Swipe File: X-O Manowar And Reporters Without Borders

We've all become familiar with the X-O Manowar "talking" posters and cover, using the iPhone to create a talking narrative from the central character.

Swipe File: X-O Manowar And Reporters Without Borders

And while I've been a bit silly, some have been sillier. But how original is this idea?

This is a campaign for Reporters Without Borders. Press ads in which the reader can scan the QR code, place their iPhone over the political leader and see a reporter speak the truth for them about their regime and their censorship of the media

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It was a rather good idea. Valiant seem to have thought so too.

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.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.