In 2012, we hosted our 3rd Annual Law & Comics.  Our guests were Steve Breen, Stu Rees, back for his third straight panel, and Chris Ryall.  George Brewster again served as the distinguished moderator.  The theme was Contracts and Copyrights: How Digital Technologies Challenge Creators.

Law & Comics 2012: Contracts & Copyright

Steve BreenSteve Breen

Stephen P. Breen was born in Los Angeles in 1970, the second oldest of eight children. He received a degree in political science in 1992 from the University of California at Riverside. Steve became the editorial cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press (NJ) in 1996 and in 2001, became the cartoonist for The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize (1998 and 2009). Steve has also won the 2007 Berryman Award, the 2009 National Headliner Award, the 2009 Thomas Nast Award and the 2010 Fischetti Award.

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.

Chris RyallChris Ryall

Chris Ryall is the Chief Creative Officer and Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing, a San Diego-based comic book and graphic novel publisher. In Ryall’s nine years with IDW, the company has grown to become one of the large comic publishers, often ranking #3 after Marvel and DC; won its first-ever Eisner Awards; and added high-profile brands to the company such as Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Trek, True Blood, Godzilla, Judge Dredd, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and many others.
He is also an Eagle- and Eisner Award-nominated comic book writer/editor, having created ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS and GROOM LAKE.