Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ “Saga #12”, published by Image Comics was the center of controversy earlier in the week. Vaughan issued a press release stating “because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s “Saga #12″ from being sold through any iOS apps,” specifically comiXology’s app and the Image Comics app. However, the next day, comixology CEO David Steinberger released a statement saying Apple did not reject “Saga # 12”.
“As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps,” Steinberger said. “Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.”
Comic Book Resources announced that in the wake of the issues surrounding “Saga” #12, Image Comics asked that previously-unavailable-on-iOS comics “Black Kiss II” by Howard Chaykin, Rick Remender and Tony Moore’s “XXXombies” and Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski’s recently-released “Sex” #1 be revisited. As a result, all three are now currently available on both comiXology and the Image Comics iOS app.
“Before this past wednesday, ‘Black Kiss II,’ ‘XXXombies’ and ‘Sex’ #1 were not available in the comiXology app or the Image Comics iOS app (powered by comiXology),” Image Comics Director of Business Development told CBR. “We were told they were violation Apple’s guidelines. For some reason, ‘Sex’ #2 didn’t have this problem, nor any previous issue of ‘Saga’ or any issue of ‘The Walking Dead’ (Which is full of violence and mature content). After ‘Saga’ #12 was approved, we asked that ‘Sex’ #1, ‘Xxxombies’ and ‘Black Kiss II’ be revisited and now all 3 are live in the comiXology app and the Image Comics iOS app.”
It’s currently unknown whether the three Image titles in question were in the same situation as “Saga” #12, which comiXology believed could not be made available in its app based on its own understanding of Apple’s policies for apps and books offered in apps.