Fuck censorship and fuck Apple.
This is absolutely insane. I’d be pissed off no matter what, but I’m especially furious given how excellent this book is. Seriously, I read like zero comics but this is the first one in years to really grab me. It’s sweet, silly, and the art is surprisingly beautiful. The first two issues (each detailing the adolescent pains and confusion of the two main characters wonderfully through the central hook) are just terrific.
Sure, it could go completely off the rails in the next issue but, so far, it’s great. I guess everyone reading on their iPads won’t get to find out if the quality is kept up.
For what it’s worth, Apple has an appeals process for this kind of thing, but it sounds like Fraction went straight to Twitter after it got flagged in the initial review.
Yeah, it sucks that the culture has a problem with sex and not violence. If you consider the sheer volume of stuff that gets submitted to iTunes, the reviewers aren’t giving each item careful consideration. If something is borderline, they err on the side of rejection. That’s what the appeals process for.
And, if Apple’s decision is final, all this means is you can’t buy the issue via In App Purchase. You can still buy it on the Comixology website, and then download it to your iPad afterward.
Which I’m sure a lot more people will do now, out of protest. $$$
See also: a more sober take on “banning” by Sonia Harris, also of CBR.