After releasing Action Lab’s exclusive NYCC covers, the IVAN THE PERVY GHOST ONE-SHOT received notable backlash. In response, Action Lab’s publisher/CEO Bryan Seaton released the following statement:

“As Publisher of Action Lab Comics, it was never my or Action Lab’s intention to promote or make light of cosplay consent issues.  We recognize that sexual harassment of cosplayers is a very real issue and particularly that it is one some of our own creators have spoken out on in the past.  In retrospect, we agree that the cover of Ivan is ill-considered, and we will be removing this cover as one of our NYCC exclusives.

As a publisher of creator-owned books, Action Lab doesn’t believe in censorship – but we do believe in respecting our readers, being sensitive to issues in our community, and owning up to our mistakes.  In short, we made a mistake, we did something dumb, and we sincerely apologize.  As part of the comics community, we appreciate your comments and feedback and we will continue to work to get it right.  When we do something wrong, please call us out.  We want to be a publisher where every reader feels welcome.”

In response to the Twitter controversy that spawned from the critique of the cover, Seaton went on to say:

“I would like to apologize on behalf of Action Lab and Action Lab Danger Zone for any and all rude and inappropriate tweets. We do not believe these tweets were done by any Action Lab staff but by a malicious third party. Passwords have now been changed and tweets deleted but the damage has already been done and again we apologize.”

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After releasing Action Lab's exclusive NYCC covers, the IVAN THE PERVY GHOST ONE-SHOT received notable backlash. In response, Action Lab's publisher/CEO Bryan Seaton released the following statement: 'As Publisher of Action Lab Comics, it was never my or Action Lab's intention to promote or make light of cosplay consent issues. ...