Thanks, Obamacomics!

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A graphic novel has become Exhibit A in the latest Obamacare controversy.

Her Universe and Ours

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Signs aren’t the only thing greeting attendees at the entrance to New York Comicon. Amidst the registration booths and all too quickly emptied bins for lanyards ReedPOP has its own boutique, featuring the geek-chic fashion of Ashley Eckstein’s Her Universe line.

Cosplay, Consent and Signs of the Times

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Attendees at this year’s New York Comic Con are accustomed to giant-sized announcements for the latest entertainment, but this year a new sign greets visitors as they wander around the hype-encrusted Javits Center: branded displays proclaiming that “Cosplay is not consent.” The conspicuous sexual harassment policies at New York and a growing number of other […]

Supreme Court Spikes Shuster Case

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As expected, the Supreme Court has denied cert in the case of Joe Shuster heir Mark Peary. I’ve noted elsewhere that, contrary to what the rest of the entertainment press asserts, the filing of amicus briefs in support of a petition is not a sign of case momentum, and the outcome of the Shuster case […]

SDCC ’14: Is Cosplayer Harassment a Real Problem?

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How do we solve the problem of cosplayer harassment? Is it even a problem at all, or are we simply dealing with a few isolated incidents? Let’s take a look.

SDCC ’14: Fashioning a Response to Cosplay Harassment

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Comic-Con hit TMZ after America’s Next Top Model winner and media personality Adrianne Curry, dressed as Catwoman, chased down and whip-punched a man who thrust his hands down the tights of another model dressed as Tigra. As horrible as Sunday’s attack was, could this incident help us deal with such harassment more effectively?

SDCC ’14: Giant Monsters Win the Masquerade

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Just a few hours after Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull announced that Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan will appear in the Godzilla sequel, attendees at the 40th annual Comic-Con Masquerade saw the four monsters destroy a city live on stage — and win the competition’s Best in Show.

SDCC ’14: Fashion Shows on Trend

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This year there are several high-profile fashion-related events and product launches at Comic-Con, which at the very least reflects how much the comics industry’s awareness of fashion has grown since the days when Batgirl was baffled by hemlines.

SDCC ’14: Werthamania

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of Fredric Wertham’s influential and notorious Seduction of the Innocent, and Comic Con’s programming schedule includes several panels addressing the book and its core themes.

Is the Clickhole Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon Illegal Child Porn?

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Clickhole, the Onion’s answer to Buzzfeed and Clickhole, has posted an audacious NSFW video parody, “If You Grew Up With ‘Calvin and Hobbes,’ You Need to Watch This Now.” Spoilers below for those of you who aren’t already in custody haven’t seen it yet:

Shuster Estate Loses Appeal

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The Siegel and Shuster lawsuits are over – again. My thoughts on the latest decision after the jump.

Just add cigar and brandy: Girls banned from child’s superhero party

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This Sunday’s New York Times features yet another controversy over women’s place in comics–the exclusion of girls from a superhero-themed birthday party.

Legal Spotlight: Ghost Rider and the Gary Friedrich Appeal

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If you ever wondered how Jerry Siegel’s 1970s lawsuit against National Periodical Publications would have turned out if it had been decided today, this week’s Second Circuit ruling in the Gary Friedrich case has your answer.

The Legal View: Siegel Court Issues Final Judgments

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The Superman and Superboy lawsuits are officially over, pending appeal.

Siegel Superman case ends (almost)

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As expected, the district court has ruled that the 2001 settlement agreement between DC and the Siegels is binding and did indeed transfer the Superman copyright to DC. But what about Superboy?

The Legal View: Wertham was right

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Tonight in SoHo, a panel of comics all-stars will discuss the Carol Tilley’s Seducing the Innocent, which purports to expose industry bete noire Fredric Wertham as a fraud. What’s more important for us today, however, is understanding why he was right.