The Day That Marvel Put A Bullet In The Head Of Artists' Alley

As a result of the Ghost Rider case between co-creator Gary Friedrich and Marvel Comics – a case that Gary is still appealing –  Marvel has demanded that he pay them $15,000. This is the money Gary has raised over several years, selling Ghost Rider prints at shows such as San Diego Comic Con.

The implications of this are not just for Gary, though they are pretty horrific.

But for every creator selling sketches, prints or the like at Artists Alley in comic conventions up and down the land.

There has been an… unwritten rule. That comic publishers don’t try to gain monetarily from artists selling work in such a fashion… as long as it doesn’t go too far. It doesn’t extend into merchandise, it doesn’t offend, and it doesn’t cannabilise any of a publisher’s own licenses. Legally, publishers could, arguably, go after so many creators for selling a head sketch of Captain America for $5, but they don’t. It’s considered promotion of the company, of the characters, of the brand, and helps creators make a living.

There were some moves a couple of years ago, for certain publishers to use certain favoured creators as a self-policing force, taking on creators who used characters in a pornographic, or other non approved fashion, but it’s been very minor.

Now, all that is under threat. Because if you do get into any dispute with, Marvel say, in the future, suddenly all the sales you made in the past, could be considered up for grabs.

It doesn’t mean they will, but they might. Technically, that has always been the case. But now it has actually happened, and for a five figure sum as well.

Fuck.

Here’s a convention sketch of Ghost Rider, by Tony Moore. To pull a name out of a hat…

Alien: Isolation At One Point Was A Third Person Game

Age-of-Ultron-Black-Widow-Funko-03052015

Black Widow Gets A Pop Figure From Funko

Saga_26-1

Worlds Apart, But Still Connected - Saga #26 Tackles A Theme

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 3 Teaser Trailer Focuses On Dangerous Locations

HM273_cover

John Barrowman To Lead The 49th Key

Will Brian Bendis Write 'Time Is Broken' To Follow Secret Wars?

Get Walked Through Metal Gear Solid Online By Kojima Productions

manofsteel

Warner Bros CEO Thinks DC Films Are More Realistic And Edgier Than Marvel

Prints Charming/Cover Variance: Spider-Gwen, Doctor Who And Deathstroke

rb4_960fbpx

Rockband 4 Has Been Officially Announced For This Year