http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/07/with-o ... a-part-one
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/07/with-o ... -marvelman
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/07/with-o ... ipse-years
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/07/with-o ... en-slumber
As more than one person has pointed out already, why would anyone expect payment if they were retaining what they were selling? I have no idea how my assertion that Eclipse published my art against my wishes and without my permission could be reduced to the above.—(Side note: Although Alan Davis retained the rights to his MM artwork and creations, he’s stated that he never received any payment for the Eclipse reprints)
I have to admit I never spotted this unexpected validation of my assertion. I was maybe overwhelmed by guilt that Alan’s creativity was impaired by his concern over my treatment from Eclipse. So much so that he forgot that he had my address and phone number!http://www.mania.com/alan-moore-reflects-marvelman_article_117
KA: Well, certainly. And, it’s led to this courtroom nightmare between Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane, after he bought the rights to Eclipse, hoping to pick up the character. As I understand, you passed on your stake to Mr. Gaiman when you handed the book over to him at Eclipse, did you not?
AM: That’s right, because I’d not been any happier with the way that the character was handled by Eclipse and, I didn’t trust the people there either. They had made certain promises to me that I wanted to be absolutely sure that the artist at that time, Alan Davis, was happy about his work being reprinted. And, I told them that I could not commence writing any new work until they had got that affirmation. They finally left it until the last minute, and then asked me why I hadn’t got the new Marvelman work in, at which point I reiterated my request for some proof that Alan Davis was okay about the whole thing. They said that they were getting this proof—and that they really needed me to start work—that this proof existed, that it was on its way, and they would be showing it to me as soon as possible. I started work because I believed that they were telling the truth. I later found out this was not the case. So, by the time I’d finished working with Marvelman, I was pretty sick of all the publishers that had been involved with it up to that point. I knew that Neil had always been interested in the characters, and was probably the only writer who would be able to take it off in his own direction and would be able to do a good job with the script. But, like I said, when I asked if he and Mark Buckingham wanted to take over the strip, I did say that I was very uncertain about the ownership of a lot of this stuff and that it might cause him a lot of trouble, which, unfortunately, I think it did. Neil has been through an awful lot of trouble with Todd McFarlane. Eclipse never owned Marvelman. Throughout all of this, the character has always been owned by Mick Anglo. Anyone else that said they owned it wasn’t telling the truth.
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