Those of us lucky enough to check in on the smaller panel “Cartoon Books and Abstract Studios Happy Hour” at the San Diego Comic-Con last weekend by Jeff Smith (Bone) and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) were privy to some exciting news from both of the artists, as well as just a fun discussion.
The first news of the day was that Terry Moore’s newest book, Echo has been given a film deal by producer Lloyd Levin (Watchmen, Hellboy II) which means that we will be seeing a film adaptation at some point in the future. Echo is a sci-fi tale that tells the story of Julie Martin, a young photographer whose life gets turned upside down when she gets coated in a layer of metal that gives her strange powers. The series is currently on issue 14, with a planned run of 30 issues. Moore also said that his next goal is to get Strangers in Paradise produced as a TV series.
Not even a day after Watchmen producer Lloyd Levin shared his very specific thoughts on this whole lawsuit situation with Fox (see An Inside Perspective At The ‘Watchmen’ Trial), producer Larry Gordon also decided to try and chime in.
Gordon’s letter was written and sent directly to Judge Gary Feess, who — citing that Gordon refused to answer certain questions — had already decided that Gordon would have no say in the trial at all. This put him in an unfortunate position, as the entire trial is hinged on the fact that Larry Gordon did not take the proper steps to secure the rights before going to Warner Bros. with them.
The letter supposedly threw blame at both Fox and Mr. Gordon’s lawyers at the time, stating that he took the precautions necessary, but was not aware of another, older document that still gave Fox distribution rights. Gordon’s logic of thinking here, is that his lawyers should have been aware of this and that it also should have been taken care of.