Earlier today, Alan Dean Foster and the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) held a press conference concerning Disney‘s refusal to pay royalties to Foster for work he has done. Foster was originally contracted to write the Alien novelizations through Warner Books which were eventually licensed to Titan Books, and the Star Wars novelizations by Lucasfilms. Both Warner Books and Lucasfilms regularly paid his royalties.
When The Walt Disney Company acquired the rights to these novelizations in or around 2015, the payments stopped although the books continue to be sold. Disney continues to get money for the books. Alan Dean Foster, and possibly other authors with similar contracts, have not been paid.
Disney’s defense is they have purchased the rights but not the obligations of the contract. They are claiming they have the right to publish the work but not pay the writer based on the original contract.
If this stands, it stands to set a precedent with chilling effects within publishing, and creative industries as a whole.
SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal has laid out three solutions to the dispute:
Pay Alan Dean Foster all back royalties as well as any future royalties.
Publication ceases until new contract(s) are signed, and pay all back royalties to Alan Dean Foster as well as any future royalties.
Publication ceases and pay all back royalties to Alan Dean Foster.
In his public letter to the company Foster says Disney wanted him to sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) before even talking and negotiating. The publisher has since ingnored requests from his agents and the SFWA.
Foster also included his need that there’s a medical need for the money. He’s not looking for charity, he just wants what he’s owed.
The SFWA is also looking to see if this is a systemic issue with Disney and is asking for other creators to report if they’ve experienced similar experiences. You can do so here. Disney purchased Marvel Comics in 2009 and one would assume contracts with royalties in that deal. Unless there’s something specific about Foster’s original contract, Disney’s stance would be inconsistent by their own actions assuming they’re abiding by those Marvel contracts.
Dark Horse continues to shed properties as it has been revealed today that the Alien, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator franchises have a new home for comics with Marvel. The leading comic publisher has been leaning more heavily into outside properties beginning with Star Wars, Conan, then a partnership with Games Workshop, and now Alien and Predator. The new comic series will feature new and classic characters from Earth and beyond to explore never-before-seen corners of both the Alien and Predator universes starting in 2021. The deal includes “comics,” “collections,” and “reprints.”
It should be noted that Star Wars, Alien, and Predator are all properties under Marvel’s parent company Disney. Disney acquired Alien and Predator when they purchased 20th Century Fox. Conan and Star Wars also have a long history of being published by Marvel previously. Star Wars, Conan, Alien, and Predator comics had all been published by Dark Horse before moving to Marvel. Dark Horse also lost the Buffy the Vampire property in 2018 to BOOM!.
While creative teams and titles haven’t been announced, two teaser images by David Finch have been released. Expect more news at the virtual San Diego Comic-Con later this month.
Dark Horse Comics and Twentieth Century Fox, with writer Cristiano Seixas, artist Guilherme Balbi, and colorist Candice Han, adapted from the screenplay written by Dan O’Bannon, brings you Alien: The Original Screenplay.
Alien: The Original Screenplaypresents an alternate line of events initially conceived by Dan O’Bannon before it became the Alien motion picture manuscript. En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . .
Alien: The Original Screenplay#1 (of five) goes on sale April 22, 2020, just in time for Alien Day celebrated on April 26th!
Every year brings new exclusive merch for fans to grab at San Diego Comic-Con, and 2019 is no exception – as Titan Merchandise brings along SEVEN exclusive 3″ window-boxed Titans vinyl figures to SDCC 2019!
For fans of Alien, Doctor Who, Game Of Thrones, Predator, and The Beatles!
Each Titans vinyl figure is 3” window-boxed, and some come with a character-specific accessory – check out these exclusive figures below!
Titan Entertainment are proud to present the latest in their series of limited edition Game of Thrones TITANS! For SDCC 2019, we’ll be bringing all three Young Dragons to the show as 3″ glow-in-the-dark TITANS in a three-pack! Price: $30
Titan Entertainment are all living in a Yellow Submarine at SDCC 2019 with this limited edition glow-in-the-dark 3″ Yellow Submarine TITAN! Price: $10
Titan Entertainment are sailing back to the sea of green for SDCC 2019 to combat the Fab Four’s arch-nemesis with this limited glow-in-the-dark 3″ Blue Meanie TITAN! Price: $10
The 3″ TITANS incarnations of the Thirteenth Doctor debut at SDCC 2019 with two limited editions – the first is a 3″ version of the Kawaii Doctor wearing her purple t-shirt, as featured in the episode “Rosa”, plus her 3″ Materializing TARDIS… Price: $20
… and the second is the exclusive 3″ debut of the Thirteenth Doctor classic TITAN! Price: $10
The unstoppable xenomorph from James Cameron’s Aliens returns for SDCC 2019 as this rare, limited collector’s edition TITAN vinyl: 3″ bullet-damaged Alien Warrior! Price: $10
The original Predator returns to SDCC 2019 as this rare, limited collector’s edition TITAN vinyl: 3″ glow-in-the-dark! Price: $10
Take a journey aboard the star-ship Nostromo but it might not end well. Celebrate 40 years of a sci-fi horror classic with a Pop! keychain Xenomorph that will strike terror into the hearts of anyone who sees it.
Warrant Officer Ripley with a tracker and Xenomorph make a potentially violent pair as a Vynl. duo.
Pop! Warrant Officer Ripley is ready for action in her spacesuit and Pop! Xenomorph is ready to inflict terror and damage.
Metallic Xenomorph Pop! is available as a Funko select specialty series.
Pop! Ripley holding the adorable Jonesy is available as a Funko web exclusive
POP! MOVIES – BEVERLY HILLS COP
The 1984 action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop is getting the Pop! treatment. Bring home Pop! police detective Axel wearing a low-key outfit or Axel holding a pair of bananas.
VYNL. UP IN SMOKE – CHEECH & CHONG
“I been smoking since I was born, man, I can smoke anything, man. You know like I smoke that Michoacán, and Acapulco Gold, man. I even smoke that tied stick, you know?”
Celebrate Cheech and Chong’s legendary and iconic first feature-length film, which debuted 40 years ago. Pedro De Pacas and Anthony “Man” Stoner might not be upstanding members of society by most standards, but they are entertaining and the Vynl. duo is an undeniable statement piece for any collection.
POP! MOVIES – PRETTY WOMAN
POP! MOVIES – CADDYSHACK
Celebrate the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack by bringing home your favorite characters including Pop! Carl Spackler, Pop! Gopher, Pop! Judge Elihu Smails, Pop! Ty Webb with a chase and Pop! Al Czervik.
Find Judge Smalls with Hat exclusively at FYE.
Indulge your sweet tooth and ‘90s movies fandom with Caddyshack-themed Pop! PEZ. Bring home Pop! PEZ Carl Spackler and the Gopher he just can’t seem to catch.
POP! MOVIES – JAWS
Whatever you do, don’t go in the water! Celebrate the 1975 classic film that continues to terrify beachgoers 44 years later with Pop! Chief Brody, Pop! consulting oceanographer Matt Hooper, Pop! shark hunter Quint, 6″ Pop! Jaws and 6″ Pop! Jaws with a diving tank in his mouth.
POP! MOVIES – FORREST GUMP
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Twenty-five years ago the world fell in love with an Alabama man who became an all-American running back, received a Medal of Honor for heroism in war and became a world-renowned ping pong celebrity. Bring home Pop! Forrest Gump carrying his iconic box of chocolates and Pop! Forrest Gump wearing his ping pong outfit.
POP! & BUDDY AND POP! MOVIES – MEN IN BLACK
“Here come the Men in Black, they won’t let you remember!”
Join Agent J and Agent K on an extraterrestrial adventure the likes of which you might forget if the agents happen to be packing memory-erasing neuralyzers. Agent J and Frank the smart-talking pug-alien make an adorable Pop! and Buddy while Agent K and Neeble the coffee-addicted worm make for a more cynical Pop! and Buddy.
Edgar the Bug makes a memorable Pop! but you might want to keep him away from farmers given his history of eating them.
Pop! Agent J is available as a Funko web exclusive.
POP! MOVIES – SUPER TROOPERS
Go on a wild ride with Pop! trooper Carl Foster and Pop! rookie trooper Robbie “Rabbit” Roto of Super Troopers. Their detective and policing skills might be questionable, but there’s no denying that they make entertaining characters.
POP! MOVIES – GHOSTBUSTERS
“Who you gonna call? …Ghostbusters!”
Celebrate an unlikely tale of hard-on-their-luck-scientists-turned-ghostbusters with a Pop! Keychain Slimer and Pop! Keychain Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Who needs good guys when the bad guys are so adorable?
Indulge your sweet tooth with a Pop! Pez Slimer, Pop! Pez Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Pop! PEZ Dr. Peter Venkman, Pop! PEZ Dr. Raymond “Ray” Stantz, Pop! PEZ Winston Zeddermore and Pop! PEZ Dr. Eegon Spengler.
Pop! PEZ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Angry) and Slimer Glow available at Walmart.
5 Star Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond “Ray” Stantz, Winston Zeddemore and Dr. Egon Spengler are armed with their ghostbusting suits, proton packs and ghost trap.
If you’re looking for a cuddle, SuperCute Plush Slimer and Stay Puft Marshmallow Man would make adorable companions.
Bring some color and slime to your writing implements with two Slimer pen toppers and two Stay Puft Marshmallow Man pen toppers.
The entire Ghostbusters gang is present in Mystery Mini form including Dr. Peter Venkman with a proton pack, Dr. Egon Spengler with a proton pack, Dr. Ray Stantz with a proton pack, Winston Zeddemore with a proton pack, Dr. Egon Spengler covered in marshmallow, Dr. Ray Stantz covered in marshmallow, Zuul the Gatekeeper of Gozer, Louis Tully as Vinz Clortho, Gozer the Gozerian, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Slimer and the librarian ghost.
Find Translucent Slimer, Burnt Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Terror Dog as Funko Specialty Series.
Find Stay Puft Glow Fire Marshmallow Man, Scary Library Ghost and Slimer Eating Hot Dogs as GameStop Exclusives.
Dr. Peter Venkman and Dr. Egon Spengler struggle with a resisting Slimer in an epic Pop! Movie Moment.
Bring home the fire station where the ghostbusters plotted against their otherworldly enemies as a Pop! Town building and Peter Venkman Pop! figure.
Bring home Pop! Slimer chowing down hot dogs, Pop! Scary Library Ghost, Pop! Dr. Peter Venkman, Pop! Dr. Raymond Stantz, Pop! Winston Zeddemore and Pop! Dr. Egon Spengler.
Find Translucent Pop! Slimer chowing down hot dogs only at Walmart.
Find 10 inch Super Sized Pop! Stay Puft Mashmallow Man only at Game Stop.
POP! MOVIES – SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2
What do your beloved canine, feline and leporine companions do while you’re away at work? The Secret Life of Pets 2 attempts to answer the question but if you bring home Pop! Max wearing a cone of shame and Pop! Snowball wearing a superhero suit they might have some additional answers.
These Pop! Keychains featuring Snowball and Max are only available at Walmart.
POP! MOVIES – HELLBOY
The world’s favorite half-demon is back, fighting the forces of evil on behalf of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.). With his new gun in his hand and a threatening grimace for evil-doers, this Pop! Hellboy will elevate your collection’s tough factor exponentially.
Hellboy comes to theaters 4/12/2019.
POP! & BUDDY – PET SEMATARY
Thirty years after the release of the horror film, you can bring home an undead Gage Creed and less than friendly undead Church. The Pop! & Buddy duo might terrify most people and there’s a possibility they’ll go on a murderous rampage but that’s the price you pay for loving horror.
VYNL. SUICIDE SQUAD – THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN
Few Super-Villains can match The Joker and Harley Quinn for style and ability to intimidate. Bring home two of the Suicide Squad’s most infamous members as a Vynl. duo. The Joker’s green hair and menacing expression are a contrast to Harley Quinn’s nonchalant pose.
Every store deserves an amazing Funko exclusive! In an effort to recognize their most special accounts and loyal retailers, Funko is continuing their Specialty Series. Every month, they announce a new exclusive item – this month includes Pop!
Why is it so special? You’ll only be able to find these Specialty Series exclusives in boutique retail, specialty stores, local comic book shops and from qualified online retailers. This is your chance to help support local businesses and smaller retailers, and you’ll pick up an amazing exclusive item in the process!
The latest exclusive is Xenomorph (Blue Metallic) Pop!
Remember, these are exclusive to the Specialty Series. So pay a visit to your favorite specialty store or your local comic book shop and let them know to order the Specialty Series from Funko.
Eaglemoss is having a 50% Off Sitewide Cyber Sale in their online Eaglemoss Shop – with an extra 20% Off when shoppers use the code CYBER. So folks can get up to 70% Off. The sale includes many items typically excluded from such promotions, like the Star Trek Shuttle Sets 2-4, all Battlestar Galactica ships (including the Galactica itself), all Star Trek: Discovery Starships and all Star Trek XL Edition Starships. It’s their biggest sale ever!
Eaglemoss Hero Collector delivers with new, officially authorized additions to the company’s Alien & Predator Figurine Collection set to debut at Booth #1520 at the New York Comic Con, beginning Thursday, October 4th through Sunday, October 7th at the Javits Convention Center on West 34th Street in New York City.
MEGA-Sized Xenomorph Dog – The frightening hybrid from Alien 3 is crouched and ready to pounce in this expertly sculpted limited edition model that stands an imposing 13 inches tall
Yautja Predator & Alien Xenomorph – Straight from Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, these ferocious, unrelenting sworn enemies have been locked in combat throughout space over thousands of years; now their conflict is captured in this incredible Special Edition model sculpted of metallic resin and hand-painted
These debuts are in addition to the models and limited edition variants that will be on display and available for purchase as part of the first and only authorized collection of figurines based on characters from the Alien, Predator, AVP and Prometheus franchises, including:
Ripley Power Loader Figurine – This 1:16 scale figurine depicts Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ellen Ripley from the climactic finale of Aliens, stands approximately 7.5 inches tall and features exceptional detail; made of high-quality metallic resin and hand-painted
S.S. Sulaco – The Conestoga-class troop transport ship featured in Aliens and used in the investigation of the Hadley’s Hope colony on LV-426; hand-painted and made of ABS materials and die-cast metal; comes with a certificate of authenticity and limited to 3,000
Glow-in-the-Dark Xenomorph Grid Variant – Glow-in-the-dark 5-1/2 inch tall variant; also known as “Nethead”
MEGA-Sized Xenomoroph and Glow-in-the-Dark MEGA-Sized Xenomorph – 12-1/2 inches tall
Alien Retro Figure 2-Packs – Highly sought after sets of 1/16 scale figures based on the classic toy line from the 90’s; each pair comes packaged in a special collector’s box with a 5th panel window:
Snake & Mantis
Bull & Gorilla
Panther & Scorpion
Specials Editions – Oversized versions of iconic creatures, including:
Alien Queen, Alien Newborn and Alien King
Egg with Facehugger
The Pilot – Also known as the “Space Jockey,” this Engineer piloted the spacecraft that crashed on LV-426 and his body was discovered by the crew of the U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo in the opening scene of
Hero Collector also invites all attendees to stop by Booth #1520 every day for the chance to win one of more than ## daily “Bundles of Joy.” Day 1 will award the Star Trek Discovery Bundle, featuring 5 ships from the Star Trek: Discovery Official Starships Collection. Day 2 will award the Battlestar Galactica Bundle, featuring all 4 ships in the collection released to date. Day 3 spotlights the Batman Universe Busts Bundle, including 12 busts from the collection. And on Day 4, the Star Trek Starships XL Bundle, with 5 ships from the collection, will be awarded.
Ripley’s arguably the most beloved character from the Alien movie franchise – at least among the humans. She’s certainly the most badass. Now she’s finally back where she belongs – together with her USCSS Nostromo crewmates and xenomorphs of every size, shape and disposition in the Official Alien & Predator Figurine Collection from Eaglemoss Collections.
This is the 1:16 scale figurine fans and collectors have been asking for – and Eaglemoss is thrilled to introduce the original Lt. Ellen Ripley to the collection just in time for this year’s Alien Day. The annual celebration of all things Alien related is held on April 26th and commemorates LV-426, the moon of the planet where the Alien saga began.
Ripley’s arrival also coincides with the start of this year’s “Alien Day Ultimate Giveaway.” This easy-to enter online sweeps will award more than 200 prizes, including five Grand Prizes of a special edition set of large format statues – the 12.5” Mega Xenomorph and the 13.5” Mega Predator. Ten First Prize winners will receive a complete set of figurines from the original Alien consisting of Ripley, Dallas, Parker, Lambert, Brett, Kane and, of course, the original Xenomorph.
Additional prizes include pairs of figures from the Alien & Predator Figurine Collection and officially licensed Alien & Predator Collection T-shirts. Winners will be selected and announced on Alien Day, April 26, 2018.
Marking one of the most significant elements of science fiction film history, Eaglemoss Collections invites fans and collectors throughout the US to join the hunt and enter the “Alien Day Ultimate Giveaway.”
Coinciding with the worldwide celebration of Alien Day on April 26 – commemorating LV426, the moon of the planet where the Alien saga began – and extending through the premiere of Alien: Covenant on May 19th, this easy-to-enter online sweeps will award more than 200 prizes, including five Grand Prizes of an Official Alien & Predator Figurine Collection subscription from Eaglemoss.
Ten First Prize winners will receive a premium format “Mega” Alien Xenomorph Statue (standing over 11” tall) from Eaglemoss. Additional prizes include pairs of figures from the Alien & Predator Figurine Collection and officially licensed Alien & Predator T-shirts.
As an added bonus, the first 100 fans to sign up for a subscription to the collection will receive a ticket to see Alien: Covenant in theaters.
For official rules and to enter, fans are asked to go to AlienFigurines.com. Once there, they can simply provide their name and valid e-mail address and they’re in! No purchase is necessary to enter the Alien Day Ultimate Giveaway.