by Shia LaBeouf.


From Hollywood.com

From free cookies at press junkets, to the behind-the-scenes politics that goes into deciding who gets to interview who, to the relationships between fellow critics, LaBeouf creates a sardonic and (relatively) on-point image of critics through the lens of an outsider. As Gaffigan’s character so courageously says, “A critic is a warrior. Each one of us on the battlefield have the means to glorify or demolish.”

A clear adaptation of the comic, right? Except… apparently not. Buzzfeed reports

“The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LeBeouf,” Clowes told BuzzFeed. “I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.”

Transformers? We’re also told

The next scene in both the comic and film feature the critic having a conversation with a young, blonde freelance critic, who asks the critic if he is going to a junket, which she will be attending despite its lack of actors. Then, again in both the film and comic, she says of the filmmaker they’re discussing, “He so perfectly gets how we’re really all like these aliens who can never have any meaningful contact with each other because we’re all so caught up in our own little self-made realities, you know?”

Of course, I think they’re both swiping from Bleeding Cool’s Brendon Connelly

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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