Avoiding copyright issues at “all costs” in today’s comic strip…

Writing a comic strip is so tough. As you have seen from the history of my comic strip, Charmy’s Army introduces a lot of characters and alter egos sporadically. I should have been a character designer. I have a ton of ideas for different characters in my brain every day. The complication for these ideas revolves around legality. Some amazing names have come out of my head that were huge infringements on the copyrights of others. Before running with any of my ideas, research is required. I have shot down so many amazing ideas because of legal conflicts with the copyrights of others.

In today’s strip, we are introduced to Weaver’s first reoccurring alter ego. Doland Blackheart as a vigilante hero from the Prohibition era. His character is a throwback to simpler times were gangsters ruled New York and corruption was at a fevered pitch. The economy was in the pits, and unemployment was at a record high. Turning to crime was a means of survival during this era of unruly depravity.

So what happens next?

Weaver… I mean Doland… turns to Davy and grins. Davy shakes his head and walks away.

“So… Dillan…. what is your deal?”, asks Charmy.

“The name is Dolland”, corrects Weaver… I maen Doland… “I am the avenger for honesty, integrity, and justice!”

“What are midnight blue candy bars?”, asks Charmy.

“They are establishments of corruption. They are dwellings of malfeasance.” reveals Doland. “They are the devil’s armpit. Tis a place were the unwilling gamble away their money along with their souls and their dignity. Pure evil inhabits every square inch of this most seedy grotto”.

“Oh, so Chucky Cheese!” Exclaims Charmy.

“What? No!”, yells Doland.

“Well, you’ve obviously never been to a six year old’s birthday party”, says Charmy.

“Super heroes have no time for a family”, explains Doland. “Our family is lady liberty and the sons of justice”.

“Oh yeah, I love their hit song ‘Our Love is Stronger that Limburger Cheese’ “, admits Charmy.

Suddenly, Doland’s watch begins beeping.

“Is it time to take your medicine?” asks Charmy.

“No. This is an alert from the police commissioner.” reveals Doland. “I must be off”.

“Oh… you are definitely a little OFF”, mumbles Charmy as Doland rushes away and off screen.

“I must admit, that color scheme looks pretty cool”, Charmy mutters to himself.

End scene.

– Davy

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Published by fugcheese

Cartoonist and Creator of the nationally distributed comic strip Charmy's Army. Davy is renowned in Artist's Alley for his amazing mash-ups using his characters portraying pop culture icons and figures.

One thought on “Avoiding copyright issues at “all costs” in today’s comic strip…

  1. Noice – I enjoyed the follow-up. Is that young Davy at his back or someone else?

    On Sun, Sep 19, 2021 at 9:27 AM Charmy’s Army – The Comic Strip wrote:

    > fugcheese posted: ” SEE MORE COMIC STRIPS Writing a comic strip is so > tough. As you have seen from the history of my comic strip, Charmy’s Army > introduces a lot of characters and alter egos sporadically. I should have > been a character designer. I have a ton of idea” >

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