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No–that’s not them. Follow me after the jump for the image that had Facebook in a tizzy last week. 

As part of the promotion for the upcoming Powerpuff Girls reboot on Cartoon Network, IDW was to release a variant cover of issue #6 of their comic book version of the cult favorite ‘toon. This cover was to be a limited edition collectors item–and was created by acclaimed artist Mimi Yoon.

Let’s have a look:

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When this image made its way onto the internet, comic book retailer Dennis L. Barger Jr. took to Facebook–posting and then lambasting the Yoon cover. Here’s a highlight from his diatribe:

Are we seriously sexualizing pre-teen girls like perverted fan fiction writers on the Internet???? Is that what this s*** has gotten to?

I’m not here to argue with Mr. Barger. I understand where he’s coming from. He mentions in his post that he has eight year old daughters who love The Powerpuff Girls that he wouldn’t want exposed to an image like this.

All I would bring up is the simple fact that this image has NOTHING to do with the cartoon. It’s a variant cover made for collectors of the comic book. If you feel it isn’t appropriate for your children–fine. Don’t buy it for them or let them buy it. It’s not like a TV program–which I understand can be difficult to keep a child from seeing. Even if there’s no way for them to see it at home, there are always friends who may have access to it–and they might even find it online.

But a comic book is a physical object–if you don’t approve of it, you should be able to keep it out of your home.

Just sayin’ 😉

No, my real problem is with Cartoon Network and IDW. See, once all this hubbub started, IDW’s VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood, stepped in and released a statement, saying the image was:

…actually a Cartoon Network mandated cover, by an artist of their choosing. I think they were thinking of it more along the lines of ‘female empowerment’ than the kind of thing you guys are talking about, but certainly, we’re sensitive to the issues here.

In other words, they passed the buck… and what else could Cartoon Network do? They’d just been practically accused of subsidizing kiddie porn–naturally, they pulled the cover. I would rather have seen them grow a pair and defend Ms. Yoon’s excellent artwork, but I’m not at all surprised by their response.

What I AM surprised by is the fact they chose and commissioned Yoon, and didn’t seem to expect any kind of controversy as a result.

Here’s a couple examples of the kind of work Mimi Yoon does (there’s a lot more, but most of it is not work-safe):

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She also did this more “mature” take on Adventure Time‘s Princess Bubblegum, which apparently didn’t bother anyone:

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So my question is simple:

When you hire this artist to draw you a comic book cover, exactly what do you expect?

It’s just sad. Collectors are deprived of a piece of art because one random nerd makes a stink on Facebook, causing one company to throw another company under the bus, and that company to wuss out completely.

Ms. Yoon has yet to comment on Cartoon Network’s decision, but I’m quite interested to know what she thinks.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Category: Comics, TV

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