Swipe File: Lady Mechanika Vs Kato

Kato of Steampunk Couture has been designing steampunk style clothing since early 2003. And a number of people seem to think that thge designs of Lady Mechanika, the hit comic from Aspen, pear more than a passing resemblance. And have been pressing my to expose this travesty.

No need, artist Joe Benitez does it himself.

Did you style Lady M’ on anyone or have anyone in mind when designing her?

A combination of women actually. Since she is a Brit I immediately thought of British actresses to model her after. Her over all physique and facial structure I modelled after Kate Beckinsale, Her voice when ever I hear it in my head is Liz Hurley’s. Her look I styled after an amazing Steampunk designer and Model named Kato.

In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, jokes, 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.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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