U.S. Comix Classix App Censored for iPhone, Not iPad/Android
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Comix Classix: Underground Comics, an app produced to coincide with the Comic-Con International, was censored for "excessively objectionable or crude content” on its iPhone version. 16 images had to be removed from the app before it was passed by Apple. The iPad version of the app was approved uncensored, with warnings about its adult content. It was also passed uncensored on the Android platform.
The censored images which were removed from the iPhone version included drawings by Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, Dennis Kitchen, Will Elder, S. Clay Wilson, Drew Friedman, and Jim Mitchell. Also censored was a page from Reed Waller's and Kate Worley's 1983 strip The Adventures of Omaha The Cat Dancer. Several of the images can be seen at the link in the next paragraph.
Interviewed on the Imprint website, app creator Kim Munson said, “I don't think that Apple actually wanted to censor us. They did, after all, approve the iPad version with no changes, just warnings. It's a shame that the whole irrational attitude people have about depictions of sex in the USA can even make a forward-thinking company like Apple nervous. The Android market doesn't have the same type of screening process, so that was never a problem."
The Comix Classix: Underground Comics app is a co-production between Toura, a platform used by museums for touring exhibitions, and Comic Art Productions and Exhibits (CAPE) which develops comics-themed projects and museum exhibitions.
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