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July 23, 2018

Everything I know about intellectual property law I learned from superhero comics

Too busy to go to law school? No problem: here, your favourite comic book characters give you a primer on what intellectual property law, that oddball bag of rights that underpins everything from advertising to comic books to aerospace innovations, is all about. 1. Trademarks (Marvel Superheroes’ Secret Wars #7 (1984-5)) Spider-Man is correct: a

Independent/Self-Published

Worse Things Happen At Sea v No Place Like Space (Comparative Review)

Worse Things Happen At Sea v No Place Like Space No-Brow Press, 2017 / Helio Press, 2017 Writer (and artist) of “Worse Things Happen At Sea: Kellie Strøm Writer (and artist) of “No Place Like Space”: Ashley Ronning When is a comic a comic? Independent publisher No Brow Press has a series of illustrated books

Historical

Manifest Destiny Volumes 5 (Mnenophobia and Chronophobia)

Manifest Destiny Volumes 5 (Mnenophobia and Chronophobia) Image Comics, Writer: Chris Dingess Once upon a time, Western-genre comic books sold well to an enthusiastic audience. A post-World War Two desire for a simpler, overwhelmingly white age of exploration, colonisation, and conquest of Native Americans manifested in motion pictures, books, radio, and comic books. The white

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Franco-Belgian/Ligne Claire

The French, lovers of wine and comics

A fact which is relatively unknown in Anglophone comics industry is that after the japanese, the French are the world’s biggest consumers of graphic novels. An innovative wine maker named Romain Sou has created a concept called “BD & Vin” – bande dessinnee (“drawn strips”, or graphic novels) and wine. Our review us been negligent

Horror

Tales from the Black Hiway Volume 1 (Review)

Tales from the Black Hiway Volume 1 Atomic Werewolf Studio / Pitch Black Comics, 2018 Writer: Rick Forgus Southern Gothic, that sweaty literary offspring of the American Gothic of Poe, Lovecraft, and Hawthorne, is a horror sub-sub genre. Southern Gothic usually invokes the swampland of Louisiana, the decay of the postbellum South, the outlandishly grotesque

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Science fiction

Tokyo Ghost: Hardcover Collected Edition (Review)

Tokyo Ghost (hardcover collected edition) Image Comics, July 2017 Writer: Rick Remender Primitivism, the melange of both wistful fantasy and philosophy, is founded in the premise that a simpler life is inherently better than the complexity of modern life. It has its Anglophone origins with Matthew Arnold, an English writer who espoused through his work

Superheroes

Tragedies and Redemptions: Batman and Catwoman Are Getting Married

American superhero comics publisher DC Comics are exploring two significant events this year: the 1000th issue of Action Comics (a comic featuring the iconic superhero, Superman), and the wedding of the equally iconic masked crime fighter Batman to one of his former enemies, Catwoman. Parallel universe versions of the characters were depicted as having done

Miscellania

The trademark dispute canna take the strain! Dr Seuss, Star Trek and Copyright Infringement in the US, Part 2

Back in 2016, we noted a dispute on foot between Dr Seuss Enterprises (DSE) and ComicMix. DSE had commenced proceedings in the District Court in San Diego, California against ComicMix for trade mark and copyright infringement and unfair competition. ComicMix had raised money for a book called Oh, The Places You’ll Boldly Go which is

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