Nick 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.