Walking Dead creator sued by childhood friend over zombie profits

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 16, 2012

Or, to be more precise, over an honest accounting of same. Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead back in 2003 with his childhood friend and artist Tony Moore, is being sued by Moore, who claims that he'd like to know just how much the zombie hit comic—and TV series—has made so he can know how much he's owed.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news about Moore's suit, which claims that even though the artist signed an agreement that granted much of the TV and movie rights to Kirkman, part of said agreement stipulated that Moore and his representatives would have access to The Walking Dead's profit statements.

To be clear: Moore's not claiming that he hasn't seen any money for his part in The Walking Dead's success—Moore stopped doing interior art for the comics after the first six issues, but did covers for the first 24—he's been paid, it's just that he's not sure he's been paid enough. Kirkman's lawyer, on the other hand, is claiming that the suit is "totally frivolous."

There's a lot of money at stake: The Walking Dead is basic cable's highest-rated series, with the second-season premiere pulling down 7.3 million viewers. With that big an audience, AMC can charge a boatload for advertising spots. Add that to home video and streaming revenue, and that's a whole lot of pie that needs slicing up.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)