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Thu, June 14th, 2001 at 12:00am PDT

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Beau Yarbrough, Columnist

McFARLANE: 'WE DON'T SEE EYE TO EYE'

MIRACLEMAN TO APPEAR IN 'HELLSPAWN'

[Miracleman]Who owns the rights to publish Miracleman? It looks like the comic industry is about to find out.

In a two-part interview running Friday and Tuesday at CBR, Todd McFarlane tells Michael Thomas that he believes he has the rights to publish the contested character last published by Eclipse Comics.

The rights to Miracleman -- originally called Marvelman in Britain -- remain murky at best, with writer Alan Moore ceding his portion of the rights to successor Neil Gaiman, but the actual reprinting rights arguably being held by a third party, while McFarlane bought most of the Eclipse stable on auction when the company went under.

McFarlane doesn't see the rights issue as murky. What rights does he think he has?

"Ultimately? I've got all of them," McFarlane said. "We'll find that one out."

Gaiman certainly believes he has partial rights to the character, and has publicly talked about his desire to receive full rights in return for him ceding full rights to Angela, a character he created for McFarlane's "Spawn" comic. McFarlane seems unimpressed.

"Someone may very well prove that wrong, but I'm willing to prove the point. If somebody else thinks that they have control of this, then do something about it. Because I'll be right there on you, right now. Then we will solve this problem."

And if that means taking it to a courtroom, then that's what he'll do.

"Nobody wants to litigate anything. It's a matter of people moving on with life, making a call as to what's a priority. If somebody feels as strong about Miracleman as I do, then I invite them to take as hard a stance as I will. If somebody steps that way, then we'll let somebody else decide which of us is right. Maybe neither of us will be. Maybe we'll both partially will be. Who knows? Until any of that happens, then I take the position that I own Miracleman. He was sitting there in the auction. He was a part of the auction we bought and I picked it up …"

McFarlane says that Miracleman will be appearing in future issues of "Hellspawn." Look for the first half of the interview with Michael Thomas tomorrow.

NEW ADDITIONS TO 'POWERS' TEAM,

BENDIS ANNOUNCES NEW 'ULTIMATE TEAM-UP' ARTISTS

[Powers]Things never seem to get too settled around Brian Michael Bendis, even when it's a creator-owned book like his acclaimed "Powers."

"Starting with issue 12 there are some new faces joining the 'Powers' team," Bendis announced Monday on his message board. "First off, [artist] Mike [Oeming] and I would love to thank Pat Garrahy for an outstanding solid year of effort on 'Powers.' As you know Pat is a diverse talent with a long history in comics as well as a working and dedicated teacher.

"We wish him the best of luck on his many upcoming projects. On my wish list is to see pat writing and drawing a book of his own creation sometime soon. Best of luck, Pat.

"Also, Pat's last work is a doozy as he dazzled us all on the 'Powers: Who Killed Madman' story [in the Oni Color Special]. He is definitely going out on a bang.

"But ...

"Starting on 'Powers' #12 joining us as letterer is Ken Bruzenak.

"You know him from many comics but most prominently as Howard Chaykin's collaborator for many years. You guys know what a Chaykin freak I am and what an honor this is for me.

"On books such as 'American Flagg,' 'The Shadow,' 'Times 2,' 'Black Kiss' and so many others Ken taught me the power of unique typography as a character in the comic. I really kind of worship him.

"You can't imagine my thrill to find that my all time favorite letterer was available at the same time as we started looking.

"Ken has joined us with the specific goal of having somewhere to go a little nuts. Expect an extra layer of excitement every issue.

"Our new colorist is a name you may not have heard of -- but you soon shall.

"Peter Pantazis, formerly of WildStorm FX, whose credits include the 'Universe X' books and many others has been working with us to continue the unique look and at the same time bringing a new spin of noir when needed. I love all the pages so far and would love to show them to you but I cant find a page that isn't a spoiler. You'll have to trust me on this.

"Twelve is a real visual stunner. It'll be ready in a couple of weeks or so."

Bendis also announced two more artists working with him on Marvel Comics' "Ultimate Marvel Team-Up" series, Chynna Clugston Major and Ted McKeever.

EAGLE AWARDS BALLOT RELEASED

Comics International magazine has begun soliciting nominations for one of the industry's most prestigious awards, the 25 year old the Eagle Awards.

The nominations ballot was distributed by e-mail on Wednesday and is to be submitted by July 14. A ballot based on the top nominees will be distributed in August.

EAGLE AWARDS 2001 NOMINATING FORM

Cut off date for nominations entries: SATURDAY July 14, 2001

Counting Centre: 8 Trinity Road

London N2 8JJ, England

E-mail: eagleawards@comicsinternational.com

Website: www.comics-international.com/eagleawards/eagleawards.html

NORTH AMERICAN SECTION

The following award nominations cover creators and work published in the US and Canada only (irrespective of the country of origin of the work or the nationality of its creators) with nominations based solely on work published last year. PLEASE MAKE ONLY ONE NOMINATION IN EACH CATEGORY. NOT ALL SECTIONS NEED TO BE COMPLETED.

1/1 FAVOURITE COLOUR COMICBOOK (established prior to, but continuing into last year)

1/2 FAVOURITE BLACK & WHITE COMICBOOK (any genre, established prior to, but continuing into last year)

1/3 FAVOURITE NEW COMICBOOK OF 2000 (any genre, black & white or colour)

INTERNATIONAL SECTION

The following awards cover creators and creations from throughout the world, including the US and UK, with nominations based solely on work published last year. PLEASE MAKE ONLY ONE NOMINATION IN EACH CATEGORY. NOT ALL SECTIONS NEED TO BE COMPLETED.

2/1 FAVOURITE COMICS WRITER

2/2 FAVOURITE COMICS WRITER/ARTIST (single creator of script and art, whether pencil only, pencil and ink or fully painted artwork)

2/3 FAVOURITE COMICS ARTIST: PENCILS

2/4 FAVOURITE COMICS ARTIST: INKS

2/5 FAVOURITE COMICS artist: fully painted artwork

2/6 FAVOURITE COLOURIST

2/7 FAVOURITE COMICS EDITOR

2/8 FAVOURITE MANGA COMIC (including US-originated manga)

2/9 FAVOURITE EUROPEAN COMIC (excludes UK, includes titles not translated into English)

2/10 FAVOURITE COMICS CHARACTER (please also state the main title in which the character appears)

2/11 FAVOURITE COMICS STORY WHICH APPEARED, BEGAN OR ENDED DURING 2000 (single issue, story or serial. Comic name and approximate story title or approximate issue number(s) are acceptable where exact details are not to hand)

2/12 CHARACTER MOST WORTHY OF OWN ONGOING TITLE (can have been created before last year, and may have had prior series/miniseries. Please also state main title in which character appeared)

2/13 FAVOURITE SUPPORTING CHARACTER IN COMICS (character who does not appear in own title. Please also state main title in which character appeared)

2/14 FAVOURITE COMICS COVER PUBLISHED DURING 2000 (please name publication plus issue number or story title - or description if not known, in addition to cover artist)

2/15 FAVOURITE COMICS VILLAIN (fictional please - no creator or suit bashing!)

2/16 FAVOURITE GRAPHIC NOVEL (at least 75% previously unpublished material)

2/17 FAVOURITE REPRINT COMPILATION (collected last year; hardback or softcover, primarily compiling previously published material)

2/18 FAVOURITE NEWSPAPER STRIP (Sunday, daily or weekly)

2/19 FAVOURITE MAGAZINE ABOUT COMICS (periodicals only, not books)

2/20 FAVOURITE COMICS-RELATED BOOK (soft or hardcover, published in 2000)

BRITISH SECTION

The following award categories cover creators and work published in the UK only (irrespective of the country of printing, and determined by the publisher's postal address being in the UK), with nominations based solely on work published in 2000. PLEASE MAKE ONLY ONE NOMINATION IN EACH CATEGORY. NOT ALL SECTIONS NEED TO BE COMPLETED.

3/1 FAVOURITE BRITISH COMIC (newsstand or direct market provided over two issues were published last year. Any genre, although US or UK reprints and title comprised primarily of text material with less than 50% strip content are not eligible)

3/2 FAVOURITE COMIC STRIP TO APPEAR IN A UK COMIC OR MAGAZINE (series title only please, unless a one-shot story)

3/3 FAVOURITE BRITISH SMALL PRESS TITLE (featuring at least 50% comics material)

INTERNET SECTION

4/1 FAVOURITE COMICS RELATED WEBSITE

4/2 FAVOURITE COMICS E-ZINE (a magazine produced solely for the worldwide web)

4/3 FAVOURITE WEB-BASED COMIC (daily, weekly, monthly)

ROLL OF HONOUR

Any nationality, any creator, company or entrepreneur whose achievements have improved the industry, most entertained you or increased public awareness. Please do not nominate products in the category.

WE WELCOME YOUR INPUT

Finally, any suggestions you may have to help improve the Eagle Awards

YOUR DETAILS

To validate your nominations, we require you to provide the following personal details. (Please note: We cannot accept faxed or photocopied nomination forms.)

Your name, age and address:

Well done, you made it to the end. Now please send this completed form to: eagleawards@comicsinternational.com or to 8 Trinity Road, London, N2 8JJ, England.

THE COMIC AND THE BRIEF

Here's what's news and press releases in CBR's Comic Brief:

  • PREVIEW: "Gunwitch - Outskirts of Doom" #1

  • CrossGen hires Chris Oarr

  • PREVIEW: "Legal Action Comics" #1

  • Fantagraphics Books solicitations for product shipping September, 2001

  • Dynamic Fathom Cards Expands with New Images

  • Oni Press collects Guy Davis' "Marquis" into trade paperback

  • Chaos! Comics solicitations for product shipping September, 2001

  • Dragon Ball Z series continues this Fall in Dragon Ball, Part 4

And last time in the Comic Wire:

  • Palmiotti Lands TV Deals, Comic Writing Gigs

  • Harry Potter: the Comic Book

  • More "Witches" from Deodato

  • Kolins Wants to Go the Distance on "Flash"

AND FINALLY ...

Special thanks to Michael Thomas.

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