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Tony Moore was a childhood friend of Robert Kirkman. They grew up collaborating on material, including 2000’s ‘Battle Pope’ which Moore illustrated. In 2003, Moore illustrated the first six issues of TWD and continued to do the cover art for 18 issues. In 2005, Moore and Kirkman entered into a contract over the rights to TWD. In 2010, TWD premiered on AMC to become basic cable’s most popular show. It was this month that the lawsuit by Moore was filed against Kirkman alleging fraud over the 2005 contract. Moore alleges that Kirkman swindled him with a contract that took away Moore’s rights to TWD so that he wouldn’t be paid what he deserved. Kirkman has responded to the suit by calling it ‘ridiculous’ and stating that Moore had legal representation for the 2005 contract, plus has been paid the amount he is due. Working against Kirkman is a recent podcast interview he did, in which he discussed using ‘trickery and deceit’ to get ahead in the comics industry, specifically with illustrators.


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John G. Nowakowski, Esq. (LLMT), is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada. Christina R. Evola, Esq. is a recent graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law where her studies focused on intellectual property, antitrust, and media law. She is a lifelong gamer and avid cosplayer. DISCLAIMER: ‘Nerds in Court’ is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing should be construed as legal advice, or any advice for that matter, and no attorney-client relationship is formed by reading these posts. Do not consider information provided here as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified, licensed attorney in your state.


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