The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has been hit with yet another lawsuit from Tony Moore. After suing Kirkman over unpaid royalties due to him for his work on The Walking Dead comic, Moore will now be suing Kirkman for co-authorship of The Walking Dead. Moore claims that Kirkman is a “proud liar and fraudster” and has no problems about misrepresenting material facts.
“Kirkman is a proud liar and fraudster who freely admits that he has no qualm about misrepresenting material facts in order to consummate business transactions, and it is precisely that illicit conduct which led to the present lawsuit (and to Kirkman’s business ‘success’ generally).”
Allen Grodzky, Kirkman’s lawyer, says that he thinks that Moore’s new lawsuit will not hold up in court.
“His lawyer finally realized, ‘Oh crap, we filed in the wrong place,’ our position is that it is never going to get to that issue because he is never going to be able to show fraud, plus the statute of limitations on co-ownership has passed. Also, he’s not a co-owner.”
Kirkman himself has said previously that Tony Moore was paid for his work and does receive royalties and that Moore is the one who is in violation of the contract.
“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.”
Robert Kirkman has counter-sued Tony Moore claiming that Moore was actually overpaid for his work on The Walking Dead comic, and that he (Kirkman) is entitled to get some of that money back.
Tony Moore was the artist on The Walking Dead comic who drew the first six issues of the series and was replaced by Charlie Adlard. Kirkman and Moore have been friends since childhood.