Comic Book Law with Sheafe Walker and Thomas Crowell

It’s a Legal Geek Cross-Over Special with Sheafe Walker and Thomas Crowell, author of The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators.

Sheafe and Thomas share who are their favorite comic book characters and some of their past adventures at New York Comic Con.

Thomas and Sheafe discuss tips and tricks for comic book creators negotiating deals, advice for crowdfunding campaigns, and the basics of copyright protection.

Join for us to hear about The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators and what to expect at New York Comic Con 2015.

 

About Sheafe Walker:

Sheafe worked as a sound engineer and sound designer prior to becoming an attorney. He engineered and designed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at regional theaters in the United States; including STOMP at the Orpheum Theater in New York and Jackie: An American Life at the Belasco Theatre. Mr. Walker worked in production and post-production sound for films and videos at LollyGag Productions Project Studio in New York from 1990-1995.

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Mr. Walker has presented lectures on copyright and contract issues faced by artists, creators and publishers at the New York Comic Con, the School of Visual Arts, the Graphic Artists Guild and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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Mr. Walker counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, including: television and motion picture agreements, theater agreements, comic book publishing agreements, artist-dealer agreements, music publishing, copyright and licensing.

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About Thomas Crowell:

Thomas earned a living as both a television producer. Most notably, he was the head of development for the Science Technology Network. His children’s home video series, Professor Potto’s Videolabs, was awarded a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Mr. Crowell received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, the national legal honors society. Mr. Crowell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from comic book publishing, film, television, music, and the graphic arts.

He has taught courses in film and media law at Cardozo Law School, Seton Hall, and the School of Visual Arts. A frequent lecturer on entertainment law topics, Mr. Crowell has taught legal seminars to comic book professionals at New York Comic Con since 2007. In 2011, he became the Director from Practice of Cardozo Law School’s “Indie Film Clinic.” He is the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and an honorary member of the Graphic Artists Guild.

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Josh Gilliland is a California attorney who focuses his practice on eDiscovery. Josh is the co-creator of The Legal Geeks, which has made the ABA Journal Top Blawg 100 Blawg for 2013 to 2016, and was nominated for Best Podcast for the 2015 Geekie Awards. Josh has presented at legal conferences and comic book conventions across the United States. He also ties a mean bow tie.