We received the final word from RIBBON this morning. As we feared, they suspended our account because of their policy against “adult material.” This is outrageous because their terms and conditions only mentions a restriction on “obscene material and child pornography.” The QUEEROTICA anthology is neither obscene nor illegal. It is a collection of thoughtful and artistically rendered erotic stories. It is no more obscene than a romance novel, and those are all over the damn internet. The only difference is that our characters have queer bodies and identities.
Unfortunately, RIBBON will not budge on their policies. A little too late we learned that other queer erotica artists have also struggled with RIBBON. Please read about prolific gay comics creator Dale Lazarov’s experience here.
He writes: “Six months later, they dumped me without telling me — even though I’d cordially, continually agreed to all the changes they asked of me so I could continue publishing with them during the period following my conversation with their CEO. They blocked me from accessing my sales records when they discontinued my account so I don’t know what they actually owe me, which is excessively punitive. The CEO wouldn’t let me access them, either, when I asked.”
Needless to say, we will not be pushing forward with our RIBBON store. But we offer our story as a warning for anyone who wants to make Queer Erotic work available online! We are contacting Bleeding Cool and other comics tips organizations, because it is important for queer creators to know which online venues are not friendly to us and our work!
BUT FEAR NOT, another option is underway. It may be a few more days before it is ready, but we are confident that it will be a more reliable and easy-to-use option! More details soon, and thanks for your patience.
Reblogging this because BOOOOOO RIBBON. Sorry you guys have to wait a little longer for Queerotica — I’ll send up a signal flare as soon as a store run by not-jerks has been set up :(
Companies with arbitrary no-“adult”-content rules — usually meaning “gratuitous violence and gore and death and stuff is totally fine, but NO HAPPY PEOPLE HAVING CONSENSUAL SEX >:(” — are pretty high on my list of least-favorite-things.