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Copyright infringement, is it a problem for new artists?

While strolling through a Comic Con, people may notice big name artists adjacent to newer artist throughout the main racetrack, known as artist alley. The bigger name artists are protected by the company they work for. An example would be Jim Lee, currently working for DC comics. He can draw Batman and make prints to sell at these conventions without facing legal ramification. How does a newer artist trying to get to the level of Jim Lee, make art without facing copyright infringement or similar legal penalties? They need to get their name and brand established by making work, but if it is copyright protected how can they get away with making prints of it anyway?

  • This is a really interesting topic. Do copyright restrictions get in the way of artists being creative and channeling their talent? Does this mean that the quality of comics are decreasing due to artists fearing that accidental similarities could be deemed a copyright infringement? – Courtney 1 month ago
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Batman or Superman: How do their moral values affect the youth of today?

Analyze the aspects that make Batman and Superman inspiring, and then aim to understand which of these aspects could be beneficia, and which may be harmful. For example, Batman is one of the most self disciplined characters of all time, but at the same time, he goes against the law and constantly breaks the rules. How much of this should youth today aspire to be like?

  • I believe in order to better understand and determine the moral values of both Superman and Batman, there has to be a set universe parameter. Is this an analysis of the cannon comic book versions, alternate universe versions, or the cinematic versions? I feel that anything from the movies and television shows have some influence directly from the comic books, and draw off of the source material. Therefore for a strong argument for discussing who has the moral high ground and how that relates to today's youth. – BigSam78 1 month ago
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Do Superheroes Reflect the Times We Live In?

Whether it be Marvel’s “Champions” which introduced a variety of different super powered teenaged individuals with an equal amount of variety when it comes to their racial backgrounds or the introduction of a female Iron Man for a new generation of Marvel comic readers, or DC Comics giving Superman a different outlook to the planet he calls home in the comics as well as the Man of Steel and Batman vs Superman movies. While comic readers sometimes read about these extraordinary individuals to take a break from reality, they often tend to reflect the reality that we the audience lives in.

  • This is a thought provoking topic, it is very broad though because comics have been around for decades. I recommend narrowing the scope to really develop a detailed arguement. Looking at the current decade may be a little too difficult, i think it would be really interesting to analyse superheros that were developed in the noughties since most audiences can relate, and the feeling of the era is still fresh in many peoples minds. Obviously detail major turning points of the decade as a focal point i.e. 9/11, war on terror etc – Iliasbakalla 2 months ago
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Out of the Ashes: Building New Societies in The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead comic series shows various groups of people trying to form new societies in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. Examine the different types of societies in the show (Woodbury, The Kingdom, The Hill, Terminus, etc.) and how they form and sustain their societies as well as the flaws that inevitably lead to their downfall at the hands of the Walkers.

  • I'm not familiar with this show (not a fan of zombies, vampires, and etc.) but this sounds like a fun and informative topic. It might be worth contrasting the strengths of each society with their weaknesses (e.g., is one society weak in an area where another is strong). – Stephanie M. 2 months ago
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  • This is a very engaging idea for a topic. As a fan of the show myself, Ive noticed the recurring trend of moving from location to location in a trial and error effort to rebuild civilisation. I think the different societies depicted exhibits the different humanitarian approaches to the apocalypse itself and a discussion of this would be extremely interesting. Great Idea! – AdilYoosuf 2 months ago
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Is the appeal of Groot unique in the superhero genre?

In the midst of latex suits and end-of-world-scenarios, Groot is an anomaly. Why would ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ writers give Groot a character arc which parallels stages of human development, including infancy? Arguably, his presence allows the compassion to be revealed in other characters and also, completes the idea of a family structure in Guardians. Are there other characters who play this role in other branches of the Marvel/DC universes?

  • Just going to leave this right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGAQuxSuTi4 – ProtoCanon 3 months ago
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  • He is a classic gentle giant. His death in the first guardians really caught many viewers by surprise. – ivyskiss 3 months ago
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Exploring the dynamics of the relationships in Sunstone

For a comic that’s ostensibly about lesbian bondage sex, Sunstone manages to say a lot about relationships. It looks into all kinds of relationships, be it romantic, sexual, familial or friendship and does a great job of showing how each is important in its own right.

Of special interest might be its exploration of the transitions from one kind of relationship to another as seen in friends becoming lovers and returning to being friends and finding that to be an incredibly special bond and also the struggle that the lead characters face in moving from a "friends-with-benefits" relationship to actual romance.

  • Add some of a focus to this - it should pass the "So What?" test for both a writer and its future readers. – mazzamura 7 months ago
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  • I haven't read this at all, but whoever picks up the topic should be sure to stress in the early parts of the article (or even the title) that it's commentary on various kinds of relationships applies to men too. I mean, obviously, but just as a note so the demographic of the article isn't instantly lessened by people feeling like they can't relate. – Slaidey 6 months ago
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The Comics Code Authority: How censorship has affected the history of American comics

How has the Comics Code Authority impacted the development of American comics? Despite the fact that this is no longer a concern in the industry, does the history of having that organization and the way it affected the medium still show in comics published today? Maybe a comparison with European comics would be helpful here.

  • It'd be great to see examples of current comics that would never fly under the rule of the Comic Code Authority. I'm sure there are ridiculous examples, just like how TV shows had many rules in the '50s like "No man and woman can be shown in the same bed." So they'd show the wife in bed under the covers and the man sitting on the side of the bed with both feet on the ground. It certainly impacts the storytelling, and the "work arounds" are quite fun to learn about also. – Nate Océan 8 months ago
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  • Comics were since the birth more or less in Italay and Asia, meant to be scurrilous, primitive, stink of ink, trash, and don't say that as elitist, or meanly, as there has always been a subject in the Italy that crated comics, down to a topo eras before uncle Walt and a red caped strong man named machete writing for by dannunzio, that comics should be surrounds and awful and great. Dante called his book a comedy, and writes in the language of street people, wives and pimps. I am tired of everything being literature even and especially when it is nothing close. Be pulp if youd like,there is nothing wrong with that. – Antonius865 4 months ago
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Are comic book events becoming mainstream?

For years, both Marvel and DC Comics have been publishing annual comic book event series that promise big stakes in order to generate revenue. However, this trend is becoming too common and these events can be hits or misses. This article would examine the pros and cons of comic book event series and detail examples that have been praised or reviled by readers.