It's time for the latest round of lawsuits and attacks against fandom. As the Telegraph reports, Tintin fan Bob Garcia has been ordered to pay £35,000 -- over $55,000 -- or face the seizure of his house and belongings. Why? Because he has written and distributed (without earning "a single penny") five essays "sparked by his boyhood love for the quaffed reporter and his dog Snowy." The essays reflected on issues like cinematographic references in Hergé's works, and links between Tintin and Sherlock Holmes.

The man was sued by Nick Rodwell, a British lawyer who has held the exclusive rights to Hergé's creation since he married the author's widow 16 years ago. "The court ruled that Mr. Garcia had violated the author's moral and proprietary rights." This has infuriated a number of Tintin fans, who are now calling for a boycott of the film if Steven Spielberg does not intervene. Garcia said: "We have nothing against Mr Spielberg even if there is a boycott threat against his film ... but are asking him to intervene in favour of not just me but all people who are being prevented from sharing their passion for Tintin."

Can't see Spielberg interfering, although if enough Tintin fans get riled up, he just might. The production doesn't need any more problems, or a bitter fandom leading up to the film's potential 2011 release. What do you think? Where do we draw the line when it comes to fan-made essays, drawings, trailers or even entire films?
categories Movies, Cinematical