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Even without Card comic, stores raise funds for Freedom to Marry

adventures of superman1aThe February announcement that Orson Scott Card would write a chapter of DC Comics’ new digital-first Adventures of Superman anthology sparked controversy in some circles, as readers and retailers objected to the sci-fi author’s anti-gay activism. Card isn’t just an outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, he is a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, a group that lobbies against marriage equality.

At the time, several retailers announced they would not carry the comic, while others felt that refusing to carry the title would be tantamount to censorship.

The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, California, figured out a graceful way around the controversy: It would sell Card’s comic and donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the group Freedom to Marry, which supports legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. The owners of Illusive Comics and Games, in Santa Clara, decided to do the same. And then DC got a reprieve of sorts, when artist Chris Sprouse dropped out of the project and Card’s story was postponed indefinitely.

The first issue of Adventures of Superman was released this week with some fanfare but no controversy. Nonetheless, the co-owners of The Comic Bug, Jun Goeku and Mike Wellman, will donate 20 percent of this week’s profits to Freedom to Marry, and Illusive will do the same.

“The customers who shop at The Comic Bug are from all walks of life and with this week’s fundraiser, we want to let them know that we embrace them all,” Goeku told The Beach Reporter. Both shops will also have a jar for customers who want to make a further donation to the cause.



I believe Floating World Comics in PDX had a similar event yesterday (attended by Jeff Parker) to benefit (see

That’s great of them!

It was a fun issue.

I’ve heard really good things about the issue, so I’m having my comic shop hold me a copy. That said, this new digital first thing . . . I’m wondering if it helps sparks more print sales . . . I’d like to know if it does so. Anything to get more people reading more comics. Controversies don’t have any place in the comic book industry . . . comics used to be about the way we saw ourselves, hopefully as heroes . . . it would be nice to see a return to that.

Yup l wish DC would sack up and straight out say if they have cancelled OSC’s story or not.. So tired of everything turning into gay rights, there are more important issues.

Not that I support Card’s beliefs or anything crazy like that, but how come no one had a fit and boycotted his work for Marvel a few years back?

@Alkaidswrath: Obviously SOMEONE (ie, YOU) wasn’t paying attention back then. There WERE people boycotting his work for Marvel, but he hadn’t gone off the rails with his calls to overthrow the government, if necessary, to prohibit same-sex marriage. At the time, he was “merely” equating homosexuality with pedophilia.

The following is part of what Card wrote in 2008 (conveniently AFTER his work at Marvel was over–you’ll note that the adaptations of his works, especially the Ender books, have been written/scripted by other people):

“Because when government is the enemy of marriage, then the people who are actually creating successful marriages have no choice but to change governments, by whatever means is made possible or necessary. . . .

How long before married people answer the dictators thus: Regardless of law, marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down, so it can be replaced with a government that will respect and support marriage, and help me raise my children in a society where they will expect to marry in their turn.”

Now, I suppose if he’d been this bat-shit crazy in 2004 (right after Dubya had called for Congress to pass an amendment banning same-sex marriage nationwide), Marvel would NOT have offered him the chance to work for the company. But the simple fact remains that LGBT groups and individuals DID call for boycotts against Card’s “Ultimate Iron Man”–it’s just that no one other than “the gays” cared about it.

You might also want to remember that, in 2005, probably less than 15% of the country supported same-sex marriage and it was legal in only ONE state (with civil unions being legal in only one other jurisdiction). However, when DC made the announcement of Card’s working on “Adventures of Superman,” support for same-sex marriage (aka “marriage equality”) was approaching 50% by most polls–with more than 50% in other polls–and is now even supported by a near-majority of Republicans (especially younger Republicans).

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