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Creator's Rights Discussions / Re: "Frank Miller got me thinking..."
« Last post by Al Nickerson on May 16, 2017, 05:44:36 AM »
Dave Sim shared his thoughts on my "Frank Miller got me thinking..." article. I posted Dave's letter on the Creators' Rights website.
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Creator's Rights Discussions / "Frank Miller got me thinking..."
« Last post by Al Nickerson on April 26, 2017, 06:17:48 PM »
"Frank Miller got me thinking..."

I share some recent thoughts about comic book Creators' Rights.
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Creator's Rights Discussions / Company-owned comic strips
« Last post by John Pannozzi on June 07, 2016, 02:08:30 PM »
Here's a question that I want to investigate: is King Features Syndicate the only American comic strip syndicate around today that still publishes company-owned strips?

I'm going ignore something like the Spider-Man strip or other strips based on licensed properties for sake of this argument.

I know Peanuts and Garfield were both originally owned by United Feature Syndicate, though they have since gone back to their creators' companies.  I think Bill Watterson now owns Calvin & Hobbes, but I don't know all the details off the top of my head.

EDIT: it seems that the E.W. Scripps Company still owns some of the UFS properties, even though they outsourced the distribution to Universal Uclick:

http://www.comicsbeat.com/universal-uclick-to-syndicate-uniteds-comic-strips/
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Comics Is Comics / Hollywood Jesus just did a review of AN ACT OF FAITH...
« Last post by Al Nickerson on December 22, 2015, 01:05:42 PM »
Hollywood Jesus just did a review of my comic book, AN ACT OF FAITH...

"Nickerson does a wonderful job of telling his readers the story of the Ark, allowing these books to be great gifts, even for kids who maybe donít know a lot about the Bible. Combined with  characters that are easy to relate to, even if they are superheroes, and highly detailed drawings. Graphic Novels live and die by how the drawings add to the story and the An Act of Faith series does not disappoint. Characters are distinct and unique, and the world they inhabit is crisp and fun."

http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/book-review-an-act-of-faith-8-9-the-ark/

#anactoffaithcomic #comics
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From Jeff Dee (Monkey House Games):

In 1979, Jack Herman and I wrote Villains and Vigilantes - a superhero tabletop role-playing game. It was published by Fantasy Games Unlimited, Inc. In 2010, we learned that FGU Inc. had been dissolved in 1991. By the terms of our agreement, the rights to the game were to revert to us in the event that the company ever stopped doing business. The company's old president had never informed us of his company's demise, and had continued to sell our game under a DBA as Fantasy Games Unlimited. We told him to cease and desist, but he refused, and we had to go to court. Our claim that he has no right to publish our game has been upheld, but he is still fighting us on the trademark to the name of our game. We need to win on that count too, else we'd have to change the name of our game which has had a big fan following since 1979. And we're running out of money. So, we began a GoFundMe to raise funds for our legal battle. If you would, please let other people who champion the rights of writers know about our fundraiser. Thanks!

https://www.gofundme.com/monkeyhousegames
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Comics Is Comics / Another audio interview with Al Nickerson...
« Last post by Al Nickerson on January 31, 2015, 09:49:50 AM »
Andrew Rowland and I had a nice, lengthy discussion concerning comics and art. We talked about AN ACT OF FAITH, the comic book industry, working in comics, and my teaching about the art of making comics.

You can listen to the interview here or at YouTube.
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Comics Is Comics / "Wake Up and Draw"
« Last post by Al Nickerson on November 29, 2014, 09:49:58 AM »
August 28th was Jack Kirbyís birthday! In celebration, Hero Initiative held their "Wake Up and Draw" day event. I was asked to participate. So, I drew Nemish-Man smacking a slimy-looking Skrull! At least, I hope that it's a Skrull. Hero Initiative posted my illustration on E-Bay for auction...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wake-Up-and-Draw-Kirby4Heroes-drawing-Al-Nickerson-Iron-Man-/301415855882?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item462dc8f70a

 All proceeds go to charity.

‪#‎WakeUpAndDraw‬

‪#‎Kirby4Heroes‬
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Comics Is Comics / AN ACT OF FAITH #9 now on sale!
« Last post by Al Nickerson on September 25, 2014, 01:39:13 PM »


AN ACT OF FAITH #9 is now on sale at iVerse Media.

I posted some preview pages to AN ACT OF FAITH #9.

Here's the solicitation for AN ACT OF FAITH #9:

AN ACT OF FAITH #9 is the second half of the two-part 'The Ark' storyline. In the 1980s, there were two failed missions to find Noah's Ark. On the first mission, Professor Jack led the super-hero team, the Protectors. On the second mission, the Protectors went without Professor Jack. The second mission ended terribly. For decades, Professor Jack blamed himself for the failed missions. Now, in hopes to make amends, Professor Jack takes Nemish-Man, Crusader Girl, and Kid-Cockroach to Mount Ararat to retrieve Noah's Ark once and for all!
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Comics Is Comics / I was interviewed by Graphicly Christian...
« Last post by Al Nickerson on August 18, 2014, 01:27:07 PM »
I did an interview with the friendly folks at Graphicly Christian. We chatted about AN ACT OF FAITH, my career in comics, and Christian entertainment (or the lack thereof). It was a rockin' interview. You can listen to the interview here...

http://graphiclychristian.com/al-nickerson-creator-of-christian-comic-book-an-act-of-faith-interview/
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I posted the two-page "Comics is Comics" editorial from AN ACT OF FAITH #8. It contains a correspondence with Dave Sim concerning Dave's work as a comic book cover artist...

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