Tuesday, 27 November 2012


Facebook has a problem with this cartoon drawn by comic book illustrator Alessio Slonimsky

When is a cartoon of a man taking a wiz pornography, and when is it art?

Evidently, according to Facebook, there is no difference: The social-media giant pulled a fun cartoon of Batman taking a pee from atop a Gotham City skyscraper (it was drawn by artist and comic book illustrator Alessio Slonimsky) from my Facebook page on November 27, the same day I posted it.

I actually found the cartoon via my friend, famed Canadian playwright Brad Fraser’s Facebook page. In an accompanying thread, comic-book writer Dale Lazarov posted, “<hype> I would be remiss if I didn't add that I solicited this image from Alessio so I could use it to promote GOOD SPORTS, my gay erotic comic drawn by him and published by Bruno Gmünder Verlag.</hype>”

In another post on the same Facebook thread, Lazarov commented, “The idea is to create one or two Reshare Bait images to promote a new book in a sideways sort of manner so I tell artists to do a STAR WARS, Batman or Superman pin-up for posting on Tumblr.”

Facebook removed the cartoon (pictured above) from my own Facebook page with this warning: “We have removed the following content you posted or were the admin of because it violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.”

As Brad commented on his original post, “Fuck off Facebook. This is ART.”

Click here to read Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

Click here to check out Dale Lazarov’s terrific gay comic books on his official website, and here for the official Brad Fraser website.

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