If you have a favorite convention that uses “Comic-Con” in its name, expect that name to change quickly. For a while now, San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) has been the plaintiff in a legal battle with Salt Lake Comic Con (SLCC) over the use of “Comic Con” in its name. At the end of last week, a federal judge decided that San Diego would win. That means that SLCC can no longer use the term “Comic Con” or any equivalent in its name or advertising.
“[U.S. Distric Court Judge Anthony] Battaglia, in his order on an injunction, has enjoined Salt Lake from “Comic Con” and “Comic-Con” and any phonetic equivalents (i.e. ComiKon). Additionally, Farr and Brandenburg can’t operate any social media site that incorporates the trademark, nor can they even advertise how the festival they run was “formerly known as Salt Lake Comic Con.””
The judge also ordered the SLCC defendants to pay almost $4 million in attorneys' fees and costs. It’s important to note that this is not the first battle SDCC has brought to the table, but they all were waiting to see how this battle played out. Now that SDCC has won, I assume other comic conventions are scrambling to change their names to avoid legal problems. SLCC changed their name to FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention a while ago after the battle started, so at least they have their new name picked.
After kicking off on Thursday, the 2018 edition of New York Comic Con continued Friday (10/5) at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center.
The huge, sprawling event, which fills not only Javits but offsite locations like Hammerstein Ballroom and Hulu Theater for some screenings and panels, attracts fans of comics, television, movies, anime, gaming, and pop culture in general. It also attracts a lot of cosplayers.
On day two of Comic Con, we saw people dressed as lots of variations on Spider-Man, Papa Emeritus from Ghost, as well as characters from DuckTales, Stranger Things (including someone wearing a working Stranger Things arcade game), South Park, Harry Potter, a “Welcome to Flavortown” sign-holding Guy Fieri, Beetlejuice, a Jedi Handmaid, Malibu Ken, WALL-E, and lots more.
What cosplay did we spot on Saturday? Almost too much! We witnessed some mighty Furiosas, an unmasked Deadpool, and the return of the McVengers! Leave a comment with your favorite cosplay, or share your own look from SDCC. Also, be sure to head to our Instagram Stories, where we’re sharing even more cosplay and cool finds from the con floor. We’re celebrating the last day of Comic-Con right. Come join us!
San Diego Comic-Con is entering its final day, but the cosplay showcase is far from over. io9's latest video and photos highlight the fantastic looks from Saturday—arguably the best day for cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con. Excelsior, my friends. Excelsior.