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A Statement on Apple’s Banning of SAGA #12 from Brian K. Vaughan


For immediate release:

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 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, the new digital comics site I own with artist Marcos Martin, which remains 100% uncensored by corporate overlords. 

Your pal,

Image Comics adds: If you download the file, you can then sync it to your iOS device.

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    But they backed down, right? Aha, here is more clarification. X Although given Apple’s policies, I’m not surprised at...
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    Another strange moment of tech companies becoming an arm of, if not government, then assumed small-minded societal...
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    I purchased it at and was able to download it to my iPad just fine. Hollow threat from Apple?
  10. authorx reblogged this from rozyncrantztheory and added:
    Didn’t actually happen: Brian K. Vaughan’s ‘Saga No. 12′ Coming to App Store Comixology assumed on their own that Apple...
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    Noticed some reblogs of this; I feel it should be noted that I posted the Comixology statement about 15 minutes later,...
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    Think I’m gonna buy an extra copy and give it to someone with an iOS device.
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    Apple has a porn problem.
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    Not Marvel, but this is important.
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