It was just yesterday that we posted about Eric July’s Rippaverse, an independent comic book line. It instantly found success and as of this writing, was at just over $1 million. However, it seems the ComicBooks subreddit is trying to put the kibosh on it.

Apparently the subreddit is not only banning anything to do with the Rippaverse, but also anyone that tries to post about it.

This information comes via Twitter user UncappedTurtle. The account shared a screenshot showing the subreddit banning July’s promotional video for the Rippaverse titled “Welcome to The Rippaverse.”

The error message reads:

“Sorry, this post has been removed by the moderators of r/comicbooks. Moderators remove posts from feeds for a variety of reasons, including keeping communities safe, civil, and true to their purpose.”

A message from the mods followed stating:

“You have been permanently banned from participating in r/comicbooks. You can still view and subscribe to r/comicbooks, but you won’t be able to post or comment.

If you have a question regarding your ban, you can contact the moderator team for r/comicbooks by replying to this message.”


Apparently the user who was banned did ask the mod team why they were banned. They got the following response,

“You broke rule #1 as pertaining to supporting comics from hate groups.”

What exactly does the first rule says? No one talks about ComicBooks subreddit? Not really. In fact, it states the following,

“Rule 1: Be Civil: Racial, sexual, homophobic, or cultural slurs will result in a permanent ban. Do not disparage the differently abled or threaten or incite harm against other users, creators, or industry professionals. Any form of bigotry or support of hate groups (such as comicsgate) is not permitted.

Please be respectful of people’s pronouns. Intentionally continuing to use the incorrect pronouns after being corrected is a violation of Rule 1. While debate and differing views are encouraged, please keep all discussion on-topic and do not resort to personal attacks. As a general rule, don’t be a jerk.

Individuals of every demographic are important and deserve representation, both in media and as creators behind media. Deliberately propagating forms of erasure, belittling the wants and needs of other individuals, and similar complaints about ‘forced diversity’ have no place in this community.

Posts with comment patterns meeting certain negative criteria (such as excessive amounts of rule-breaking comments) may be locked at the moderation team’s discretion,”

Did you catch the magic term that the rule states that caused this? Comicsgate. I don’t know a lot about comicsgate, but the idea behind it was to keep politics out of comics. Therefore it is suddenly racist and sexist… or something like that.

Rippaverse isn’t the first to be banned from the subreddit for people involved with it having different opinions from the mods. Chris Braly, the editor-in-chief of Bleeding Fool, felt their wrath. All he did was share a link to the IndieGoGo page for Florida Man. Like the user who was trying to promote the Rippaverse trailer, Braly was banned for “comicsgate support.”

“Comicsgate support is not tolerated on this subreddit, such as pro-comicsgate websites like Bleeding Fool and comicsgate-lead crowdfunding campaigns like those from Chris Braly.”

July responded to all this in a tweet saying,

“It’s all good. We do not need the folks that wish to protect the old guard. They can’t stop us and we’re going to win.”

This all seems pretty typical of Reddit. I’m not surprised this happened. It’s unfortunate people like this can’t let others do their own thing.

That said, the Rippaverse isn’t slowing down. As I stated, it’s over 1$ million and is only two days in. Isom #1 is 96-pages long – almost as long as the first rule of ComicBooks subreddit.

There are also options that include t-shirts and trading cards available as part of the campaign. Product is set to ship to backers in August.

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