Now in our tenth calendar year!
PCR #470 (Vol. 10, No. 13). This edition is for the week of March 23--29, 2009.
COURT ORDERS FERRY FM SHUTDOWN
As everyone knows I am a bigtime FM fan. Since about 8 years from birth, Famous Monsters of Filmland has been the fandom rag for me. This has included both Warren and Ferry Publications.
Gaga for FM. That's me.
In what I consider a suprising developement, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess has granted a temporary injunction against Ray Ferry in favor of Phil Kim, who purchased the mark from a court trustee for $25000 dollars.
Altho this injunction is temporary, the judge states first and foremost that:
"The marks chain of title, as established during Ferry's bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, fully supports Plaintiff's contention that he (Phil Kim) owns the mark."
The court will convene sometime in June when this matter will be offically resolved.
Okay. Like I said, I am wickedly confused by all of this. It's easy for me to see how Ferry could come to the conclusion he still owned the mark. I highly doubt he would be fighting in court if he didn't really believe it. The court looks as tho they disagree. That doesnt negate a persons belief in the otherwise.
As for the mag, unless there is a settlement of some kind, it appears Ray Ferry's FM could be gone. Very sad news for those of us who like his version of the mag, and appreciate his bringing it back to the forefront of our MonsterKid lives.
So here we are at the beginning of a new era for the vaunted trademark. First it was Jim Warren and Forrest J Ackerman. Then Ray Ferry. It is now Phil Kim's time to bring his own ideas to the legendary icon. At present his FM site is more horror preview blog. But according to Kim this is just the beginning for Famous Monsters of Filmland, with books, collectables, and other FM fanfare to come.
Currently there is a collectable FM coin. You can check it out at the New FM.
Ray Ferry will continue on with Shock Theater Classics and Freaky. You can check out his website soon at Freaky Mag.
It's just too bad these guys didn't hook up in some kind of partnership, with Ferry running the mag and Kim all other interests. The mark would have been that much more valuable.
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