Saturday, January 5, 2008

Advice to Law Journals, Part 21

21  publish cartoons

This idea I got from the Journal of Legal Education.  Seems a little strange at first, but I think there're some possibilities in doing innovative things.  I think of publishing cartoons as a metaphor for innovative things.  And, hey, you might have something as entertaining as The Road to Serfdom in cartoons!  You'll recall that we've spoken a little bit about this before in this series (way back in August).

Remember, thought, that doing funky things--like publishing cartoons--can easily be overdone.  A little bit of innovation goes a long way.

Alfred L. Brophy
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For those of us that are not as talented as Keith Aoki and might want to illustrate with other artist's works, one issue that law journals would need to become more familiar with is copyright protection. I published a symposium piece with several pictures (not by me) that were all over a hundred years old, and had some pretty frustrating experiences with the journal. I also wonder about whether non-text raises the cost of publication--the per offprint cost I was quoted was over three dollars for an 18 page offprint, so I didn't order any, but I wondered whether printing the pictures influenced the costs.

Posted by: Bethany Berger | Jan 6, 2008 4:21:52 PM

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