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More Shops Announce Boycott Of Anti-Gay Writer's Comic Book

Earlier this month Andy reported that Zeus Comics and Collectibles has decided to not carry the upcoming DC comic 'Adventures of Superman' comic book due to writer Orson Scott Card's extreme anti-gay views. The Whatever store in San Francisco quickly followed suit as did Maryland's Gorilla King Comics.

Si-ott-comicbook-shoppe-300Now even more stores are joining the boycott. A Canadian store, the Comic Book Shoppe, has announced it will pull all of Card's previous books from their two locations and encourage their customers to boycott the Superman comic when it is published in May.

The CBC interviewed the owner of the store who explained why he felt he needed to take action:

"This is a man who wants to criminalize homosexuality," said Rob Spittall, the owner of The Comic Book Shoppe 2 location on Bank Street, not far from Ottawa's gay village.

"Superman is a very iconic character to a lot of the gay community. He's a character that stands for truth, justice and freedom for all, and to see and learn, like I had, about Orson Scott Card … I was astounded to find out that everything there was true," Spittall said.

He made the decision to make Card's work available by special order because some customers take collecting too seriously to stop because of someone's personal beliefs.

"I'm telling my customers I want to boycott this book. You have the freedom of choice whether you want to buy it or not, but we're saying, please don't," Spittall said.

An online petition demanding DC Comics fire Card is fast approaching 16,000 signatures. Click here to sign it yourself.

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  1. Just kiddin' guys. Do you remember Jonathan Swifts remedy for the number of starving children in Victorian England? Eat 'em, he said.
    Has anone considered lining up all the anti-gays and giving 'em some suck? That might conveert THEM to gay freedom, once they realize how great gay oral is.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 25, 2013 11:45:51 AM

  2. Did my first comment just get edited off the site?

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 25, 2013 11:50:39 AM

  3. So mluch for the concept of free speech.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 25, 2013 11:53:52 AM

  4. There is no comparison between Orson Scott Card and those who speak out FOR gay rights. It's like comparing Governor George Wallace who tried to limit the rights of black people (and turned fire hoses and dogs on equality protesters) and Sidney Poitier or someone else who spoke out against racism. One is trying to limit and TAKE AWAY rights from a group while the other is arguing for freedom and inclusion.

    And Card isn't just some author who has made a few minor anti-gay statements. The things he has said are TRULY despicable, calling for the criminalization of homosexuality, saying it's a "choice," and that all gays were molested and that's why they (we) are that way, further suggesting that we "recruit" others by molesting children. He is on the BOARD of NOM, the main group opposing marriage equality, represented by the likes of Maggie Gallagher and Brian Brown.

    Even more, Card's homophobia has infected his "art," such as re-writing Hamlet so that Hamlet's father was a child molester who turned others gay, one of his victims murdered him, and he's trying to trick Hamlet into murdering his stepfather so he'll go to hell and his father can rape him. If Card can do *that* to Shakespeare, what makes you think he'll have any more respect for Superman?

    So far as Harrison Ford being being in the movie, I really just brought that up to demonstrate the caliber of names attached to the project. I doubt he or the other people involved researched the political history of the book's author and movie co-producer. Why would you think to do that? So I don't necessarily blame him for taking part.

    Just like it's only now that the gay community realized that OSC has been writing for DC Comics for a while- this Supermen gig is just the latest. So is someone "bad" for buying products he's worked on in the past, unaware of who they were supporting? I'd say no. But now that people ARE being made aware of Card's involvement in the comics and film AND his politica/religious stance against gays, it DOES matter how they respond.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 25, 2013 12:33:32 PM

  5. Mikey, I have no idea what your comment was, but "free speech" only applied to the GOVERNMENT not being able to stifle you. It has nothing to do with being able to spew whatever sh*t you like in the comments section of a monitored news site/blog.

    Posted by: Caliban | Feb 25, 2013 1:24:09 PM

  6. @bobbyjoe: Is there anything anti-gay in the film? It's not like he was hired by NOM.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 25, 2013 2:07:04 PM

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