And Best of Friends They’ll Ever Be!

Awwww, isn’t it nice when everyone can just get along?

With the dissolving of the Kirkman/Liefeld partnership on The Infinite, it’s nice to see two other comic book heavyweights settling their differences. Ten years and a court of law later of course, but settling them none the less.

As someone who hasn’t really ready Spawn, or most of the spin-offs in the decade since McFarlane and Gaiman’s argument over ownership started, I can’t say that I knew exactly what all the hubbub was about. So, I went to the most trustworthy source of information on such things, Wikipedia:

“… a 2002 suit in which McFarlane contested with writer Neil Gaiman over the rights to some supporting Spawn characters created by Gaiman in issue #9 of the Spawn series and over payment for later works featuring those characters. In 1997 the two signed a deal in which Gaiman would give his share of characters Angela, Medieval Spawn and Cogliostro to McFarlane in exchange of McFarlane’s share of British superhero Marvelman (in reality, what McFarlane actually owned were two trademarks for Miracleman logos, not the character, which would become clear only after the lawsuit concluded). However, this deal was broken by McFarlane, which motivated Neil Gaiman to start the lawsuit. The jury was unanimous in favor of Gaiman. The two were involved in a lengthy dispute over ownership of Miracleman, but no lawsuit has been filed in that dispute. In 2009, Marvel Comics brought resolution to the matter by purchasing the property.”

Huh. This reminds me of the Wrestlemania 9 Main Event in which Bret Hart and Yokozuna fought for the Championship, but somehow Hulk Hogan ended up winning the title. Ah well, don’t say we didn’t learn ya nothin’ today!

Today’s page was done by Anna-Maria Jung:

Since Anna-Maria Jung was born in 1984, fantastic stories have been a significant part of her life. Since 2002, she has produced various comics and illustrations for comic anthologies in Germany and Austria, published two of her own comics and worked on four animated shorts, one of them in Scotland and one in New York City in cooperation with independent animator Bill Plympton. In 2009 she received the Fulbright scholarship and started studying a Master program in Illustration at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in New York and graduated in 2011. Anna is currently living and working in New York City, producing illustrations for the editorial market, children’s books, graphic novels and apparel.

Have a great weekend friends, and we’ll see you back here Monday!


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