QuitelyWatch: Next month at the Oxfam Comics Event 2010 being held at the McDonald Road Library in Edinburgh, Frank Quitely, Ferg Handley and David Bishop will be discussing the creation of comics. £2 on the door, runs from noon to 4pm.
PatMillsWatch: And interview with one of the more influential writers and editors in comics, Pat Mills, on 2000AD, Marshall Law and the receptiveness of the French market.
TradeMarkWatch: Looks like the Pinata Police are cracking down on licensed characters being used, unofficially, as Pinata donkeys. And Spider-Man is one of the more popular. But who called for the raid?
The authorities said the raid was a response to a complaint filed by Marvel Entertainment, which owns the rights to the characters in question. Hulk, another Marvel character, was also overwhelmed by the men in black that day, as was Captain America.
But the story line got a twist when it turned out that the raid might have been as questionable as the piñatas that were seized. The attorney general’s office said it had no record of Marvel’s calling for such an operation, which existing law required before a raid could be conducted, and the company insists it had nothing to do with it
A Bleeding Cool reader writes;
This development is actually quite new, as far as I know. When I was a kid back in the 80s, I don’t think anyone gave a second thought to copyright infringement by piñatas (either individual street/stall vendors or in bigger chain stores). American superheroes, along with Mexican wrestlers, have always been the most popular type of piñatas for boys.