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Issue No. 12 of Saga Comics banned on the iOS app platform over gay sexual content

Apple’s strict terms when it comes to sexual content in apps is very well known. A comic book, Saga is in how water over its “gay-sex” images in issue No.12 of the comic series. Apple has removed the comic from all iOS apps featuring it. The images are allegedly tiny and stamp sized but this didn’t stop Apple from taking quick action in getting the Saga comic off its virtual app shelves.

saga2The offending images are apparently two-porn depictions on a robot’s face display. The comic is written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples and published by Image Comics. Apple has a number of iOS apps that allow users to read digital comics and among these is Image Comics’ app on the iOS platform. The company has removed all references from Issue #12 of Saga from its range of apps ensuring it does not reach users from the App store. A strange development however is that while the comic issue is off app shelves, it is still featured in Apple’s iBookStore that features adult material as well.

Writer Brian Vaughan is understandably upset about the development and has expressed his surprise that Apple should ban this issue while previous issues have displayed more graphic images and yet made it past the screening process for app content. The Saga comic series has been deemed material for mature readers’ right from the first issue and therefore readers will have to expect a certain degree of adult content in each issue. The images of gay-sex have apparently been a step too far, not justifiable even by Saga’s “adult content” tag.

Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples have stated firmly and unequivocally that they will not be editing the issue to remove the offending content. Users who want to download the comic not available through the iOS app platform can access it directly from Image Comics website https://comics.imagecomics.com. Another alternative is to go through Apple’s iBookStore or buy the hardcopy from a comic book store. Users can also download the issue from a non iOS platform like Android.

SOURCE: CNET