Author Archives: Michael Dean

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Who Owns the Man of Steel?

Now that we know the new Superman movie is a colossal hit, it seems like a good time to review the legal conflict over who gets to rake in those profits. Continue reading

 
Photo by and copyright © 2013 Alex Chun.

Amazing Hero: Kim Thompson (1956-2013)

As one of the twin pillars of Fantagraphics Books, Kim Thompson helped the comics medium to grow up. He did so with the tough love of a strict parent, the internationally formed intelligence of a global citizen, and the abiding loyalty of an avid comics reader. Continue reading

 
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Harvey Kurtzman Estate and Al Feldstein File to Regain Copyrights to 1950s Comics

The Journal has learned that legendary EC writer/editor Al Feldstein and the estate of Mad editor/cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman have filed notices to reclaim the copyrights on their work. Continue reading

 
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MoCCA Gets a New Lease on Life at Society of Illustrators

Everything that was MoCCA — its collection, its educational programming, its logo, its heavily attended annual festival — has been subsumed, and will reportedly continue, under the auspices of the Society of Illustrators. Continue reading

 
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MoCCA Aims for Improved Location: Closure Not Permanent

A report on the sudden news. Continue reading

 
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An Interview with MoCCA Founder Lawrence Klein

How the museum has been able to survive, why building a permanent collect has not been a high priority, and why Klein left the museum and New York. Continue reading

 
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State of the Art Museum: What MoCCA Has Accomplished and Failed to Accomplish After Ten Years

For better or worse, MoCCA is the high-water mark for the level of respectability that comic art has been able to carve out for itself in its home town. Continue reading

 
Art by Jack Kirby from Journey Into Mystery #83. ©1962 Marvel Characters.

Marvel/Disney’s Win Against Jack Kirby Heirs Not About Fairness

Copyright attorney Marc Toberoff’s winning streak on behalf of comics creators collided with the Southern District Court of New York’s streak of publisher-friendly, work-for-hire rulings last week and the losers were Jack Kirby’s heirs. Continue reading

 
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