May 14, 2019 ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries

Comic Books 101: An Overview of the Comic Book Industry


July 11, 2019 | 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST | 90 minutes

CLE Credit: 1.5 hours in 60-minute states
and 1.8 hours in 50-minute states


Join attorneys Caitlin DiMotta, Gamal Hennessy, R.J. Inawat, and moderator Dirk Vanover as we explore the legal and business issues of the comic book industry. From conception to publication to distribution to adaptation, we’ll discuss the challenges you and your client will have to navigate in order to bring their creation to life. 

Lead Facilitator:

Dirk Vanover, Vanover Legal, LLC, Waukesha, WI


Caitlin DiMotta, Katz Golden Rosenman, LLP, Santa Monica, CA
Gamal Hennessy, Creative Contract Consulting, Jackson Heights, NY
R.J. Inawat, Lion Forge, Chicago, IL


All participants must be registered for the program. A MP3 recording of this session will be available for paid registrants. 

Event Code: ES1907T

Course Materials

The course materials and presentation deck for this teleconference call will be distributed one week prior to the call. 

Special Introductory Rates

  • $50 Forum Members 
  • $70 Govt/Non-Profit
  • $110 ABA Member
  • $160 General Public
  • $0 Students

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Speaker Bios

Dirk Vanover

Dirk Vanover is the founder of Vanover Legal, LLC, and his practice covers entertainment, intellectual property, and business law. Prior to founding his firm, he was the associate general counsel of an e-commerce company. He is a graduate of Marquette University Law School, and the University of Illinois. He is a four-time chair of the Milwaukee Bar Association’s Intellectual Property section, and he wrote the book Comics Startup 101: Key Legal and Business Issues for Comic Book Creators. In addition, he also writes about legal and business issues impacting the comics and entertainment industries at 

Caitlin DiMotta

Caitlin began her career as an entertainment business lawyer over ten years ago. She represents the interests of artists, writers, directors, actors, personalities and creators in deals of all kinds. She has worked with clients on matters including the acquisition and licensing of media properties; option, development, and publishing agreements in the television, literary, comic book/graphic novel and motion picture industries. Her breadth of experience in a variety of entertainment areas enables Caitlin to spot potential issues before they become problems, allowing her to take a preventive and proactive approach to legal representation.

Caitlin works closely with each client to understand their goals and objectives in order to provide the highest level of support and advocacy. She develops deep relationships with her clients, enabling her to take a long-term view of their business and legal matters. She was a recipient of the Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in Business and Corporate Law and has been named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers in each year of 2013-2019.

Caitlin’s interest in the world of arts and entertainment is grounded in her personal experience. Her husband, Duffy Boudreau, is an accomplished television screenwriter and published comic book writer, giving her a uniquely personal perspective on the industry. Caitlin also enjoyed a decade-long career as a professional dancer, dancing with national and international dance companies and freelancing for nationally renowned choreographers. Caitlin attended Interlochen Arts Academy as a Dance Major (96-98), graduated with a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago (2003), and received her Juris Doctor from University of New Mexico School of Law in 2006. Caitlin is a member of the bar in California (2016), Washington (2010), and New Mexico (2006).

Gamal Hennessy

Gamal Hennessy is an attorney and author specializing in comic book law. During his career, he has represented major corporate clients including AfterShock, Amazon, Mad Cave Studios, and Marvel, as well as independent entertainment professionals and independent publishers. 

R.J. Inawat

With a vibrant academic and professional career in the music, performing arts, and law arenas, R.J. Inawat is a skilled attorney with expertise spanning many facets of the entertainment industry. In his independent legal practice, R.J. focuses on entertainment law, soft intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets), contract law, and business/entity formation.

R.J.’s mission is to provide guidance and assistance through the legal and business aspects of the entertainment industry so that artists can focus on what they do best: create arts.

R.J.’s expertise manifested through his comprehensive career in various sectors of the entertainment industry, including content production, comic book publishing, venue management, artist booking, record label A&R, event production, talent management, content licensing and contract negotiation.

R.J. is a DePaul University alumnus, having earned his Bachelor of Music in Performing Arts Management with minors in Management and Business Administration in 2005 as well as his Juris Doctor in 2013, and he continues to perform throughout the Chicagoland area as a freelance classical pianist.


The ABA will seek 1.50 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 1.80 hours of CLE credit for this program in 50-minute states.  Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules. Please visit the program website at for program CLE details or visit for general information on CLE at the ABA.

For more information contact Yasmin Koen.

All participants must be registered for the program. A MP3 recording of this session will be available for paid registrants. Event Code: ES1907T

Financial Hardship

Applications are available for this program. To request information, contact Bernadette Steele. Attorneys who qualify will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fee(s).

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received 2 business days or more before the program will receive a 100% refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations after that date; however, substitute registrants are welcome at any time before the program. The Service Center counts the day of the cancellation as day one. The day of the program is not counted.