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Comics A.M. | Does SDCC have a case against Salt Lake Comic Con?

Comic-Con International

Comic-Con International

Legal | Attorney Evan Stassberg finds two significant problems with Comic-Con International’s trademark-infringement claim against Salt Lake Comic Con over the use of the term “Comic Con”: There are a lot of shows called “comic con,” so it could be argued it’s a descriptive term that’s not specific to the San Diego event, and precisely because there are so many events that use that term, it could be argued that Comic-Con International organizers haven’t been policing their trademark. Strassberg adds, “The Salt Lake organizers’ steadfast defiance and ongoing gravitas has turned a simple trademark dispute into a national news story with mountains of free publicity for the Salt Lake event. If this was intentional, it is an astonishing display of marketing genius. If this was mere happenstance, it is the comic book convention equivalent of the accidental invention of Post-It notes.” [Deseret News]

The Fade Out #3

The Fade Out #3

Creators | Ed Brubaker discusses his Hollywood thriller The Fade Out, the end of Fatale, and his longtime creative partnership with Sean Phillips. [Complex]

Creators | Ed Piskor talks about his Hip Hop Family Tree, the second volume of which is out this week. [13th Dimension]

Creators | Cartoonist Hilary Price pays a visit to the studio of Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker. [Rhymes With Orange]

Creators | The local newspaper profiles U.K. artist Lisa Wood, who draws the comics Supreme: Blue Rose and Bodies under the name Tula Lotay and also organizes the Thought Bubble comics festival in Leeds. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

Everybody Dies

Everybody Dies

Creators | Henry Chamberlain talks with character actor, manga translator and comics creator David Ury, whose latest book is Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown-Ups. Interesting side note: Ury was the translator of Me and the Devil Blues, the manga about the blues singer Robert Johnson. [Comics Grinder]

Creators | Editorial cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher is winding up a residency in Bermuda with an exhibit of his cartoons about the island at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. [Royal Gazette]

Manga | Ed Chavez, marketing director for the manga publisher Vertical, discusses one of his company’s specialties, manga by and about women. Its lineup includes Kyoko Okazaki’s Helter Skelter and Pink, Moyco Anno’s Sakuran and In Clothes Called Fat, and the cute-cat manga Chi’s Sweet Home. Chavez, who was a blogger and podcaster and worked for the Japanese publisher Kodansha before coming to Vertical, also talks about the changes in the manga market over the years and how manga publishers are working smarter these days. [Comics Alliance]

Comics | Vincze Miklós explains why The Phantom, hero of the eponymous comic strip, appears on traditional war shields made by the Wahgi people of Papua New Guinea in the 1960s and 1970s. [io9]

Conventions | Noreen Cochran talks to artists Joseph R. Wheeler III and Iyabo Shabazz, the husband-and-wife team that organizes OnyxCon, an Atlanta comics convention focusing on black creators. [Neighbor Newspapers]

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My understanding was that the SDC-C v. SLCC thing wasn’t an issue until the SLCC guys showed up in their SLCC-branded car. HOWEVER, the SLCC people repeated attempted to contact SDC-C organizers to make sure it was okay, and took the non-response as a “sure, go for it.”

“Comic Con” seems like far too generic a descriptor to BE trademarkable. It’s a comic convention; “con” is very commonly used as an abbreviation for “convention”.

It’s why Microsoft doesn’t have trademarks on the words “Word” or “Office”. (Frankly I don’t think the “Windows” trademark should be valid either since it’s a generic descriptive term for a common user-interface element, but I digress…)

But if the complaint is over the logo as Tony suggests, that’s potentially another issue.

Yeah, CCI needs to find a way to settle this quickly before people start realizing that their convention fees- currently heading over $200- are now being used for BS lawsuits.

Between the Hoovervile that was the Hall H line and the assault that probably wasn’t an assault, SDCC doesn’t need to be attracting the wrong attention.

Oh my gosh, I am so glad this question was asked!

To answer the question. HELL NO!!

In my mind, CC is for everyone. Heaven forbid we should have to fly ALL the way to California just to enjoy it.
I think the biggest reason SDCC is making such a big fuss about it is because Salt Lake City is rivaling the sales to it. I live in Utah, there fore SLCCC is the biggest thing I have to look forward to. So I would be livid if by some chance this lawsuit caused that to happen. If SDCC did that, then they’d probably take down all CC in the USA!!!

That being said, I can’t wait for SLCCC! I just baught my ticket today and I’m going with my Dad.

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