Saga dropped from iOS app for gay sex scene

The latest issue of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga has been banned from the ComiXology app because it contains images of gay sex.

Hypocrisy, thy name is censorship.

Brian K. Vaughan (of Y: The Last Man fame) announced Tuesday that Apple has banned the latest issue of his sci-fi epic Saga from the comiXology app because it contains images of gay sex.

Vaughan had this to say about the issue:

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

ComiXology has noted that that the issue is still available on ComiXology.com, just not through direct download from Apple’s app store.

The move is perplexing, and highlights the hypocritical double standard around sexuality that exists in comics and most other mediums.

Comics are an industry based on violence. Superheroes routinely kick the crap out of each other: the Joker can have his face sliced off, and zombies can devour the entrails of half the cast of The Walking Dead. This is all kosher.

But introduce a scene with gay sex (yes, very explicit gay sex, but hey) and people balk. Adding insult to injury – not even a couple of pages later, a character actually explodes, splattering gore everywhere. Why is this okay, but a sex scene isn’t?

In Batman Incorporated #8, Robin – a small child – was murdered. Gutted by an assassin, and extremely explicitly. The industry paraded the move around most major media outlets and the book received widespread attention and praise.

But sex? That’s right out. Sheesh.

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