Eric July’s launch of his Rippaverse Comics was banned by the ComicBooks subreddit, which touts over 2.5 million true believers.
A reddit user shared a screenshot showing the subreddit banning July’s promotional video for Rippaverse Comics titled “Welcome to The Rippaverse.” Not only was the promotional video banned from the subreddit, but the user attempting to share it was also permanently banned.
An error message on the post 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 a moderator then stated, “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.”
It continued, “If you have a question regarding your ban, you can contact the moderator team for r/comicbooks by replying to this message.”
The user did indeed contact the moderator team and asked, “I’m curious, why was I banned?”
A moderator responded, “You broke rule #1 as pertaining to supporting comics from hate groups.”
Rule 1 on the r/ComicBooks subreddit reads, “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.”
It continues, ” 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.”