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Game Of Thrones newest promo. At the end of this one: From the mouths of babes, truer words have never been spoken:

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Not to get all ranty/blogy/editorialy on you, but...

Steve Bissette is something of a Comic Book Industry legend in his own right. So when he speaks about the disparity between the many ways Marvel has treated Stan Lee and Jack Kirby over the years, he does so a respectful, reasonable and knowledgeable professional. Even as he points out that Stan really hasn't backed up the artists of his co-creation, I have no problem with anything Steve says because they are all very valid, well presented points. I agree with pretty much everything he says in Part 2 of his piece about this very "issue".

But it seems I have an issue with a point and facet of this type of law suit. I don't think I'm a big fan of children/heirs seeking out residuals for something their parent did as "work for hire" 60+ years ago. This seems a bit odd to me. If monies can be retained for the spouse, yeah sure, set him/her up, obviously. But the kids? Huh? Why? This only seems to happen in comics lately (see; Supes, Cap, Kirby) How many animators/designers worked for Disney, Warner, etc,. making cartoons in the early days of that medium?All those characters were created in much the same way and likely under similar contracts. But how often do you hear about the son/grandson of the artists/animators/ designer suing? It's a different world today, deals are different, but you can't try to retroactively force todays ideas on the past. Your parents missed out. "Creator Rights" wasn't all the rage then. They signed a deal. Your problem, quite possibly, is that your parent/grandparent left a legacy you think you should be earning from, but it doesn't pay you squat. I don't mean to imply greed. No, no. I don't think that's it at all, I think the feeling is "Look at this great and awesome thing my Pappy made. It makes money every day. I think I'm entitled to… something."  But I believe what we have here most often is wishful thinking from looking around the mediascape and regretting that your dad wasn't George Lucas, Jim Henson, Todd McFarlane or someone who in general, created more "personally owned" material, and/or actual companies, that could be handed down. It sucks, but we all learn by our mistakes and the example set by our predecessors. Such is the evolution of all things. The sins of the father are passed on and that may mean his bad deals and... that's just the way life boogies down sometimes. It's cold and real and harsh but I say this as a "writer-artist-creative" type. I also say this as a person who believes in fairness. Which usually means I have a hard time with aspects of "entitlement". But, ass always: Hey, what do I know, maybe I'm a moron… It's happened before!"
Back to the column...

While we were at Steve Bissette's blog site we found this. It's an important message:

Barnabas Collins
as Johnny Depp… BadAssDigest

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By Bill Sweeney


  1. You ask how often we see the heirs of Disney hack animators seeking residuals, but that's exactly why this is important. If some court decides a grandson can collect on his dear departed grandpappy's art, the shock wave will be huge.
    Also, "you can't try to retroactively force todays ideas on the past." But it's done all the time. Reparations for slavery, for example, or censoring 100 year old books for pc's sake. If people put as much effort into actually making something as they do trying to find a hidden jackpot, we wouldn't be such a fucked-up, service-based economy.

    1. Instead of "Can't try" perhaps I should have said "Shouldn't try", because you make a point that it IS done all the time and that's what I was getting at. But we know it's not always best. To me, censoring books is as bad as burning them.

      You also say "If people put as much effort into actually making something as they do trying to find a hidden jackpot, we wouldn't be such a fucked-up, service-based economy." and that is very much my point. Maybe Kirby or Siegels kids should be focused on how to build their parents legacy through other, more obtainable means. Write a book about them for instance, or work with the companies to create art collage scholarships in his honor.

      But the potential "huge shock wave" of heirs collecting on something they had no involvement in, bothers me. Would the son of a Microsoft code monkey be entitled to some money even his parent never had nor negotiated for themselves? I'm not entitled to my Dads Veteran benefits... am I? The son of an auto mechanic can't say "Hey my dad worked on your car 20 years ago, you owe me." Why is this different? I think it's because the work or "creation" is still around, generating money.