Kirkman and Moore Settle "The Walking Dead" Lawsuit

Mon, September 24th, 2012 at 3:00pm PDT | Updated: September 24th, 2012 at 4:28pm

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Steve Sunu, Staff Writer/Reviews Editor

Tony Moore's cover for "The Walking Dead" #1

The following joint statement from Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore was just sent to CBR by a representative for Kirkman.

"Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore are pleased to jointly announce that they have reached an amicable agreement in their respective lawsuits and all parties have settled the entire matter to everyone's mutual satisfaction. Neither side will be discussing any details but will instead happily and productively spend their time focused on their own work and move on in their lives."

The statement comes over seven months from the original suit by Moore in February, in which the original "The Walking Dead" artist alleged he initially signed a deal with Kirkman entitling Moore to 60% of "Comic Publishing Net Proceeds" and 20 percent of "motion picture net proceeds" for "The Walking Dead" and "Brit;" and 50 percent of "motion picture proceeds" from "Battle Pope." Moore claimed he was informed by Kirkman in 2005 that a television deal for "The Walking Dead" was on the table, but "Kirkman would not be able to complete the deal unless [Moore] assigned all of his interest in the Walking Dead and other works to Kirkman."

Following the suit, Kirkman issued a statement calling the fraud lawsuit "ridiculous," stating his longtime collaborator and childhood friend receives proper royalty payments for both the television series and the comic on which it's based.

"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," Kirkman wrote in a statement. "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."

While months went by without any report of activity, Kirkman touched on the suit briefly during his "Walking Dead" panel with current artist Charlie Adlard at Comic-Con International 2012.

"It's an unfortunate thing that I'm glad you asked me about. There's clearly a disagreement there and we're working through it," Kirkman said.

Following Comic-Con International, Moore came back in August, when he asked a federal court to declare him co-author of "The Walking Dead" and several other comic book properties, which included "Battle Pope," "Brit" and two potential comic book series "Dead Planet" and "My Name Is Abraham."

The joint statement comes nearly two months following Moore's request in August and only three weeks before the third season premiere of "The Walking Dead."

TAGS:  the walking dead, robert kirkman, tony moore, image comics

 
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