Artist leaves after anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card hired to pen Superman comic.
Chris Sprouse who was tapped to illustrate the new Superman comic which is to be written by anti-gay Orson Scott Card, has decided to leave the project citing intense media over Card’s anti-gay views.
Scheduled to launch April 29, Adventures of Superman is a digital anthology of 10-page Superman short stories featuring the works of various creators that will be collected in print issues beginning in May.
When DC Comics announced that Card would be penning the comic, the shitz hit the fan. Card said this about gays: “I find the comparison between civil rights based on race and supposed new rights being granted for what amounts to deviant behavior to be really kind of ridiculous.”
Fans and retailers called for boycotts of the print comic, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender activist website AllOut.org collected more than 16,000 signatures on an online petition asking DC to drop Card from Adventures of Superman.
Sprouse had this to say about his decision to not partake:
“It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I’ve decided to step back as the artist on this story,” Sprouse said in a statement released Tuesday. “The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that’s something I wasn’t comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them.”
via Artist leaves Orson Scott Card’s Superman comic.