As the entire economy begins to collapse and people desperately try to figure out how they’re going to pay their bills amid a deadly viral pandemic, The Walking Dead‘s co-creator Robert Kirkman would very much like to be paid for his intellectual property.
TMZ reports that Kirkman’s company, RK LLC, is suing has been doing as of late is going through a rebranding (the company is now called Beamable), and shifting its focus to assisting game developers in bringing new products to market. That’s admirable on paper but doesn’t exactly square away with the reality that it still owes a creator a sizable chunk of cash.
Considering that we’re living in a time when the economy’s been brought to its knees and it’s unclear how and when large swaths of the public are going to be able to return to their jobs, it’s easy to appreciate this fight from both sides. Kirkman’s got the right to demand that the company make good on the contract that it agreed to”but at the same time, it’s not hard to understand why Beamable might not have the cash on hand to pay up the way that it could in the past.
Because Kirkman’s company (Kirkman himself is no stranger to Walking Dead-related litigation) is suing Beamable, it doesn’t seem as if he has any interest in letting bygones be bygones and has every intention of collecting what he’s owed. How Beamable’s going to respond, though, remains to be seen.