About seven months ago Tony Moore sued Robert Kirkman over royalties on all The Walking Dead rights. Robert Kirkman claimed that Moore had been receiving royalties on all The Walking Dead licenses. Today it has been revealed that the lawsuit has been officially settled. They released the following statement regarding the settlement.
“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.”
Kirkman felt like this lawsuit came out of nowhere. Considering they have been working together for quite some time and were even childhood friends this was probably a very difficult situation.
“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.”
In some ways I think this was a case of Moore not feeling he was getting what he deserved. He probably was not happy with how The Walking Dead has blown up and he was basically left out. With Charlie Aldard now on art I imagine he receives a lot of the mainstream praise now.