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Comic Book Fix: Read Digital, but Buy Creator-Owned
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 02:15 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 12 September 2012 02:15
I’ve been reading a lot of digital comic books lately. Ever since I got my tablet, I’ve been trolling comiXology during the week, but especially on the weekends, when they have great sales. Ninety-nine cents for single issues, collections for $5 or less. I’ve gotten a bunch of books from Image, like PIGS and Peter Panzerfaust, and from Dynamite, like Jennifer Blood, comics that I hadn’t really read much of when they first came out as print books, but dangle a great sale before my eyes and I’ll read just about anything.
More than anything, though, I buy and support creator-owned. Read on to find out why.
Comic Book Fix: Comic-Con 2012 Recap
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:35 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 18 July 2012 02:35
And like that … it’s gone. The pop culture whirlwind that is San Diego Comic-Con is now in the wind, and everyone can catch their breath. After four days of nonstop press releases and panel announcements, the comic book industry is taking a collective sigh this week as it recovers from what many have affectionately dubbed “Nerd Prom.” And while the industry recuperates, that gives us plenty of time to sift through all the tweets and RSS feeds to find the truly big news of the weekend.
While a lot of attention is heaped on the various movie panels (Guardians of the Galaxy! The Winter Soldier!), I’m going to stick to comic book news in this post. Movies might make more money, but the real innovation these days is being done at your local comic book shop. So read on for what I think were some of the biggest announcements of this year’s Comic-Con.
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Comic Book Fix: Spawn Lawsuit Settled and Catwoman Vol. 1 Reviewed
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 10:52 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 1 February 2012 11:00
One of the comic book industry’s longest running legal disputes has finally come to a conclusion. For the better part of the last decade, artist Todd McFarlane and writer Neil Gaiman have been locked in a copyright war over a handful of characters Gaiman created when he wrote the ninth issue of McFarlane’s hit comic book series, Spawn. It’s been nearly 20 years since Gaiman created the angelic warrior named Angela, Medieval Spawn and Spawn’s enigmatic one-time mentor, Cogliostro, and 10 years since Gaiman first sued McFarlane for copyright ownership of those characters. On Friday, lawyers representing both sides filed notice with the federal court in Madison, Wisc., that the case had been settled. While terms of the settlement agreement are confidential, Gaiman told the Washington Post‘s “Comic Riffs” blog:
“I’m delighted with the case. I’m delighted with the decisions … And I’m delighted to put it behind me … The main thing is, I feel like an awful lot of good things have come out of it. … I think the various decisions, particularly the [Judge] Posner decision, were huge in terms of what the nature of dual copyright in comics is. What is copyrightable in comics is now something that there is a definite legal precedent for … There were a lot of things that were … misty in copyright [law] that are now much clearer. And it’s of benefit to the creator.”
Over the years, judges and juries have consistently sided with Gaiman, who was awarded half-ownership of the aforementioned characters and the issues in which they first appeared (Spawn #9, 26 and the first Angela miniseries, also written by Gaiman). The joint notice asks U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Crabb to approve the settlement and dismiss the case. It is unclear when Crabb may make a decision.
Neither McFarlane nor his attorneys have issued a statement regarding the settlement.
Comic Book Fix: Reviews – Fatale #1 and The Punisher #7
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2012 08:40 Written by david golbitz Wednesday, 18 January 2012 11:00
In which I review two of my favorite books of the past couple weeks: Fatale #1, the new “horror noir” from the Eisner award-winning team behind Criminal and Incognito: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips; and The Punisher #7, by not-frequent-enough collaborators Greg Rucka and Michael Lark.