Emerald City Comicon Continuing Legal Education

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Thanks to the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural CLE on comic book law at Emerald City Comic Con, this year’s ECCC, in association with the Washington State Bar Association and Thomas A. Crowell, Esq., present two new, in-depth CLEs on the transactional legal practice for the comic book industry:

From Panel to Publisher: An In-Depth Look at Transactional Law for Comic Book Creator Clients

Comic books are the new hot properties; movies, television, and the publishing industry are all scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novelsThursday, March 2, 3:00PM
Room TCC 302

3 Credits

The past decade has seen a renaissance in comic book publishing. In fact, more titles are being published now than ever before in history. This CLE will help introduce lawyers and law students to the business and legal landscape of the comic book industry with a strong emphasis on practical skills.
Some of the issues explored in this CLE:

  • Intellectual property issues in the comic book industry
  • Artists’ and writers’ services agreements
  • Comic book creator collaboration agreements
  • Successfully “working” comic con
  • The publisher submission process
  • Negotiating comic book publishing agreements
  • Legal issues in representing the indie publisher
  • Legal issues in self-publishing of comic book properties

Duration: 3 hours

From the Printed Page to the Silver Screen: An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties to the Film and Television Industries

THE COMIC BOOK CREATOR AS CLIENT: An Overview of Representing the Comic Book Creator and Comic Book PropertiesSaturday, March 4, 11:00AM
Room TCC 302

2 Credits

From Arrow to X-Men; The Walking Dead to Deadpool; comic book properties dominate the film and television screens. It’s no secret that comic books are the new hot properties; the entertainment industry is scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novels. Are you ready to represent the creator of the next superhero smash hit? This CLE will help introduce lawyers and law students to the key issues involved in licensing comic book properties to the film and television industries.

Topics include:

  • An overview of key legal issues in film and television
  • Working with media producers
  • Chain of title and underlying rights for audiovisual productions
  • Motion picture option/purchase agreements
  • Comics into films: the studio perspective

Duration: 2 hours

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Speaker:

Thomas A. Crowell, Esq.Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Lane Sash and Larrabee, LLP, in the firm’s New York office. He is also the Director from Practice Emeritus of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, and the graphic arts.

He is the series editor of the Focal Press “Pocket Lawyer for…” series and author of both “The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers” (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry: “The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators” (Focal Press 2014).  Mr. Crowell received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Other speakers to be announced.           

Who Should Attend:

Intellectual Property Attorneys. Arts and Entertainment Attorneys. General Counsel. Anyone who is interested in the world of comic book properties.

NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN ONLY TO REGISTERED ATTORNEYS AND THE TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE. BY APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION TO THIS CLE COURSE YOU ARE REPRESENTING AND WARRANTING THAT YOU ARE A REGISTERED ATTORNEY IN GOOD STANDING AT LEAST ONE U.S. JURISDICTION. BY APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION, YOU AGREE THAT THE WASHINGTON STATE BAR ASSOCIATION AND/OR EMERALD CITY COMIC CON MAY VERIFY YOUR ATTORNEY REGISTRATION STATUS.

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