Separated at Birth: Lucca Comics 2019 Poster by Barbara Baldi

Lucca Comics and Games is the biggest comic book convention in Europe, the second largest iun the world and even bigger than Angouleme. Last year they sold a quarter of a million tickets to the event, so it’s a focus for many eyes. The poster for the October/November show has been released by graphic novelist Barbara Baldi and it looks a little familiar to some.

Not just the image of the Teatro del Giglio behind it…

Separated at Birth: Lucca Comics And Games 2019 Poster by Barbara Baldi

But also a certain robotic arm…

Baldi does have form in this regard…

Separated at Birth used to be called Swipe File, in which we presented 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 trusted you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself. If you were are unable to do so, we asked that you please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done.

The Swipe File didn’t judge; it was 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.