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We received the final word from RIBBON this morning. As we feared, they suspended our account because of their policy against “adult material.” This is outrageous because their terms and conditions only mentions a restriction on “obscene material and child pornography.” The QUEEROTICA anthology is neither obscene nor illegal. It is a collection of thoughtful and artistically rendered erotic stories. It is no more obscene than a romance novel, and those are all over the damn internet. The only difference is that our characters have queer bodies and identities.
Unfortunately, RIBBON will not budge on their policies. A little too late we learned that other queer erotica artists have also struggled with RIBBON. Please read about prolific gay comics creator Dale Lazarov’s experience here.
He writes: “Six months later, they dumped me without telling me — even though I’d cordially, continually agreed to all the changes they asked of me so I could continue publishing with them during the period following my conversation with their CEO. They blocked me from accessing my sales records when they discontinued my account so I don’t know what they actually owe me, which is excessively punitive. The CEO wouldn’t let me access them, either, when I asked.”
Needless to say, we will not be pushing forward with our RIBBON store. But we offer our story as a warning for anyone who wants to make Queer Erotic work available online! We are contacting Bleeding Cool and other comics tips organizations, because it is important for queer creators to know which online venues are not friendly to us and our work!
BUT FEAR NOT, another option is underway. It may be a few more days before it is ready, but we are confident that it will be a more reliable and easy-to-use option! More details soon, and thanks for your patience.
Reblogging this because BOOOOOO RIBBON. Sorry you guys have to wait a little longer for Queerotica — I’ll send up a signal flare as soon as a store run by not-jerks has been set up :(
Companies with arbitrary no-“adult”-content rules — usually meaning “gratuitous violence and gore and death and stuff is totally fine, but NO HAPPY PEOPLE HAVING CONSENSUAL SEX >:(” — are pretty high on my list of least-favorite-things.
Ugh. I am incredibly disappointed and frustrated with RIBBON. Obviously third-party storefronts have the right to restrict the content they feel comfortable selling, but the fact that Ribbon suspended the Queerotica team’s account after assuring them that their content wouldn’t be a problem reflects poorly on Ribbon as a business. I haven’t been able to verify whether they restrict heterosexual erotica, since searching for “ribbon.co stores” gets me nothing but craft boutique websites, but the fact that other queer cartoonists have had issues with them doesn’t instill me with a ton of confidence. BOOOOOO RIBBON, indeed.
If anybody knows of a good online storefront that has better business practices, please let the Queerotica team know! It’s a fantastic anthology, and everyone should have the chance to read it. :)
State Of The Union, page 11. (Final Page!)
It’s about time we started addressing amphibian rights in this country.
Also, I really recommend reading the whole story on Paul’s tumblr rather than on your tumblr dashboard or Facebook. You can see the images
at a higher resolution in their full glory, as they were meant to be experienced*!
*Well, almost. We’re still working on that 3D technology.
Happy Halloween from me and Paul!
The Hana Doki Kira kickstarter launched today, so I wanted to post a little preview of the work I’ll have in it! This is a tiny chunk of an illustration and the first page of a (related, chronologically taking place later :( ) four-page comic. I love the concept for the book, I’ve been blown away by the quality of work in it, and I’m just thrilled to get to be a part of it all.
Hana Doki Kira is a celebration of all things shoujo, organized by the brilliant Year 85 group and featuring comics and illustrations from 27 artists. Rebecca Mock made a handy masterpost of all the contributors, and a bunch of folks (Leslie Hung, Aimee Fleck, Janet Sung, Megan Brennan, Rebecca, and many more!) have already posted snippets of their work if you want to get a sense of the wide range of gorgeous work in the book! There’ll be more in the HDK tumblr and facebook page over the next few weeks, for sure. Annie (who invited me- thank you!!) mentioned that if Volume 1 is successful, they may be able to take submissions for Volume 2 somewhere down the line, so keep your eyes peeled!
Basically: everyone involved in this is AMAZING and the project is SUPER COOL so you should CHECK IT OUT. If it’s not a good time for you to back the kickstarter financially, every signal boost is a huge help : ) We all really appreciate it!
Oh, man, you guys, I am all about this anthology! I love comics and shoujo and seafoam green, so it’s like it was made especially for me. ♥ I just donated, and if you have a few extra dollars, you guys should, too!
State Of The Union, page nine.
I know I’m missing the point of this page entirely, but I want to adopt, like, twelve of those little hatchlings.
In the last decade, American TV shows and movies have begun to showcase more LGBT characters than ever before. Bisexual viewers, though, may still find representations of their life experiences onscreen rare. Even as complex homosexual television characters multiply, giving viewers The LA Complex’s Tariq, United States of Tara’s Marshall Gregson, and Dexter’s Isaak Sirko, bisexual characters remain more elusive. GLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report reveals that in the 2013-2014 TV season, there are just 24 bisexual recurring or regular characters on all of primetime TV, and 18 of them are women. Look closer, and it becomes clear that even in that small group, portrayals of bisexuality tend to be unrealistic.
The fact that television lacks bisexual characters, especially bisexual men, is well documented: As Josh Eidelson pointed out in The Daily Kos in 2011, it wasn’t easy then to find a bisexual male television character at all. And in early 2012, a Bitch magazine piece by Carrie Nelson highlighted the fact that even when they exist, portrayals of bisexuality are often deeply flawed. (Glee ignored the perspective of high-school glee-club star Blaine Anderson, she wrote, in favor of a plot that saw him get tossed back and forth between his gay and straight love interests.) And most recently, Slate’s June Thomas covered the increase in bisexual women on television, mentioning that in shows like House of Lies—where “being bisexual is mostly about being hot and uninhibited”—many bisexual women are still portrayed as performers, and their audience is considered straight men.
“Additionally, as Eidelson theorized, some male viewers may be more threatened by the concept of bisexual men than homosexual men because it essentially defies heteronormativity in a different way than homosexuality does. “
I really enjoyed this article. More like this please!
This Atlantic article is a fantastic, frank discussion of the good and the bad aspects of several different bisexual characters on TV right now. It also nicely sums up one of the issues I have with Orange Is the New Black. Why is that, in a show where the main character has onscreen relationships with men and women, not a single person ever uses the b-word? (“Bisexual”, that is, not “bitch”.) It’s one thing for Piper to not self-identify as bisexual, but the word is literally never used, even for Piper to refute it. As the article points out, everybody defaults to “former lesbian,” which is problematic for a number of reasons—not only does it reinforce the idea that you can only be either gay or straight, but it also plays into the “lesbian until you meet the right man” trope. The article does a great job breaking this down.
As far as the other shows mentioned go, I guess I’m gonna have to suck it up and give Once Upon a Time another try. (I thought I was out of it, but the internet keeps pulling me back in!) I’ll be honest, though—I’m pretty skeptical that True Blood contains nuanced portrayal of anything these days. It’ll take more than this article to get me to go back to that hot mess.
Long story short (well, too late for that): read this! It’s great!
State Of The Union, page 8.
Gettin’ real about the prevalence of bat ranchers in government. These are tough truths, (lizard)people.