Brave Canadian Don McPherson offers some commentary on the Ellison/Fantagraphics settlement:

But there’s no denying this one is outside of the norm. As I read the settlement details online last week, I was struck by the impression that the two sides were not unlike bickering siblings, and a parent finally stepped in and said, “That’s it you two, go clean your rooms. And if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

Meanwhile, Fantagraphics has begun to auction off some of the items donated for their defense fund, and there are some precious objects in there, so check it out.


  1. I’ve just noticed that it was you, Heidi, who first summed up the settlement with “You boys play nice.” I hadn’t seen that before I posted my piece. Credit where credit is due, though.

    Thanks for the link, and the unnecessary designation of “brave.”

  2. In the victory that cannot legally be called a victory, I’d suggest that Ellison almost got everything he wanted.

    The real question is how many remaining copies Fantagraphics has of the Comic Writers books. One cannot but chuckle at the extreme irony of Groth indicating his refusal to offer TCJ as a DVD collection because contributors would object. Ellison, of course, was not afforded the same courtesy.

    I hope the Comic Writers book will sellout quickly and Fantagraphics can make money off of someone else whose name is not Ellison.

    And that to me was what the lawsuit was about: Preventing Fantagraphics from profiting from the Ellison name and his TCJ contributions while dirtying him in the process.

    Ellison gets this.

    And the Fantagraphic folk get a reprieve from Ellison’s verbal humiliation. I doubt Ellison is losing sleep on giving up that opportunity.

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