A turn around in the entire SAGA affair just won’t allow the dust to settle, let alone the pinnacle to peak.
After a nearly 24-hour period, the news that Apple put a ban on the newest SAGA issue has a wholly different forward due to the upfront enlightenment by comiXology.
ComiXology’s CEO David Steinberger clarifies by a post on the digital comics provider’s blog that it wasn’t Apple instigating a ban, on top of foremost the removal of issue 12 for depictions of gay sex.
In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due to depictions of gay sex. This is simply not true, and we’d like to clarify.
As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps. 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.
Between yesterday and this afternoon, comic book enthusiasts and professionals alike shared their reactions on social media, blogs and trade sites over the aforementioned bombshell that was the SAGA ban. Since this was the first removal of the Image Comics series despite past explicit sexuality within the storyline, the factor seemed to gather notoriety that the singular censorship was due to the gay content. A matter that instantly seemed to get caught up in the social torrent that has current news headlines as a much viewed barometer for political climes to come.
Under Steinberger’s titled “Concluding the SAGA #12 saga”, he goes on to cite that despite the outcry over any supposed affront on homosexuality, that “We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.”
Reactions to the news tinges on the apologetic, and still adds increasing commentaries on comics art.
Steinberger’s post also confirms that no. 12 of SAGA is back for availability on Apple’s iOS products.
Sex and fiction enters an entirely new spectrum on the national conversation, but it could be said by all it would be difficult to foresee comic books extrapolating the household forefronts to quite the overview.