While most listeners of ComixLaunch are willing to blaze their own paths to independently plan, launch, fund and fulfill their creative projects, that doesn’t mean they aren’t also open to the idea of working with publishers to reach a broader audience. In this session, comics lawyer Dirk Vanover returns with some sage advice on some things creators should consider before signing a contract with publishers.

Highlights of this Session Include:

  • Something that’s been popping up more and more in comic publisher’s contacts that Dirk HATES!
  • When it’s time to pull in legal help to review a contract.
  • Tips for entering into contracts you won’t regret in the future.

Today’s Session is brought to you by Fight of the Century a biopunk, MMA OGN. The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11. Follow them at facebook.com/FotcComic/

Today’s Guest

My guest today is the founder of Vanover Legal, LLC, a company committed to delivering legal advice and guidance to clients quickly and effectively, and without unnecessary expense.  He’s also an avid comic book fan, and loves diving deep into trademark, copyright, and right of publicity issues, which we all know pop up often in the world of comics.  He also blogs about business and legal issues affecting the comics and entertainment industries at ComicsLawyer.com

Welcome to ComixLauch, Mr. Dirk Vanover


Fight of the Century Is a 120 page biopunk, Mixed Martial Arts original graphic novel.

FOTC is a fist-flying, biopunk sports story on steroids.


In a futuristic Brazil, performance-enhancing drugs have gone from behind-the-scenes banned substances to front-and-center game changers. The sports world as we know it has been revolutionized!

Nowhere is that more on display than inside Neo-Rio, a mega-city that serves as the home to the Fighters Ultimate Exhibition League (FUEL).

Men are becoming monsters in minutes as fighters are putting their lives on the line in the octagon.

FOTC is an action-packed drama that examines humanity’s desire to become bigger, faster and stronger; while exploring the price we’re willing to pay to reach our maximum potential.

With influences from ROCKY to AKIRA to FRANKENSTEIN, it’s a comeback story about a man whose unlikely return will inspire a nation.

If you’re looking for a book with Evil Pharmaceutical companies! An uphill battle for redemption! The future of Brazilian MMA on the line! You’re looking for the FIGHT OF THE CENTURY.

The project is now live on Kickstarter through August 11!

You can also follow their posts at facebook.com/FotCComic

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Read your contracts!

‘Nuff said.


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