Nick Barrucci Sets Things Right with Don McGregor

Category : Creators, People · (9) Comments June 2, 2013

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NickNick Barrucci has stepped up and commented on the Facebook photo of the cartoon of Lady Rawhide.

Don – first and foremost, I do apologize for both not stating in the press release your creating Lady Rawhide and also that my comment was a bit of venting and was rushed. It was not intended as such and I apologize. I got defensive as you had mentioned that you were asking if Zorro Properties and Dynamite was screwing you out of royalties, and was more defensive about the accusation about Zorro Properties than about me personally. And I didn’t want to follow up till I was home and could give you a ring. I called a number a few times in the 718 area code, but it had a machine answer and not your voice, so wasn’t sure to leave a message, but did so a few minutes ago. I also want to let you know that the comics will have your creator credit in there. Now, to address one point from Michael Netzer, Michael has definitely twisted my words, and at one point in his open letter, out and out lied, which I’m sure will create an internet war. First, he’s imposing the bullying tactics that he claims that publishers have. He’s going online twisting words, and making assumptions, and telling anyone who is looking at this that they are wrong. It’s a lynch mob mentality. No judge, no jury, no evidence, let’s just hang the guy. And then he lies. And Don – you’re not wrong in asking this. But you asked if Dynamite and Zorro properties were going to screw you out of royalties. And then Michael writes that you never asked that. Here are the quotes: Michael Netzer’s open letter <<Nick Barrucci’s cynical ploy to turn the tables on the creator whose work he intends to exploit, entirely disregarded the fact that Don made no mention of payments, only the basic professional courtesy failings of keeping the creator out of the loop and not even mentioning his name in the promotional material. >> And here is what you wrote in one of your first statements May 29

From CARL BOOTH:
Damn, glad to see Lady Rawhide is back, but no mention of the creator, Don McGregor!!!
From DON McGREGOR:
First I’m reading about it. I created Lady Rawhide, and wrote every Topps comic featuring her. Zorro Productions has a contract with me that I get a percentage of anything done with characters I created. Are Zorro Productions and Dynamite now screwing creators?
From DEMENTIA GRIMM:
I first read about it via Panda Valentine about May 20th, so it wasn’t long ago. Don, no one consulted with you on this? Ho boy … dislike. ;/

I think that settles it. Nick has expressed regret for not mentioning Don McGregor in the press releases promoting Dynamite’s Lady Rawhide and apologized to Don for it. He’s also assured him that he will be credited as creator of Lady Rawhide in the book. That’s as far as his scope of the responsibility reaches.

Don’s royalty payment was always a side issue in this, and it’s in the jurisdiction of the Zorro franchise which owns Lady Rawhide. Here’s hoping that this entanglement will help stress the importance of Zorro living up to their agreement with Don.

Nick is also right about my oversight of the comment Don made: “Are Zorro Productions and Dynamite now screwing creators?”. In the heat of the affair, I honestly overlooked that statement, though I don’t think it plays a major part in Don’s original grievance which concentrated on being kept out of the loop. I sincerely apologize to Nick for the mistake. I certainly didn’t intentionally lie about it but given the gravity of Nick’s first response, I can’t say that there wasn’t a lynch mentality brewing around this. Again, sorry about the mistake and many thanks to Nick Barrucci for stepping up and doing the right thing.

Time to put the unpleasant affair behind us and hope that good lessons are learned by everyone involved.



(9) comments

Richard Caldwell
1 year ago · Reply

And I still think that Nick is merely reacting to Johnston’s original article and what has grown of it. Don not being in the loop to any degree until just now, really, is still itself damning of Nick. No matter how he paints it now, there is no indication that credit given or even payments were considered prior to that first article making it all public. And as far as his comment here goes, yes, publishers have a proud history of putting themselves before their meal tickets.

nick
1 year ago · Reply

Richard,

With all due respect, you don’t know what goes on in other peoples minds. Why don’t you check with creators that we work with. It was not intentional. Did the Bleeding Cool article and Beat article bring it to our attention. Yes. But so would someone just dropping me a line. You’re saying it’s a one way street. This world works on a two way street. And Don accepted my apology and wrote one as well. We all jumped the gun. But you’re going for the mob mentality and want to lynch someone and if there’s any reason why it happened, it can’t be true, because you don’t believe it. I call bs on that. Everyone deserves a fair chance. Don and I are going to talk when he can. Check the posts. And even Mark Ellis, who I am very frustrated with, wrote about our not giving credit.

Check out the credit he gave Mike Gustavitch for the Justice Machine 30th Anniversary.

https://www.scifigenre.com/itemDetail.aspx?nItemID=114994&sid=G Hope you have criticism there.

And it’s the 30th Anniversary. Of what he created. But I guess that’s ok with you.

Nick

    Richard Caldwell
    1 year ago · Reply

    Actually, I deleted an interview I had done with Ellis previously from my archives over how he’s shut out Gustovich.

nick
1 year ago · Reply

really. Well, you did put your money where your mouth is there, and I commend you. I’m serious when I say that there was not slight. Publishers are as human as creators. But it’s unfair to have anyone say “He’s a creator, he’s telling the truth” and “he’s a publisher, he’s a scumbag liar.” without any proof either way. Everyone makes mistakes. We’re human. We can only try our best.

    Richard Caldwell
    1 year ago · Reply

    If I knew how to publish I would, don’t get me wrong. And I know every rule has plenty of exceptions. But Rawhide’s original artist Mike Mayhew is doing the best work of his career right now for Dynamite, so how hard would it have been to even get the initial endorsement from Don? Maybe that’s just a casualty of having to run with a skeleton crew, which Dynamite is far from alone in. I’m fine with Trautmann on her of course, he’s unstoppable, so this isn’t just about us ever seeing Don’s unprinted scripts for the character.

    If anything, my jerking knee should be an example of how touchy such a thing can be nowadays. I earnestly wish we had no need for such groups as Hero Initiative, but they exist because some publishers have unnecessarily played hardball over the years.

nick
1 year ago · Reply

Richard,

It’s fully understandable. But I hope it’s understandable the desire to be fair to both sides. There’s really no profit to anyone slighting anyone. Zorro Productions has Don’s share factored in to the series sales. They will pay Don. We would sell more reminding fans that it’s a creation from Don McGregor. We sell less not mentioning that. Now we sell less between that and the bad publicity.

I can say this. There are at least 1,000 professionals employed in comics. It’s a lot to balance. We will make mistakes. We will probably make this mistake again. It will be human error.

The comics industry is a close knit family. We all are trying to survive. Very few people get rich. We try our best.

It happened. We can’t change it. But there was more upside for everyone than to mention Don.

best!

Nick

Michael Netzer
1 year ago · Reply

It seems that many such previous mistakes have ended with impasses that were never resolved. A lot of creators and publishers are walking around today with bad feelings about a lot of incidents. And though I think we have a long way to go till there’s a good enough equity that makes the industry a healthy working environment for most creators, I’m sure that this particular one contributes greatly towards getting there. Thanks Nick for helping smooth things out with Don – and Richard for the thoughtful comments.

    Richard Caldwell
    1 year ago · Reply

    I second that. I could name several mid-range pubs who outright refuse any transparency as simple as just answering questions (Darren Davis coughcoughcough).

    But if knowing really is half the battle, then understanding is the other half, and none of that is possible through brick walls.

nick
1 year ago · Reply

Richard,

I’m not going to throw any stones. I think that most publishers want to publish and make money. It’s better to create good will and build a business and have good word of mouth. None of us are making millions. We’re just trying to publish the best we can.

And from a financial point of view, we would have made more money promoting Don with the announcement than not to.

It was a mistake. We’ll always make some. But our goal is to do our best.

best!

Nick

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