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The Oatmeal sued for trademark infringement

The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman is being sued again. From Wired (UK): The comic teamed up with the company that owns the Papyrus chain of card and gift shops, Recycled Greetings, to sell paper greeting cards of his web comics via the The Oatmeal’s web store, along with other novelty items. But that caught the attention […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012,  Section: Greeting Cards, Legal, web comics, Comments: 11 Comments

Charles Carreon drops lawsuit against The Oatmeal, calls it ‘mission accomplished’

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that Charles Carreon, the former FunnyJunk attorney who sued The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, has dropped the case against Matthew, the charities and the John Does. “Matthew Inman spoke out against Carreon’s threat of a frivolous lawsuit, in a very popular and very public way,” said EFF Senior […]

Posted on: Jul 5, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

The case against The Oatmeal; lawyers speak out against Carreon

Casey Johnston (writing on ArsTechnica) has one of the best plain english pieces on why Funky Junk attorney Charles Carreon has named Indiegogo, National Wildlife Federation and to the American Cancer Society in his suit against Matthew Inman. The charges against Inman’s fundraising may be the most serious, but they’re also the oddest. Carreon says […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

FunnyJunk lawyer sues The Oatmeal, Indiegogo, charities

Charles Carreon, the lawyer originally hired by FunnyJunk to threaten Matthew Inman with a federal defamation lawsuit, has field a suit representing himself against Matthew, Indiegogo (the website where Matthew has raised nearly $200,000 for the National Wildlife Federation, and the American Cancer Society – AND named both charities in the suit. The suit alleges […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Stan Lee sues to reclaim Conan rights

Here’s the news: Stan Lee is suing the producers of the new Conan the Barbarian movie alleging that he bought the rights to the character in 2000 and during the 2001 bankruptcy his attorney made an illegal deal giving away the rights. According to, the company that bought the rights has been using the […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 6 Comments

Judge dismisses case against Illustrators’ Partnership of America

I knew there was an organization that collected and distributed orphaned royalties, but wasn’t aware of the legal tussle between the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) against the Illustrators’ Partnership of America (IPA) – both trying to control the $1.5 million of royalties. A New York Supreme Court has dismissed the case brought by GAG against […]

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 4 Comments

Teacher sentenced to prison for cartoon child porn

If you remember, back in October I reported that an Idaho middle-school teacher Steven Kutzner had plead guilty to possessing cartoon child porn – including images of characters from “The Simpsons.” Sentencing has been set and Kutzner will spend 15 months in prison, supervised release for three months and participate in sex offender treatment. Idaho […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

Customs seizing computers with adult comics?

JK Parkin, writing on the Comic Book Resource’s Robot 6 blog, notes that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and ACLU are following a trend wherein customs officials are seizing computers and other portable devices that have adult comic material on them. “The CBLDF legal team has been tracking trends in customs here in the […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2010,  Section: Legal, Comments: 6 Comments

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 […]

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