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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.
The final judgement has been handed down in the long running Gary Friedrich vs Marvel (Ghost Rider) case, and now we know the full amount that Friedrich owes Marvel. That's right, Marvel, a company that stands to make millions of dollars from the upcoming Ghost Rider II movie, and is paying Nicholas Cage millions to portray a character that Friedrich created, now wants money from Friedrich - in specific $17,000. And they'd like that $17,000 now, please. In full.
This stipulation has been agreed upon and so ordered by the court, with the final judgement reflecting all that contained within. This now means that Gary Friedrich has the right to appeal, and appeal he shall, but it also means that he now owes Marvel Comics, a multi-million dollar making machine, backed by the multi-billion dollar Disney company, $17,000 and cannot ever sell anything related to Ghost Rider, nor can he even say that he created Ghost Rider for any form of gain or advertising. Well done Marvel!! …
Was Yogi Bear gay or not? It's this kind of thing that keeps me wide awake in the middle of the night, clutching at the quilt, drowning in sweat and wishing that the ghosts inside of my head would just flee and leave me be. But they don't, so I instantly turn my thoughts into other realms.
Now, Yogi. On the surface of things he appears to be a normal bear. In the historical context of things he's just a cheap copy of Art Carney's Ed Norton (actually the Honeymooners was stolen better by Warner Brothers for their cartoon series featuring mice - Ralphy boy and his neighbour Martin).
Yogi used to hang around a place called Jellystone National Park and was, for the most part, obsessed by picnic baskets. Like a demented homeless person he relentlessly stalked people, slept on park benches, probably urinated in public, harassed people and stole whatever food and anything else that he could reach. All the time he was pursued by two people, the first being the anal retentive Ra…
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…