Artist Mimi Yoon, creator of the controversial variant cover to Powerpuff Girls #6, has issued a statement on her Facebook page in response to Catoon Network’s decision to pull the cover from publication:
i've been keeping quiet because of my respect for the other parties involved, but i feel it's about time i say something.
DO KNOW THAT I AM DAMM PROUD OF THIS WORK OF MINE. my objective was to illustrate modern, pop cultured, SASSY (not sexy), and humanized Powerpuff Girls who have just beaten the crime lord and have him on the ground. yes, the girls are wearing latex costumes... SO?!?!?! don't all superpowered heroes wear latex?
unfortunately, the comic book will never make it to the stores... yes, i'm truely disappointed... because a perverted mind decided to see in this image what his dirty mind has conjured up, and barked loud enough. worse, he brought up kids and used protecting kids and kids' perspective in his reasoning/excuse. does he think kids are dumber than him?
huge apologies to those who have been waiting... there's nothing i can do. also sorry to those who's been asking to buy prints of it... i'm not allowed to make prints of it. the characters belong to CN.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
The cover became controversial when retailer Dennis Barger, Jr. posted an image of it on Facebook and questioned how it seemed to sexualize children’s characters.
ICv2 is reporting that IDW Publishing has confirmed the cover will not see print. A new variant cover will replace it and retailers will have an opportunity to adjust their orders when the new cover is revealed on Tuesday.
Powerpuff Girls #6 will be released in February