|quote:Originally posted by DaveBCooper:|
Add in the reported volte-face about Gaimain being given the rights as a swap for Angela, and I think McFarlane's position looks quite doubtful.
Sorry it took so long to respond, but the computer which held all my sources on Miracleman burned out. However, you may find my original position, including the below, here.
According to the Neil Gaiman, “Todd promised, in writing, that he would give me all his rights to Miracleman, pay me for his use of Angela, Medieval Spawn and Cogliostro, pay for the reprints of the stories I'd written in graphic novel form in the U.S. and all over the world and so forth. I was relieved there was some kind of agreement.”
The writer says he still has the written agreement. “He sent the film for all the Miracleman graphic novels over," Gaiman said. "I put it in the basement, and sent him a fax asking for a transfer of rights in writing and for him to clarify that he held clear title to Miracleman through Eclipse, so I could do something with it. I never heard anything from him. And I should have figured out something was wrong when the payments stopped.
”In February of 1999 I got a letter from him out of the blue saying he'd thought better of the agreement and would give me the rights to Miracleman in exchange for me giving him all the rights for Angela. This seemed kind of weird, as he'd already given me the rights to Miracleman. Either way, he's never replied to any other letters from me or from my lawyers trying to get to the bottom of any of this.”
As far as Gaiman is concerned, the agreements are still in effect even though McFarlane has not responded to requests for clarification.
“Yes, I have agreements on this from Todd, and yes, I have the film in the basement. Whether these are worth anything is anybody's guess."
Gaiman would later state that "He gave me his share of the rights in exchange for all my share in the Cogliostro character in 1997."
Nowhere has anyone involved in this mess said that Gaiman gave Angela for Miracleman. According to Gaiman, he received Miracleman, Angela, Medieval Spawn and all payments for them in trade for some character or another called Cogliostro. Does that sound odd to anyone else? I think there was some kind of serious miscommunication going on. This sounds like the absolute worst deal on the planet, and if Todd is one thing, he's a half decent businessman. Why would he give up all that for practically nothing?
So, in short, no, Gaiman did not agree to trading Angela for Miracleman.
[ 07-11-2001: Message edited by: moriarty ]