And the plot thickens: BuzzFeed says that Clowes is looking at legal action, according to Fantagraphics associate publisher Eric Reynolds.
Shia LaBeouf may need to prepare for a legal battle over his short film that plagiarized the work of artist Daniel Clowes. According to Eric Reynolds, the artist’s long-time editor and the associate publisher at Fantagraphics, Clowes is pursuing his legal options. ... “His apology is a non-apology, absolving himself of the fact that he actively misled, at best, and lied, at worst, about the genesis of the film,” Reynolds wrote to BuzzFeed in an email on Tuesday. “No one ‘assumes’ authorship for no reason. He implied authorship in the film credits itself, and has gone even further in interviews. He clearly doesn’t get it, and that’s disturbing. I’m not sure if it’s more disturbing that he plagiarized, or that he could rationalize it enough to think it was OK and that he might actually get away with it. Fame clearly breeds a false sense of security.”
Reynolds is a Seattle treasure, and this Fantagraphics-vs.-LaBeouf fight is hands down my favorite literary feud of the year.