Where did she go? Out. What did she do? Took her top off apparently.
So the Bristol Comics Expo ran this news on their site.
In the next of our Expo eXclusive charity prints, our special guest Ian Gibson brings his eponymous heroine Halo Jones back to print! Only 50 of these will be printed and they are sure to go fast!
..and once again, for the discerning adult, we also have a special, very limited run of Halo in all her ‘glory’! This is an opportunity not to be missed!
These high quality A3 prints will be signed and numbered with all proceeds going to the charity.
To pre-register for one of the prints, please contact us at email@example.com (please note which print you want)
So, go on, have a guess how that went over.
I’ve sent Bristol Comics Expo an email, asking if they really want to go ahead with the topless Halo Jones print. I’m a guest. Currently.
— Paul_Cornell (@Paul_Cornell) March 21, 2013
Halo Jones print: one of those hate-bombs that get dropped on the comic industry: an ethical dilemma where no-one comes out looking good.
— Chris Weston (@westonfront) March 21, 2013
Whenever I think of a comics character whose female-ness is part of her strength, it’s Halo Jones. Halo Jones laughing, crying; Getting Out.
— Si Spurrier (@sispurrier) March 21, 2013
Halo Jones. Of all the characters. — Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) March 21, 2013
Also, there’s always been a cheesecake element to Ian Gibson’s work but that Halo Jones print is low. Cheap of Bristol Expo to run with it. — Mark Clapham (@markclapham) March 20, 2013
— John Reppion (@johnreppion) March 20, 2013
Not that anyone gives a shit what I think, but this Halo Jones nudie print thing makes me wish I wasn’t going to Bristol Expo after all.
— David Wynne (@davidwynne) March 21, 2013
Seeing prints of a naked Halo Jones is rather depressing :/ Another non-objectified female character reduced to boobs bristolexpo.co.uk/index.php/8-ex…
— Laura Sneddon (@thalestral) March 20, 2013
I realize he co-created her, but Ian Gibson doing a topless cheesecake shot of Halo Jones really undermines and misses the point of her. — Geoffrey D. Wessel (@gdwessel) March 20, 2013
I read Halo Jones for the 1st time a month or so ago. She’s repeatedly drawn in skimpy outfits and sexualised, yet she’s still ‘normal’. — Emma Price (@TinyMaster) March 21, 2013
Re: Halo Jones. Can I just reassure everyone that we’re looking into the situation. Cheers.
— molcher (@molcher) March 21, 2013
That was Mike Molcher from Rebellion there, the owners of Halo Jones, even though she was co-created by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson.
And sure enough, soon the website only listed one of the prints with the line;
* Unfortunatly, due to copyright concerns, we are no longer able to offer the 2nd Halo Jones print.
But here’s a curio. These kind of prints are usually sold with a nod and a wink, with the publishers turning a legal blind eye. Can Rebellion really object to one print, but not the other, without causing a legal vortex of doom?
And anyway, they still have the John Higgins naked Razorjack prints. And no copyright issues on those, it’s creator-owned you see…
Weirdly the image was originally a non-Halo image, that Gibson just added the name Halo Jones to. Maybe he could change it back? Or maybe to Areola Jones?