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Gaiman v. McFarlane

For those of you who were unaware of the legal tiff going on between Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane, I won’t even try to fill you in, for I won’t do an adequate job, but you can hear it, as it were, from the horse’s mouth.  All I’ll say is that Gaiman and McFarlane’s conflict originates because of these guys:


Anyhow, the judge’s ruling in the case just came down a few days ago, and while I’m sorry that there had to be such a conflict in the first place, I’m glad that the judge for the case was so smart.  Maybe I generalize a bit too much, but it’s refreshing to read of a judge who so thoroughly familiarizes herself with the source material surrounding the case as Judge Crabb did, even when the material might seem rather silly to an outsider.  I expect judges to talk sense about everyday serious things, but to even see a judge write sense about comics is something else entirely.

Much as defendant tries to distinguish the two knight Hellspawn, he never explains why, of all the universe of possible Hellspawn incarnations, he introduced two knights from the same century. Not only does this break the Hellspawn “rule” that Malebolgia never returns a Hellspawns to Earth more than once every 400 years (or possibly every 100 years, as suggested in Spawn, No. 9, exh. #1, at 4)

. . . .

If defendant really wanted to differentiate the new Hellspawn, why not make him a Portuguese explorer in the 16th century; an officer of the Royal Navy in the 18th century, an idealistic recruit of Simon Bolivar in the 19th century, a companion of Odysseus on his voyages, a Roman gladiator, a younger brother of Emperor Nakamikado in the early 18th
century, a Spanish conquistador, an aristocrat in the Qing dynasty, an American Indian warrior or a member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I?

You can read the whole story (as well as a lot of other interesting things) on Neil’s journal.

At this time, I should mention that I’m going on vacation for two weeks, so I won’t be updating again until the 14th at the absolute earliest.  I’d like to thank all of you readers; I hope I haven’t been wasting your time.


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