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Brooklyn Brewery is celebrating the return of New York Comic Con on Oct. 10 with a redesign of its superhero-inspired brew Brooklyn Defender, courtesy of Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang. The American Black Ale was created exclusively for the convention last year, when it sported a design by Tony Millionaire.
“We’re thrilled to have Cliff design the Defender this year,” wrote Brooklyn Brewery’s Brian Dochney. “We’ve been admiring his design work for years, and his Wonder Woman run has been on our pull list every week. Cliff has given us a darker more contemporary Brooklyn Defender, willing to brave any bar to defend against his gallery of rogues the ‘Foam Jobs.'”
The ale was created by brewmaster Garrett Oliver, and it sports a vintage logo designed by the legendary Milton Glaser, New York magazine co-founder and the man behind the DC Comics bullet and I ♥ NY.
Brooklyn Defender will be relaunched Sept. 21 at the Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room, and will be available before and during New York Comic Con at select venues (see the full list here).
Legal | The lawyer for Jack Kirby’s heirs asked the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to overturn a 2011 ruling that Marvel owns the copyrights to the characters the late artist co-created for the publisher, arguing that a federal judge misinterpreted the law. Attorney Marc Toberoff, who also represents the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in their fight against DC Comics, told a three-judge panel that a freelancer who gets paid only when a publisher likes his work is not, under copyright law, performing work for hire. Marvel countered that Stan Lee’s testimony established Kirby drew the contested works at the publisher’s behest; the Kirby family insists the lower court gave too much credence to Lee’s testimony. Kirby’s children filed 45 notices in 2009 in a bid to terminate their father’s assignment of copyright to characters ranging from the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to Thor and Iron Man under a provision of the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act. However, in July 2011, a judge determined those comics created between 1958 and 1963 were work made for hire and therefore ineligible for copyright termination. [Law360.com]