Part Seven: Gaiman vs McFarlane, Round One
“I said, what would happen next was that a jury of Americans would decide whether to trust an Englishman or a Canadian.” (Gaiman, Wisconsin State Journal, 2 Oct, 2002)
In the end, the jury believed the Englishman.
That court battle in 2002 ended with a win for Gaiman and a crushing blow to the reputation of Todd McFarlane as a fighter for creator’s rights.
On the stand McFarlane was brutalised with many inconsistencies in statements, both present and past, being revealed.
ARNTSEN: Now take the Angela's Hunt trade paperback. That was published by Image in 2000, correct? You never told Neil you were publishing that book, did you? MCFARLANE: I don't recall. ARNTSEN: That book has Neil's biography on the back of it, doesn't it? Or a synopsis of it? MCFARLANE: Yeah, a write-up. ARNTSEN: It doesn't list any other creator other than Neil Gaiman? Greg Capullo's not listed on the back, is he? MCFARLANE: No, …