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Most Banned Comics of the 21st Century

New Kid by Jerry Craft, Maus by Art Spiegelman, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, Anne Frank’s Diary (Graphic Adaptation) adapted by Ari Folman and David Polonsky, and, of course, Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe are among the most challenged or banned comic books since the […]

Posted on: Aug 31, 2022,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Most Banned Comics of the 21st Century

Steamboat Willie Goes PD, The Mouse Not So Much

In 16 months Mickey Mouse‘s official debut* animated cartoon, Steamboat Willie, will go public domain, but The Mouse will remain very much a Disney property. © Disney The iconic character that has come to define the entire Disney brand made his first appearance as the title character in 1928’s Steamboat Willie, which will lapse into […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2022,  Section: Animation, Comic strips, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Steamboat Willie Goes PD, The Mouse Not So Much

Book Publishers Antitrust Trial: PRH/S&S v. DOJ

Book publishers just spent 3 weeks in court arguing they have no idea what they’re doing On August 22, oral arguments ended in the Justice Department’s antitrust trial to block the book publisher Penguin Random House from merging with rival Simon & Schuster. The result of the trial, which is expected to be decided later […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2022,  Section: Books, Legal, Publishers, Comments: Comments Off on Book Publishers Antitrust Trial: PRH/S&S v. DOJ

Caricature and The Right of Publicity

Can a caricaturist sell copies of his caricature of Jack Nicholson or any celebrity on T-shirts at some store or over the internet? How about all those caricature prints selling daily on eBay and Etsy? Each case has its own individual facts and facets, but the underlying law that allows public figures to protect the value of their […]

Posted on: Aug 25, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Caricature, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Caricature and The Right of Publicity

Weekend Roundup – Late Edition

Announcing the 2022 Davenport International Cartoon Contest! A festival that honors a famous Political Cartoonist seems almost naked without some kind of competition focused on that endeavor. To that end, the International Cartoon Contest has returned! Also, since we have not changed either our entry fees or our prizes in over 30 years, we have […]

Posted on: Jul 18, 2022,  Section: Books, Cartooning, Comic history, Comic strips, Contests, Conventions, Editorial cartooning, International, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Weekend Roundup – Late Edition

The First Weekend Whatnots of Summer

Real Estate Listing: Terry Manor For Sale Location: Bronxville, New York – Price: $5.995 million  Originally built in 1935, Terry Manor is a fully restored and renovated Tudor-style home set on nearly an acre of park-like property in Lawrence Park West, a tree-lined neighborhood in Westchester County.  The period home was built by Charles Lewis […]

Posted on: Jun 25, 2022,  Section: Animation, Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Events, Gatherings, Legal, Television, Comments: Comments Off on The First Weekend Whatnots of Summer

Ralph Steadman Naked Beer Label Ruled Okay

Last year the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission ruled a beer label designed by cartoonist Ralph Steadman was in bad taste and rejected the Flying Dog brewery’s use of that label. Now a U. S. District Court has judged Flying Dog has a First Amendment right to use the label. On May 13, U.S. […]

Posted on: May 18, 2022,  Section: Cartooning, Illustration, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Ralph Steadman Naked Beer Label Ruled Okay

CRNI Legal Network Aids Cartoonists

Cartoonists persecuted for their work anywhere on the globe now have the backing of a dedicated team of legal advisers. The Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), a nonprofit that advocates for political cartoonists attacked or detained for their work, has set up a legal advisory network thanks to a UNESCO grant. The $23,000 grant, issued […]

Posted on: Feb 24, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Editorial cartooning, International, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on CRNI Legal Network Aids Cartoonists

Warning! Scam Targeting Cartoonists Still Active

The scam targeting cartoonists we were alerted to last Spring is still making the rounds, with a twist. Shannon Wheeler is working with authorities: I’m Shannon Wheeler and someone is using my name and project details similar to some of my own work to lure working artists into a fraud scheme. I’m working with law […]

Posted on: Feb 7, 2022,  Section: AAEC-feed, Comic strips, Crime, Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

1926 is Public Domain in 2022

Speaking of The Sun Also Rises… From the Duke University law site: On January 1, 2022, copyrighted works from 1926 will enter the US public domain, where they will be free for all to copy, share, and build upon. The line-up this year is stunning. It includes books such as A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, Felix […]

Posted on: Jan 2, 2022,  Section: Comic strips, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments

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: Comments Off on Book Covers and Looney Trademark Rights

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?