doronjosama: (flames)
Click the cut tag for the picture worth 1000 words, though it's not quite safe for work if you work somewhere conservative.
Read more... )

This is the cover to Heroes For Hire #13.

Marvel claims the rating of the book is appropriate for 12-year-olds.

I call bullshit.

Now, as we all know, I publish pornographic comics. Not just tease comics or pinup comics or sexy comics- hardcore pornography. Poles & holes, money shots, manga-style spurting penii, cartoon boobies bouncing, etc. I am not ashamed of the adult comics my company publishes. This is because I try to be a responsible editor and I believe there should be adult comics out there with consensual sex, women enjoying themselves and not being treated as mere objects, couples in love who can't keep their hands off each other, and the radical idea that sex, in all its forms, should be fun and pleasant and positive. This means it's often difficult to find artists who understand these concepts, and we often have to reject stuff with very nice art that contains things like rape, snuff, extreme violence, and the like.

I looked at this cover for Heroes For Hire and realized that 1) it looks like it belongs on the cover of a porn comic, like Milk and 2) it's a cover I wouldn't even run on Milk, because the women are all obviously in an abused position. That was my initial reaction.

My second reaction was something along the lines of "holy shit, is that Misty Knight?!"

And then I got really mad. Misty Knight was one of those characters that you just sort of encountered in comics when you grew up in the 1970's. She was a butt-kicking powerful black woman, like Pam Grier in Coffy, and she was really cool. Her friend, Colleen Wing, was also a butt-kicking strong woman, though not as cool as Misty, of course. As I recall, Misty and Colleen don't really even have any kind of superpowers, they just kick ass.

So, now even the women without superpowers have to be made powerless and weak? Is that how it is, Marvel? I'm still pissed off that they made Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, a rape survivor. (Because you know, women can't be actualized into doing anything unless they're raped first- hell, before I have to undertake any major task, I have to wander down to the local pool hall in a micro-mini-skirt, in the hopes I'll get raped-into-actualization. Getting the taxes done this year was a nightmare...) I'm still mad they made Storm into some kind of Stepford wife for Black Panther. (Hello, she was worshiped as a goddess in Africa, lead the X-Men and the Morlocks and generally kicked ass, and now she's just a background character for Black Panther?) This is a trend I've been sick of for years, and this cover is just the newest showcase for this kind of crap.

And yeah, that appears to be jizz on the Black Cat's boobs on that cover. The cover aimed at twelve-year-olds. Nicely done, Marvel. We're not allowed to show jizz or genitals on the covers of our porn comics according to Diamond, but Marvel can put a money shot on the cover of a superhero book? Excuse me?!

This is the thing that really bugs me- I saw it at Image, I saw it with the Bad Girl books, now I'm seeing it at Marvel. If they want to do porn comics, they should come right out and do them. This softcore stuff is bullshit, and to my eyes, somehow worse than actually coming right out and doing a full-on adults only title.

Anyway, I have honest porn comics to work on to turn in to the printers, so that's enough ranting outta me.

Oh and PS, I have not spent money on a Marvel comic for years now. I refuse to give them money for anything, since I don't believe in supporting their content or their business decisions. I might only be one person refusing to give them money anymore, but I just can't bring myself to pay for comics I won't enjoy.
doronjosama: (Default)
Click the cut tag for the picture worth 1000 words, though it's not quite safe for work if you work somewhere conservative.
Read more... )

This is the cover to Heroes For Hire #13.

Marvel claims the rating of the book is appropriate for 12-year-olds.

I call bullshit.

Now, as we all know, I publish pornographic comics. Not just tease comics or pinup comics or sexy comics- hardcore pornography. Poles & holes, money shots, manga-style spurting penii, cartoon boobies bouncing, etc. I am not ashamed of the adult comics my company publishes. This is because I try to be a responsible editor and I believe there should be adult comics out there with consensual sex, women enjoying themselves and not being treated as mere objects, couples in love who can't keep their hands off each other, and the radical idea that sex, in all its forms, should be fun and pleasant and positive. This means it's often difficult to find artists who understand these concepts, and we often have to reject stuff with very nice art that contains things like rape, snuff, extreme violence, and the like.

I looked at this cover for Heroes For Hire and realized that 1) it looks like it belongs on the cover of a porn comic, like Milk and 2) it's a cover I wouldn't even run on Milk, because the women are all obviously in an abused position. That was my initial reaction.

My second reaction was something along the lines of "holy shit, is that Misty Knight?!"

And then I got really mad. Misty Knight was one of those characters that you just sort of encountered in comics when you grew up in the 1970's. She was a butt-kicking powerful black woman, like Pam Grier in Coffy, and she was really cool. Her friend, Colleen Wing, was also a butt-kicking strong woman, though not as cool as Misty, of course. As I recall, Misty and Colleen don't really even have any kind of superpowers, they just kick ass.

So, now even the women without superpowers have to be made powerless and weak? Is that how it is, Marvel? I'm still pissed off that they made Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat, a rape survivor. (Because you know, women can't be actualized into doing anything unless they're raped first- hell, before I have to undertake any major task, I have to wander down to the local pool hall in a micro-mini-skirt, in the hopes I'll get raped-into-actualization. Getting the taxes done this year was a nightmare...) I'm still mad they made Storm into some kind of Stepford wife for Black Panther. (Hello, she was worshiped as a goddess in Africa, lead the X-Men and the Morlocks and generally kicked ass, and now she's just a background character for Black Panther?) This is a trend I've been sick of for years, and this cover is just the newest showcase for this kind of crap.

And yeah, that appears to be jizz on the Black Cat's boobs on that cover. The cover aimed at twelve-year-olds. Nicely done, Marvel. We're not allowed to show jizz or genitals on the covers of our porn comics according to Diamond, but Marvel can put a money shot on the cover of a superhero book? Excuse me?!

This is the thing that really bugs me- I saw it at Image, I saw it with the Bad Girl books, now I'm seeing it at Marvel. If they want to do porn comics, they should come right out and do them. This softcore stuff is bullshit, and to my eyes, somehow worse than actually coming right out and doing a full-on adults only title.

Anyway, I have honest porn comics to work on to turn in to the printers, so that's enough ranting outta me.

Oh and PS, I have not spent money on a Marvel comic for years now. I refuse to give them money for anything, since I don't believe in supporting their content or their business decisions. I might only be one person refusing to give them money anymore, but I just can't bring myself to pay for comics I won't enjoy.
doronjosama: (pffft)
I was processing the orders that came in over the last couple of days on the online store, and the last one was fun.

--the person ordered an unusually large quantity of the same adult comic (one that usually never sells)
--the person listed their billing address as being in Ghana (we don't ship to Ghana, or any African countries, actually. Or Indonesia, also known as credit card fraud central...)
--they also listed their shipping address as the exact same address, but in the United Kingdom

This is why we don't have automatic card charging set up on the store and why I run all the cards by hand. It might be a little slower, but when we get fun things like this, I can red flag it better than any fraud protection software ever could, and not even charge the card. (This also helps when we get in an order for hundreds of dollars of adult comics and the name on the card doesn't match the name on the order- we usually call those people and discover they've "borrowed" their parents' cards, and the parents do NOT authorize us to proceed with the transaction. The parents are always *very grateful* that we take such precautions, as well. And usually, it's a situation where the mom/dad has said they could order "a few comics", not the entire runs of Genus and Milk at once.)

Once again, I have saved us from getting chargeback fees! Hooray!
doronjosama: (Default)
I was processing the orders that came in over the last couple of days on the online store, and the last one was fun.

--the person ordered an unusually large quantity of the same adult comic (one that usually never sells)
--the person listed their billing address as being in Ghana (we don't ship to Ghana, or any African countries, actually. Or Indonesia, also known as credit card fraud central...)
--they also listed their shipping address as the exact same address, but in the United Kingdom

This is why we don't have automatic card charging set up on the store and why I run all the cards by hand. It might be a little slower, but when we get fun things like this, I can red flag it better than any fraud protection software ever could, and not even charge the card. (This also helps when we get in an order for hundreds of dollars of adult comics and the name on the card doesn't match the name on the order- we usually call those people and discover they've "borrowed" their parents' cards, and the parents do NOT authorize us to proceed with the transaction. The parents are always *very grateful* that we take such precautions, as well. And usually, it's a situation where the mom/dad has said they could order "a few comics", not the entire runs of Genus and Milk at once.)

Once again, I have saved us from getting chargeback fees! Hooray!

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