The Business of Comics

Join the San Diego Law Library on July 18th at 4:30pm for the eighth annual Lindley Law & Comics panel at the San Diego Public Library. This year, our panelists will cover multiple facets involved in the business of comics. We will explore intellectual property ownership and the creation of new characters, the hazy legal world of crowdfunding and crowdfunded equity, and the legal status of fan fiction and other fan-created content. Foreign countries offer entirely new opportunities, as well as unique risks.

We’ll look for answers about whether you should produce a finished, physical product, a sample or teaser, or just an electronic proof-of-concept. 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 secret prize pack. We have partnered with the San Diego Public Library downtown to use their large auditorium – bring your friends!


Special Guests

Rob Salkowitz

Rob Salkowitz is a consultant, educator and author of several books including Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture. He covers the business side of comics, entertainment, gaming, technology and related industries for Forbes, Publishers’ Weekly, ICv2, OMNI and other publications. He has been a panelist at comic and pop culture conventions worldwide and gave a TEDx talk called “Transmedia in the Hour of the Nerd” in 2012. Follow him on Twitter.

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.

Ryan Benjamin

Ryan Benjamin has been a professional comic book artist and illustrator for over 20 years. Years of working with Jim Lee and studying with peers such as Jeff Campbell, Travis Charest and Alex Garner, have shaped his path as a professional comic artist. He has worked on characters such as Batman Beyond, Star Wars, Suicide Squad, WildC.A.T.S., Ghost, and Batman. You can find his work currently in Odyssey of the Amazons from DC Comics.

Alec Beyer

Alec, a native San Diegan, is a long time fan of comic books and Comic-Con. He is a Senior Deputy of the Office of County Counsel. We are honored to have him moderating our Law & Comics 2017 discussion.

 What you need to know about the event

When Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Where San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium

330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101 

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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.

Take a look at a selection of Intellectual Property Resources available to you at the Law Library.

Check out the New Books for 2017 and our special Comic Book Collection based on topics and artists covered in our past Law & Comics events.

Visit our Downtown location for a display highlighting the creation and marketing of comic books and the protection of intellectual property – the topic of Law & Comics 2017: The Business of Comics. Display available June 19th to July 27th.