COMICS: Robert Kirkman And Tony Moore Settle Their THE WALKING DEAD Lawsuit
After a fairly unpleasant disagreement between Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore kicked off earlier this year in regards to the latter not receiving what he claimed were his rightful royalty payments for his role in the creation of The Walking Dead, the two have now settled the matter.
In February, Tony Moore filed a lawsuit against Robert Kirkman alleging that he initially signed a deal with Kirkman which entitled him to 60% of "Comic Publishing Net Proceeds" and 20 percent of "motion picture net proceeds" for The Walking Dead. Sounds reasonable enough, right? Well, Moore went on to claim that when a television deal was on the cards back in 2005, Kirkman told him that he, "would not be able to complete the deal unless [Moore] assigned all of his interest in the Walking Dead and other works to Kirkman." The writer responded with a statement calling this "ridiculous" and stated that his longtime collaborator and childhood friend receives proper royalty payments for both the television series and the comic book series on which it's based. Moore, who pencilled the first six issues of The Walking Dead, later filed another claim in federal court requesting that he be named co-author of that series and several other comic book properties.
Well, it now appears as if the duo have resolved their issues, but we won't be getting any details as to what exactly that has involved! Unfortunately, it also doesn't sound as if we should expect to see them collaborating again in future. The following statement was sent out to several sites. Robert Kirkman currently writes both The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics on a monthly basis, while Tony Moore recently signed up to pencil the new Deadpool series (after relaunching Venom alongside Rick Remender) as a part of this November's Marvel NOW! relaunch.
"Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore are pleased to jointly announce that they have reached an amicable agreement in their respective lawsuits and all parties have settled the entire matter to everyone's mutual satisfaction. Neither side will be discussing any details but will instead happily and productively spend their time focused on their own work and move on in their lives."
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