Boundbylaw
Fellow Creative Commons board member and friend James Boyle helped work on and just released this very cool comic book that depicts in a cool and easy to understand way, the copyright struggle going on right now. You can buy the book or download it since it is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license.
Duke Law School's Center for the Study of the Public Domain has just released "BOUND BY LAW?" - a comic book on copyright and creativity -- specifically, documentary film. It is being published today --March 15 under a Creative Commons License. The comic, by Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins explores the benefits of copyright in a digital age, but also the threats to cultural history posed by a “permissions culture,” and the erosion of “fair use” and the public domain. You can read or download the whole thing for free at http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics/ and hard copies are on sale at Amazon.

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Dunno yet if this is a good comic, but on the subject of physical comic books, if you are an expat in japan wanting your fix of monthly pulp, there is a place in Shibuya which sells US comics and will let you order from the monthly Previews catalog. I dont wanna use Joi's web for free advertising for them so if anyone wants details, email me.

Though I'm admittedly a comics geek, so I'm rather far from an objective stance, but I do believe it has been proven time and time again that comics, as a form, is simply the best way to communicate information.

It's no chance that airline and hotel emergency instructions are in comics form. Or Ikea instructions. or military weapons-training instructions.

Good on em'.

Mention of the lift of Graham Ingles Crypt Keeper from EC Comics fair use is conspicuously absent from the footnotes; but perhaps that is intentional, to make a point regarding fair use.

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