'Guardians of the Galaxy' Character Creators Fight for Cash and Credit - NYTimes
An interesting read, even though the headline is misleading. No one is actually "fighting".Mr. Giffen, however, was pessimistic that Mr. Kirby’s heirs and allies would prevail.
“The Supreme Court is going to rule for a bunch of scruffy artists and freelance writers over a multinational, multibillion-dollar corporation?” he said. “Are you out of your mind?”
“My doing all this is not because of some belief that I will be able to change things,” he said. “I know I can’t. But I set out to make the story more well known, so that there is a well of public support, which does have an effect. That can sway people.”
Michael Mantlo, at least, can affirm that such homegrown measures have worked for his brother. Any film proceeds and further donations that “Guardians of the Galaxy” helps generate for Bill, he said, “will hopefully set up his future forever.”
Mr. Giffen, however, has taken away a different lesson from his experiences.
“It’s like the advice I give my granddaughter,” he said. “If you can help it, don’t be a creator. Be the exploiter. They get rich. You never will.”