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A comic-book clash



Published: Thu, August 1, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Chris Yambar isn’t trying to be a superhero. He’s just standing up for his rights — and some respect.

The Youngstown-based comic-book artist/writer (Bart Simpson, SpongeBob SquarePants, Mr. Beat) has been staging Lawn Con — his own mini comic-book convention — in the front yard of his West Side home for three years.

He was surprised to find out that Comic- Con International, the biggest and most influential event in the industry, used the name for a segment of its show, which took place two weeks ago in San Diego.

To set the record straight, Yambar had his attorney, Denise Bayer, send a cordial letter to DC Comics and Warner Bros., sponsors of Comic-Con, alerting them to the oversight. The letter lays out Yambar’s claim to the Lawn Con name, based on his standing in the comics industry and the event’s reputation in this community.

To resolve the issue, the letter suggests that DC/Warner either donate books that Yambar would give away to young readers as part of his literacy outreach program, or purchase the Lawn Con name, with Yambar using the proceeds to promote the youth literacy program under a new name.

It’s a David vs. Goliath battle, and as of Wednesday, Atty. Bayer hadn’t gotten a reply. She kind of doubts that she will.

Yambar’s next Lawn Con will be Oct. 15.

conneaut lake park on travel channel

Conneaut Lake Park, the historic amusement park about an hour northeast of Youngstown, is about to unveil some big news.

Conneaut has been approached by the Travel Channel to be part of a new show about amusement parks. A film crew has been at the park all week and will stay through Saturday.

Volunteers who want to donate their time to beautifying the park — landscaping, painting, etc. — can head up to the park today, Friday and Saturday. You might wind up on television. If interested, first email skyeldemoya@gmail.com (do not call the park).

Officials at the park are required to stay mum on the Travel Channel project, but they did say that a reveal will be made at 7 p.m. Saturday. A party for volunteers also will take place that evening.


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