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I don't know if any of you were catching this, the general run down is:

. Self-published Saga #12 contains rude material
. It isn't available on the Apple store
. Writer Brian K Vaughn raises hell over this
. The internet catches fire
. Saga 12 is now available on the apple store

Yesterday's frame over these facts is that Apple banned it because of TEH GAY.
Today's frame is that Comixology thought that Apple would ban it (but not because of TEH GAY, jesus what are you thinking?) but it turns out that they won't hooray everyone go home now.

Much appears to be still unclear, a post from <a href="http://4thletter.net/2013/04/comixology-played-itself-and-its-audience-over-saga-12/";>David Brothers</a> asks some pertinent questions, and there is a very scathing takedown of internet journalism in the comments.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:41 (nine years ago) link

Also: I cannot remember to hit the 'Convert Simple HTML to BBcode' button to save my life.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 11 April 2013 11:42 (nine years ago) link

Can we talk about the series too? It's still the best-looking comic on the market, but feel like it's been stalling since issue 5 or 6, which seems way too early for water-treading.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:00 (nine years ago) link

What? The introduction of Gwendolyn and Marko's parents? The release of Slave Girl? Good stuff has happened, though that whole giant-monster-in-egg thing was quite weird and underdeveloped. Also, so glad Lying Cat made it!

Frederik B, Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:12 (nine years ago) link

I read 1-12 last night and holy crap this is so good!

The Complete Afterbirth of the Cool (WilliamC), Friday, 12 April 2013 13:45 (nine years ago) link

I read a reprint of issue one recently and thought it was only alright, but I am finding all comics a bit unexciting these days.

I have no fixed opinion on the Saga Saga. If Apple opt not to sell it, could people have obtained it from somewhere else? If so then maybe the Saga Saga was a controversy of no great import. If not then maybe it raises important points.

The New Dirty Vicar, Sunday, 21 April 2013 18:01 (nine years ago) link

Ok, the last issue seems to have gotten the story out of its (mild) rut. The pattern of character grace notes followed by sudden death (poor mousy) is getting a bit obvious though.

Chuck_Tatum, Sunday, 21 April 2013 20:59 (nine years ago) link

I have no fixed opinion on the Saga Saga. If Apple opt not to sell it, could people have obtained it from somewhere else?

The ability to obtain it somewhere else was a major part of the Saga Saga

Devendra Bumhat (sic), Sunday, 21 April 2013 23:10 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

I just read the big book covering issues 1-18 and liked it a lot. It's like a weird collision of Incal-style surrealism with dialog out of a Joss Wheadon show. Now I'm debating if I should track down the rest of the individual issues or wait how-ever-many-years until the next big collection comes out. I suspect I'll be frustrated reading issue-to-issue because they seem very short and don't come out very often.

The back of the book includes a feature describing the process of creating the comic. It surprised me how much of the art is done in Photoshop. Basically everything besides initial thumbnail sketches. I guess this is probably standard practice but I don't know a lot about how comics are made these days.

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Sunday, 11 January 2015 16:47 (seven years ago) link

thus far BkV has proven good at getting a story going but he seems to inevitably start jamming in "bottle episodes" when the whole thing should start wrapping up and then he botches the landing
but this is his first one of these for image, maybe he's not gonna be goaded to pad the plot to sell more issues and will find better closure. i'm a little skeptical.
anyways, this is good enough to merit buying trades at the moment imo

shmup....smug....shmub....shmug.... (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 14 January 2015 07:26 (seven years ago) link

four weeks pass...

bored now

resulting post (rogermexico.), Thursday, 12 February 2015 05:58 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

really really bored now

resulting post (rogermexico.), Friday, 12 June 2015 18:04 (seven years ago) link

yeah, BKV does tend to go on and on

WilliamC, Friday, 12 June 2015 18:16 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

Someone gave me the 1st tpb of this a while back and I get that it's supposed to be good but I can't stand looking at this fuckers horns.

how's life, Sunday, 6 May 2018 12:39 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

enjoying the first big tpb (I'd read individual issues of 1-6 awhile ago) - Moodles otm above. Not excited about this just dragging on aimlessly forever though...

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 17:00 (four years ago) link

It’s still good - up and down but much more consistent than Y or ExM or even Runaways. Actually it’s the only comic I’m being as a floppy right now - I think it reads better issue-to-issue. The single issues feel substantial enough (in part cuz of the art) and the cliffhangers are good.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:04 (four years ago) link

I lost interest in this because of the big gaps, I'll wait until the whole thing wraps up and read it then.

louise ck (milo z), Thursday, 12 July 2018 05:35 (four years ago) link

Its pretty easy to catch up! Basically it's always just the three leads, whoever's chasing them, and a bunch of NPCs who might be trustworthy OR NOT. Kind of like the Walking Dead model, but without being fucking terrible.

Tbh you could skip the catch-up and just jump in wherever.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 12 July 2018 13:18 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

oh dang it’s still going?

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Thursday, 11 July 2019 02:20 (three years ago) link

Halfway?! It's been freewheeling for at least a year before the hiatus.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:06 (three years ago) link

I'd assumed it was ending much sooner, not least because they're running out of people to kill.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 11 July 2019 13:55 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

So this is good? I should get?

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:23 (two years ago) link

What do you usually enjoy in comics?

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:44 (two years ago) link

Entertaining melodrama.

WmC, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 18:59 (two years ago) link

Terrific character design, really good artwork.

WmC, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 19:01 (two years ago) link

I don’t even remember if it’s good. The cat’s great tho.

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:27 (two years ago) link

It’s fun, it’s suspenseful, the art is spectacular, characters die but it’s never Walking Dead-style misery porn, and Vaughan gets the balance right between plottiness and character-driven meandering that eluded him for Y. It’s great, I recommend it!

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 16 October 2019 23:19 (two years ago) link

^^^ This

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:35 (two years ago) link

But definitely read in trades, I would say.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:36 (two years ago) link

As a trade reader, I wish I'd read in issues - every nine months I had to pick up the previous trade or two to remember where everyone was.

I was going to say "this is less of an issue now that it's ending", but I guess I just made that up - apparently the gap after 54 was just the half-time?

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 17 October 2019 08:36 (two years ago) link

I like the single issues because cliffhangers

I hear Paper Girls was excellent also

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 17 October 2019 15:38 (two years ago) link

Liked Paper Girls a lot. Nice sweetbitter ending, and fun characters along the way. As with The Wicked and the Divine, last trade just released, so you can read the whole series in one go.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 17 October 2019 16:54 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Back in January 2022, apparently

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:11 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

And we’re back!

New status quo, the return of some familiar faces.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 27 January 2022 05:03 (eight months ago) link

Whoa, I gotta check my subscription.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 27 January 2022 05:05 (eight months ago) link

Ahhhh. I only buy the trades but this is great news

mardheamac (gyac), Thursday, 27 January 2022 09:46 (eight months ago) link

Years ago, someone gave me the first tpb as a present and I really didn't like it. The dialog seemed very forced to me and I just didn't like looking at the dude with sheep horns. Sorry Marko, they just freak me out. I went back to that first tpb a few times and could never bring myself to continue.

Yesterday, I stopped by my comic shop to pick up my pullbox and everybody was hyping the hell out of this. They gave me a free copy of the new issue with my regular comics! And the dude handed me my stack and I was like "yeahhhh, Saga's really not my thing..." and then the two employees who were standing there got kinda sad looks on their face and I kinda had to be like "...but I'll read it! I'll read it!" And then when I got up to the cash register, the woman there was like "Yes! Saga! I'm so glad it's back!" I just opened my dumb mouth and was like "Yeah, I'm really not into it but they gave me this copy for free back there..." And then she looked disappointed.

peace, man, Thursday, 27 January 2022 13:23 (eight months ago) link

I do wish I enjoyed it, because I want to learn more about the Lying Cat.

peace, man, Thursday, 27 January 2022 14:49 (eight months ago) link

It’s all good. Not everything is for everyone.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 27 January 2022 21:51 (eight months ago) link

Library's Hoopla is e-releasing the singles on publication. I'm happy there's no delay for the borrowing crowd.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 31 January 2022 15:35 (eight months ago) link

My whole run got mushed in a flood last year

Excited to have this back though!

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 3 February 2022 05:07 (seven months ago) link

Fiona Staples is the bomb. I love the way she draws facial expressions and bodies.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Friday, 4 February 2022 15:50 (seven months ago) link


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