Dez Skinn Would Like Warner Bros To Send Him His Royalties For The V For Vendetta Mask. Please. (UPDATE)

He has asked nicely.

Writing on Facebook about the use of the V For Vendetta mask by certain protest groups, the former editor and publisher of Warrior Magazine, which first featured V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd wondered where his money was.

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Holding the masks up like placards kinda defeats the object of them being… well, masks! Any of my Hungarian-speaking chums care to set ’em straight on the meaning of the word “anonymous”? But that’s another 12p’s worth right there (if Warner Buggers ever reinstate paying royalties!)

One or two pence a mask? But what’s that about not paying? Dez elaborated.

Royalty now nine weeks late and not a word of explanation from them. They’ve now even stopped apologising and making excuses, just ignoring my emails. Appalling. Not ever getting a single penny or even a credit for coming up with the name in the first place is one thing, but this sudden withdrawal of a handsome regular secondary income against spin-off merch is creating real problems for me.

For them it’s only 10% of 10% of the one million or so that Warner’s have already received for the first quarter of 2014, so I really don’t get why they’ve hung on to it for so long. Seriously impacting now, as you can imagine. If an employee’s salary was held up for nine weeks I’m sure they’d act, but I’m now down in the freelance trenches…

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It’s worth also considering that if Dez Skinn isn’t getting his penny-a-mask, then neither David Lloyd, the artist of V For Vendetta and the man who designed the mask for the comic, that became a worldwide symbol of protest. Or Alan Moore, who wrote the comic – though he is probably less put out.

And a reminder that multi-media conglomerate Warner Bros gets money for each mask sold. Even more money it seems at the moment…

UPDATE: While DC may not have responded to our inquiries, it seems that someone has now got in touch with Dez as a result, and everything is now sorted…

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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