No sooner are Boom embroiled in a trademark battle over the use of the word "Kaboom" in a comics publishing context, than they may have a battle with DC on their hands… okay, no, not really, this is the "homage" thing that few people have an issue with, though some publishers may choose to pay the original creator a "design fee".
On the left is the upcoming Darkwing Duck Annual from Boom! and on the right is The Killing Joke. The Boom! image says "Not Final Art" but we hope it is.
Though maybe it could have a "quack" speech balloon?
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.