Kids, nothing beats a lawyer at lying, and know what? You should beat them to death each time they lie, but we're going to do just that right now. we are going to beat a public statement by Robert Kirkman (translated by his lawyer) to death, since you don't even have to know either of those two men, be it Kirkman or Moore, to know who's lying here.
I told you before, kids, I'll tell you again.
Language. It betrays you every time.
So, here's the quote Kirkman through his lawyer gave to the Hollywood Reporter....
"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 I did before, in numerous instances, in the department The Truth Shall Set You Free, I'm going to dissect the language here. Read carefully, boys and girls. There'll be a test later.
"We each had legal representation seven years ago"
The translation to this is quite simple, and it comes down to this, or you may be allowed for thinking, hey, the asshole and I both had lawyers, and mine was simply better than his was, that dumb fuck, hahahaha!
Incidentally, the "dumb fuck" quote here (of my making) serves to show that all people that are publicly praised (by their own clever PR) are the same, or does anybody else here remember Mark Zuckerberg? If not, watch The Social Network one more time.
But like I said, you may be allowed to think that, and it wouldn't be half wrong, but it's also not correct. See, here's the thing, kids. Just the fact that Kirkman and Moore had to have a contract in which Moore had to assign over his 50% of the copyright to Kirkman proves a simple thing, that he had 50% of the copyright.
Remember this, boys and girls, this will become important in just a moment.
"and now he is violating the same contract he initiated and approved"
Okay, this is essentially "he said she said", because in response to Moore stating he was duped into signing the contract, Kirkman replies with, you wanted it this way (instead of him dabgering Moore, and as I stated in my last blog post, the "you have to sign it all over to me, or Hollywood won't deal, think of the money, man, we both gonna be rich, rich I say" is something that honest and honrable people will encounter on a daily basis by so-called "friends")
"and he wants to misrepresent the fees he was paid and continues to be paid
Now, this is basically, what the fuck, I'm paying stuff towards him, I paid stuff towards him, he should shut the fuck up. Know what is missing here? The exact nature of the claim, that Moore is not being paid what he is owed under the contract. And the fact that Moore has no access to the books to verify if he is being paid what he is owed under that contract. Tsk. Tsk. Mr. Kirkman must have sucked so much Hollywood cock or hung out with too many executives, because that is the exact nature of Hollywood accounting, and he has the audacity to use that move.
But that is not the important bit. The important bit, the lie, the big whopper of a lie is just forthcoming, did you catch it, boys and girls? This is the bit, if Mr. Moore has even the Bill Murray lawyer from Wild Things, that will allow him to tear Kirkman apart.
"for the work he was hired to do."
Now, I want you to go back up. And remember. There had to be a contract in which Moore assigned his share of the copyright to Kirkman. That much is in writing. Look it up on Deadline Hollywood or on Comics Beat, if you choose to do so. I did.
Now, here's the thing, kids. I said it up there. The mere existence of this contract proves, yes, proves that there was no Work For Hire contract. Why is this important? Because, boys and girls, a Work For Hire contract has to be signed before commencing the work, or it ain't work for hire.
Now, Kirkman stating here that Moore was "hired", is not just a lie, it is legally wrong. Tsk. Tsk. Again, it appears that Mr. Kirkman has been running with Hollywood people for too long.
But let's go to the end, because, hell, to to have somebody lie this much in just a few sentences, that is rich. I mean, really rich. And again, no, I don't know either one of those people, and on a personal level, I don't give a shit about either of them (sorry).
What I do care about is the truth.
"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."
See what he did here? He tried to be clever. The way only assholes try to be clever. Because he turns Moore's claim into I am not getting paid at all, which is of course not what Moore claims. He claims that he is not paid all that he is owed under those contracts, and he claims that Kirkman doesn't give him the information to verify.
And that, boys and girls, is all you need to know about Robert Kirkman.
Nothing else, nothing what he has ever said or will say will mean anything.
In just this one statement he has shown himself to be a liar and a fraud.