The biggest news in geek culture this last week has to be that Jack Kirby’s family and Marvel have come to a settlement over the copyrights of the Marvel character that Kirby helped create. The details of the settlement have not been released, and probably won’t be, but it must have been substantial for the Kirby family to stop pursuing the matter. In addition, a settlement means that the case will not go before the United States Supreme Court. While the Court had not officially decided to hear the case, they had requested a response from Marvel in advance to taking the case to conference, one step closer toward the case being heard. Many in the comics industry had hoped the case to be a watershed for other old school creators and their families.
If the case had gone to the Supreme Court, the outcome would have had little to no impact on contemporary comic writers, as they work under much more clearly defined contracts.
If you’re like me, you’ve watched and really enjoyed Star Wars: Clone Wars. Personally I’ve been watching it while I work out. I have found it very entertaining and full of great action. Unfortunately the show was cancelled last year, and while the finished episodes of season six are available on Netflix, there are several stories that weren’t finished at the time of cancellation. Those stories are now being made available, in different forms. A Darth Maul story was made into a comic now available in trade paperback from Dark Horse, a story on Utapau can be watched in it’s pre-visualization version at Starwars.com, and the final story staring Ventress is being made into a novel.
These are the final Star Wars tales under the overall direction of George Lucas. Enjoy
Most comic book readers have fantisized about what it would be like to write or draw comics for a living, at one point or another. For most of us, that thought remains a fantasy. But if you’re truly interested in breaking into the comics industry, then you need to check out this article that we picked up from Sam Ellis recently. The article goes through most of the major publishers of comic books and gives a brief description of their submission policies and links to more information. Many publishers are currently not accepting submissions, but several are accepting, under various conditions. Marvel’s submission process was surprisingly open (most of my surprise came from the fact that it wasn’t completely closed). And of course you have Oni at the opposite extreme, who will destroy any unsolicited submission without opening it. Not even joking about that one.
If you missed our interview with Sam Ellis, you should definitely go back and check it out.