A Note From The Ghost Rider Co-Creator About Recent Court Ruling
Gary Friedrich writes to all the fans who have supported him after the recent court case with MARVEL.
As previously reported here on CBM, Gary Friedrich who co-created Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze has been ordered to pay $17,000. Friedrich was in court due to a bitter rights claim by Marvel, particularly about Gary selling art and autographs at conventions. Since the ruling was announced, an overwhelming number of fans and artists have started to raise money to help. Various artists are auctioning off pieces of art as well as fans setting up accounts accepting donations for Mr. Friedrich. Taking to his Facebook page, Gary Friedrich addresses everyone that has been working to help him:
A NOTE TO MY FANS AND SUPPORTERS:
Since the various news agencies and websites have reported the ruling against me on my claims against Marvel in the Ghost Rider lawsuit, and the assessment of a $17,000 judgment against me and my company instead, I have read an amazing amount of comments in my support on the internet, and have received many messages of support directly. Although the reports of my employment situation and financial difficulties as well as problems with my health are unfortunately true, I want to let everyone in the comic book world, especially my supporters and fans of the Ghost Rider character which I invented, created, and wrote, that I am going to appeal the Court’s ruling and continue to fight this as long as I am able and that your support of me means more than you will ever know. I have heard your voices. I thank you with all my heart, and I appreciate your thoughts and best wishes as I soldier on.
Feel free to keep in touch with me via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks again and God bless you.
Now I was lucky enough to meet Gary Friedrich at a local convention a few years back. He was a very personable man who was willing to sign anything Ghost Rider related and talk to all the fans. He took time to talk to anybody that came up to him whether or not they were buying anything. While he may be on shaky legal ground, the moral victory is clearly his. It is a sad state of events, but it is touching to see people respond and help out in his time of need.
What do you think? From the first article about the case, the feeling was overwhelmingly negative but what about the fan support? Sound off below!
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