Sunday, March 14, 2010  
Printer refuses to print Doug Wright Awards Nominee's Work

:: Posted by Dave Howard @ 3/14/2010 02:51:00 PM
Doug Wright Awards nominee for best emerging talent, Adam Bourret has had his autobiographical comic I'm Crazy, refused to be printed by Toronto printer Harmony Printing because they were afraid of offending their 'religious' clients. Here is an excerpt from their letter:
Unfortunately due to the content I am going to have to respectfully decline. The reason is we have a lot of long standing clients who are religious organizations. They are in our facilities all of the time and cannot risk having this content out in the open during production. Please understand that this is not a slight against your artwork or the message that you are trying to convey to your audience.
I wish you all the best and I hope you can understand our position.

Adam's reply, posted on his website is below:

The only thing I understand is that you're discriminating against me for my sexuality. You're also attempting to mask your discrimination by hiding behind your "religious" clientele. This is your company's decision, not theirs.

I hope you enjoyed my website and will check back for updates. The content of your letter will be appearing on it very soon, as a warning to any other potential clients.


According to this extended editorial at The Torontoist, who contacted the printer for clarification, their refusal to print Adam's autobiographic comic is not based on same-sex issues but rather images of 'people having sex'.

This story has also been picked up by these other outlets as well:
Say it With Pie.
Hardcore Nerdity.
Award winning gay blog Towleroad
Quill & Quire
Comic Book Resources.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Bryan said...

Bouret has had more than his fair share of personal, creative, and business hurdles. Hopefully his work gets the wider audience it deserves.

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 12:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger max said...

On one hand i would defend the printers choice to print what they want to, and if images of people having sex bugs them then sure, don't do it. But Bouret hit it on the nail, they are putting it off on their religious clients. I have to ask, just how would their religious clients even KNOW they were printing it? I have no freaking clue who else is printed by my printer most of the time unless the pinter CHOOSES to display the books in there front office. Please, be a prude if you must but be honest about it at least.

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 6:32:00 PM EDT  

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