THOMAS A. CROWELL, ESQ.                                AUTHOR


Drop by a see me at one of the events below!



Hey gang! How many of you are going to Emerald City ComicCon? Here’s your chance to learn a little comic book law with me in person.

If you’re a lawyer and want to earn CLE credits, I’m teaching a CLE seminar just for you:

4/7/2016  "THE COMIC BOOK CREATOR AS CLIENT: An Overview of Representing the Comic Book Creator and Comic Book Properties."

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If you are a comic book creator and want to learn how to protect your copyrights, land a publisher, and negotiate publishing agreement, I’m teaching a workshop that’s right up your alley:

4/9/2016 "Critical Contracts for the Comic Book Creator."

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And if you haven’t picked up a copy of The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators, you can do so at my book signing at Emerald City ComicCon: Book signing April 09 2016 University Book Store Booth: 5100; 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Hope to see you there!



Hey Chicago lawyers, I'm talkin' to you! Do you want to learn about comic book law while earning CLE credits? Come and see me on March 18, 2016 and the award-winning comic creator David Gallaher at C2E2. 

new york comic con

New York Comic Con, in association with the New York State Bar Association and Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. present

THE COMIC BOOK CREATOR AS CLIENT: An Overview of Representing the Comic Book Creator and Comic Book Properties

1.5 TOTAL CREDITS: 1.5 Credit Hours in Skills

Comic books are the new hot properties; movies, television, and the publishing industry are all scrambling to acquire the latest graphic novelsComic books are the new hot properties; movies, television, and the publishing industry are all 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 to the business and legal landscape of the comic book industry with an emphasis on practical skills.

Some of the issues explored in this CLE:

  • An overview of comic book creation, publishing, distribution, and popular “D.I.Y.” alternatives
  • Critical IP issues in representing the comic book creator
  • How to help your client get her comic book into the hands of the right publisher
  • Key deal points involved in
    • Artist agreements
    • Comic book publishing agreements 
    • Option agreements
    • Who Should Attend:

      THE COMIC BOOK CREATOR AS CLIENT: An Overview of Representing the Comic Book Creator and Comic Book PropertiesIntellectual Property Attorneys. Arts and Entertainment Attorneys. General Counsel. Anyone who is interested in the world of comic book properties.

      Before you apply, please know:

    • The course will take place at NYCC on October 8, 2015 at 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
    • The cost of the course is $100. This includes Thursday admission. Once approved, attorneys will have the option to upgrade to a 4 Day Professional Badge for an additional fee.
    • This course has been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months).
    • This program is open only to registered attorneys and the tickets are 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 New York State Bar association and/or New York Comic Con may verify your attorney registration status.
    • Completing the application does not register you for the CLE course or a professional badge for NYCC 2015. If your application is approved, you will be prompted by email to complete your registration. Please allow 14 days for a response.
    • Submitting the application and being approved does not guarantee you a chance to complete registration as only a limited number of seats are available. If you apply for the course and are approved, there is a possibility that the course will sell out before you register. Because of this, please complete your registration as soon as possible after you are approved, and know that approval is not a guarantee until registration and payment are completed.


(mAY 16, 2014)

LEARN TO NAVIGATE THE LUMINIFEROUS AETHER THAT IS THE LAW: A Crash Course in Copyrights, Trademarks, Rights of Publicity, and other Pernicious Legal Issues for Artists.



Perhaps you’ve written a SteamPunk novel or comic book and are now ready to meet with publishers, or maybe you’ve taken photographs of conventioneers in cosplay and want to make merchandise from your pictures. How do you protect your creative work? What are the limits of such legal protection? What kind of permissions do you need? What kind of rights should you keep? In this presentation, we will explore legal topics critical to creators such as the protection of ideas; copyrights and “copy wrongs”; work for hire agreements and model releases; and a multitude of unseen legal traps waiting to ensnare the unsuspecting artist.


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NEW YORK COMIC CON (NYCC) 2014  10/09-10/11/2014

For the sixth year in a row, I taught workshops at New York Comic Con. This year was especially exciting, as this year— I rolled out three NEW workshops to celebrate the publication of my newest book: The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators (Focal Press, 2014). 

Selling Your Comic to Hollywood
Date: 10/9/2014
Time: 1:15PM - 2:00PM
Location: 1A05

Landing a Publisher and Negotiating Publishing Deals
Date: 10/10/2014
Time: 11:15AM - 12:00PM
Location: 1A14

Copyrights, Contracts, and Comic Book Creators
Date: 10/11/2014
Time: 4:15PM - 5:00PM
Location: 1A01


Thomas Crowell Lecturing at NYCC 2014

NYSBA CLE 10/20/2014

NYSBA CLE: “Representing Comic Book Properties: From Creation to The Panel To The Silver Screen”
Date: 10/20/2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location:  New York State Society of CPA’s | 14 Wall Street, 19th Floor | New York, NY 10005| (212)719 -8300


CMJ/NYSBA Entertainment Business Law Seminar at NYU: “Counseling the New Filmmaker”
Date: 10/24/2014
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: NYU



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