10 Public Domain Characters That Are Overdue For A Reboot

Some older fictional characters turn up again and again and again: Count Dracula and his foes, Victor Frankenstein, Dorothy Gale and the denizens of Oz. But Western literature's public domain is filled with excellent characters, many who deserve a bit more limelight. » 1/21/15 10:16am 1/21/15 10:16am

The Animated Centaurs That Predate Fantasia By Decades

Below the jump is the only remaining fragment of Winsor McCay's 1921 animation The Centaurs. It was produced by Rialto Productions and there's a certain charm to it. Except for the centaur foal at the end, which is just creepy. » 7/02/14 3:00am 7/02/14 3:00am

A Trove Of 400,000 Images From The Met That You Can Use For Free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has put a collection of 400,000 (and growing) images online and made it all available for free use. » 5/20/14 8:15am 5/20/14 8:15am

US judge rules Sherlock Holmes and Watson are in the public domain

If you've had a Sherlock Holmes in space novel idea kicking around your head, now might be a good time to start writing it. A United States federal judge has ruled that Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other elements of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are no longer covered by US copyright law. » 12/28/13 10:00am 12/28/13 10:00am

Harry Houdini's incredible book about home science experiments — free…

As any steampunk will gleefully tell you, the Victorian era was a period of incredible discovery, where scientific breakthroughs occurred at an astonishing rate. Which was the perfect environment for a book like Scientific Amusements to be published - a hodgepodge of science, illusion, party tricks, naturalism, and… » 11/29/12 7:20am 11/29/12 7:20am

The Most Luscious Properties in the Public Domain

Here are 10 stories that belong to everybody, stories that still have plenty of juice in them — even if their earlier incarnations left something to be desired. » 5/13/10 1:22pm 5/13/10 1:22pm

"Public Domain" Now Public Domain

Graphic novel Channel Zero was a turn-of-the-millennium, visually-groundbreaking entry in the "corporate-dystopian America" genre, winning awards and making a name for its creator, writer/designer Brian Wood. Such was its success that a collection of sketches, mini-comics and preparatory design work for the graphic… » 1/31/08 9:30am 1/31/08 9:30am