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Brian K. Vaughan Talks The Possibility, However Remote, Of A Saga Movie

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SagaFans of science fiction and/or comics are more than likely well aware of Saga, and if you’re not, you should be. The Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is one of the best continuing titles going right now—not to mention one of the few, along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, that I manage to keep up with on the regular. Because San Diego Comic-Con apparently does still allow comic books through its doors, the two creators were there to discuss their series, and even discussed the possibility of a Saga movie in the future.

Vaughan has spent a fair amount of time recently working in television and film, writing and producing for the likes of Lost and Under the Dome, which he recently left. Saga marked a more earnest return to the form where he launched his career—he’s responsible for the likes of Y: The Last Man, Ex-Machina, and Runaways—and had pushed off any talk of an adaptation of the comic.

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Comic-Con 2014: Twelve Panels You Don’t Want To Miss On Saturday

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Comic-Con 2014 is almost here! Beginning this Wednesday, one of the largest pop culture events around will completely overwhelm San Diego. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier by running down all the panels that should be at the top of your must-see list. Here are our picks for the Saturday events you can’t afford to miss!

FuryRoadWarner Bros. Pictures (10:00am – 12:00pm, Hall H)
Warners has got two major science fiction pictures to show off in their Hall H presentation: George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending (as well as the upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies). Unfortunately, the program guide doesn’t currently list which guests will be on hand to promote things. I would be very surprised if the notoriously media-shy Wachowskis put in an appearance, but I wouldn’t rule out stars Channing Tatum and/or Mila Kunis. On the Mad Max front, I’d guess we might see Miller on hand, and possibly even the new Max himself, actor Tom Hardy. I’d put the chances of somebody asking him to do the Bane voice at 230%. If nothing else, we know the panel will be screening footage from both movies.

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Brian K. Vaughan’s Banned Issue Of Saga Available For iOS Devices After All

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SagaLast night we reported the disappointing news that issue #12 of Brian K. Vaughan’s brilliant space opera comic series, Saga, would not be available in its digital version on iOS devices. The ban was allegedly due to two small panels within the book which depicted gay sex…in spite of the earlier issues of the series, which is not intended for children, having included sexual scenes before without any problems. Creator Brian K. Vaughan spoke out about the ban, standing behind his work and pointing out other ways readers could get their grubby mitts on a copy. Now, the very next day, Saga #12 will be coming to iOS devices after all, and it also turns out that Apple wasn’t the culprit behind this after all.

According to Cult of Mac, digital comics distributor Comixology — an otherwise great company, and the one I purchase all my comics from these days — made the decision to keep the Saga issue off of iOS devices on their own, following what they believed to be Apple’s policies for content released in apps. Comixology CEO David Steinberger released a statement that said the following:

In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due to depictions of gay sex. This is simply not true, and we’d like to clarify. As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps. Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.

We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.

Given this, it should be clear that Apple did not reject Saga #12.

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Apple Bans Issue Of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga Due To Small Images Of Gay Sex

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SagaWe all know how well rampant homophobia helps out people’s careers, mostly by making all the rational people around them back the hell away. Yeah, I’m talking about Orson Scott Card here. But he’s far from the only person out there with obvious discomfort when it comes to all things homosexual. He’s just damned vocal about it.

But having something against two human beings of the same sex having a relationship is still a world away from having a problem with seeing such a thing represented in a drawing, right? Because no one could be that shallow, right? Well, we know where Apple stands, because they’re refusing to sell issue #12 of Brian K. Vaughan’s brilliant space opera comic Saga on any of their iOS apps.

Saga, by no means a comic for all ages, made our Best of 2012 list due to its highly intriguing tale of love in a universe that allows for everything but. I wonder where Vaughan got the inspiration for that kind of universe. It’s probably the one where one of the most successful companies on the planet can’t handle two artistic images of gay sex. Apples are known for having little worms in them, so perhaps Apple CEO Timothy D. Cook has a little secret tucked up in his multi-million-dollar closet.

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The Walking Dead #1 And Saga #1 Digital Copies Available For Free

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The Walking Dead has become a certified pop culture phenomenon over the past few years, but I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who have never sampled the source material that gave birth to it. The comic series created by writer Robert Kirkman and artists Tony Moore and Charlie Aldard has been unfolding since 2003, and recently hit its 108th issue. If you love AMC’s The Walking Dead — hell, even if you hate AMC’s The Walking Dead — you owe it to yourself to check out the series. And you’ve got no excuse not to, because you can read a digital copy of issue #1 for free.

WDThe Walking Dead #1 is available by way of Comixology, a snazzy digital comics provider that I can’t recommend highly enough. It’s one of a ton of free comics they have up for grabs at any given time (they also have issue #1 of Kirkman’s superhero comic, Invincible). If you’re still sticking to hardcopy comics, the digital variety lets you read full-page like a normal comic, but you can also skip from panel to panel, which may well spoil you. For that matter, I should probably warn you that reading even one issue of The Walking Dead may well launch you down a runaway spiral of addiction that won’t cease until you’re all caught up. It also may irritate you how far the show often falls below the comic’s bar of quality.

You should also check out issue #1 of Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga. It’s a space opera that has been described as “Star Wars meets Game of Thrones,” and that’s pretty apt. It’s the story of star-crossed lover from two warring species who go on the run with their newborn, while authorities from both their people try to hunt them down. It mashes together magic and technology, ghosts and robots, and a mercenary named The Will who travels with a cat that can detect lies. It is enthusiastically, gloriously weird, in the best possible way.

You can check out all of Comixology’s freebie comics right here.