ATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE SORCERER POPE
HISTORICAL VARIANTS CENSORED
ATHENA VOLTAIRE takes place during historic WWII with the heroine fighting Nazis and punching Adolf Hitler on the cover. Diamond refuses to print cover art with a Nazi swastika, including historically accurate uniforms, and forced us to censor the ATHENA VOLTAIRE cover to be printed in Previews.
The December Previews will feature the Athena Voltaire “censored” solicitation. Bryan Seaton, CEO at Action Lab, comments: “We at Action Lab believe that this is one case of censorship goes too far. When we choose to turn a blind eye to the evil atrocities done in history and hide the symbols of that evil, trying to pretend they didn’t exist, we are only a short step from forgetting and allowing it to be repeated. We should not be glorifying these images, but we should never allow history to be forgotten. A period comic showing historically accurate costuming is not the place for censorship.”
The two censored covers are below. An homage to Jack Kirby’s famous Captain America issue 1 cover, both Athena Voltaire covers feature the title character punching a Nazi (in homage to Captain America), with the retro cover including a caption referring to the alt-right.
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
- Note: The Tom Fowler cover (Cover C) does not have any symbols so the original Fowler cover is not being censored by Previews:
ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT
Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business. Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment. Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis. Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, MIRACULOUS (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Katie Cook’s GRONK and Gayle Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, VAMPBLADE and ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND, and socially relevant titles including SOUTHERN DOG, KINGDOM BUM and M Goodwin’s TOMBOY.
For full transparency, Amber Love of AmberUnmasked has worked on an Athena Voltaire title: Athena Voltaire Pulp Tales. (Amazon Influencer)