Comic Book Contract Negotiation and Drafting Practicum [18692SEA]

Comic Book Contract Negotiation and Drafting Practicum [18692SEA]

Seminar Date: March 3, 2018
Seminar Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Pl
Seattle, WA 98101-2350 ( View Map )
CLE Credits: Law & Legal Procedure: 1.00, Other: 1.50

List Price:$129.00

Presented in association with Emerald City Comic Con 



Onsite walk-in registration will not be available. Please pre-register early.

Registration for this event is being handled by the Emerald City Comic Con. Click here for more information and to register. Seats are limited, apply to register!  

This session is part of Emerald City Comic Con. A four-day admission to Comic Con is included in the price of registration. Limit one four-day admission per individual.

You may also be interested in the related CLE taking place on March 2: From Panel to Publisher -- Representing Comic Book Creator Clients in 2018. Register for both and save!


In the past year, the comic book industry and its ancillary markets has continued to flourish, bolstered in part by new trends in digital publishing and derivative market licensing. Why not learn the fundamentals of this growing practice area? This CLE provides attendees a chance to learn from legal practitioners, comic book creators, and former comic book publishing executives.


This year Emerald City Comic Con, in association with Thomas A. Crowell, Esq., and the Washington State Bar Association, have teamed up to provide a two-part CLE workshop designed to provide attorneys with hands-on experience in comic book publishing legal practice. Each workshop may be taken individually, but the organizers recommend both be taken for maximum exposure to the subject matter.


This second CLE workshop teaches practice skills in comic book legal practice. The information taught the previous day is incorporated into a hands-on negotiation and drafting practicum, featuring breakout groups and in-class short drafting assignments.


This two-hour intensive will do a deep-dive into the three agreements every lawyer must know when representing a comic book creator: the artist services agreement, the comic book publishing agreement, and the motion picture option/purchase agreement. Facilitated by seasoned comic book publishing attorneys, attendees will get a chance to issue-spot, draft, and engage in mock negotiations. Those attending Saturday’s workshop will have a short assignment to complete prior to the start of the class.


Some of the issues explored in this second CLE:

  • Negotiation and drafting of the artist services agreement
  • Negotiation and drafting of the “creator controlled” publishing agreement
  • Negotiation and drafting of the motion picture option/purchase agreement
  • Special issues:
    • Negotiating page rates, royalties, and financial incentives
    • Approval provisions and deliverables
    • Intellectual property “red flags” and drafting techniques
  • Q&A


PLEASE NOTE: Regardless of how many courses purchased, each attorney will receive one complimentary ECCC Badge valid for all 4 days of the show.


Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. - LaneCrowell, LLP, New York, NY


Katie Lane, Esq. -, Portland, OR

Additional faculty forthcoming.


10:30 a.m. Registration Opens 
11:00 a.m. Seminar Begins
1:00 p.m. Adjourn


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