Apple Bans Saga # 12 Due to Gay Sex Scene

Saga 12

Apple has banned this week’s “Saga # 12” due to what writer Brian K. Vaughan dubs “two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex.” 

In a statement released through Saga co-creator and artist Fiona Staples’ Tumblr,  Vaughan disclosed that Apple isn’t allowing sales of the issue through any iOS apps. The issue will still be on sale through comiXology’s web store and can then by synced to iOS devices, as the digital distributor stated on Twitter.

Vaughan released the following statement on the move:

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.

Your pal,

Brian

This isn’t the first headache a comic outfit has suffered at the hands of Apple’s very closed system of distributing media to its devices, nor is it the first challenge “Saga” has faced in the modern marketplace. In the early days of their own digital comics app, Dark Horse encounted problems getting a number of their series approved by Apple, and late last year, “Saga” was temporarily banned from sales on Amazon as its content was reviewed by the retailer.

But as Apple continues to be a market leader for digital devices, it’s unlikely that this ban or other content issues like it will dissipate any time soon.

Degobot!

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