WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman has fired back at former collaborator Tony Moore, who is suing him for fraud. In a statement released via his lawyer, Kirkman stated:
“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. 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.”
As reported yesterday, Moore has filed suit charging that he was fraudulently coerced into signing away his rights on the Walking Dead TV show in exchange for a piece of the publishing on several other series, and that he has not been able to audit the accounting for the series since then.
Kirkman also produced the credit page for the first issue of the book, where he is credited as creator, writer, and letterer and Moore is credited with “pencils, inks and gray tones.”
Significantly, Moore’s suit doesn’t claim that he has never been paid, but that he has not been able to audit the books to monitor those payments. Should the suit continue, it’s likely to turn into a pretty boring accounting fest.