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Neil Gaiman's $450,000+ Payout From Todd McFarlane

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If, like me, you’re one of the many who is now wondering, what the resolution of the Neil Gaiman vs Todd McFarlane lawsuit really means in financial terms, here’s your first clue.  Not only did Gaiman win 50% of the copyright for Spawn issues #9 and #26, along with the Angela mini-series and the introduced characters within all (Angela, Medieval Spawn etc etc), but he’s also scored a very decent cash payout, not that he’s likely to see a lot of it.

In 2008, as part of his bankruptcy case, McFarlane was ordered to play $382,000 into Escrow to offset any possible losses that might arise in the Gaiman suit.  Now that McFarlane has lost, the entire amount, with interest, has been released.  The upside of this is that, based on a reasonable average interest of 5% after four years and a bit, Gaiman can expect to see about  $464,000, give or take a few thousand (hey - I'm no good at maths, so if you can do better by all means do so) - and that'd be the start.  There's still an a…

THE 1973 COMIC ART CONVENTION: Bob Kane, C.C. Beck, Sol Harrison, Russ Heath et al...

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A few weeks ago I reprinted the 1970 Comic Art Convention Luncheon, which featured Bill Everett and Joe Kubert interviewed by Gil Kane and Neal Adams.  It got me to thinking, how many other such interviews are out there that are largely forgotten these days?  I then started to peek through the mountains of convention programmes and the like, and found another such luncheon that would have been great to attend, and a bitter-sweet one as well – the 1973 Comic Art Convention Luncheon.
Much like the 1970 Luncheon, this event featured some heavyweight creators talking about their time in the industry.  C.C. Beck was an established legend, having been the first artist to draw Captain Marvel (later re-branded as Shazam) and his crew.  Beck’s art was, and still is, a delight; mixing realism with cartoon creating a style that many artists have emulated through the years.  His influence can still be found in some of today’s artists, and his minimalistic approach to the medium was truly origina…

Todd McFarlane & Neil Gaiman - 19 Years Gone

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Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman: 1993

Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman:  2012

And they STILL have yet to resolve the whole Miracleman mess.  Isn't it incredible what nearly twenty years can see?  And when a case that appears to be as clear cut as this one is and goes on for this long, well, you can begin to understand why people such as the Siegel family, the Kirby estate and others are resigned to be in the fight for the long haul. 

And that 1993 'true story' seems to be about as true as Bob Kane insisting that he created Batman all on his lonesome...

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