Kirkman Responds to Moore's The Walking Dead Suit "Ridiculous"
On Thursday, Tony Moore, one time collaborator with Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead, filed a law suit against his childhood friend over purportedly not receiving monies owed as well as allegedly being "duped" into signing away the rights to The Walking Dead and other projects.
Now on Friday, Robert Kirkman responded issuing a statement to The Hollywood Reporter stating that the lawsuit is ridiculous and that Moore does get paid his royalties due.
"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."
Now where things get interesting, is that Kirkman and his attorney released scans from The Walking Dead comic which show Kirkman listed as the creator, and Moore to be labeled as "penciler, inker, gray tones."
Seems Moore may be stating he is a "co-creator" on The Walking Dead and owed more money.
According to CBR, the agreement by Kirkman and Moore signed in 2005, is for Moore to only share "created by" credit with Kirkman on "Battle Pope."
Furthermore, CBR states that Moore thinks the deal between him and Kirkman, where allegedly Moore signed the rights away as a resulting of being told Kirkman's TV deal wouldn't go through without that, was based on false information as "Moore claims he later learned the deal, with NBC, didn't require him to relinquish his interests."