Rise of the Independents

law and comics logo 2016_clearJoin the San Diego Law Library on July 19th at 4:00pm for the seventh annual Lindley Law & Comics panel at the San Diego Public Library. This year, we focus on the rise of the independent creator. The panel will address the challenges that independent comics artists face as Hollywood’s impact and importance continues to grow in the comic book field. How do small press publishers and other independents carve out their own space? What are the benefits and the pitfalls to going it alone? Do you produce a physical product or create web-comics? How do you protect your creation and what should you be aware of – legally speaking?  Learn from creators and attorneys who’ve been there. Don’t forget to visit the law library for more resources on comic creations.

All attendees will be entered to win a 6-book set of Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising series which he has agreed to sign at the event. We have partnered with the San Diego Public Library downtown to use their large auditorium – bring your friends!


Special Guests


Terry Moore

Terry Moore is one of the most successful truly independent creators. He has published almost 200 issues, mainly in three series: Strangers in Paradise, Echo, and Rachel Rising, over the past 20 years through his Abstract Studio. He has won the Eisner, Harvey, and Reuben comic book industry awards.

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, www.stus.com. They have been published in several hundred print and electronic forums throughout the world.


George Brewster

George is a long time comic book fan and created the comic strip Cheetum & Howe, published over a 10 year period in the San Diego Daily Transcript. He is a Chief Deputy of the Office of County Counsel and has moderated our Law & Comics series since its inception.

 What you need to know about the event!

When Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium – 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 View Map
Register Now online!
MCLE 1 hour MCLE General Participatory credit available, provided by the San Diego Law Library


The San Diego law library is here to help you. We bring the law to the people. We are the first place creators should come to learn about protecting their content and developing their business. Visit us to learn about more resources and classes available to you.

Here’s just a selection of Intellectual Property Resources available to you at the Law Library.

Check out our special Comic Book Collection based on topics and artists covered in the past seven Law & Comics events.

Visit our Downtown location for a display highlighting independent creators and publishers – the topic of Law & Comics 7: Rise of the Independents. Display available June 21st to July 25th.