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Representing Comic Book Creator Clients: A Guide to Contractual and IP Issues

SKU: IP4300
Total Credits
3 - 3.6
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This CLE program tracks recent trends in comic book business and legal practice as it introduces lawyers to the fundamentals of representing comic book industry clients.

The discussion tracks the stages of representing a client from the initial comic book concept through to the negotiation of the publishing agreement.

Some of the issues explored in this CLE:

  • Intellectual property issues in the comic book industry
  • Service agreements and collaboration agreements
  • What publishers look for in a comic book property
  • An overview of comic book publishing agreements
  • An overview of licensing comic properties into film, television, and other media
  • Legal issues in self-publishing of comic book properties
  • Q&A

Lecturer Bios

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq.

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Lane Sash and Larrabee, LLP, in the firm's New York office. He is also the Director from Practice, emeritus, of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, and the graphic arts. He is the series editor of the Focal Press "Pocket Lawyer for...." series of legal guide books and author of both "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers" (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry: "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators" (Focal Press 2014). Mr. Crowell received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum Laude, Order of the Coif. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lillian Laserson, Esq.

Lillian Laserson, Esq. is a sole practitioner representing artists, writers, producers, publishers, and others in transactional matters primarily involving publishing, licensing, copyright, and entertainment law. She is head of legal and business affairs for Playing on Air, producer of short contemporary plays for public radio and podcast. Prior to forming her own firm, she was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DC Comics where she established and ran the company’s in-house legal department for twenty years.

Matthew Tynan, Esq.,

Matthew Tynan, Esq., is a transactional attorney specializing in the preparation of intellectual property agreements and the protection of client copyrights and trademarks. Areas of focus include film, publishing, and new media. Mr. Tynan earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2012. Prior to law school, he worked in film production and development, and received his undergraduate degree from Oxford University. He is currently a member of the Copyright & Literary Property Committee of the NYC Bar Association and is a contributor to the book "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Books" (Focal Press).

Jeff Trexler, Esq.

Jeff Trexler, Esq. (JD, Yale; PhD, Duke) is an attorney and Associate Director of the Fashion Law Institute. Jeff has worked with media and fashion clients from around the world on issues ranging from start-up formation and tax strategy to corporate ethics and intellectual property.

Jason Yarn, Esq.

Jason Yarn, Esq. has been an agent for ten years and an attorney for six, working in the literary department and business affairs at Paradigm Talent Agency before going out on his own. His agency represents award winning and #1 New York Times bestselling authors of fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, in addition to handling film and television rights.

Fredric B. Goodman, Esq.

Fredric Goodman is a Founding Partner at Marin/Goodman, LLP. Fred has negotiated many studio deals for the production of movies, television properties, and has drafted and closed thousands of contracts involving intellectual property, brands, technology and e-commerce. As a litigator, Fred has managed thousands of lawsuits through settlement, dismissal or trial in the areas of premises liability, asbestos defense, security guard liability, Coop/Condo litigation, intentional torts, discrimination, employment disputes, products liability, contract disputes, indemnity claims, entertainment, anti-trust and more.

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