Join us at 4:00 pm, Tuesday, July 16th, at  San Diego Central Library‘s Neil Morgan Auditorium for our exciting annual event. Our fantastic foursome of amazing panelists will discuss cutting edge legal issues in the creation, publication, and distribution of all things 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. And, check out our special Comic Book Collection based on topics and artists covered in our past Law & Comics events.

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: San Diego Central Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium

MCLE: 1 Hour General Participatory Credit

Register: Online

Cost: FREE

Special Guest Speakers

Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, 5-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; and he writes for adults, teens and middle grade. He is a board member of the Horror Writers Association and the president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers.

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. His comics include Road of the Dead: Highway to Hell and Black Panther: DoomWar. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-WARS, is in production as a Netflix original series, starring Ian Somerhalder, and will debut in 2019.He runs a monthly writers coffeehouse as well.  Follow him on Twitter.

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

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.