On June 12th, 2016 our country suffered the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11. The deadly shooting in an Orlando nightclub left 49 people dead, 53 wounded and a nation in search of answers. This heinous, unforgivable hate crime left an indelible mark on our country and has given many a chance to have their voice heard as they cry out for change.
(Batwoman pinup by Rafael Albuquerque)
IDW Publishing, with the support of DC Entertainment, will honor the victims of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub tragedy by publishing “LOVE IS LOVE,” an anthology graphic novel curated by writer Marc Andreyko ( Batwoman, Wonder Woman ’77). In the wake of of this devastating event, Andreyko assembled a group of fellow comic book creators to contribute to the benefit project. Andreyko received an overwhelming response across the comic book community and beyond, with over 200 writer and artists lending their talents to “LOVE IS LOVE,” a collection of over 100 short graphic stories. All material has been donated by the writers, artists, and editors, with ALL proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families via EQUALITY FLORIDA. (Equality Florida has raised over $9.5 million dollars to date specifically for this cause.)
“LOVE IS LOVE“ will debut in comic book shops and bookstores this December. The anthology graphic novel is a 144-page love letter to the LGBTQ community containing moving and heartfelt stories – some using iconic DC characters- from some of the greatest talent in comics, including: Phil Jimenez, Steve Sadowski, Paul Jenkins, Mike Carey, Matt Wagner, Marguerite Bennett, Aneke, Damon Lindelof, Patton Oswalt, Steven Orlando, Rafael Albuquerque, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, James Asmus, Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Cecil Castelluccci, Brandon Peterson, Jesus Saiz, Olivier, Coipel, Leinil Yu, Elsa Charretier and many more.
(Cover by Elsa Charretier with colors by Jordie Bellaire)
“When tragedy happens, art responds. And after the Pulse massacre, the comics community responded quickly, decisively, and with open hearts,” said project organizer and writer Andreyko. “I could not be more proud of this book, or to be a member of the comics community. The talent and emotion on every page is staggering. “LOVE IS LOVE” mourns the 49 lost, honors the survivors, and celebrates love in all forms.”
“When Marc brought this project to me, there was no hesitation about us getting involved,” said IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall. “To echo Marc’s sentiments, we are proud of the hard work and talent that has gone into this project and to be involved in any way to support the survivors and their families in the face of tragedy.”
(By writer James Asmus and artist Mind Doyle)
“We’re deeply thankful to all the participants who donated their work to “LOVE IS LOVE,” said Sarah Gaydos, Group Editor for IDW Publishing. “The outpouring of emotion from their work honors the LGBTQ community, and helps express the grief we’re all feeling.“
“Marc’s heartfelt passion for this cause and the project has inspired everyone involved in “LOVE IS LOVE,” explaines Jamie Rich, Group Editor of DC’s Vertigo imprint. “As an editor on the book, I continue to be moved every day by the expressions of hope and love the contributor have put forth, and can only imagine the profound impact the book will have on readers, as well.”
The contributors behind “LOVE IS LOVE” have banded together to send a powerful message through their art that they stand with the victims of this national tragedy. Help spread the love this December and become part of this historic comics event. It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.