Well this is a weird one. If you know what statements I made on twitter why wouldn’t you just ask me on twitter? Anyway, no, obviously I fucking won’t do that. That is crazy as hell. I am not sure what statements you think I should be retracting but I will attempt to respond to this as best I can.
Firstly, just because Comixology made a statement in the face of an uproar does not mean I take it at face value. I don’t know what happened really, but it is odd to pull a very profitable book because you “guessed” that your business partners wouldn’t like it. At best this is a small mistake for Comixology and Apple but could be a huge one for Fiona Staples, Brian Vaughan, and Image. So no, that is not a reason to sing the praises of Comixology and Apple. They fucked up. People called them out on it. That’s what is supposed to happen.
Now I made two statements about SAGA. The one I liked more was the one where I told Applebee’s to fuck off, stick to Onion Bursts, and leave Saga alone. I wouldn’t apologize for that because it was comedy gold.
The other statement was something along the lines of “I know it’s already been said but nothing good comes from the corporate control of art.” If that is what you are referring to obviously that is not something I would retract. That is art 101. That is basic humanity. Yesterday Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples got fucked over by some weird corpo bullshit. It turns out that bullshit was Comixology guessing what Apple wanted? Well guess what? That is bad for both of them. Why does Apple have rules that their business partners have to guess at? Why do their business partners assume they are at best anti-sex and at worst homophobic? And why does Comixology self-censor rather than letting Apple decide what is ok for Apple? Why do the small people on the totem (and the people who make the thing they all profit off of) get fucked over by guesswork and vague, semi-enforced, and seemingly random guidelines? Now my shot was not specific to Apple or Comixology (both corporations who profit off other people’s art) anymore than it was to Best Buy, NBC, Disney, or any other multitude of corporations who profit from, censor, and control peoples art. However it is interesting that alien sex, lesbian sex, robot sex, orgies, and monster genitals do not set off whatever red flags went off. I am not a conspiracy theorist but my guess is someone, somewhere saw a dick they didn’t like on the pages of SAGA and decided their day would be easier if nobody else saw it. They were clearly wrong. Their day probably sucked. Either way that is not a healthy way to treat art (or business for that matter).
All of that is ignoring the fact that all of this is over a drawing of a dick. What a sad, sad shame that we can see all of the violence, hate, and degradation that these companies can pass through their doors but a picture of a perfectly nice thing to do to a dick makes them freak out. Maybe that is American culture’s fault and they just react, but someone, let’s call them Brian and Fiona, thought it was ok. I will side with them on this because it is. We are adults. Let’s not be scared to act like it and treat each other like it.
Now I don’t have any problem with Comixology. I have some good friends who work there, they have always been nice to me, and I think they do a good job of expanding the comic audience. That doesn’t mean that when they fuck up they are beyond reproach. And as for Apple, they devalue art while robbing artists, they contribute to a level of material elitism that is borderline dangerous, their culture of planned obsolescence is environmentally catastrophic, and they make overpriced shit using near slave labor. So fuck them. Fuck them with all the dicks they don’t want you to see.
In the end though, the real point is neither of these corporations know I said anything. It didn’t impact them in any way. And even if they knew it wouldn’t matter because they don’t have feelings. But Brian and Fiona and the fans of SAGA who were mistreated do. So I said some pretty mild shit in defense of artists against faceless corporations. No apologies. Seems like I bummed you out and I guess I am sorry about that. But my advice to you is maybe start worrying a little less about the corporations who might have got their feelings hurt and a little more about the almost infinite amount of shit that is worth worrying about in this world.
And if you are the social media person from Applebees, I am sorry. It was a joke. Your food sucks though.