GAIMAN, MACFARLANE FIGHT OVER DARK AGES SPAWN
Author/comics writer Neil Gaiman and Spawn creator Todd McFarlane took a long-running legal battle into a Madison, Wis., courtroom on Monday, June 14, according to the New York Times. The reason? Gaiman claims that McFarlane owes him money for characters in the Spawn comic-book series that bear what Gaiman says is a suspiciously close resemblance to characters that Gaiman created for the franchise in the 1990s.
Gaiman testified for three hours in federal court, alleging that his character Medieval Spawn formed the basis for Dark Ages Spawn, while his red-haired creation Angela was the template for the avenging angels Tiffany and Domina. McFarlane, a resident of Arizona, also took the stand, saying that while all the Spawn characters share some similarities, he did not direct writer Brian Holguin to copy Gaiman’s character for Dark Ages Spawn.
Holguin, who testified as well, said that he and another writer conceived Dark Ages Spawn in 1998 and that any resemblance to Gaiman’s monster was coincidental.
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Mr Neil Gaiman has addressed this briefly in his blog as well – you can read what he has to say here. What do you think of this issue – if anything?
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