Frequent Tony Moore collaborator Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Punisher, Venom) had some interesting (and indirect) words a few weeks ago (January 30) on twitter, and had some words with Robert Kirkman collaborator Cory Walker:
Rick Remender (over 4 tweets)
Listening to crooks, who only care about creator rights when it serves them, lecture about integrity, makes me want to start a fucking war. You want to blow a hole in some assholes creator-owned bullshit front? Ask how much ownership they give their artists. Creator-rights go for artists AND writers. Not something the writer determines based on his ego's whims. I tend to ignore most blowhards and their bullshit but this mother fucker is making it hard.
When asked by Phil Hester who he was talking about - We all fucking know. But why burn a bridge in this small industry, right?
(Note: Phil Hester, Kurt Busiek, Mark Millar, and Steve Niles are chimed in stating to the effect of 50/50, though things could change in cases of multiple collaborators, or such)
And then Cory steps in (hopefully I've got the tweets mostly in order):
CW: Just how much of Strange Girl do I own?
RR: When you quit the book you offered me the design as a parting gift for flaking. I'll give you a cut if you've changed your mind.
RR: I know that in your world designing a character defines everything, I mean it's way harder than drawing hundreds of pages.
RR: Also, is character design what defines ownership? If so we should we cut out Eric Nguyen for his many actual issues of art work.
RR: Let's do it! We're the real creators! Let's fuck the guy who drew the book! Forget your promises! Let's make money for integrity!
CW: In my world, drawing pages and creating an intellectual property are two different things.
RR: Sure, designs are a part of it. But in the end designs are one small part of a much larger process to make IP as a comic.
CW: No, creating a character is what defines ownership.
RR: And Kirby designed Spider-Man, not Ditko. Ditko did the real work and is remembered for it.
RR: you cared so little for your Strange Girl designs, and the hours they took you, you GAVE them to me willingly.
CW: You're mistaken.
RR: You're right.