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The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators: A Legal Toolkit for Comic Book Artists and Writers from Focal Press is designed to help emerging artists and veteran professionals in the comic book industry build a solid foundation of business and communication practices. Necessary tools for those wanting to thrive in today's ever-changing, uncertain world of indie comics, readers will learn to protect their trademarks, hire artists so everyone wins, and learn the ins and outs of contracts with this helpful resource.
PART 1: Quick Start
The Structure of the Book
How to Use this Book
The Audience for this Book
PART 2: Intellectual Property: The Heart of the Work
Chapter 1: Intellectual Property
Chapter 2: Copyright Law
PART 3: Contracts: The Engine Which Drives the Deal
Chapter 3: Contracts: Getting into Gear
Part 4: Putting It Together
Chapter 4: The Solo Creator
Chapter 5: Setting up Shop
Chapter 6: Collaboration
Chapter 7: Hiring Other Artists
Chapter 8: Clearances and Licensing the Rights of Others
Part 5: Getting It out There
Chapter 9: Blog It! Tweet It! Post It! Promote It!
Chapter 10: Landing a Publisher
Chapter 11: Working for a Publishing Company
Chapter 12: The Comic Book Publishing Agreement
Chapter 13: Self-Publishing
Chapter 14: What Happens When Something Goes Wrong?
Part 6: The Law Library
Appendix A: A Comic Creator's Guide to Copyright Law
Appendix B: A Comic Creator's Guide to Protecting Ideas
Appendix C: A Comic Creator's Guide to Trademark Law
Appendix D: A Comic Creator's Guide to the Right of Publicity & Other Privacy Rights
Appendix E: A Comic Creator's Guide to Libel and Defamation
Appendix F: A Comic Creator's Guide to Moral Rights & the Visual Artists Rights Act
Appendix G: Contract Anatomy for Comic Book Creators
Appendix H: Famous Comic Book Cases
Appendix I: Online Resources
Table of Contents
Thomas A. Crowell
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