"One Little Grope," 14 Years Later

The Taki Soma situation has reared his head once more, with people questioning the suitability of Charles Brownstein to be heading up the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund. I wrote the words below back in 2006, and I feel that they're still valid now. Nothing of note happened back in 2006, but the world has changed in the fourteen years since, some for the better and some for the worse. What is a constant is that powerful men still appear to be able to get away with whatever they want to.

Perhaps now people will read this and take some action, unlike 2006.

When I first saw both of these images on Michael Netzer's site I was fascinated. I've never been a fan of censorship in any way, shape or form, and for a while I thought that Mike had been told that his initial image - the one on the bottom - was far too offensive for many, and probably borderline slander, which is why he changed it and added the extra bits. Then I…

Miller vs Varley - Case (Almost) Closed

For those following the Frank Miller/Lynn Varley court case, be aware that it's pretty much done and dusted now. While the exact details haven't been released, and they might well never be released, a recent letter that was filed in the case gives hope that Frank and Lynn have managed to sit down with their respective legal teams and hashed out a solution.

Would that all court cases of this kind be solved so quickly? But then, in a perfect world, cases like this wouldn't come to the courts as the parties involved would be able to work their issues out beforehand.

So, unless we hear otherwise, call this, case (almost) closed!

Kiss vs Kiss II: The Unknown Story of Kiss II

The Unknown Story of Kiss II
“We just wanted to play somewhere.” – Tim Reynolds
In 1978, how would you have known that the rock band Kiss was on stage before you? Sure, the bombastic stage show was in place, with flashpots, explosions, flames, loud music and four guys in over the top costumes with make-up on. But would you have known it was really Kiss under all of that make-up and leather? More to the point, would anyone have cared? At the time, people were handing their money over to the band like it was on fire. Could anyone have gone on stage and pretended to be Kiss and gotten away with it?
That is the scenario that two budding promoters, Kenneth Cundiff and David Hagnseiker wanted to find out. They approached the Mt Vernon State Fair with the idea of a Kiss concert at the fair in May 1978. For the organisers of the State Fair it was an easy yes. Kiss playing the State Fair would ensure a large turn out, so they agreed, bring the band in. Put them on. More money for all. There w…

John Richard Flanagan: The Australian Born American Comic Book Pioneer

The Australian Born America Comic Book Pioneer
Ask almost anyone in Australia who was the first Australian to work in the American comic book industry and they will invariably answer, “Stan Pitt”. It has been that way since Pitt did his first job for an American publisher, DC Comics The Witching Hour (issue 5), which was published in October 1969. But was Stan Pitt really the first or was he the second? What is now known is that there was another Australian who came before Pitt. A man who produced cover art for DC Comics thirty years earlier than Pitt in 1939.
His name was John Richard Flanagan. And this is his story.
Flanagan was born in Sydney in 1895 and attended St Joseph’s College in Hunter’s Hill. His father passed away when Flanagan was only 12, leaving his mother to make a difficult choice. As Flanagan was the oldest male in the house, the burden of providing for the family would fall upon him. She duly enrolled him in an art course and set him on an apprenticeship with a lithog…

Original Art Stories: Miller vs Varley - Frank Miller's Art Collection

More documents have landed in the what's rapidly becoming a nasty battle between Frank Miller and his ex-wife, colourist Lynn Varley (read here for a recap). Without getting into the nastier details of the dispute, it can be broken down to the following; 

1] Miller and Varley agreed to separate and split their art collection. As part of the settlement ($1,320,000 to Varley from Miller), sales of art from either side to third parties was subject to a series of rules. 

2] All of Miller's art was catalogued and stored in a unit, to which both Miller and Varley's legal representatives had the keys. Either party could inspect the art at any time, but had to be accompanied by the other, or their representative.

3] Miller had strict rules against selling any of his art until Varley had received the final settlement payment. His art was being held as security against the payment. Miller could sell his art, but had to offer it to Varley first. If she wanted it, she could pay a 'fa…

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