- Posted by Johanna on August 27, 2006 at 10:57 am
- Category: Comic News
It’s too easy to poke fun at Ant, a book that revels in the kind of broken-backed girls who display their perfectly circular boobs and butt to the reader at the same time. However, this new announcement by artist Mario Gully displays a level of self-delusion that’s breathtaking, even for comics.
It seems that issue #8 of this wallow in objectification showed a skin-colored nekkid butt instead of the usual painted-in kind. (“Nude” is art. “Naked” is no clothes. “Nekkid” is no clothes, and you’re up to something. Thanks, Jeff Foxworthy.) Oh, and they used a bad word. Which meant that retailers couldn’t sell it to their general all-ages audience.
Stop for a minute there. Realize that we’re talking about the difference between the color on the art. Red butt ok, sell the T&A fest to anyone. Pink butt, call out the authorities, it’s nudity! And it’s in a scene set in a strip joint, which is apparently family-friendly so long as the girls keep their tiny bikinis on.
Why are retailers only complaining now? There’s no better example of the double standard in comics when it comes to how women are portrayed. It’s also a sign of how thin the lines are that people cling to to “protect” them from the morality cops.
The artist is falling all over himself to take the blame for his mistake.
“There will be major changes in my book,” Gully admitted. “Major. I have spent hours working out the issues that I just mentioned. The art will be more focused with the storyline I originally conceived. People will see a difference in future issues. This is my book, my creation, and I am the one who, in the end, is responsible. I am changing the writing direction on this book which will not ignore my original fans while giving new readers a more focused book that will bring them back to the original Ant days. Image is a company that has always been a place for creators to do great things and this issue wasn’t so great and that was my fault.
He’s even trying to rewrite history.
“First off, this issue will be edited in the trade paperback,” he continued. “The book will be corrected there and the profanity and nudity won’t happen again.”
He’s also willing to make good, but only to retailers who are concerned. Upset customers, you’re on your own, because he can’t afford to take care of everyone, and after all, you’re not the one placing store orders.
“Secondly, I am going to give every retailer [not customers] who want to return unsold issue #8s a refund. The books can be sent to an address I am providing and I will personally reimburse them for the price they had to pay Diamond. Let me make this clear; that I myself, not Image, will return [to] the retailers per unit cost. The reason why this offer is only available to retailers is that I could never afford to pay for all [the] issues at the cover price. I would like to thank retailers for supporting me with my work and I apologize for this issue. I am proud of the work and characters I have created but have to leave my bubble every once in a while.
I guess he doesn’t have confidence in his vision for his title, if he’s willing to go into such self-flagellation over criticism. He’s the one that’s been driving the book all along, but somehow he misled himself down the wrong direction. That doesn’t surprise me, if someone would create this piece of crap based on their child!
I think it’s time for me to get serious with this book. I’m making tweaks because I feel that Ant has gotten away from me. I feel that Ant is totally different from my original concept.
“I guess my eyes were opened when the complaints from issue #8 came in,” he admitted. “This started off as a character based off of my daughter and truthfully, I feel that I got side tracked by what will be more widely accepted from comic book fans, rather than what was truly in my heart. I can’t do that anymore.”