A few days ago, BOOM! Studios announced it was releasing a collection of Husband and Husband webcomics from Jonathan and Aaron Ferrara. Yesterday, the publisher announced it was canceling the project.

The reason for the cancellation, popped up online shortly after the initial announcement when it was revealed that the duo has been accused of plagiarism on a Kickstarter project they launched last month. Spellbound, the Kickstarter project that was successfully funded at $10,000, had many questioning the art style, which looked very familiar to Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please! series.

This not only had Ngozi irate (which is completely understandable, and justified), but also had a lot of fans complaining to BOOM! Studios, prompting this initial reply from Husband and Husband.

I’ll let you decide if the apology is heartfelt or hollow, but regardless, BOOM! Studios announced yesterday that the Husband and Husband project would not be published after all.

The question of swiping has been an ongoing one for years, and in some cases, like this one, action is taken. However, other times, the line between swiping, tracing, and homage seem to blur so much that it wraps back around to praise instead of chastisement (Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, anyone?) . I wonder what the Internet’s reaction to this week’s Superman/TopCast Special will be when readers see this panel:

Which looks a lot like a panel from Uncanny X-Men #135.

Bleeding Cool first reported on this unofficial DC/Marvel crossover, but I think this panel will raise all sorts of questions over parody, homage, and plagiarism, in light of the BOOM! Studios decision. Granted, nothing is going to court, no one is being sued for Tortious Interference, and more than likely, this will blow over for most people before the Thanksgiving turkey lands on the table. But quietly, we’ll continue to talk about what is accepted and not accepted when it comes to “paying homage” to others.

What do you think Dear Readers? Is BOOM! Studios taking the appropriate action? Is everyone overreacting? Or, is this just an object lesson that will be repeated again and again and again with no one learning the lessons from history?

via Bleeding Cool, BOOM! Studios


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

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