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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman

Legal | Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane will return to court next month after more than seven years to hash out how much Gaiman is owed for his copyright interests in Medieval Spawn, Angela and Count Nicholas Cogliostro. Gaiman wants to learn how much money was generated by three other characters he claims are derivative of those he co-created with McFarlane: Dark Ages Spawn, Domina and Tiffany.

McFarlane asked for another trial on the issue, but on Tuesday U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled that Gaiman has a plausible claim, and ordered an evidentiary hearing to be held on June 14. [Wisconsin State Journal]

Conventions | As the bidding war for Comic-Con International continues, convention organizers have asked San Diego hotels to sign contracts guaranteeing room rates for the next five years. A decision on whether the four-day event will remain in the city after 2012 was expected weeks ago, but Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer said that’s been delayed because the competing cities — Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Diego — continue to amend their offers. He now expects a decision within the next month. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

disney publishing

Disney Publishing Worldwide

Publishing | Disney Publishing Worldwide is now managing the global children’s licensed book publishing business formerly overseen by Marvel. [Publishers Weekly]

Publishing | Dave Carter wonders what the closing of the CMX manga imprint might tell us about the future of DC Comics. I follow most of his line of thinking — DC wants to publish properties it can exploit in other media — but he loses me with his prediction the “days are probably numbered” for creator-owned works at the company. It seems unlikely that DC would cut off its primary source for new properties and, in the process, push creators to the company’s competitors. [Yet Another Comics Blog]

Graphic.ly

Graphic.ly

Publishing | Andrew McDonald profiles Graphic.ly CEO Micah Baldwin: “I don’t even think we’re close to the ‘p’ of profitability yet. Depending on what happens over the next 12 months, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were not profitable for the next 18 months. We’re in serious build mode. I won’t give you [revenue] figures; mostly because I just don’t know them, and they’re small. We’ve been out for a month. We’re a little bit ahead of plans, which is good. We’re getting more users and more purchases than we expected early on, which I think is great.” [StrategyEye]

Legal | The attorney for Michael George, the retailer and convention organizer awaiting a new trial in the 17-year-old murder of his first wife, said “it looks hopeful” that his client’s family will be able to raise the money for bail. George, who has been incarcerated for the better part of 30 months, reportedly is confined to a wheelchair and unable to walk without assistance. [Daily American]

Conventions | Matthew Sheppard reports from last weekend’s Bristol International Comic & Small Press Expo. [Den of Geek]

Creators | Daniel Clowes discusses his new graphic novel Wilson: “I find malcontents to be amusing. I have a lot of friends who are cranky complainers, and I guess I have a high tolerance for that.” [The Oakland Tribune]

Moving Pictures

Moving Pictures

Creators | David Howard interviews Kathryn and Stuart Immonen about their collaboration Moving Pictures. “We’ve been asked a lot about the difference between Moving Pictures as a webcomic and as a book and really, we never considered it to be the former,” Kathryn Immonen says. “It was a comic on the web and I think that’s a different beast. We serialized it weekly and put it online simply as a way to impose a deadline that would ensure that it got done.  The script itself, if you can call it that because it really was composed almost solely of dialogue, was completed quite some time ago. So by the time we got around to turning it into a comic, it was kind of a new and unfamiliar work for both of us.” [Torontoist]

Creators | Ryan K. Lindsay chats with Ivan Brandon about Viking. [The Weekly Crisis]

Patrick the Wolf Boy

Patrick the Wolf Boy

Creators | Art Baltazar talks about kids’ comics: “I wanna do kids books forever. That’s what I am. I’m a cartoonist and I wanna draw cartoons and comic books. I’m not a guy who’s drawing this to write Final Crisis one day or something. I wanna do this. If I can’t create something or write cartoons, I’ll go nuts. I gotta draw every day at home, even if I’m on the couch or whatever I’m doin’. I just gotta do it man. I live so I can draw stuff … and see movies.” [Mania]

Comics | Ten of the most politically charged comics, from Air Pirates Funnies to Y: The Last Man. [Geekosystem]

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The question about the ending of CMX speaks more about the future of manga in the U.S. then it does about DC Comics.

Hey Kevin. Thanks for the link!

The point I was trying to make about creator-owned properties at DC is that I speculate they will be treated more like the Icon properties are at Marvel. That is, for creators they want to keep happy it will be an option. So things like Joe the Barbarian–Yes. Things like Daytripper (one of my current faves)–not so much.

ThatTalkingGuy

May 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm

OK. I’m not a fan of taking the side of McFarlane over Gaiman…but is he claiming he is owed money for characters derived from Medieval Spawn because he co-created Medieval Spawn? Isn’t that a little backwards?

I haven’t read the actual complaint, but presumably Gaiman’s argument is that, because he co-owns Medieval Spawn, Angela and Count Nicholas Cogliostro, he deserves a portion of the profits from any derivative works. In this case, he’s asserting that Dark Ages Spawn, Domina and Tiffany are derivative.

DetectiveDupin

May 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm

MJB, manga and anime are a lot more profitable and successful than American comic book characters still. CMX did not have any of the popular Shonen Jump characters. What happened to CMX is the equivalent of an indie publisher going under while Marvel and DC are still alive.

Hey, thanks for pointing towards the Ivan Brandon chat. The guy was a real gentleman to deal with, even though his time is scarce. Was nice of him to fit me in and I loved Viking to good to hear his thoughts on things.

“Gaiman wants to learn how much money was generated by three other characters he claims are derivative of those he co-created with McFarlane: Dark Ages Spawn, Domina and Tiffany.”

I’m guessing not a lot. I barely even remember those characters.

Why did Gaiman create new characters in Spawn when he didn’t get a written agreement with McFarlane that he would get co-ownership of the characters?

Hey Detective Dupin, your point may be correct (I’m really not sure though because I’ve HEARD that but actual sales reports in the U.S. say otherwise), clearly it was NOT profitable for DC

Devyn,

Because he foolishly assumed a guy who left marvel so he could own his own creations wouldn’t turn out to be a hypocritical prick.

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