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Law and Comics 2018: New Books

Comic Book History of Comics: Birth of a Medium

This work tells the story of comic books using the comic book medium. It begins with early (cave painting early) attempts to represent people or tell stories using graphics. It winds its way through time touching on different artists or styles that would work themselves into comics in the future. The work begins to treat events in more depth with the publishing of the Yellow Kid comic strip in 1896. It is important because it was the first attempt to tell a narrative story in multiple panels. Subsequently, all the major events that make comics what they are today are covered: from early science and pulp fiction that inspired Superman’s creation to 1970s Underground Comix.

Law for Comic Book Creators

Since Comic Books began, there have been legal cases and conflicts over ownership of characters. These cases have involved concepts such as public domain, unincorporated entities, and artists’ moral rights. Comic creators are therefore concerned over how to protect themselves and their creations.

The Law for Comic Book Creators attempts to provide answers for creators and look at the legal history of comics in an entertaining and understandable manner. The book looks at various lawsuits about comic books in order to provide lessons and insights to readers. There are discussions of copyright, trademark, censorship, public domain characters, and contracts.

Manga in theory and practice: the craft of creating manga

Manga are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language that conform to styles developed in Japan in the late 19th century. It is a multi-billion dollar a year industry. It is not limited to Japan. It has over a one-third market share in France, which has a much larger comics industry than the United States. Popular titles are translated and sold throughout Europe, North America, and Asia.

Manga in Theory and Practice is a how-to book written by the creator of one of the longest-running manga titles. The book discusses important steps. First, designing an attention grabbing first page so that an editor or reader will keep reading. Next, he describes developing characters, writing storylines, finding your art style, and the importance of setting.

Sonovawitch! And other tales of supernatural Law

Sonovawitch! is the third collection of stories of Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre. Wolff and Byrd are attorneys whose cases always involve the supernatural in form or another.

The main story is Sonovawitch involve a single man who is sued for “hexual” harassment after his mom, a witch, casts a love spell on a female co-worker. The story was nominated for a Bram Stoker Horror award and an Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist – Humor category.

Additional stories include a doctor who specializes in reviving the dead; a hunchback accused of teaching Satanism to pre-schoolers, a vampire henchman for the Nosferatu crime cartel, a priest who guards a jewel that unleashes the power of giant reptilian monster, and a nice guy whose soul has possessed the body of a demon.

The Vampire Brat and Other Tales of Supernatural Law

The Vampire Brat is the fourth collection of stories of Wolff & Byrd, counselors of the macabre. Wolff and Byrd are attorneys whose cases always involve the supernatural in one form or another. The stories cover seven issues of Supernatural Law and one issue devoted to Wolff & Byrd’s Assistant, Mavis.

Their clients this go round include Buford, the vampire brat, who fears Myrtle, the vampire slayer; the ex-wife of a mad scientist; a time-traveler who crashes the office holiday party; and a young boy who is the only one who can control a rampaging, hulk-like monster.