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And here's my response to Rich (Glenn Beck) Johnson:

"Here are a couple of things. One. I didn't swipe shit. The cover in question was done months ago. Actually it was done for the DC ICON cover event. But the book was gonna ship late, so they asked me to add a background color as to not compete with that event. So I did. Second. I'm not privy to seeing ads placed in the books I do covers for. Hell, 95% of the time the script, and especially the art hasn't even been written or drawn yet. Three. It really is kind of a classic pose. And it made sense for this cover. Four. Rich Johnson, if he really wanted to, could have easily tracked me down and just asked me. Hell, if I had swiped it, I probably would have fessed up to it. But that would take effort and then he'd have nothing to write about. He's kinda like the Glenn Beck of comics Journalism. But I guess it works for him."
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LeSeanThomas Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
5 finger discount. Now, that's what i'm talkin' about Dave! :-D

P.S. great seeing you on skype video by the way--for all of twelve minutes (it's not what you think, guys).

Putting the verbal smack-down on fools.

darinklatt Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
I can't believe the audacity of you sir!!. You shall be forever known as Mr.Swipey Swiperson of the Swipetown, Swipersons. Potentate, indeed!!! :pissedoff::analprobe:
stvnhthr Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
Bleedingcool is entertaining, but not educational. He often confuses possible swipes and then doesn't apologize for calling someone a pose-thief when it was his mistake.
CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
He's aware the human body can only pose in so many ways right?
beckycloonan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional
It's really just a lame column in general, isn't it? Feels bad to work really hard at your job only to have it marginalized like that. I'm so sick of negative comic shit on the internet anyway... I'm sure all that effort to find stuff like that could be better spent. Anyway... I barely know what I'm talking about. Hope we get a chance to catch up soon!
Devilpig Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Honestly, I really wasn't bothered by this at all. Sometimes I enjoy an internet fight. It gets boring drawing this shit all day. And yes, I wanna get drunk and draw crazy, fucked up things with you sometime in the future.
beckycloonan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional
yeah it's not something to get mad about, it's just disappointing that we have to deal with stuff like this. Yes, drinking and inking- this will happen.
THATisaacsteele Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
can you even swipe a pose?
kylehaase Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I think it's a pretty common pose, the right arm is totally different anyway

and who would try to swipe from some shitty cg rendering anyway, the DCU online picture is way more stiff and inarticulate

it's just coincidence that it happened to print back to back with the cover
JonRiggle Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
I have a hard time understanding what the big hype is... I mean, it's a pose... big deal. You can't copyright a pose for god sakes... and if you think about, every and any pose has been used in every and any comic to date. You're going to cross paths sooner or later. If I'm missing something, sorry.

And the replies from Johnson on twitter are quite lame to the extent he's copying and pasting the same thing on damn near anyone that's had something to say to you, Dave. I mean... the one I received was Jin response JUST TO YOU was Rich saying "No, it's Swipe File. Swipe File does not accuse or judge. Homages, swipes, coincidences or vageue similarities."

Hate to tell him but he is accusing and judging. And what's funny is that last line is in damn near all posts to everyone. All I said was "accusations was the new black... no wait." I find it useless to be a dick to anyone about a fuggin' pose on two pieces that look the same. Big deal. I think we all have stuff more important to think and worry about than that.

Need to find something else to write about instead of the ability to draw a pose that looks like another pose from another comic image, that is the same pose from a movie, tv show, ad, or anything else. You're right it's a rather classic pose. No offense to anyone that likes Johnson, but this is a good example of a Douchewaffle. And I think we all have better things to do with our time than waste air or time, regarding him. Even though I spent about 4 minutes typing this lol.
Giantess-Mom-Amanda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
It's a common pose, so I don't see much 'swiping'. And I don't see much of a comparison between Glenn Beck and this though... Maybe he's the MSNBC of comics, or the NAACP of comics... Atleast Glenn Beck can make reasonable comparisons and links. This is just outright saying something exists when it doesnt. XD
Savage-Bastard Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
i'm sure it's been stated already in the 60 something comments already posted, but how does he know if DC didn't swipe you? or if it's a coincidence? i'm sure if you have a comic book-ish add in a COMIC BOOK! enough times it's bound to find it's way next to something similar. and if it was swiped, who gives a shit? that's like complaining about all the flying poses with one fist forward, all ripping off superman... sure but who cares!
PENICKart Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Seems like most of the people responding on the site are in support of you. That's got to feel pretty good. At least your fans and the general comic book reading public seem to know better. It's pretty audacious to post the accusing bit without even asking you first.
sheber Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
You swiped my attitude! I haven't done shit, so its the only thing that you could've swiped!
thalia-is-crazy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
"If it was swiped of course. Either way, it was a little weird...

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."

He said "if".
U mad? Don't be mad.
I think it's just for the lulz, and if it had been someone else you probably would have thought it was funny.
theRealJohnnyCanuck Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
The fact that it's called "The swipe File" automatically disparages anyone involved in the making of the images. The disclaimer after the fact is just an ass covering method so if anyone does get offended then he has his out.
Devilpig Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
Who said I was mad? I'm having just as much fun making fun of this douche-nozzle as he is being one.
666888 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Sounds like something Anderson Cooper would say. What a loser! Didn't he get gang raped in Cairo?:nod:
phillipkennedy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Screw that guy. If you accuse someone of stealing someone else's intellectual property, you'd better damn well be sure, and that pose isn't nearly distinctive enough to make that kind of claim. Devilpig gets the 'W.'
TedKimArt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Umm...DCU online could've swiped you! ;)
howyadoin-graphics Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
The phrase "steaming load of bullshit" does come to mind.
CabinetMinister Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist

Could that pose BE any more of a classic pose?
How many times has Spidey busted that one out....or, like, ANYONE!

The thing that amuses (and baffles me) though, is that he chooses to target YOUR work; one of the best artists in the business.
Oh, so Dave's been doing rock solid, badass work for YEARS...and then decides to blag someone else's work, is that it?

What a berk.

Forget this clown, yo.
MikeHaff Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
I'm willing to bet that pose has been done at least a dozen times over. Big deal. F that guy. Too much time on his pathetic little mind and probably not an artist. Critics never put their money where their mouth is. That's why I hate them. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but when it tries to influence a public forum, I find it irritating, the lack of tact or discretion with their choice of words.
NickSchley Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
We all need to get over this "swiping" thing. I know it was in vogue for, well... ever. And when someone truly takes a shot for shot panel swipe thas one thing. But really folks. There's only so many ways the human body twists and contorts. And people have been drawing from caves to paper for what, some 15,000 years. You aren't gonna draw anything original. Just not gonna happen. It's the combination of all those unoriginal poses that makes stuff pseudo unique. And with that....your cover looks nothing like the cover in question.

And if i'm being honest I'm kinda fuckin sick of this nonsense. But as previously stated in a way. What would these idiots have to write about...when the site section is purely about "swiping".

It's a best.

Glad you blew up their face with a reply Sir.
sketchheavy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
How can two artist out of the hundreds of thousands that draw every day ever do the same pose! There is no way thats possible! Its definitely a swipe job!!!! How many times have we seen a character in the same pose as an other. How many ways can you draw some one flying?? It bound to happen at some point! I bet him and Glen Beck are members at the same country club for dumb asses!
sacking-jimmy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
It's funny how people who claim to love the medium put so much effort into trying to make creators out to be monsters.
ZhouRules Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wait so. iron man, spiderman, batman, spawn, almost every super hero ALL swiped that DC Universe pose :O. Comics is just full of thieves. Poor DC Universe ad. being original and such.
MistahPete Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Filmographer
What the hell is Bleeding Cool? Or Rich Johnson? I've never heard of either.
JoeAngelillo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's just moronic to think you had even seen an interior ad.

The cover artist is always privy to the ads in the comic. I bet you checked the letters column as well before you drew the cover.....
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm just stunned that he had the temerity to actually hate on the Potentate.
MentalPablum Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
90% of the items on there purported to be swipes aren't. I used to look at that site a long time ago, but some of the comparisons were just ridiculous and have stopped. I see the content hasn't changed much.
RandySiplon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Fuck that guy.
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heh, I wondered if you'd seen that.
jeff-aka-stray Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Never heard of this Rich Johnson or his blog. Think I'll continue not reading it.
solkana Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The Swipe Files column is the main thing that irks about Bleeding Cool. It's mostly just content for the sake of content. If it looks swiped to them, they'll feature it regardless of context and research or lack thereof.

Bleeding Cool is basically the tabloid magazine of the comics industry. As I hear it, Rich Johnston and Co. are pretty much paid by Avatar Press to just fill the site up with whatever content that's current, sometimes it might actually be noteworthy news.
BrianReber Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't want to point fingers or accuse anyone of stealing, but.. that DC Online cover was done in-house I believe. How come they aren't to blame?
Spacefriend-KRUNK Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Artist
wow, i fucking hate humans.
seangordonmurphy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
The Glenn Beck of comics. Damn, I wish I'd thought of that one first...
Devilpig Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Thanks. BTW. I found this photo of Rich. Not sure what to make of it. [link]

Other than the fact that I made it, haha.
JamesLeeStone Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
BWAHAHAHAHAA!!!! (Knew it)
MarkIrwin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
gattadonna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Couldn't be the other way around..i mean since the cover was probably done before the add... couldn't the pose for the add be a copy of your cover..even though it is the ultimate bad ass pose.

Plus we all know where you really got your inspiration

Devilpig Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
You nailed it. He's dreamy.
jaybles23 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Sorry to change subject, but I actually would like to compliment you on this cover a bit. It's strong, intriguing, and makes all the characters look great. If I saw this on the comics racks, I'd definitely be inclined to pick it up. In short it does everything a cover is supposed to do. I do not feel the same way whenever I see the DC Universe ad.
the-BluePhoenix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Seeing as how your work if pretty much fucking everywhere I highly doubt you be so bold as to blatantly swipe in this manner, not that you would need to swipe shit in the first place. Poop on that site for trying to throw you under the bus. Rock on, dude. :headbang:
Andrew-Ross-MacLean Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
He states this accusation as if you had a say or know-how as to what would be printed on the inside cover... plus there are only so many poses the human body can wriggle into. There is going to be repetition.
FennieB Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Writer
That's completely retarded, especially towards the end where the mod says, "Well, Rich isn't explicitly saying he swiped..." Despite you know, the entire topic about it.
gatchatom Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Motherfucker! I know where you stole that pose from: [link]
laseraw Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Devilpig Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Caught me.
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