Nat in San Diego

For those of you headed to San Diego for the 50th anniversary of what is now called Comic-Con International, I’ll be there most of Friday through Sunday. While you can flag me if there’s something of particular interest you want to discuss, here’s where you’ll be able to see me in an organized manner:

Friday, 4:30pm, Room 24ABC

Comics Law: Disney, Malibu, and The Uncensored Mouse

Malibu Comics made headlines when it republished two volumes of public domain Mickey Mouse newspaper strips in The Uncensored Mouse . Disney sued Malibu and the series ended. Public domain law and the comics that get published will be discussed using The Uncensored Mouse as a case study. Hear the lively discussion with Tom Mason (Mouse editor), Dave Olbrich (Malibu publisher), Nat Gertler (About Comics publisher), and Michael Lovitz (trademark, copyright, and entertainment attorney and Comic Book Law School founder). What does it take to keep public domain material in print in 2019?

Sunday, 2:00pm, Room 24ABC

Catholic Cartoon Nunsplosion

In the 1950s, cartoon booklets about nuns and other Roman Catholic figures became a fad, with creators from Platinum and Golden Age comic book artists to an actual monk and a future nun. Comic book historian Jessica Tseang interviews About Comics publisher Nat Gertler about these forgotten books and efforts to reprint them.

 

Discounts
another free Peanuts e-book

You can get a free PDF e-book copy of the full-color strip collection Snoopy: Party Animal just for signing up for the AMP Kids (that’s the publisher) newsletter, courtesy of the publisher and the Schulz Museum! Go here.

Classic finds
A free Peanuts book to go grab

The fine folks at the currently closed Charles M. Schulz Museum have up a nice page with a few resources for those of you with kids – some at-home learning tools, a couple of activities. And in the midst of this they have Snoopy’s Daily Dozen, which was a collection of …

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The last day of free e-books

So for the third and final day of Free Comic Birth Day, I’ve got a book for you to download with a little actual Schulz… and a little fake Schulz to boot.   Back in 1958, a bunch of top newspaper cartoonists got together to create You Don’t See These …