DC Entertainment is announcing new details for Batman Day 2018. Now in its fifth year, the fan-favorite holiday will take place on September 15, 2018 and include Batman-themed events at thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries worldwide. Key Batman Day partners include Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Books-A-Million and more. Fans around the world are invited to join DC in honoring this iconic Super Hero.
As part of the Batman Day festivities, fans who visit participating retailers will receive the first chapter of BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT, written and drawn by Sean Murphy, a month ahead of the collected edition release. The book will also feature a preview of another upcoming DC Black Label title BATMAN: DAMNED by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo. Younger fans can pick up a free copy of the first chapter of BATMAN: A LOT OF LI’L GOTHAM. In addition to comic books, DC is providing retailers access to an assortment of additional offerings to help in the celebration of Batman Day, including a fun online activity kit.
Digital readers are invited to celebrate The Dark Knight with the Batman Day digital sale from September 11-17. The event will include hundreds of Batman eBooks on sale for $4.99 or $5.99 on ReadDC.com, comiXology.com, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and iTunes.
DC is continuing its partnership with publishers such as HarperCollins, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House, DK, Simon & Schuster and Scholastic to bring Batman Day celebrations to thousands of book stores, comic retailers and libraries.
Following Batman Day, DC will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Dark Knight with a year-long celebration in 2019. On March 30, 1939, artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger gave life to Batman in DETECTIVE COMICS #27. In 2019, DC will celebrate the publishing milestone of the comic book series’ monumental 1000th issue as well as Batman’s 80thanniversary. More details on the year-long celebration will be released in the coming months.
For the latest Batman Day information visit DCComics.com/batmanday.
Hasbro and DC Comics Settle ‘Bumblebee’ Trademark Dispute
Hasbro and DC Comics have settled a trademark lawsuit, in which the Transformers toymaker sought to block sales of a Mattel doll based on the DC superhero Bumblebee, a teenage girl with the ability to shrink. Hasbro sued DC and Warner Bros. last year, arguing that consumers might confuse the doll with its own Bumblebee, the yellow Autobot.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Judge Lorna Schofield, of the Southern District of New York, ordered the case dismissed on Wednesday upon receiving a settlement notice from DC’s attorneys.
The DC Comics character of Bumblebee was created before the Hasbro Transformers character. DC’s version debuted in the pages of the Teen Titans comic book in 1977, while Hasbro’s character was created in 1983. Hasbro applied and received an official trademark for the character’s name in 2015.
DC Comics’ Bumblebee in recent years has seen a revival, specifically by Mattel’s DC Super Hero Girls line of action figures, dolls, comic books, and cartoons, as well as an appearance in the Cartoon Network series Young Justice.
Hasbro originally filed a lawsuit on August 28, 2017 in federal court accusing Warner Bros. and DC Comics of trademark infringement. The suit claims that the DC “Bumblebee” — a teenage girl with the ability to shrink — could easily be confused with the Autobot “Bumblebee.”
Hasbro was seeking to block the sales of Mattel’s Bumblebee toy. Hasbro was also concerned about a Bumblebee Lego set. With DC’s settlement notice, the future of the character within DC Super Hero Girls future releases, could be in doubt.
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