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Apple Rejects ‘Sex Criminals’ #3, Retroactively Removes Issue #1 From The iOS Marketplace

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Last month Sex Criminals writer Matt Fraction revealed via Twitter that the second issue of his and artist/co-creator Chip Zdarksy's acclaimed new series would not be available for in-app purchase via the ComXology app or anything else in Apple’s iOS marketplace. Sex Criminals is, as the title would suggest, at times a sexually explicit comic. So while it was disappointing, it wasn't overly surprising to learn that Apple would not make issue #2 or #3 available given the App Store's notoriously nebulous content guidelines, through which all downloadable content must pass. The surprise came when, as noted yesterday by Zdarsky, Apple not only rejected the upcoming issue #3 from iOS devices, but retroactively removed issue #1 as well, once again calling into question a curation policy that can best be described as consistently inconsistent.

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Ennis and Robertson’s ‘The Boys’ Banned in Qatar

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Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson and Russ Braun's The Boys is a series that makes a point out of mining the darker underbelly of the superhero genre, in the process exposing more violent and sexual elements than many are comfortable with... including, it seems, o

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Link Ink: New ‘Arrow’ Promo, New Yorker Nipples And Plastic Gordon Freeman

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TV: Oliver Queen discusses his double identity in The CW's latest Arrow promo.

Censorship: A New Yorker cartoon depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was removed by Facebook for violating its terms of service for showing nipples.

Movies: The cinematic sequel to 300 (itself an adaptation of Fran

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Link Ink: Tobey Maguire Signs For ‘Cardboard’ Film, The Pros And Cons Of ‘Dredd 3D’ And G4 Rebrands

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Movies: Former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire has signed on to voice the leading role in Fox Animation's adaptation of Doug TenNapel's Cardboard OGN.

Censorship: Matthew Loux's Sidescrollers OGN from Oni has been removed from the Enfield, Connecticut school district's ninth grade summer reading list after a complaint from a parent about its profanity and sexual references.

TV: G4 is rebranding with more sophistication in

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Pakistan Blocked Twitter Access on Everybody Draw Mohammed Day

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May 20 was the third annual Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, the event in which artists depict the Prophet Mohammed in cartoon form to protest censorship and extremist threats (The event was created by cartoonist Molly Norris in 2010 in response to the death threats received by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for attempting to feature the figure in their Comedy Central series). If you live in Pakistan, however, you wouldn't have seen any mention of this on Twitter yesterday, because government reg

Iranian Cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraye Sentenced to 25 Lashes for Satirical Cartoon

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Amid stories of movie box office records being broken, the latest developments in superhero civil wars and the usual comic book ephemera, here's a news story that puts everything in perspective: Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraye has been sentenced to 25 lashes for daring to draw a caricature of a local politician that wasn't appreciated by its subject.

Shokraye created the satirical

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Amazon Pulls, Then Returns, Yaoi Manga Publisher To Kindle For Mysterious Reasons

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All manga is not pornography. When put like that, it just sounds like common sense, doesn't it? Sadly, it's an argument that one manga publisher had to make when Amazon suspended the entire Kindle output from Digital Manga Publishing, Inc. due to an un

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Newspapers Drop ‘Doonesbury’ Strips Dealing with Transvaginal Sonograms

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Several newspapers around the United State have decided not to publish the popular satirical comic Doonesbury by Gary Trudeau this week because of strips dealing with the transvaginal ultrasounds now mandated for any woman who wishes to have an abortion in the state of Texas, thanks to a bill that was signed into law last year by Texas Governor and former presidential candidate Rick Perry.

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‘Liberty’ Trading Cards by Comics Creators Raise Funds For The CBLDF

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There are a number of outlets to support the comic book community's first line of defense against censorship, but at $3.50 a pack, Cryptozoic Entertainment's Liberty trading cards might be one of the easiest ways to raise money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Arriving in stores this Tuesday, September 13, each pack of five cards (and one nine-card chase set) dra

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Why Comics Get Confiscated at the Canadian Border (And How to Protect Yours)

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As reported last week, comics owned by cartoonist Tom Neely and Sparkplug publisher Dylan Williams were confiscated by authorities at the Canadian border as potentially obscene material while they traveled together to the Toronto Comics Art Festival (TCAF). We spoke with Neely and CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein and combed through Canadian customs documentation to get the details on how this happe

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