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The 2012 Inkwell Awards Ballot Is Now Live

Once again it's time for the annual Inkwell Awards voting.  The 2012 Ballot is now live and waiting for your vote - it'll be up from the 1st of May to the 15th of May, so don't waste time, go in and cast your vote
So, whatcha waiting for?  Go to the site, cast your vote and make it count!!!

Todd McFarlane: Bankrupt No More. Neil Gaiman: $1,100,000 Better Off?

The cheering you can hear on both sides of the Atlantic is the cheering of Todd McFarlane finally coming out of bankruptcy.  However it did come at a decent cost though, as court documents show that he paid out $1,100,000 as part of the Neil Gaiman settlement – however it’s not entirely clear how much of this money went to Gaiman and how much went to McFarlane’s legal team (part of the settlement saw both sides absorb their own legal fees), however it’s a good bet that the bulk went straight to Gaiman as part of the overall settlement.  In total McFarlane has paid over $2,200,000 to get himself out of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy hole that he voluntarily dug himself into back in late December 2004.  Still, the Confirmation Order that was filed back in 2008 is now been accepted – due to the resolution of the Gaiman vs McFarlane suit – and as, “…the Confirmation Order was not appealed and is now a final order….no deposits were required to be funded under the Plan…all property transfers req…

Marvel vs Kirby: Kirby's Reply Brief

The latest brief has been filed in the Marvel vs Kirby case, and, keeping to form, the brief is full of accusations and claims.  There’s the usual argument that Stan Lee is a liar who can’t be trusted, and that the court was totally wrong in it’s finding by ignoring all of the Kirby evidence, which I expect also includes contradictory evidence in the form of archival Kirby interviews (such as the famous Comic Journal interview where Kirby claimed to have created everything from Superman on down).  The brief focuses on the usual authorship and work-for-hire debates – debates that may never be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction. 
What does stand out is Toberoff’s claims that the District Court has erred by accepting Marvel’s evidence as truth, while denying the Kirby evidence – in particular that presented by Mark Evanier and John Morrow – as hearsay.  However the points of interest in this brief are the first reference to a Thor character that Kirby drew in 1942 (although the brief does…

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