The last few years have been good to fans of Robert Kirkman‘s “Invincible.” A superhero comic known for lamp-shading genre stereotypes whilst simultaneously defying audience expectations, the series had a wildly popular 144 issue run. Which was then followed by an awesome animated adaptation from Amazon Studios. While fans are still awaiting the second season of the hit show, it seems there is trouble brewing between the original creators of the comic.
William Crabtree, colorist of the first 50 issues of the hit Image comic, is suing writer Kirkman over claims of unpaid royalties. According to Crabtree, the “Invincible” colorist was convinced by Kirkman to give up his existing copyright co-ownership claim on the book to make it more desirable for studio adaptation. If this is the case, this would lead Crabtree to lose out on all profits on the Amazon Studios adaptation, and any further incarnations of the franchise.
In the suit, Crabtree claims that he had an oral agreement with Kirkman, ensuring he would receive 20% of single sale proceeds of the comic book “Invincible”, as well as 10% of all revenue generated from film, television, or any other derivative work based on the property.
Crabtree’s attorney Devin McRae stated: “Fraud and deceit has become a standard business practice for Kirkman and is apparent where his true creative aptitude lies”. McRae has been involved in another previous lawsuit against Kirkman, when Michael ‘Tony’ Moore sued Kirkman over the rights to the comic-turned-international television sensation “The Walking Dead.” That case was settled for an undisclosed amount.