Archaia's new graphic novel series Titanium Rain by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha arrived in comic stores rather late this week, delayed after Chinese printing companies refused the print the first book. The title portrays a future civil war in China, and the printers in question believe the book contains "politically sensitive content" opposed by the government.
Josh Finney is quoted as saying "What I find very telling about the whole situation is at no point does our book criticize the current Chinese government or any of its
policies," say author/co-artist Josh Finney. "The scenario I wrote is patterned after the Boxer Rebellion, and is meant to be a statement against ultra-nationalism and ethnic cleansing. In fact, it is ultra-nationalists in the Chinese military who attempt to overthrow the government in Titanium Rain."
Archaia, along with many publishers, print their graphic novels in China and Hong Kong which, even with international freight, works out a lot cheaper than more local printers.
I wonder if "the Chinese censored it" will become the new industry excuse for late shipping books?