Best gay blog. Towleroad Wins Award

Superheroes Hub



04/19/2007


DC Comics Artist Refuses to Illustrate Homophobe Orson Scott Card's 'Superman' Comic, Leaves Project

Superman

Artist Chris Sprouse won't be illustrating a DC Comics story written by uber-homophobe sci-fi writer Orson Scott Card because of public outrage over Card's involvement, AND, the story has been pulled from the first issue, USA Today reports:

"It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I've decided to step back as the artist on this story," Sprouse said in a statement released Tuesday. "The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that's something I wasn't comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them."

Due to the creative change, the Card story will not appear in the first collected issue out May 29. Instead, it will feature a story by writer Jeff Parker and artist Chris Samnee, as well as a tale by Jeff Lemire and one by writer Justin Jordan and artist Riley Rossmo.

DC is also looking for a replacement illustrator for Card's story.

DC Comics said it supported Sprouse's departure and is looking for a replacement.


Robert Downey Jr. and The New 'Iron Man 3' Trailer Have Arrived: VIDEO

Ironman

Looking pretty boss.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Robert Downey Jr. and The New 'Iron Man 3' Trailer Have Arrived: VIDEO" »


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

6a00d8341c730253ef017d40dfcb92970c-500wi
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.


Comic Store Owner Explains His Decision to Not Carry DC Comics 'Superman' Written by Orson Scott Card: VIDEO

Comic

This morning I reported that Richard Neal at Dallas-based Zeus Comics and Collectibles decided not to carry the new DC Comics series 'Adventures of Superman' because of the involvement of uber-homophobe writer Orson Scott Card.

Doug Magditch at NightcapTV interviewed Neal about his decision.

Said Neal: “Superman stands for broader ideals, including inclusion of gays and lesbians and the rest of the world. Why would you hire a writer that is such a bigot? Why is it okay to be a bigot today?”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Neal noted that Card often inserts his political views into his comics.

Jeremy Hooper points out a post from artist Ben Bates and writer Ryan Sohmer imagining what Card's vision for Superman might be like:

Doom

Continue reading "Comic Store Owner Explains His Decision to Not Carry DC Comics 'Superman' Written by Orson Scott Card: VIDEO" »


Dallas, San Francisco Retailers Boycott DC Comics' 'Adventures of Superman' Over Orson Scott Card Involvement

Superman

Last week I reported that DC Comics had hired uber-homophobe Orson Scott Card to write their digital-first series 'Adventures of Superman'. Retailers are now responding to outcry from readers, GeeksOut reports.

The first is Richard Neal at Dallas-based Zeus Comics and Collectibles. The second is the Whatever Store in San Francisco.

Zeus  Whatever

Since my first report, an AllOut petition was created to get DC comics to dump card.

And DC Comics responded with a statement to the Advocate suggesting that they'll keep him on  "As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself."

Meanwhile, NOM's Brian Brown is exploding with rage:

“This is completely un-American and it needs to be stopped,” Brown said. “Simply because we stand up for traditional marriage, some people feel like it’s okay to target us for intimidation and punishment.”

Brown called the attacks on Card frightening and said it’s another example of gay rights activists trying to punish those who believe marriage should be a union between a man and woman.

“Marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Brown said. “That is not hateful. That is not bigoted.”

He said it’s not the first time gay activists have tried to have people fired for their personal beliefs. He recalled the story of a waitress in California who gave money to Proposition Eight. Pro-gay activists set up picket lines at the restaurant calling for her ouster.

“We can disagree on core issues – but we can do so in such a way where we don’t try to hurt or intimidate each other,” Brown told Fox News.


Obama Caught in Spider-Man's Web: PHOTO

Spiderman_obama

Let's see Obama get out of this one.

(via reddit, official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Trending



Towleroad - Blogged