UPDATE: Kirkman Responds to Moore's WALKING DEAD Lawsuit
by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
Date: 09 February 2012 Time: 09:48 PM ET
Moore Files Lawsuit Against Kirkman
Update, 2/14: A representative for Robert Kirkman has shared the following statement from the writer with Newsarama:"The lawsuit is ridiculous, we each had legal representation seven years ago and now he is violating the same contract he initiated and approved and he wants to misrepresent the fees he was paid and continues to be paid for the work he was hired to do. Tony regularly receives payment for the work he did as penciler, inker and for gray tones on the first six issues of The Walking Dead comic series and he receives royalties for the TV show, to assert otherwise is simply incorrect." Accompanying the statement were credit pages from the first two issues of The Walking Dead, which cite only Kirkman as "creator." Those can be viewed in the "related images" gallery.
Original story: Tony Moore is suing Robert Kirkman over compensation from The Walking Dead, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The article states that Moore is claiming to be owed as much as half of the proceeds related to the series, which has been adapted as a popular AMC live-action series. Moore is alleging that he was, as The Hollywood Reporter puts it, "duped" into signing over his interest in The Walking Dead to Kirkman, that he's received "very little compensation" and hasn't been able to access profit statements related to the franchise. The Hollywood Reporter quotes Kirkman's attorney Allen Grodzky as calling the suit "totally frivolous," and that Moore is "owed no money at all." Moore illustrated the first six issues of The Walking Dead, and provided covers through issue #24. Kirkman and Moore also worked together on Brit and Battle Pope, which are also mentioned in the complaint. The Walking Dead TV series debuted on Halloween night in 2010, setting ratings records for AMC the time. The latter-half of the second season is scheduled to debut this Sunday, Feb. 12. Kirkman serves as executive producer on the series, and has written multiple episodes. The franchise has also spawned action figures, a board game and an upcoming video game. Kirkman and Moore had been friends since before breaking into comics, but haven't worked together since Moore left The Walking Dead. In October 2010, Moore told Newsarama, "Robert and I talk briefly now and again, but not often or for long." Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!