BOOM! Studios has cancelled plans to publish a print collection of the webcomic series Husband & Husband by Jonathan and Aaron Ferrara following allegiations that another comic book of theirs, Spellbound, plagiarizes the popular webcomic Check, Please.
The Ferraras' Husband & Husband webcomic has been published since 2015, and BOOM!'s plans for a print edition was announced on October 25.
On Wednesday, Check, Please cartoonist Ngozi Ukazu alleged on Twitter that the Ferraras' Spellbound, which was currently in the middle of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, traces her popular webcomic series (which was recently collected in print by First Second).
It has come to my attention that @HusbandsTweet is tracing Check, Please! They have a funded @kickstarter (now at $14,000), and basically do not care about the optics of white men profiting off of the ideas and work of black women. pic.twitter.com/2m7ACvv1nM— ? Ngozi ? (@ngoziu) October 31, 2018
An hour and a half later, the Ferraras - tweeting under their Husband & Husband Twitter account - acknowledged that they were "too inspired" by Ukazu's work and that " drawing from that inspiration was wrong." The Spellbound Kickstarter was cancelled.
Words cannot express how sorry and full of regret I am right now. I am such a huge fan of @ngoziu work in comics and I got too inspired and I see now what I did by drawing from that inspiration was wrong. The Kickstarter is cancelled and I am so sorry for this.— Husband & Husband (@HusbandsTweet) October 31, 2018
I am so sorry for all of this. I feel so awful and am such a huge fan of your work. I do understand your frustration and have dropped the project completely. Again, I am so sorry for all of this.— Husband & Husband (@HusbandsTweet) October 31, 2018
An hour later, BOOM! Studios tweeted out an announcement that they no longer planned to publish the Ferraras' Husband & Husband print collection.
In light of recent circumstances regarding a separate project, BOOM! Studios has decided to no longer move forward with publishing HUSBAND & HUSBAND.— BOOM! Studios (@boomstudios) October 31, 2018