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Vancouver Comic Book Store Joins Boycott of Orson Scott Card’s Superman

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Photo Taken by DeAnna Gayomali

Vancouver I Like Comics store owner Chris Simons will refuse to sell the first issue of Adventures of Superman when it is released May 29, 2013 demonstrating his disapproval of DC Comics’ choice of writer and anti-gay activist Orson Scott Card.

Simons is joining the 14,000 signers of this online AllOut petition, similar shops in San Francisco,Dallas, and other places where countless Man of Steel fans are upset with DC Comics’ decision.

Card is a science fiction writer best known for his 1980s novel Ender’s Game.He has also been outspoken about his disapproval of homosexuality and was appointed a board member of National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay marriage organization.

DC’s choice of Card to pen an issue featuring it’s most iconic superhero doesn’t make sense to many of it’s fans. DC’s lesbian superheroine Batwoman has won two awards from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards–the most recent win was in 2012.

DC Comics released this statement to The Advocate:”As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”

Glen Weldon contributing to NPR wrote,”DC Comics has handed the keys to the “Champion of the Oppressed” to a guy who has dedicated himself to oppress me, and my partner, and millions of people like us. It represents a fundamental misread of who the character is, and what he means.”

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3 Responses to “Vancouver Comic Book Store Joins Boycott of Orson Scott Card’s Superman”

  1. Elizabeth

    Interesting topic! I had no idea comics were still thriving. Great picture. I liked the intro with local connection Chris Simons, but you don’t get back to him as your story continues. I would like to hear his opinion on this Card writer in general, and quote from him about why he won’t sell his comics. Also, perhaps voices from comic-enthusiasts about what they think, ideally one from each side of the issue.

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  2. Kyle Cape-Lindelin

    Agreed, very interesting topic, especially since I was a former comic nerd myself. I think it’s a pretty controversal issue and I understand why fans would be pissed about it. However, I don’t think its right to just assume that he’s going to be anti-gay when writing the comic, especially when it hasn’t even been released yet, I think he deserves a chance before everyone gives him so much backlash

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    • DeAnna Gayomali

      Interesting points.That’s definitely a valid point his views might not affect the storyline. I think the issue was he was hired by DC at all when his prejudices are so well known. While I think the readers and vendors have the right to take issue with it, I’m less certain whether DC has the ethical or legal right to choose not to hire him.

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