Tenth Anniversary Celebration

Join the San Diego Law Library on July 16th at 4:00pm for the tenth 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 as well as the legal status of fan fiction and other fan-created content.

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.

We have partnered with the San Diego Public Library downtown to use their large auditorium – bring your friends!


Special Guests

Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is in production as a Netflix original series, starring Ian Somerhalder, and will
debut in 2019.

He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens and middle grade. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, Mars One, and many others. Several of his works are in development for film and TV.

His comics include Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell and Black Panther: DoomWar. He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He runs a monthly writers coffeehouse as well.

Rob Salkowitz

Rob Salkowitz is a writer, educator and consultant focused on the business of popular culture. He writes about comics, media and entertainment for Forbes, ICv2, Publishers Weekly, Full Bleed and other publications, and teaches marketing and visual communication in the Communication Leadership graduate program at the University of Washington.

Rob is author, editor or contributor to nearly a dozen books, including Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, Marvel: Universe of Super-Heroes, and Comics and Economics: The Shadowy World of Capes, Masks and Invisible Hands. He and his wife Eunice live and work in Seattle, WA. Look for Rob at Comic-Con this summer. Follow him on Twitter.

Stu ReesStu Rees

Stu Rees 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.

Lisa Ramsey

Lisa Ramsey is a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she is a founding member of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Markets. She teaches trademark law, intellectual property, and international intellectual property classes and her recent scholarship focuses on the potential conflict between trademark laws and free speech rights.

Lisa recently participated on a panel at the International Trademark Association annual meeting that discussed consumer and brand owner reactions to fan works.

What you need to know about the event

When Tuesday, July 16, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Where San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium

330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

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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.

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