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Copyright - Comic bookThe World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Institute for the defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (whew!) have jointly-produced comic books explaining both copyright and trademarks (in at least six different languages!).

Click here to download the comic on Trademarks.

Click here to download the comic on Copyright.


Chris Ware and Nebraska


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The Prairie Schooner is a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Press. Noted contributors include Jim Thompson, Charles Bukowski, Raymond Carver, and Rita Dove. Chris Ware provided the cover for the 2007 Winter issue.

Chris Ware gave a lecture in the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Feb. 16, 2007.  It was part of the opening of an exhibition that featured his sketches, finished art, and ephemera.  He also contributed an essay and artwork for the gallery guide printed to accompany a simultaneous exhibit, Comic Art,  of the Sheldon’s permanent collection of comic-related pieces. To see images and the essay Ware provided, visit our Flickr set.

Will Eisner

Poster from Government Comics Collection

This poster isn’t signed, but it’s not hard to speculate on the artist. Will Eisner’s American Visuals Corporation contributed several comics and illustrations for the Army and U.S. government. This poster (along with some “pin-ups”) of (then) Sgt. Halftrack  is  available as a .tiff file in the gov. comics collection here.

Army Field Forces were impressed with the results of Army Motors,  an Ordinance Corps monthly magazine that featured illustrations and a  character called “Joe Dope,” and how it encouraged preventive maintenance. At the Army’s request, Will Eisner produced PS Magazine in 1951, with each issue containing a short comic story and numerous illustrations.

In 2001, Joe Kubert contracted to provide art work for PS Magazine. March 2002 issue featured Spider-Man, and the May 2004 issue was the spotlight of a copyright dispute because it featured a parody of Harry Potter. The case was eventually ruled as parody and the lawsuit was dismissed. Among a long list of other references to appear in PS: Star Trek and David Bowie. Many issues are available online- Virginia Commonwealth  Libraries  has a searchable collection – visit their site here.

PS Magazine: The Best of The Preventive Maintenance Monthly

Mail Moves the Country

Mail Moves the Country, Zip Code Moves the Mail!The U.S.P.S. relied on a character “Zippy” to help clarify the expanded Zip Code. This 4-page comic came out in 1968.  Includes a nice geographic breakdown of how the zip code works.  Pdf is here.

Navy Cartoonist

Mulvaney on Bomb Disposal

disposalcartoonMulvaney on Bomb Disposal, Supplement to Intelligence Bulletin No. 85, dated 15 September 1945. [NAVORD FORM 1697 (BDS) (g/45)] Tom Van Vleck scanned the 38 pages of art by Sergeant Robert Vittur, USMCR. Please visit Mr. Van Vleck’s site for the complete collection.

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