CA – Law & Comics Lecture

Stu Rees, David McGowan, Jerrell Conner, and George Brewster discuss the legal aspects of comics, focusing on the future of comics art in the digital world on July 18th from 1-2pm.

Professor David McGowan
David McGowan is the Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law and the Director of the Center on Intellectual Property Law and Markets at the University of San Diego School of Law. Professor McGowan received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, in 1990.

He teaches and writes about intellectual property (IP), antitrust and legal ethics. He is particularly interested in the economic analysis of IP policy and the intersection of IP laws and competition policy. His IP scholarship addresses topics such as antitrust policy in software markets, the implications of network effects for IP policy, legal problems associated with standard-setting organizations, open-source software development, the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Microsoft, rules governing website access, patent misuse, the scope of copyright law and the relationship between copyright and free speech policy.  
 
Jerrell Conner
Jerrell Conner is a 2001 graduate of Otis College of Art and Design. He is a digital and mixed media artist. Recently he worked as the story board and layout artist, as well as supervising animator on Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie (due out summer 2010). His art was featured in SPECTRUM: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art two years running. He is currently working with recording artists Ahmad and Kate Earl, on a music video and unannounced art project, respectively. Jerrell has created a series of characters over the past decade, all directly or loosely related to his graphic novel series, Revelations. Book two in this dark graphic novel series is due out late 2010, published by Lamp Post, Inc. 
 
Stu Rees
In addition to publishing the law cartoon Stu’s Views, Stu Rees is an entertainment lawyer who represents mostly visual arts creators. Notably, Stu represents more than 100 cartoonists in their negotiations with the major newspaper comic strip syndicates, and more than 400 cartoonists and writers in a mix of online, greeting card, book licensing and smaller syndication deals. He is the only lawyer specializing in syndication contracts. His own cartoons, Stu’s Views (www.stus.com), have been published in several hundred print and electronic forums throughout the world. 
 
George Brewster (Moderator)
George Brewster is a Senior Deputy County Counsel, County of San Diego, and has been in practice for 27 years (primarily personal injury litigation). He is a local bar historian and writes a legal history column for San Diego Lawyer magazine.

He wrote and drew a trice-weekly cartoon strip, “Cheetum & Howe” which was published in the San Diego Daily Transcript for 10 years, after which he bowed out to devote more time to kid activities. He attends Comic-Con every other year, and is a member of the Southern California Cartoonist Society.

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