Did you guys know that Paul Frank is no longer a part of Paul Frank Industries? I sure as hell didn’t. According to this Vanity Fair article, Frank the man split from Frank the company last year under hotly debated circumstances. As tends to happen, lawsuits followed and now everything’s a big mess. It’s obvious that both sides share several scoops of delicious blame, but this quote from John Oswald, one of the “suits,” is enough to make me tear my hair out…
“He had the best situation ever,” Oswald says. “He didn’t have to come to the office, he got paid exactly the same as we did, and we’re the ones who did all the work. He didn’t do anything, and he still quit. What am I missing here?”
Yeah, he didn’t do anything. Except create all of the intellectual property from whom’s teat your company suckles in perpetuity. Even if all he ever did was create Julius, he should still be receiving fat checks every month because now the company’s worth $40,000,000 and it’s all because of him. Of course, he won’t because he signed the rights to Julius over to Paul Frank Industries at some point. Bad move, Paul. Bad move.