BOOM! Studios has announced that they will no longer be publishing the print volumes of Jonathan and Aaron Ferrara’s webcomic “Husband & Husband.” The decision came after Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the popular webcomic “Check, Please!,” publicly accused the Ferraras on Twitter of stealing character designs for a new Kickstarter project “Spellbound,” and posted a photo of a traced panel back-to-back with one of her own panels:
It's tiring. I thought the project was cute though derivative, but then I saw the blatant tracing. @HusbandsTweet, TRACING IS NOT OKAY. My character designs are being copped–I can't do anything about that. But the tracing.
Ugh! This is the first page of my comic! pic.twitter.com/cMt56TYMte
— ☆ Ngozi ☆ (@ngoziu) October 31, 2018
The Ferraras canceled the Kickstarter for “Spellbound,” and issued an apology via their Twitter account, which read:
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.
Regardless, BOOM! decided not to proceed with their previous arrangement, tweeting:
In light of recent circumstances regarding a separate project, BOOM! Studios has decided to no longer move forward with publishing HUSBAND & HUSBAND.
Begun in 2015, “Husband & Husband” is an autobiographical series about the Ferraras’ married life. The first print collection was intended for release in May 2019. The first print collection of “Check, Please!” was released by First Second Books earlier this year.