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Paul Grist’s Big Cosmic Comic on Facebook

Eternal Warrior

Eternal Warrior

No doubt the minute I ask “Is this the first webcomic published on Facebook?” someone will point to one that’s already out there, but I’m pretty sure this is the first webcomic by Paul Grist published on Facebook. (And I do mean published versus promoted).

In a group called “Paul Grist’s Big Cosmic Comic,” the creator of Kane and Jack Staff is sharing the adventures of a character called the Eternal Warrior (not to be confused with the Valiant character of the same name). Two pages are up now, and he says he hopes to add at least one new page every week. Something I noticed about the Facebook photo interface is that when you click on one image, it takes you to the next … which seems like a really easy way to click through pages of a comic. Obviously they didn’t design it with that in mind, but it’s nice that it worked out that way.

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definitely not the first, though i can’t say what would be the first webcomic on FB. i’ve been putting my webcomics on facebook for a while, but i post them more as a photo album of comics and i put them up after i publish them on my blog. i just redid my photo album where i keep them last week (i think, maybe the week before). however, i’ve never seen anyone try to promote a webcomic thru facebook. the biggest problem is that you have to be logged in and all to move around the site, so the photo interface is nice but the open access isn’t there.

I wonder what, if any, are the issues involved with copyright or IP ownership when you post stuff on Facebook? I’m speaking as someone who knows very little about the debate but isn’t there a real risk of losing some of your rights (as a creator) by “publishing” your work on places like Facebook and Myspace? Just thinking out loud…

“not to be confused with the Valiant character of the same name”

This is hardly an issue of confusing one character for another, this is trademark infringement.

If DC tried to publish a comic with the name Captain Marvel as the trademark, Marvel would sue them.

http://bigcosmiccomic.blogspot.com/2009/02/eternal-warrior.html
Eternal Warrior copyright 2009 Paul Grist

And copyright infringement as well…

Um, no, it’s not.

Um, yes it is. VALIANT Entertainment Inc owns the copyright and trademark on Eternal Warrior, not Paul Grist.

Valiant Entertainment is a character-based entertainment company that owns and manages some of the most popular comic characters ever created across all media, including feature films, television, video games, new media, publishing, and consumer products. Since their creation in 1990, Valiant characters have sold over 80 million comic books, 8 million video games, and Valiant became one of the three leading comic character-based companies globally. In addition, the “Valiant characters are often called the most important characters created since the Marvel revolution of the 1960s” (Sequart). VALIANTTM characters include X-O MANOWAR®, BLOODSHOT®, HARBINGERTM, [B]ETERNAL WARRIORTM[/B], DOCTOR MIRAGETM, NINJAKTM, SHADOWMAN®, RAITM, and QUANTUM & WOODYTM, among many others. Visit http://www.ValiantEntertainment.com for more information.

I’m curious, if not copyright and trademark infringement, what do you think it is? An oopsy?

It is kinda complicated, but Valiant Entertainment does have the trademark “Eternal Warrior” registered. Here’s the US Patent and Trademark Office entry:

http://tarr.uspto.gov/servlet/tarr?regser=serial&entry=78598980

All this means is that this comic can’t be titled “Eternal Warrior”. Or so it would seem. I’m no lawyer, but I have spent some time learning the differences between trademark and copyright in my years of business.

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