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Neil Gaiman's $450,000+ Payout From Todd McFarlane
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.
You'd be smiling too
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 accounting of Angela and Co to happen yet. The flip-side to this is that both sides have to pay their own attorney fees and
costs, and when you realise that this case has been going on since February
2002, you can imagine what those costs would be. You can only hope that the settlement between the pair included an extra sum to cover those very sizable fees. It probably won't hurt to give McFarlane's store a bit of a plug - he might need the extra cash.
Be warned - read this, take note and learn the easy way - we've learnt this lesson the hard way.
As people who read this stuff on some form of a regular basis might be aware we're off to New York in just over a month. Three weeks in New York, one week in San Fransisco. The key, for us anyway, is booking some decent accommodation, so we decided that, as we're going to be in New York for three weeks solid, that we'd go for a serviced apartment over a hotel room. So we started looking on the proper web-sites for places until we found one. Great location, it does exist, great photos - the lot. Perfect for our needs. The other half made contact with the 'owner' via the web-site and made arrangements to pay. We were asked to pay via MoneyGram, no biggie and no alarm bells started to ring - we've not done this before and all seemed normal. We made the first payment and got an email back from the 'owner' saying he'd gotten the payment and could we fix th…
Let's nip this right in the bud now and call this image bullshit (as Penn & Teller would say). Yesterday a link was emailed to quite a few people, showing the image you see on the left, which is supposedly the Jack Kirby version of The Amazing Spider-Man. If it the art was genuine then it'd rewrite Marvel history as we know it. There's one slight problem though - it's a hoax, and not a very good one at that. Someone has taken the Giant Man image from the splash page of Tales To Astonish #51 and doctored it, using a logo taken from page #183 of Joe Simon's Comic Book Makers book and parts of the design that Steve Ditko drew for one of Robin Snyder's books (in which he discussed the differences between Jack Kirby's discarded version of Spiderman and the final, Steve Ditko-Stan Lee version of Spider-Man) and mashed them all together. As to why anyone would want to do that, or what end they hoped to achieve is beyond me. But then that's life.
Go and have a read, and, more importantly, pass the word on to everyone and anyone who is thinking of travelling anywhere and booking. First rule of thumb - NEVER pay anyone via a money transfer system such as Western Union or Moneygram. They assist the scammers, and once your money is gone, those companies couldn't care less. They've got their cut. Make sure you pay in such a way that you've got recourse - if it's a money transfer then it's a scam, as far as I'm concerned.