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The World vs Todd McFarlane: Book Extract - Todd Runs Neil Around

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TODD RUNS NEIL AROUND


The meeting in Phoenix didn’t go as well as planned, with neither side seemingly capable of being able to see the other’s point of view.
Neil Gaimanwas quite clear as to what he saw happen at the meeting.
“Todd kept saying ‘but you can trust me and I will send you, I will send you bigger checks than you will get if you have a contract.’ And I said ‘Todd, call me silly, but I would much rather have a written contract and $500 in royalties than $1,500 that is going to turn up on a whim and could end the moment that you decide it's not convenient.’
“He said that he thought that was crazy and I said that that was how, you know, just assume that was how I was billed. And we then wound up – then everything ended very badly in terms of Todd had to wrap up rather quickly. Larry Marder had come out for that meeting because they just learned that Marc Silvestri had left the Image partnership that day, so they had to sort of get on the phone and try to sort that out.
“The w…

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