THE LEGAL VIEW: A Superman Copyright Multiversity

Perhaps it’s only fitting that double identity has been a central issue in the never-ending battle over the Superman copyright. As longtime readers of my posts may recall, the relation between the original and contemporary versions of Superman has been central to the Siegel lawsuits from the beginning. To set the stage for the posts that follow, let’s take a quick review of how the multiple versions of Superman have played a role in the Siegel lawsuits.

2011 Russ Manning Award nominees announced

The CCI folks have announced the 2011 nominees for Most Promising Newcomer, an art award that recognizes up and coming talent. Past winners include Dave Stevens, Jeff Smith, and David Petersen, so they have a pretty good track record. The nominees were selected by a committee and the winner (selected by past winners and Russ Manning assistants) will be announced July 22 during the Eisner award ceremony.

Comics down, GNs up in May, Fear Itself leads

Diamond has released its first charts for May and FEAR ITSELF #2 led the periodicals — beating out FLASHPOINT #1 — while Garth Ennis’s CROSSED collection topped the GN charts. In the information supplied by Diamond, sales increases in non-comics products — trading cards, games, and collectibles — reflect their continued emphasis on growing those parts of the business.

Must Read #3: Scott Kurtz on the Reubens and evolving comics culture

This year’s Reuben awards weekend — the traditional yearly gathering of traditional comic strip cartoonists — saw some special guests from the webcomics world specially invited, like Kate Beaton, Randall Munroe, and Scott Kurtz. Kurtz has written up the weekend in an absolute must read on the changing of the guard from a world where creators live by the structured patronage of big media companies in exchange for exclusivity, to a much more fluid world where entrepreneurship is as important as content and living by your wits is literally the way to the big payoff.