Monday, January 30, 2012

Gaiman and McFarlane have reached a settlement in their decade-old Spawn copyright lawsuit

The Washington Post noted it here.

Todd McFarlane has gone on record as the most egotistical trash to emerge from the 1990's comic "boom"... rather a businessman more than a standard industry "grunt"...a glory hog and foolish. He got sued for using a Canadian hockey player's name in his Spawn series as a mafia stereotype. Todd McFarlane's a rich jerk.

Neil Gaiman exists as one of the most diverse and interesting writers to emerge from the more independently oriented version of that same industry "boom", and stands by the idea, rather unlike McFarlane, that writers and artists, regardless of ego, split down the middle any rights on any character created in the course of a given series, if said series is driven by the credo of "creator's rights". Neil Gaiman, also no doubt rich, is one of the nicest people working in the industry.

I am pleased that the matter is over, and hope that both parties know better than to ever deal with each other again.

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