Tony's twisting McFarlane's arm
I'd be amiss if I didn't talk about this case. Spawn comic book creater, Calgary kid and hockey fan Todd McFarlane is declaring bankruptcy as a result of a ridiculous lawsuit filed by former NHLer Tony Twist. Twist was awarded $15-mil, or about 15 times what he made in his career, because he claimed his character was defamed because McFarlane called a character in his comic book Antonio Twistinelli.
First of all, Twist should be honored that anyone chose to loosely name a character after a nothing hockey player like himself. And, secondly, even if he was defamed, is this 2nd-rate goon's character worth $15-mil? Why not pay him to the tune of $500k and be done with this? I think McFarlane's biggest mistake was telling people he took the name of his mafia character from the hockey player, because otherwise, no one would have known the difference. What's next? A lawsuit against Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin by the Devils defenseman of the same name? I guarantee a political scandal can go a lot further towards sullying a name than a comic book character. How many Dick Nixon's do you see walking around?