No Stephen King comics this week, folks, but in lieu of material directly inspired by Uncle Stevie, I've got some stuff that comes from people who've worked with King before.
We'll start with Saga, which is the brainchild of Brian K. Vaughan, the scripter of the upcoming Under the Dome television series. Why am I telling you this, given that you already know it? Easy: I couldn't think of any other way to begin the post. Hey, I'm a hack; what can I say?
But, yes, we are going to be focusing on Saga at the outset today, and I may as well tell you right here, right now: you are going to see penises. Not real ones; they're drawn by Fiona Staples. But whatever solace the easily-offended amongst you might take from the fact that they are made of ink and paper rather than flesh and blood is likely to be offset by what these particular penises are doing. I think we can agree that the result is certainly one of the natural functions for those organs; whether the final destination for the material resulting from that function is natural or not ... well, that's where some of you might be jumping ship tonight.
So if you are opposed to homosexual activity, I'll catch ya next time. Or, if you like, scroll down until you see the cover of an issue of Batman.
It's 'bout to get rainbow-colored up in here.
So, here's what happened: there was, in the days leading up to the release of Saga #12 (Wednesday, April 10, 2013), a controversial happening in which -- due, supposedly, to the graphic depictions of gay oral sex in two panels of the comic -- Apple refused to put the issue for sale on iTunes. If I understand things correctly, what actually happened was this: comiXology, a company which is the primary vendor for digitally-distributed comic books, decided that Apple would probably not approve the content, and decided to simply not even bother submitting it for approval. A day or so later, Apple is all like, "Huh?" and comiXology is all like, "Oops, our bad."