Why it's so expensive to license the rights to a fictional character

Recently, two seemingly contradictory pieces of copyright law have popped up in the news. One is the case of Jonathan Coulton, whose arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" was lifted by the producers of Glee. Another is the recent case of a car customizer who was barred from making Batmobiles by a District Court… » 2/27/13 12:00pm 2/27/13 12:00pm

Create your own pulp magazine covers with the Pulp-O-Mizer

The Pulp-O-Mizer Pulp Magazine Cover Generator lets you play editor of your own retrofuturistic magazine, with titles like Enormous Stories, Hearts and Pistons, and What in the Blue Blazes. It's a fun weekend time waster that lets you dream up strange story titles and taglines and then customize your cover accordingly. … » 2/02/13 10:30am 2/02/13 10:30am

How Dave McKean created Sandman's multidimensional covers in an era…

One of the hallmarks of Dave McKean's early Sandman covers were the photographic elements framing the central painting, as if you'd stumbled across the piece hanging in curio cabinet or against an overstuffed bookshelf. But before Photoshop made adding these elements as simple as clicking a mouse, McKean decided not to … » 12/09/12 4:00pm 12/09/12 4:00pm

Vampire Laser Love On Mars: The Can't-Fail Ingredients To Create The…

This tag cloud, depicting all the words that go into the worst science-fiction book titles, is a thing of absolute beauty. Orbit Books created it out of the 350 submissions for its "worst cover ever" drive. And the finalists are... » 7/21/09 1:30pm 7/21/09 1:30pm