I suppose its not surprising that the controversy over controversial author Orson Scott Card's contribution to DC's digital first anthology The Adventures of Superman would have a local angle, given the sheer number of comics creators who reside here in Columbus, Ohio. One of them, namely Chris Sprouse, was set to illustrate the story. However, as initially reported by USA Today on Tuesday, the controversy and media attention surrounding the story and Card has given Sprouse cause to have second thoughts, and he will no longer be lending his pencils to Card's story.
Sprouse issued an official statement explaining his decision, which says:
DC promises to "...re-solicit the story at a later date when a new artist is hired." However, according to Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool, they're apparently in no big hurry."It took a lot of thought to come to this conclusion, but I've decided to step back as the artist on this story. The media surrounding this story reached the point where it took away from the actual work, and that's something I wasn't comfortable with. My relationship with DC Comics remains as strong as ever and I look forward to my next project with them."