Who wants to go to NY Comic Con AND get CLE credits?

Getting a ticket to NY Comic Con can be tricky. Representing comic book clients is even trickier. Now you can get a guaranteed ticket to the ‘con while learning how to represent comic book creator clients from conception of the idea to collaboration with other artists to negotiation of a publishing agreement. We’ll even show you some keys aspects of licensing comic book properties to motion picture and television.

Thanks to the overwhelming success of the past two years' sold-out CLEs on Comic Book law at New York Comic Con, this year's New York Comic Con, in association with Thomas A. Crowell, Esq., and the National Academy of Continuing Legal Education, present two in-depth CLEs on the transactional legal practice for the comic book industry.

From Panel to Publisher - Representing Comic Book Creator Clients in 2017

3.0 MCLE Credits in Skills
Thursday, October 5, 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM at New York Comic Con at the Javits Center
Course Price: $160
Ticket Fee: $0 - $40

The comic book industry and its ancillary markets continue to flourish in 2017, with new trends in digital publishing and derivative licensing. Emphasizing practical skills, this CLE provides a chance to learn from legal practitioners, comic book creators, and former comic book publishing executives. This workshop tracks recent trends in comic book business and legal practice and is designed to help lawyers and law students understand the fundamentals of representing comic book industry clients.

Some of the issues explored in this CLE:

  • Recent case law impacting comic book creators
  • Intellectual property issues in the comic book industry
  • Service agreements and collaboration agreements
  • Negotiating comic book publishing agreements
  • The view from the publisher’s side of the desk
  • Understanding page rates, royalties, and financial incentives
  • Legal issues in self-publishing of comic book properties

Beyond the Printed Page: An Overview of Licensing Comic Book Properties to the Film, Television, and Merchandising Industries

1.5 Credits
Sunday, October 8, 11:00AM – 12:15 PMat New York Comic Con at the Javits Center
Course Price: $100
Ticket Fee: $40

Guardians of the Galaxy; Wonder Woman; Riverdale; The Tick; Deadpool — comic book properties dominate film, television, mobile apps, and videogames. They are the driving force behind the hottest toys and apparel for the holidays. Comic book properties are also ripe for being turned into unlicensed derivative works, such as fan-art and fan-merchandise, often giving rise to infringement suits.

This CLE will introduce lawyers and law students to key issues involved in the audiovisual and merchandise licensing of comic book properties.

Topics include:

  • Preserving chain of title and underlying rights in comic book properties
  • Audiovisual option/purchase agreements
  • Key aspects of merchandising agreements
  • The thin line between fan art and copyright infringement


  • Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. 
  • Lillian Laserson, Esq.: Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of DC Comics where she established and ran the company’s in-house legal department for twenty years.

Select Potential Panelists:
Attorneys: Jeff Trexler, Esq., Matthew Tynan, Esq., Stephen Swalski, Esq., Jason Yarn, Esq., Katie Lane, Esq.
Creators: Jody LeHeup (comic book author and former editor at Marvel Comics); David Gallaher (writer for Marvel and DC Comics).