On -isms: The Manara/Cho Thing
There are really two things the so-called "social justice warriors" are saying here, and I feel the need to emphasize that point because not everyone (including Manara and Cho) seems to be getting it.
First, people are saying that the types of images these two men are known for drawing are offensive and degrading to women. The images are depicting women as simply objects of sexuality. Their images are essentially saying, "The only parts of a woman worth focusing on are her boobs, ass, and vagina." Whether or not Manara and/or Cho actively believe that, or are actively trying to send that message, that's what their images are saying. And so women, not surprisingly, are responding by saying, "That's not cool. We're more than that."
It's like if you called your one Black friend the n-word and they said, "I'm offended when you call me that. Please stop it." That's all women are saying here. "We're offended when you draw us like that. Please stop it."
The second thing people are saying is that they're trying to tell Marvel and DC that they don't like these types of images in their comics any longer. Yes, there has been a lot of it's-only-barely-not-porn cheesecake in superhero comics over the years, but the market has changed. Western comics used to be big, but the market shifted and publishers largely stopped making them. Romance comics used to be big, but the market shifted and publishers largely stopped making them. The market is shifting again, and in order to continue publishing profitable comics, publishers will need to shift with those trends. Trends that lean away from racism and misogyny, and toward equality and inclusiveness.
There's no law saying you can't make Western comics. There's nothing preventing people from making romance comics. But they're not really practical in today's market. The same thing is happening to people who traffic in art like Manara and Cho practice. There's a niche for it -- just like there's a niche for romance comics -- but the outrage you're hearing is just the customers telling publishers that the market has shifted once again.
I've got nothing against Manara or Cho. I've never met either. They're clearly talented artists who've made careers on that talent, and I don't wish them to lose that livelihood. But they also need to recognize that no one is trying to silence them. They're free to draw whatever they like. But, like everyone else who claims they should be allowed to say whatever they want regardless of who takes offense, they're NOT free from their drawings having consequences. And if that means no one hires them to draw offensive pictures of (essentially) naked women and they refuse to draw anything else, then they just brought that on themselves.