As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader.” Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing shit.
Apologies to everyone who reads our series on iPads or iPhones, but here are your alternatives for Wednesday:
1) Head over to you friendly neighborhood comics shop and pick up a physical copy of our issue that you can have and hold forever.
2) While you’re at it, don’t forget to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which helps protect retailers who are brave enough to carry work that some in their communities might consider offensive. You can find signed copies of Saga at the CBLDF site right now.
3) Download the issue directly through sites like https://comics.imagecomics.com or on your non-Apple smartphone or tablet.
4) If all else fails, you might be able to find SAGA #12 in Apple’s iBookstore, which apparently sometimes allows more adult material to be sold than through its apps. Crazy, right?
Anyway, special thanks to Eric Stephenson and everyone at Image for supporting our decision, and for always being so supportive of creators. Sorry again to readers for the inconvenience, but I hope everyone will be able to find an issue that Fiona and I are particularly proud of. And after you do, please check out PanelSyndicate.com , the new digital comics site I own with artist Marcos Martin, which remains 100% uncensored by corporate overlords.
This is shitty and wrong and Apple’s AppStore needs to get out of the censorship business. I don’t need help figuring out what is and isn’t appropriate for me to read; I’m capable of doing that myself. Thanks, though.
Let’s also note that this is all about the sex in question being of the gay variety. There’s plenty of similar hetero sexual content schmeered all over the app store and the iTunes music store. I PROMISE there’s nothing in SAGA more deviant than some of the genuinely diseased shit to appear in William Friedkin’s KILLER JOE, available now for a $5 rent from iTunes. Or enjoy a rental of RE-ANIMATOR for $5, featuring a woman on the receiving end of some nonconsensual oral activity from A FUCKING SEVERED HEAD. But this microscopic image of a dude giving a blow? Apple ain’t having it. And they’ve decided you aren’t either.
By all means, get outraged. But while you’re at it? Get SAGA.
UPDATE: David Steinberger, ComiXology’s CEO, has a post over on their blog about what happened. If I’m reading him correctly, I owe Apple an apology for flying off the handle and getting redass before I knew all the facts. It looks like Apple didn’t reject Saga 12, but that ComiXology anticipated they would reject it, and so did not release it as an in-app purchase. That’s… very different from the initial reports.
I feel a bit schmucky about my reaction and will try and remind myself in the future that it’s almost always to sit back and see how things develop, before responding to the latest internet outrage. Mostly, however, I’m glad to hear that Saga 12 will soon be available as an in-app purchase through the ComiXology app. That’s the proper ending to this thing.Source: mattfractionblog
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