Is my idea for a blog going to be a copyright issue, or is it fair use?
August 4, 2014 9:33 AM Subscribe
I want to write a blog that invokes the aesthetics and atmosphere of a certain fictional world from a comic strip. In this comic, they live very happily, have a delightful home, and go on many adventures. I'd like to write posts inspired by their activities. I would reference the strip in the blog name, and occasionally include single panels for context. Is this okay in terms of copyright?
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For example, pretend the strip is Calvin and Hobbes. Articles may range from tutorials on how to make terrifying snowmen, to how to get of of homework, or how to repair a stuffed animal. Basically, the comic strip serves as a fun framework and sets the tone for the posts. The articles would be written in my own voice, I'm not trying to imitate the character's voice. Will this usage make publishers angry? Will I be allowed to use the character's image in any way, shape or form (as in a single panel to start off a tutorial, or a small picture in the "about" section). I've never had a blog before, and I really want to write this. Thanks!