November 18, 2019 | 5:18pm
Comedian e-book legend Frank Miller — who penned “Sin City” and “300” — socked his ex-wife with a lawsuit Monday for allegedly swiping helpful tough sketches of his work and attempting to promote them below the desk.
Lynn Varley, an award-winning comedian e-book colorist who collaborated with Miller on lots of his early tomes, is allegedly hiding preliminary sketches she squirreled away earlier than the couple’s divorce, Miller claims in his Manhattan Supreme Courtroom lawsuit.
Varley filed for divorce in 2006, after 20 years of marriage. In 2011, whereas the duo was nonetheless married, they lower a deal to divvy up illustrations and paintings they owned, in accordance with the courtroom paperwork.
The settlement didn’t give Varley possession of the tough sketches, which she allegedly grabbed both from the couple’s co-op or from a storage unit throughout their marriage.
“Varley continued to conceal the fact that she had taken the Roughs throughout the couple’s divorce proceedings and even after they had negotiated and entered into a postnuptial and predivorce agreement which provided that Varley was only entitled to receive specifically designated pieces of Miller’s artwork, not including the Roughs,” the go well with states.
Whereas not typically as helpful as revealed comedian e-book illustrations, the roughs “are nevertheless sought after by collectors of comic art, particularly where the artist is of Miller’s influence, renown and stature in the comic book industry,” in accordance with the courtroom docs.
Varley has been attempting to surreptitiously hawk the sketches by way of a supplier at varied comedian conventions, together with San Diego Comedian Con and the Lake Como Comedian Artwork Pageant, the lawsuit alleges.
“Despite Varley’s efforts to sell the Roughs through her art dealer in secret, Miller has discovered that Varley’s art dealer was offering the Roughs for sale ‘under the table’ to collectors,” the go well with states.
Miller believes a number of the sketches could have already been offered off.
He’s asking for the sketches again instantly and for an injunction to cease Varley from promoting or destroying them — along with damages of at the least $25,000 to be determined in a jury trial.
Varley couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.