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ComiXology pulls 56 digital comics from iOS app [Updated]

sex1ComiXology has removed 56 titles from its iOS app this week — they range from Angry Youth Comix to Sex to The Boys: Herogasm — to adhere to Apple App Store policies. They’re still available for purchase from comiXology.com.

“In order to comply with the Apple App Store guidelines regarding adult or inappropriate content, some new releases were rejected for our iOS app this week,” a statement on the comiXology blog reads. “In addition, certain previously released titles that fall outside of these guidelines were also rejected and will be removed from sale.”

The announcement comes a little more than a month after the digital-comics distribution platform rejected Saga #12 in an effort to adhere to Apple policies, an action originally attributed to the computer giant. In the aftermath, Image asked that Black Kiss II, XXXombies and Sex #1 be revisited, resulting in all three being approved for the comiXology and Image Comics iOS apps. Now, however,  all three have been removed.

The list of removed titles also includes Jess Fink’s Chester 5000, Reed Waller and Kate Worley’s classic Omaha the Cat Dancer, Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit and the gay-comics anthology No Straight Lines, which features the work of Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse and Eric Shanower, among others.

Update (11:50 a.m.): ComiXology contacted ROBOT 6 to clarify that it was notified by Apple that those titles didn’t meet the App Store content guidelines, and therefore were pulled from the iOS app.

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SO, they’re still available, just from Comixology.com, but not the Comixology app ?

You can still download them on the Comixology App, you just have to buy them through the Comixology website first. It’s bullshit (and hypocritical) Apple censorship, not anything Comixology is doing.

Kyle Albanese

May 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

All you have to do is buy the titles on Comixology.com and you can still sync them and read them on iOS devices. The restriction just prevents them from being purchased on iOS devices. Frankly, the best way to get Apple to change this policy is subscribe and buy all your comics either in print form or directly from Comixology, that way you can still enjoy the app but apple doesn’t get its 30% of the sales.

Buy from the Comixology website whenever possible. More money to creators. Less to Apple.

Digital comics suck a**

So, did Apple tell them to remove these titles or did Comixology decide to interpret Apple’s content guidelines using their own, rather inconsistent, judgement?

Apple’s well within its rights to restrict what content is distributed via its store. It’s not a public platform, not a public space. They have no obligation to allow any and all content.

However, I don’t understand why Comixology is going back and forth on this with certain titles. If you make something available to purchase, then remove it later, you are doing it wrong. Get it together, Comixology!

Michael Sacal

May 23, 2013 at 11:27 am

Another reason digital sucks.

If you can’t buy them with the Apple app. (you shouldn’t anyway), check if your local comic shop is set up with comixology and buy them through their web site. Let your local shop get a taste.

On a side note, since comixology won’t download to a pc, has anyone figured out a workaround for being able to download and save more than 64 gig of comics?

Recommendation on tablets?

Curious why this story isn’t getting more play on the web. During the Saga debacle, Apple came out and said that comic didn’t violate any policies. If a graphic money shot is fine, I wonder what these comics could have possibly done to get pulled?

Go to any of the torrent sites and download the comics you bought from there. Piratebay and kick ass torrents are really good for that

Given that I can always go back and re-download anything that I’ve bought from Comixology, I don’t need all that much memory. As soon as I’ve read the story, I delete it off the ipad. The one exception would be if it’s a continued story, I’ll often keep the previous issue to re-read along with the new story.

Don’t meet the App Store guidelines, but hey perfectly fine for Apple to sell themselves, at least in the case of Sex, all issues of which are available through the iBookstore.

Kevin Doolittle

May 24, 2013 at 2:33 am

@ Ron C.: I’m not sure exactly where you got the idea you can’t download your Comixology purchases to a pc. I have not had any problem downloading them. They’re just in digital form, not in any kind of PDF format, you know. Also, if you happen to have a Windows8 PC, there is a free Comixology app available in the Windows Store where you can download quite a few issues from the cloud to the pc.

You don’t even need a PC to buy from the website, it works fine from the ios browser, which is how i buy. They even have a link you can use after purchasecthat takes you right into the app to downloadcyour new purchases.

“Digital comics suck a**”

No. Anything that grows the audience for comics is good, and I much prefer digital comics for things I’d like to read but not collect. There are already too many comics in my house.

Anyway, this debate has been had many times. The digital audience is growing and will only continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I don’t see the problem as long as print and digital comics continue to coexist.

I know I can read my comixology books on my pc but I can’t download them and read them offline.

I can download them to my IPad but I’m limited by storage and every time a new issue comes out I have to remove the previous issue to make room. I want to be able to carry my collection with me so I can read what I want, when I want to. Since I can’t save them in any other portable format, I need lots of storage.

When I wanted to re-read Walking Dead I had to delete a ton of stuff from my IPad and even then I could only download a group at a time. Also, waiting to re download books sucks because this does not always go quickly.

Digital comics are supposed to be convenient, yet having to re download books every time you want to read them is the equivalent of having to dig through 30 boxes of comics to find all the parts of a story.

I love how Apple gets to dodge a bullet for being full of it. Dodging taxes: bank of America= Satan, Apple= well the corporate tax structure is unfair. Unsafe overseas factories: NIKE= Osama Bin Laden, Apple= well they are forced overseas by unfair corporate laws… and now, b.s. censorship: All other American media outlets: censorship=uptight American Bible belt religious nuts. Apple= Apple is well within its rights. Well so was David Koresh but they burned his cult to the ground.

it via the comixology site anyways. I started that three weeks ago when I realized I could cut Apple’s tax dodging a$$e$ out of the loop.

And on another note, digital comics are a great way to get books out there. I lost so much stuff and had to transport so much more after hurricane Sandy that I almost stopped collecting.

As for downloading illegally, I won’t say it isn’t tempting, but at the same time, I get so depressed when great books get cancelled for low sales, and then I find that they have such a huge following on the various torrent sites that I frequent.

Hollywood will keep making crappy movies regardless of how bad a movie tanks (Green Lantern Sequel?) But comics are always on a razor thin line.

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