LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 116
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This weekend, I moved my graphic novel collection one floor. Ow. I put some of it on eBay because, well, I don’t want to do that again. I really wish it was all digital right now.
DC sources inform me that the reasons for concern are over issues concerning copyright and trademark of certain literary characters referred to in the book, some that are public domain in the USA but not in other territories who have different copyright laws.
The US states that if a work was published before 1923, or it is 70 years since the death of the author, then it is in public domain. The UK has a similar rule, without the 1923 proviso, leading to a number of creations published before 1923 but not yet out of copyright. Canada, New Zealand and Australia also have no 1923-style ruling, but wait till 50 years after the author’s demise, although Australia now has a 70 year policy for work created since 2005.
It was this difference that led to the suspension of the publication of “Lost Girls” until January 2008 in the UK, as only then will it be 70 years after the death of Peter Pan author Barrie.
However, previous “League” books have used characters and creations that are not yet in the UK public domain, such as HG Wells’ Martians and The Invisible Man, and Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes and Moriarty.
I understand that the new book goes at length to disguise or hide contentious characters, such as a British spy in the fifties who reports to “M” goes by the name “Jimmy.”
However, just as with “Lost Girls,” it is unlikely that the book will remain within the US shores, and that UK and other territories will be able to acquire copies through the “grey” market, distributed not illegally but not through official channels. Comic stores in the US will order on behalf of comic book stores in contested territories, even though this action is not permitted under Diamond’s terms.
It is unlikely, however, that any of these copies will be distributed outside of the direct sales market, officially or otherwise. DC’s redistributor to the UK bookstore market, Titan Books, will not be able to publish or distribute the book.
The book will be distributed in the USA as scheduled.
Scott did not appear at the recent Comic-Con International in San Diego and his name was removed from programming. I had repeated reports of people asking after Scott at the DC booth to be told that he was either working from home, was sick or had personal problems. His status at the company remains unclear.
Dunbier was an art dealer before joining Jim Lee’s Homage Studios, part of Image Comics as editor and then editor-in-chief. The company became Wildstorm and was sold to DC Comics. While Scott’s work has been integral to much of the publishing imprint, his specific legacy is likely to be the genre-reinterpreting works “Authority” and “Planetary” and the recruitment of Alan Moore for the creation of “America’s Best Comics” after the decline of Awesome. Scott is a very well liked and respected executive in the comics industry and, if he does leave Wildstorm, it is unlikely that we will be without him for long, either with another publisher or on his own terms.
Scott Dunbier was not available for comment.
Let’s just say that the opportunities at Boom! looks to be something special.
IT’S IN THE BONES
DREW LOOKS LIKE A LADY
DARK KAARE RETURNS
It’s good to talk
So they didn’t.
I’m sure he’ll appreciate the extra traffic.
Reports please from anyone who went. Anonymity as always guaranteed.
A HERO’S JOURNEY
It is quite possible that any publisher with a reasonable overhead wouldn’t be able to turn a profit on the book, even DC Comics. However, it is also pretty much guaranteed to be the number one bestselling graphic novel in the month it debuts, so who knows.
Regardless, it makes for good stats and a little fillip on the DC dollar market share.
Upcoming “Punisher” cover by Arial Olivetti.
CAPPED FOR ENGLAND
BITS AND PIECES
Chicago is coming. Hoh boy. Look for a new ongoing regular artist for “Witchblade” to be announced, starting with issue #116 until about #150…
Alan Moore on Canada’s SexTV
Robert Beerbohm, comics dealer, on why he’s never setting up at a Wizard World again.
Wonderful Lehrer-ish song from The Consultants, “All Of The Fathers” real player streaming until Wednesday, 12 minutes and change in.
Wasn’t “New Avengers: Illuminati” #4 good?
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