In his Lying in the Gutters column this week, Rich Johnston shares a letter from artist Brian J. Crowley about money owed to him for work he did on Fangoria’s now-defunct comics line. The letter reads:
Enclosed is a copy of an invoice for $2,160 that your company received on Aug. 17, 2007, for work I completed as an Independent Contractor for Moe Greene Entertainment LLC.
As of this date, Oct. 22, 2007, payment has not been received.
Last week, during a telephone conversation with Jeanine Walsh, who described herself as the “payroll manager,” said she was aware of the invoice but informed me that the “investors” of Creative Group/Moe Greene Entertainment have decided that the company will not pay its outstanding invoices.
Mr. Avallone, I met my contractual obligations with Creative Group/Moe Greene Entertainment. The books I lettered were completed on time, without problem and in accordance with our agreement signed on April 12, 2007.
Please note that the invoice for $2,160 states that it is “approved by Scott Licina” (executive editor) and was, “payable on invoice date” of Aug. 17, 2007.
At this point, I can only assume that Ms. Walsh was misinformed about Creative Group/Moe Greene Entertainment’s intentions toward paying money it owes to independent contractors and others.
My working relationship with the company has been enjoyable and I hope to have the opportunity to continue working with Creative Group Inc.
Mr. Avallone, I would appreciate it if you would look into this matter for me and promptly let me know when I may expect to receive payment of $2,160.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Moe Greene Entertainment LLC is the parent company of Fangoria. Over email, Crowley told me he’s taking them to court; he’s filed a small claims in Chicago with the help of Unscrewed. Now he’s waiting for the papers to be served so things can move forward.