Spawn creator Todd McFarlane Forced Into Bankruptcy

ToddMcFarlane.jpgI never liked Spawn… at all. I thought it was an ok comic book at best, but the movie and tv show just sucked huge eggs.

However, I’ve always liked Todd McFarlane. Every interview I’ve ever seen him in he’s impressed me. He genuinely seems like a decent guy and I like his approach to his art. The fact that he’s a hockey fan has always appealed to me too. But these are dark days for Mr. McFarlane. According to Hollywood North, McFarlane is now being forced into bankruptcy:

A jury in St. Louis awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $15 million after concluding that McFarlane and his company profited by using Twist’s name without permission and that Twist’s publicity rights were infringed. McFarlane gave the name ‘Antonio “Tony Twist” Twistelli’ to a New York-based crime character in his Spawn comic books in the early 1990s. The U.S. Supreme Court in January rejected without comment an appeal by McFarlane arguing that his work was free speech. Last year, he said his McFarlane Cos., then an umbrella of seven businesses, had annual sales exceeding $50 million.

Ouch! $15 million for some guy using your name in a comic book? Isn’t that a little harsh? A girl I know gets hit by a drunk driver (Anyone who drink and drives should be castrated as far as I’m concerned… first offence) and she gets like $80,000. But use a person’s name in a comic book and you get $15 million?!?!! What a screwed up world we live in.

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