Originally posted by 3rdi:
Can anyone offer an overview of the copyrighting process for comics print and publishing?
In addition to the links posted earlier, it should probably be noted that in the United States (and in some other territories, in accordance with local law) you actually don't have to do anything to obtain a copyright. You own the copyright on your creation the moment you create it, the moment you out it in fixed form.
You can certainly formally register that copyright through the Library of Congress, through the process outlined on their site. Formal registration does have some real advantages, which is why almost everybody does it. But it's not necessary to secure the basic protections that copyright affords.