When Walking Dead's original artist, Tony Moore, first launched a suit to find out how much money was being made for the ongoing comic and TV series, we hoped there would be a quick and mature resolution. Unfortunately, though, things look to be getting ugly and fast.
"Kirkman is a proud liar and fraudster who freely admits he has no qualm misrepresenting material facts in order to consummate business transactions" is how Moore's lawsuit currently reads. Strong words, but are they fair?
The biggest and most important allegation here is that Moore is not only a penciler and inker for the first six issues of the series, but was co-creator of the entire endeavor from the start.
The story goes that Kirkman convinced Moore that they would have better luck making Walking Dead into a TV series if it were credited solely to Kirkman. Even if that were the case, Moore believes that he is still not being paid the appropriate amount he should be based on actual sales figures (ones he is not even allowed to see).
All this is to say nothing of the fact that in the Diamond Previews for the original Walking Dead issues, Moore was, in fact, credited as co-creator.
This certainly isn't the first time things have gotten ugly between writer and artist. Anyone who has written funny books will tell you, though, that the right artist can make or break a project. The best artists are the ones a writer can share ideas with and take inspiration from. It seems only fair that an artist would be paid their share based on that alone.
That's what we think. How about you?
(via Bleeding Cool)