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Miami cartoonist beaten and arrested

You might recall news stories back in 2006 of Jose Varela, a freelanced editorial cartoonist of 13 years for El Nuevo Herald, who stormed the Miami Herald offices with a toy gun start a three hour stand-off with police. He was booked into Miami-Dade jail last week for battery and resisting arrest. According to NBCMiami.com […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments

Teacher pleads guilty to animated porn

An Idaho middle school teacher has plead guilty to possession of animated child porn. The U.S. Attorney’s office said Steven Kutzner, 33, had downloaded more than 70 animated cartoon pornographic images on his computer. Many of them depicted child characters from The Simpsons. Kutzner was a former middle school teacher at Lake Hazel Middle School […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2010,  Section: Animation, Controversies, Legal, Comments: 10 Comments

Matt Davies being sued for $1 million

A failed GOP candidate is suing nine journalists for $1 million each and has named The Journal News editorial cartoonist Matt Davies as one of the nine. The suit alleges that the nine journalists “defamed his character, ruined his reputation and caused him emotional distress.” Russell, who has run for Congress five times, including his […]

Posted on: Oct 7, 2010,  Section: Controversies, Editorial cartooning, Legal, Comments: 32 Comments

Need: List of talking animals on TV

Stu Rees emails to ask the following question: I need help compiling a list of television shows and movies where animals and humans talk to each other without any explanation of how it’s possible (magic, etc.). So far I have: Stuart Little Family Guy Tales of Despereaux Dilbert (tv show) Mr. Ed I’m also be […]

Posted on: Sep 24, 2010,  Section: Legal, Television, Comments: 35 Comments

Lady Gaga fights unauthorized comic strip biography

A comic strip biography of Lady Gaga has been hit with a legal action by the singer. While the comic strip, “Fame: Lady Gaga” has sold out, she contends that it was not authorized. She joins Justin Bieber who is also suing the comic strip creators Bluewater Productions. His book is due out in October. […]

Posted on: Sep 9, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments

Are you getting paid all of your royalties?

I received an email from Stu Rees. For those not familiar, Stu is an entertainment lawyer that specializes in visual arts – like cartoons. He’s also a cartoonist himself. He also works with the National Cartoonist Society on legal matters. He forwarded me an email he posted on another cartooning bulletin board regarding Reprographic royalties. […]

Posted on: Aug 26, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Are you getting paid all of your royalties?

Is naked manga child porn?

The Comics Journal delves into recent news stories regarding a manga translator being arrested in Sweden for possession of manga depicting undressed children (the images posted on TCJ’s site depict a child taking a bath). In Sweden, all images ? be it photos, movies, animations or drawings ? depicting what one can understand to be […]

Posted on: Aug 4, 2010,  Section: International, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments

Murder trial defendant asks for Garfield to return to comic page

I couldn’t resist posting this as it happened a couple of towns over from where I live and involves my local paper. Jeremy Lee Valdes who is on trial for two counts of aggravated murder wrote a letter to the editor to The Standard Examiner questioning the credibility of his ex-girlfriend and the police officer […]

Posted on: Jul 26, 2010,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 9 Comments

Anti-South Park blogger charged with terrorism

Zachary Adam Chesser, who allegedly threatened South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone with a fate similar to Theo Van Gogh for ?insulting? the prophet Mohammad during it?s 200th episode, has been arrested on charges of providing material support to a Somali extremist group tied to al-Qaeda. From the Christian Science Monitor: According to […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2010,  Section: Legal, Mohammed Cartoon, Comments: 1 Comment

Dawson: Limits and moral copyright responsibility

A good read from Ted Dawson as he questions the limits of protection, respect, and moral responsibility of copyright. While many countries still permit Work for Hire, which removes a writer or artist’s authorship, other countries enforce what they call Moral Rights. Moral rights protect the creator’s right of attribution to and integrity of her […]

Posted on: Jul 20, 2010,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Dawson: Limits and moral copyright responsibility

Capt. America gets community service for groping woman

A 55 year-old doctor named Raymond Adamcik was arrested for allegedly groping a woman while dressed up in a Captain America costume. The story gets richer than that if you can believe it: Adamcik approached a woman while holding a burrito and began to talk dirty. He then reached his hand between her legs and […]

Posted on: May 27, 2010,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: 6 Comments

Senator Franken uses Tom Toles cartoon

Senator Al Franken, a former comedian and comedy writer (painfully) uses a cartoon by Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Tole to argue support for his bill.

Posted on: May 11, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Legal, Comments: 12 Comments

“Snoopy” arrested while breaking into prison

A man dressed as Snoopy was arrested while trying to free an inmate in Britain. Thesun.co.uk reported on Monday that jail workers were stunned when confronted by the Peanuts character waving a gun. When the man dressed as Snoopy and an accomplice failed to break down a door, they pelted prison officers’ cars with concrete […]

Posted on: May 10, 2010,  Section: International, Legal, Comments: 9 Comments

Jihaad Jane and Jamie waive right to speedy trial

The two women arrested for allegedly plotting to carry out a plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks appeared in court and voluntarily waived their rights to a speedy trial. The woman Colleen LaRose and Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (dubbed “Jihaad Jane” and “Jihaad Jamie” by the media) have pleaded not guilty. Their trail could start as […]

Posted on: May 7, 2010,  Section: International, Legal, Comments: 2 Comments

Seth MacFarlane: Arizona law is like Nazi Germany

Caught by Comics Riff: MacFarlane, speaking in a Reuters Television interview, said the Arizona law was more shocking than his own irreverent, hot-button shows. His animated comedies “Family Guy,” “American Dad” and “The Cleveland Show” all air on Fox. “It’s too much. It’s kind of a slap in the face, it’s not the way to […]

Posted on: May 3, 2010,  Section: Legal, Television, Comments: 25 Comments