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More Star Trek(ish) News – Won’t Boldly Go

(Reuters) – Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP and the makers of the Dr. Seuss/”Star Trek” mashup book “Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!” have settled Seuss’ copyright infringement claims, according to a Tuesday filing in San Diego federal court. In an agreement filed with the court, the parties agreed that the book infringes Seuss’ copyrights and […]

Posted on: Oct 12, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Legal, Comments: 4 Comments

Book Covers and Looney Trademark Rights

This week, we published a book by the talented Jaime Weinman on the history of the Looney Tunes cartoon franchise, which he considers the high-water mark of American filmed comedy. About six months ago, as the manuscript was being copyedited, we began working on the promotional copy. At the same time we were writing promo […]

Posted on: Oct 9, 2021,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic history, Legal, Comments: 0 Comments

AAEC Virtual Convention/ZoomFest ’21 – Oct. 8 & 9

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists kicks off it’s annual convention tomorrow. ZoomFest ’21 features several virtual events that are open to the public on October 8 & 9, 2021.  The morning of October 8 sees the AAEC partnering with the Association of Canadian Cartoonists and Canada Post to join with the honored cartoonists for […]

Posted on: Oct 7, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, Events, Interviews, Legal, webinar, Comments: Comments Off on AAEC Virtual Convention/ZoomFest ’21 – Oct. 8 & 9

Larry Lieber, Stan Lee’s Brother, Sues Marvel

comic characters © Marvel Comics Larry Lieber, who scripted the initial appearances of Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Loki, Fin Fang Foom, and other heroic and villainous characters in the Marvel Universe, has sued Marvel/Disney for a bigger portion of the pie. Disney has counter-sued to protect their interests. Earlier today we reported that the heirs […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2021,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Larry Lieber, Stan Lee’s Brother, Sues Marvel

Why Not a Few Friday Whatnots?

This Is Fine/Dumpster Fire Mashup Toy Sometimes, it feels like the world is both a dumpster fire and a living embodiment of the “This is Fine” comic strip … So on days when you just cannot anymore, it’s reassuring to know you’re not the only one feeling that way. And that’s when you need this […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Books, Legal, Newspaper industry, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Why Not a Few Friday Whatnots?

Vive La Parodie

From Techdirt: By way of a throat clearing, there are a couple of things you need to know about Hergé, the nom de guerre for the artist behind the well-known Tintin comics of yore. First, Hergé’s estate has found its way onto Techdirt’s pages before and has a reputation for being wildly restrictive and litigious […]

Posted on: May 13, 2021,  Section: AAEC-feed, Illustration, International, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Vive La Parodie

The Complete Superwoman – A First and Last Rarity

This will be an amalgamation of a few subsets we have here: a First and Last entry, a Rarities post, and a Complete collection. On June 27, 1943 The New York Tribune syndicate distributed the first episode of Superwoman by already famed cartoonist Rea Irvin. The Sunday-only strip appeared in at least two newspapers – […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 2 Comments

Some Comic Book Stuff

In the 1950s Marvel Comics was known as Atlas and by the end of that decade their “mystery” comic books specialized in monsters. Peter Kuper apparently is a fan. From The Nation: Though Peter uses a latter day logo:   In the early 1960s Richard Lupoff was at the forefront of the emerging comic book […]

Posted on: Oct 28, 2020,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Some Comic Book Stuff

Cartoonist Ben Garrison Remains Newsworthy

As we reported yesterday a months old Ben Garrison cartoon recently brought the cartoonist into the spotlight when White House aide Dan Scavino used the political cartoon in a concerted effort by the White House to undermine public confidence in Dr. Anthony Fauci. That has resulted in some media outlets profiling Ben, like The Daily […]

Posted on: Jul 14, 2020,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoonist Ben Garrison Remains Newsworthy

Book Title Copyrights – Long Story Short

From Writer’s Digest: Much like names, slogans and ideas, titles are not protected by U.S. copyright laws (which is why so many books have the same titles). To qualify for copyright protection, a work needs to possess “a significant amount of original expression”—and while “a significant amount of original expression” isn’t fully defined by hard-and-fast […]

Posted on: Jul 11, 2020,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 3 Comments

Gov’t Steals Cartoonist’s Intellectual Property

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health has distributed face masks with illustrations on use and disposal. The problem is that the illustrations come from cartoon instructions by Evangeline Neo. And the government agency didn’t ask or receive permission from the cartoonist. Or even credit the cartoonist. Eva created two versions of her Mask comics, one not signed: […]

Posted on: May 1, 2020,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, International, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Gov’t Steals Cartoonist’s Intellectual Property

Swipe File – The Sipress Christmas Hanukkah

Cartoonist David Sipress recently had one of his New Yorker cartoons co opted for use in a conceptual art exhibit. Or as David says, “I wuz robbed.” David, in The New Yorker, tells of the appropriation: This is my original drawing of the cartoon. Haendel took my cartoon and reproduced it exactly in a different […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2020,  Section: Cartoonist, Controversies, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Swipe File – The Sipress Christmas Hanukkah

Swipe File – Calvin Peeing

Twenty years ago the bootlegged decal was ubiquitous, and illegal (still is). First things first—Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson says he has nothing to do with the lewd caricature of his beloved Calvin. Watterson was vehemently against licensing his creation for merchandising, and that includes the stickers that “cheapened and corrupted” the comics. Watterson never […]

Posted on: Feb 5, 2020,  Section: Comic strips, Controversies, Crime, Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

1924 is Now Public Domain for 2020

Print and film classics from 1924 become public domain on January 1, 2020. Some famous comic strips which were created in 1924 finally have their debut year now p.d. Boots and Her Buddies first appeared on February 18, 1924 from the NEA Service. So there is most of the year available there. Here is a […]

Posted on: Jan 1, 2020,  Section: Comic history, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 3 Comments

Adam Ellis Calls Out Company For Stealing Art, Gets Response

Cartoonist Adam Ellis called out a Malaysian company for using his comic strip art in an advertising campaign without permission, notification, or compensation. Shopee Malaysia has apologised after being called out by cartoonist and former Buzzfeed writer Adam Ellis for stealing one of his comics to promote its 12.12. Birthday Sale. In a tweet last […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2019,  Section: Cartooning, Comic strips, Controversies, Legal, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Adam Ellis Calls Out Company For Stealing Art, Gets Response