Peter Beagle supports the mission to expose and fix bad business practices by Connor Cochran. Connor is facing litigation in relation to this site – never trust info about it sourced from him.
Fans have been requesting updates since we posted in January 2018. Neil Gaiman shared our page as a source for the story; the official Peter Beagle page reshared that, and comic creator Colleen Doran supported Peter too. The whole story takes a lot of reading, but Peter has been suing his ex manager Connor Cochran, who’s on a losing streak in court. Cochran tried to game the system by claiming Peter was alcoholic and mentally unfit, conspiring with Peters kids to put him in conservatorship, suing Peter’s lawyer, and countersuing Peter. It all failed in court, getting harsh criticism from the judge. On the day before trial, Connor filed for bankruptcy and fled for cover under an automatic stay of proceedings.
PETER’S FIGHT FOR HIS RIGHTS IS BACK ON!
Thanks to Peter’s dedicated legal team, the stay is lifted. And he isn’t the only creditor coming after Cochran in court… Here’s the legal doc. Please keep in mind what Peter’s Facebook page posted:
Bankruptcy law advice does not come cheap – I ask that if you can, help support Peter by donating to his legal fund at supportpeterbeagle.com. Any amount is gratefully appreciated.
News about what else Peter is doing:
- An essay In Memoriam for Ursula K Leguin.
- Peter named Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (“SFWA”) Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master.
- For Nebula Weekend in Pittsburgh, Peter will be there for his SFWA recognition, on May 17th – May 20th, 2018.
- He is a guest at BayCon: May 25-28. BayCon is the longest fan-run science fiction and fantasy convention in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Peter will be attending DragonCon this year. That’s August 30 – Sept 3.
ALWAYS CHECK if a Peter/Last Unicorn product is legit!
ONLY trust info from SupportPeterBeagle.com, his official Facebook or Twitter. Other sources are under Connor’s control – including Conlan Press, the disputed Avicenna Development Corp, The Last Unicorn movie page on Facebook, and other pages with Peter’s name on them. Avoid them (and do not buy Peter Beagle ebooks on Amazon – they pay Conlan Press!)
For authorized products, Tachyon is Peter’s current paying publisher for recently published books. Geekify has Last Unicorn scarfs, pins, and a tarot deck. The Real Peter Beagle Facebook helps fans make sure goods from Geekify are legit:
Q: “I thought Connor sill had all the rights and royalties for TLU? does any money from these go to Peter?”
A: “Royalties from the Kickstarter were sent to Peter alongside an extra personal donation from Geekify themselves. Peter approved the Kickstarter personally.”
From the Kickstarter campaign page:
“There’s been a lot of contention from fans and owners alike about the past and future of The Last Unicorn. Licensing and rights ownership are sometimes a murky thing, and creators don’t always get the credit they are due. While our licensing agreement is with ITV (the rights holder for merchandise based on the movie) and is unaffiliated with Avicenna Development Corporation and independent of the recent legal contention, Peter has created something timeless for all of us, and we want to go above and beyond to show our appreciation. To that end, to honor the author and creator we all love, we are voluntarily allocating a percentage of all of the proceeds directly for Peter’s benefit, independently of our licensing agreement.”
Here’s a comment about The Last Unicorn RPG that was announced and protested. Be cautious of disputed deals made before or during Peter’s lawsuit:
Sadly, customers have little hope to get their due without taking action.
Undelivered sales made in 2005 are getting active complaints in 2018. While Connor has done this to everyone, and nobody knew how bad it would get at the time, it’s clear who deserves support now. The fight for Peter’s rights is a positive step for an active, working creator.
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Just as a clarifying note – the ONLY social media for Peter in his own right is called “The Real Peter S. Beagle.” Both on Facebook and Twitter, it’s overseen, with input and responses from Peter, by a friend. Anything with The Last Unicorn in the name is either a fan site – and there are many – or are run by Cochran. But Peter doesn’t have any input or access to those.
I also received the exact same runaround on the signed Deluxe Last Unicorn Books. Peter already finished his hand written unique chapter, which is the reason why we bought those books in the first place. We were just waiting on Connor’s sketch which was taking years. I even said several times to forget the sketch, we never wanted that part anyway, but they straight up refused to send me my book. They took my money then changed the terms of the deal and then it all became the Connor Cochran Deluxe Sketch Book That Will Never Be Completed And Connor’s Neverending Parade of Excuses.
I bought this as a surprise gift for my wife who was a huge fan back in 2008. She passed away last year from cancer. Connor Cochran not only cheated me of my money but he stole that unique gift and that moment in time that’s never coming back. Connor Cochran has stole from me something that cannot ever be repaid.
I will never forget or forgive.
So glad to see this update. THANK YOU!
I am sure many of us are rather desperate to know – where does this leave the film rights? (I still – fervently – hope the live-action can be made during Peter’s lifetime, because if properly done, it would bring TLU the attention it deserves.)