In 2011, we hosted our 2nd Annual Law & Comics.  It was held at the San Diego Public Library due to the Law Library renovations.  Our guests were Mark Irwin, Batton Lash, and Stu Rees, back for his second straight panel.  George Brewster again served as the distinguished moderator.  The theme was Friend or Foe: The Digital Revolution of Comics.

Law & Comics 2011

Mark IrwinMark Irwin

He has worked with many of the world’s largest entertainment properties, as an artist, art director, brand manager, and in business development. From Marvel to Disney to Capcom to Nickelodeon to Konami, Mark has over twenty years experience in the field contributing to the growth of legendary brands.
Along with his leadership on development of IP’s, Mark still works with many comic publishers, chiefly Marvel and DC. His recent work includes inking Brightest Day, the hit series from DC Comics.

Batton LashBatton Lash

Batton Lash, the creator of the humor/horror series Supernatural Law (aka Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre), studied cartooning and graphic arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where his instructors included Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman.
In 1979, Lash was asked to create a comic strip, and he came up with “Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre,” which ran weekly in The Brooklyn Paper until 1996 and in The National Law Journal from 1983 to 1997.
Since May 1994, Wolff & Byrd have held court in their own comic book series, published by Exhibit A Press, which Lash established with his wife, Jackie Estrada. Exhibit A has also published specials featuring Mavis, W&B’s intrepid secretary.

Stu ReesStu Rees

Stu is a local entertainment lawyer who represents mostly visual arts creators. Notably, Stu represents more than 100 cartoonists in their negotiations with the major newspaper comic strip syndicates, and more than 400 cartoonists and writers in a mix of online, greeting card, book licensing, and smaller syndication deals. He is the only lawyer specializing in syndication contracts.
Stu and his attorney wife, Maddy Dodson, draw and write their own law cartoons, Stu’s Views,  They have been published in several hundred print and electronic forums throughout the world.