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SPX 2016 Panel - Indie Publishing: Make the Comics You Want to See

What does it take to become an indie publisher? Grit, luck, talent, or all three? These diverse and innovative publishers saw a need for certain types of comics, so they went out and made them happen. C. Spike Trotman of Iron Circus Comics, Raighne of @2dcloud, Kevin Czap of Czap Books and Annie Koyama of Koyama Press are making the comics that they want to see and that indie/alt fans want to read. Moderated by Rob Clough of High-Low.


Support 2dcloud’s Spring 2017 Kickstarter! We are so CLOSE! <3 <3 <3

anonymous asked:

How much of ERBs Mars/Venus stories are in the Public Domain? Because I remember reading somewhere that only the first five John Carter stories are in the Public domain, while the rights to the other five and the character himself are held by ERB Inc. Which has some shady history to it, like the time they went after Dynamite press for publishing John Carter comic books.

It depends on where you are. Almost all the Tarzan and Barsoom books are in the public domain in Australia, since the Aussies have shorter copyright duration. That’s why I tell people to look things up on Project Gutenberg Australia first. 

Nothing has entered the public domain since 1998. The shrinking of the public domain due to increased duration for copyright is nothing short of criminal; it’s robbing the entire public of culture that should belong to all of us. 

To understand the situation with Tarzan and John Carter, you have to understand the difference between two different types of intellectual property, copyright and trademark. 


Copyright is: 

  • Given to artistic works in a fixed medium (art, fiction, novels, movies, etc.)
  • Is designed to expire, so that works can become common property of our cultural heritage. The goal of copyright law is to provide a thriving public domain, not the other way around.

  • Is automatic from the time something exists in a fixed form, so you don’t have to register it. 

  • There is no “use it or lose it,” you don’t lose it if you don’t enforce it strongly.


Trademark is: 

  • Given to symbols or slogans that have no value in and of themselves, only because they are associated with a company or brand, like the Nike swoosh or the Coca-Cola logo. Trademark is an issue of consumer protection; only actual Coca-Cola can call itself Coca-Cola. The goal of trademark law is to prevent consumer confusion.  
  • Does not protect the content of works, but only the title, and terms it can be sold with. 
  • Is not designed to expire (is perpetual) 

  • Requires registration

  • Can be lost if it isn’t enforced (this is why companies hate it when a brand becomes a word for something, like kleenex or xerox machine: it’s possible to lose the trademark if it is considered a generic term)

Let me be absolutely clear, here: The copyright on the first few Tarzan and John Carter of Mars books have expired, which means Tarzan and John Carter of Mars are in the public domain now and belong to all of us, as well as the situations, events, and concepts in the first few novels: Opar, La, Jane Porter, Dejah Thoris, the holy therns, the Green Men, etc.). For characters, copyright is fixed at the point of initial publication. This means anyone can write or create their own Tarzan or John Carter of Mars stories and use them for commercial purposes, even sell them. However, situations and characters introduced in the works still under copyright are still protected, which means you can’t use Queen Nemone and the City of Gold from Tarzan and the City of Gold, written in 1933 and still under copyright in the US and UK. 

However…because the terms Tarzan and John Carter are still trademarked, still owned by ERB, Inc, you can make your own Tarzan book (since it’s out of copyright), but you can’t call it Tarzan, since that would interfere with ERB, Inc’s trademark. That’s why the Dynamite comics initially went with “Lord of the Jungle” and “Warlord of Mars” (we know what they mean).

Now, here’s where it gets shady: trademark is used to create a kind of perpetual, permanent copyright…which was never the intention. The Dynamite suit was totally baseless (again, these characters are in the public domain), and it’s something you see often when dealing with older characters: “copyfraud.” Yes, I said fraud, and I mean fraud. It’s a racket: pretending characters that now belong to all of us are still under ownership, enforced by the threat of litigation. Buck Rogers, Fu Manchu, Tarzan and John Carter should all, at this point, be public domain. Thankfully, the tide is starting to turn, particularly after the suit against the Conan Doyle heirs that said their supposed continued ownership of Sherlock Holmes was copyfraud. 

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Lauren Cherie Southern is a Canadian Conservatorian, Civil Nationalist, patriot, activist, book author, political commentator, YouTube personality and writer. She created content for The Rebel Media, a Canadian Conservative online media company, until March 2017 when she went on her own independently into the Alternative Media.

Southern ran as a candidate for the Libertarian Party of Canada in the 2015 Canadian federal election.


Going Independent

Published on Mar 9, 2017

Hey guys, thanks so much for sticking around! I’ll be starting to upload regularly in a week or two - just need to get all the equipment and sort my life out!

I GOT WHITE HOUSE PRESS ACCESS?!

Published on Mar 15, 2017

I’m still figuring out all the sound, lighting and editing so bear with me. Quality is only going up from here! :)




LAUREN SOUTHERN APPRECIATION POST. The future of media and the death of the dying dinosaur Liber Media Complex 

#KillOffTheEstablishmentCorporateMedia

Some of the most talented women in comics, on Tumblr and beyond, are joining us for a special Women’s History Month Issue Time. 

ASK OUR PANELISTS A QUESTION!

Maytal Gilboa is the founder and CEO of Emet Comics, a publishing company focused on empowering female comic book creators. In 2016 Emet Comics acquired Fresh Romance, a romance comic anthology from publisher Rosy Press.  Fresh Romance Volume 2 is currently in production and being crowdfunded through Kickstarter.  Prior to starting her publishing company, Maytal spent 4 years working as an executive at animation house, ReelFX Creative Studios, where she worked on films such as The Book of Life, and Freebirds.  Emet’s latest webcomic is Zana.

Sally Jane Thompson is an artist and writer whose work includes comics from Oni, Dark Horse, Image, Oxford University Press, The Phoenix and more, as well as live art, sketch reportage and illustration. She drew The Ruby Equation (with Sarah Kuhn, Savanna Ganucheau and Steve Wands) for Fresh Romance Vol 1, and is returning to the series to both write and draw Under the Oak Trees.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ashley A. Woods is an illustrator who got her start through self-publishing her action-fantasy comic series, “Millennia War”. January 2015, she met Amandla Stenberg and Stranger Comics at a convention; six months later, she began working on “NIOBE: She Is Life” which went on to sell tens of thousands of copies and inspired many cosplays.

Afua Richardson [ pronounced Ah FOO wah ] is an award winning American Comic-book illustrator best known for her work on Marvel’s Black Panther World of Wakanda. Some of her other works include Wildstorm, Attack on Titan, X-men 92, Captain Marvel, All Star Batman to name a few. Afua is also a musician, voice actor, activist and mentor. As a recipient of the Nina Simone award, she is aptly called a Jane of All trades.

Suzana Harcum and Owen White of the webcomic Tripping Over You are a two-person comics team currently based in Arizona. They are a married lesbian couple who once flirted with each other by creating characters and drawing together, and continue to make LGBTQ positive comics today for the love of writing stories together.

Our panelists will start responding on Monday 27 March

Angst fic recs

all the diamonds you have here - 21k

Allies in Heaven, Comrades in Hell - 265k

And down the long and silent street -86k

And I’ll judge the cover by the book  - 73k

And So Far So Good - 11k

Butterfly Gun - 100k

come back when you can - 26k

Core ‘ngrato - 49k

The Dead of July - 117k

Dream Awake - 30k

Empty Skies - 134k

End of the World Tonight - 12k

Every Arrow That I Aim Is True - 24k

Fading - 202k

feel your presence (in your absence) - 25k

For a foreseen invocation - 32k

Give Me Truths - 110k

Gods & Monsters - 201k

Indestructible - 24k

Infinity in Always  - 22k

The King of Spades - 109k

like a bastard on the burning sea - 22k

like a timebomb ticking - 31k

Love Is A Rebellious Bird - 134k

loving him was red - 16k

No Bleeding Hearts - 12k

No One Does It Better - 49k

Rather this than live without you - 10k

take my hand (and my heart and soul)  - 45k

taking tips and getting stoned - 24k

tenderness flooded his voice - 12k

These Constant Stars - 31k

things have gotten closer to the sun - 49k

We The Fireworks - 103k

Wear It Like A Crown - 141k

Who Painted the Moon Black - 95k

Young & Beautiful - 227k

The Pros and Cons of Publishing with a Small Press

The great publishing question… Traditional or self-published?

We all want to land a huge publisher so we can sit back on our laurels, but anyone who’s thrown their hat into the ring knows it’s a hard road to being accepted… and an even harder one negotiating a contract that gives you decent royalties, plus enough control over how your book is edited, what cover it’s given, and how it’s advertised.

On the flipside, being self-published is easy, but when it comes to hiring a cover artist, managing social media, holding marketing campaigns, trying to get into your audience’s ever-changing mind… You feel like giving up, and even if you don’t, there’s no guarantee you’ll make it out alive.

But who said it was an either-or?

There’s a third option for those putting the final touches on their manuscripts: A small press. Authors like Carolyn Mathews, author of Transforming Pandora, used a small press to benefit from the experience of a large publishing company and the control of going it alone. This middle ground means you don’t have to grovel or bash your head in.

Pros:

  • You Have a Whole Team of Eyes

You’ve read self-published stuff before and you know what I’m about to say. Some of it is utter BBQ’d garbage, and unfortunately no one had the heart to tell them so. There are also some books with excellent potential, but who never really reached it. No author is safe from this mistake. Whether it’s bad typesetting or glaring plot holes, nothing is more valuable than an honest and objective eye to make sure your book really is as good as you think.

With a small press, you don’t have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. You have an entire team of eyes on your work to ensure every comma is in the right place, the chapter structure isn’t confusing, and that your character hasn’t suddenly switched personalities with someone else. This gives you peace of mind that the work you send out into the world really is the best it can be, with plenty of insights to back you up.

  • Fewer Start-Up Costs

With self-publishing, the costs are high. You have to hire a proofreader, an artist to create a cover, a typesetter, someone to critique your work, and someone to manage your social media (if you’d rather not do it yourself). That’s not including the price of printing and distributing, purchasing advertisement, etc., etc. You have to spend money to make money, and while the reader might only spend a few dollars for your book, you have to spend a notable amount to create something worth reading and then getting it in their hands.

With a small publisher, these expenses are theirs, and they also have the connections to ensure the money goes to the most profitable places. In some cases, your small press may negotiate for you to contribute to the cost of publication, but in any case, choosing the right publisher will ensure you get more for your money than self-publishing.  

  • There’s Less For You to Manage

Publishers exist because, like it or not, publishing is a full-time job. You may check your social media every day, but there’s more to it when you have to hold marketing campaigns, interact with followers, create newsletters, make guest-posts and content for your blog, and tailor your website to actually catch the attention of your audience.

A small press can handle this for you, putting people on the job with the experience and education to not only take this burden off your shoulders, but do it better and more regularly than you.

  • You Have More Control

As already stated, traditional publishers call all the shots. Do you like your current title? Too bad, it’s being changed. Hate that color scheme of this cover? Sorry, it’s what the genre likes. Think this section of your story is valuable? It can still be cut.

Small presses are more flexible when it comes to the decision-making process, giving you more freedom to keep titles, revise chapters, and put your foot down about keeping a certain character. Mathews’ book is a late coming-of-age novel about spirituality, hard choices, and lost loves, and she received some resistance on the spiritual element. However, with a small press, she was able to keep what she sees as one of the most valuable parts of the book. Even if they drive a hard bargain, smaller publishing companies will at least put more serious consideration into your suggestions.

  • Royalties Are More Evenly Divided

On average, a traditional publishing company will offer 5-15% royalties to authors, but some small presses will offer up to 50%.

The author of Transforming Pandora made a deal with her small press to “contribute towards the cost of production and [not] get any royalties for Transforming Pandora until 1,000 copies [were] sold.” However, “The contracts for the next two books, Squaring Circles and Pandora’s Gift are better. I get royalties from the start.”

You can negotiate with your small publishing company to make a deal that best works for you, with a lot more promising results than you’d find from the traditional route.

Cons:

  • You Won’t Control Your Prices

Unfortunately, a publishing company is still a publishing company, and they only succeed if they’re able to make back the money they’ve invested in your work. This means most small presses don’t give authors control over the price their book is sold as.

Carolyn Mathews said, “I don’t have any control over the price of the paperbacks and ebooks, and can’t do any cut-price promotions – that’s all in the hands of the publishers.”

Mathews’ publisher has put her book on sale on Amazon for 99 cents until July 15th, but other ideas have had the breaks put on them. This is a gamble, since maybe you’re in the right – and maybe they are.

  • You Still Need Permissions

You wake up one morning with a brilliant idea of holding an author interview with your favorite podcast. It’ll drive sales; it’ll get your name out there! Hold the phone; don’t make contact with the podcast hosts yet. You still need to ask your small press for permission on things concerning your book, even after it’s been published. Running out there on your own will muddle their efforts and yours, and even if it’s a great idea, you still need to check in with the team before going forward.

  • You’ll Have Disagreements on What is “Necessary”

That podcast idea? Your small press might turn you down.

Like any cooperation, there’s going to be disagreements. While you’ll have more control over some elements of your book, your publisher may decide that a second round of proofreading isn’t what your book really needs. You need to be prepared to make compromises and accept some losses. Trust me, no author has ever been 100% happy with every element of the publishing process.

Lady Antebellum would like Taylor Swift to write a song for them, too

Mesfin Fekadu , The Associated Press 
Published Monday, February 6, 2017 8:57AM EST 

HOUSTON – Taylor Swift has written hit songs for herself for years, but she recently lent her talent to others, from former boyfriend Calvin Harris to country act Little Big Town.

And now Grammy-winning country group Lady Antebellum wants the Swift-song treatment.

“I mean honestly Taylor, call us,” Hillary Scott said in an interview Sunday. “Like, we’re up for whatever,” she added with a laugh. “Let’s go.”

Swift wrote “Better Man” for Little Big Town, and the tune topped the Billboard Hot country songs chart this month – bringing Swift’s name back to the country charts after launching her powerhouse pop career in 2014.

After short hiatus, Lady Antebellum is back with new music

Charles Kelley of Lady A said they would maybe want Swift to write “a nostalgic song … we like nostalgic songs.”

And Kelley said there’s something else they want: a No.1 smash.

“I hope it would be No.1. That’s all I want,” he said. “It better go No. 1 though. If we cut a song and it goes like No.2, I’m going to be so disappointed.”

Swift performed “Better Man” and “This Is What You Came For” at a pre-Super Bowl concert this past weekend. The Harris track, which earned Swift a writing credit under alias Nils Sjoberg, features Rihanna. It peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100, giving Harris his highest placement on the chart.

Fuck, Marry, Kill?

So the other day I posted this idea and I thought, “What the hell, I’ll just write it myself.” Anyone is still open to write their own variation of the idea I have no problem with that. So without further ado.

Summary: Fuck, Marry, Kill? Delirious can answer that, can’t he? What could a stupid question like that have as consequences?

ao3 link here


Sitting at his computer with shaking hands, Delirious looked over the message for about the hundredth time. Once he pressed publish, there was no going back.

“Going to do a Reading Your Comments video! Send me your things as #H2Ohmygoshlook”

It wasn’t the implications that it meant, though that scared him too, it was more of he already knew what question he’d get over and over and over.

The majority would spam him on his absence of a face reveal.

But after finding a little tag (Courtesy of Cartoonz) called WeloveH2o, Delirious was so flattered that he decided it was time to try and do something out of the ordinary. All he had to do was click submit.

Yep.

All he had to do.

This one thing.

Keep reading

5 Books from University Publishers 

To celebrate University Press Week and our university press community here at Getty Publications, we took a shelfie of an eclectic mix of some of our favorite UP titles. Follow #ReadUP to see all the great offerings from university presses!

1. “T. S Eliot and Prejudice,” by Christopher Ricks. (University of California Press, 1989)

 This incisive study of an important modernist poet tackles a lot of the thorny issues that surround his work and confronts Eliot’s deep prejudices directly. It’s an important piece of scholarship from the University of California Press.

2. “Horace, the Odes,” Edited by J. D. McClatchy. (Princeton University Press, 2005). 

This translated collection showcases the wonderfully protean works of Horace but calling on thirty-odd poets to translate poems. The result is lively, fun, and unexpected. A big thank you to Princeton University Press for publishing this!

3. “The Iliad by Homer,” Translated by Richard Lattimore. (University of Chicago Press, 2011). 

The Lattimore translation of the Iliad is often assigned for the classroom, because it captures the excitement of the Iliad with accuracy and a light touch. This new(ish) edition from the University of Chicago Press has a stylish design.

4. “The Lady Anatomist,” by Rebecca Messbarger. (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

This beautifully assembled book is a fascinating look at a Anna Morandi Manzolini, an eighteenth-century Italian woman who became one of the most famous anatomical sculptors—creating most of her work in wax—of the period. A lovely read for those who love the weird and wacky of history, which is also from the University of Chicago Press.

5. “Man Ray: Writings on Art,” Edited by Jennifer Mundy. (Getty Publications, 2016. 

 Read about the work and life of Man Ray in his own words, from his time in Paris to his years in Los Angeles. His journals, letters, and poetry are all featured in this charming book from Getty Publications.

Two People You Should Know:

A.M. Blaushild and Johanna Parkhurst. These are two authors published by Harmony Ink Press, a publisher of positive LGBTQ+/MOGAI Young Adult Fiction. They’ve both been good friends to me and I hope you’ll consider reading their books! If you want to support an indie press and two awesome writers of LGBT fiction, please check our their work:

Angel Radio by A. M. Blaushild

Here’s to You, Zeb Pike by Johanna Parkhurst

Thanks a Lot, John LeClair by Johanna Parkhurst 

Every Inferno by Johanna Parkhurst

Enjoy, and please reblog with your favorite LGBT authors and books!

anonymous asked:

Hi Sonja! Can you (if not bother) explain the meaning of the skulls?

okay so there’s been an ongoing pattern where louis wears a skull shirt every time the press publishes an article pushing the solo harry narrative or the ‘one direction is broken up and never getting back together wah wah wah narrative’ so the timing of louis’ latest skeleton shirt is funny considering the NME article we got today.

here’s a masterpost about it and here’s my skull shirt tag

An Embarrassment of Riches

While I’m telling you every day that I have a new book, my friends in the publishing world are knocking it out of the park, and this fall especially seems like an explosion of activity.  The links are to Amazon for quick reference, but keep an eye out for these in stores and anywhere you like to get books.  To have a new book in fall 2016 feels like I’m on a championship team.  So I want to tell you what is up!


Cat Rackham by Steve Wolfhard

Cat Rackham is the beloved creation of a much loved cartoonist, and I’m over the moon that this book is coming out.  Steve is a shining star of talent and his stories are full of feeling and humour and I can’t say enough good things about them.  Basically everyone I know is pumped that a Cat Rackham book is finally here.  Of course Koyama Press is publishing this book, because they publish the best.

Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol

To be a fan of Vera’s work is inevitable, all you have to do is look at something she made and you wish you made it yourself, then you follow everything she makes like a lost puppy.  This book is so bright and funny and sassy and perfect, just perfect.  And we all need some alone time, I feel that grandma. I still need alone time and I work from my house.  

Burt’s Way Home by John Martz

I love this book.  A little boy with a big imagination and a story taking on the joy of that imagination along with the sadness of life, while the reader figures out what is really on his mind, where Burt is trying to get to.  It is a beautiful book.


Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North

This came out in the summer but I didn’t mention it much then, so I am making up for lost time.  Ryan’s humour is among my most favourites, witty and clever and irreverent but always welcoming and fun.  

Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden

Sarah is one of my girls, of ole Pizza Island, famed Brooklyn studio that I miss terribly.  I used to watch her work and listen to her talk about it, and her dedication to telling very human stories while always concerning herself about how to tell them right, for what purpose should she tell them, how to do it best, etc - I’ve always been impressed.  She frames people’s voices beautifully in a journalistic sense, while using her own to guide you through the narrative with warmth, humour, empathy.

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

This book needs maybe the least introduction as Jon is the current picture book king even though he would hate that I said that.  The “hat” books were always going to be a trilogy, so here is the final instalment at last.  I’ve seen the way Jon works on picture books and I have never seen anyone apply so much theory, of image and text and idea, into it, so no wonder his books are such gems.  He’s like, “I think this book is about the nature of human relationships” and I’m like “my book is about a farting horse.”

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis

When I met Carson Ellis, I had been such a fan for such a long time that I tried to play it cool but I sincerely doubt it read that way in person, because I was probably sweaty-palming that handshake with a dose of nervous cackling and stammering.  She’s the greatest.  At Book Expo America where all the fall books were previewed last spring, I sent my friend Seth to go look at this book and he made a dotted line to her table and then a dotted line back to me and said I LOVE THIS BOOK in one fluid motion.  You will love it too.

Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran

Not a fall release but a continuing one, this is, in my opinion, which is the correct opinion, the greatest comic series out there right now.  I am ravenously reading every Octopus Pie update as the web series draws to a close and Meredith delivers her master strokes of storytelling, which floor me consistently.  But the books are there to love forever!  Another Pizza Islander being the greatest.  

anonymous asked:

Are there any spoilers of the new chapter?

Well, it’s spotty at best. Looks like the chapter won’t be available from Yen Press until the 20th. There has been lots of discussion/speculation over the chapter summary posted by Yen Press. The few things we do know are that 

  • The earl and Sebastian continue to search for Blavat
  • Soma and Agni return to Phantomhive Manor… and get into some sort of argument that puts a major strain on their master/servant relationship…
  • because they encounter someone/something (at the manor) that really shakes things up….

Several of us have been brainstorming (coming up with various, even crack, theories) as to what could cause Soma and Agni to argue. I suggest reading these discussion posts (1) (2) (3). They are basically my reblogs of the same thread… but with added content from myself and others….

UPDATE! We now have this… Agni finding the torn up photo (the one the earl grabbed away from Mr. Pitt). The earl intended to burn the photo bits in the fireplace, but enough of the photo survived for Agni to piece bits together. We aren’t seeing what all he sees (in the spoiler, anyway), but this seems to be heading towards confirming twin theory….

anonymous asked:

hi i love your art!! but id like to ask you to please tag your spoilers!! bee chloe and fox alya are spoilers for season 2 that some dont want to see. you can use the tag ml spoilers!!

Hi! Thanks for being cool and letting me know, anon!! :-3 Sorry if anyone got spoiled by it :-(

 I’ll be tagging anything related to the next season as >>MLB S2<<!!
Feel free to blacklist it or w/e!!!

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