The Orlando shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub rocked the nation as Americans watched the coverage of the horrific attack that claimed the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 more.
Now comic book creators, writers and artists are coming together for a special 144 page comic Love is Love, according to the New York Times. The anthology is being published by DC Comics and IDW this December and proceeds from its sale will benefit Equality Florida.
The idea for Love is Love comes from Marc Andreyko, who told the NYT what inspired him to bring so many talented people together to honor the victims.
“I’m a child of the 80s; I grew up with ‘We Are the World’ and Live Aid.”
“Events like this shouldn’t be compartmentalized,” he said. “They should hurt and we should want to change for the better.”
The anthology will be 144 pages, feature 100 one-to-two page stories and cost $9.99.
DC Comics previewed some of comic book’s contributors.
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 Castellucci, Brandon Peterson, Jesus Saiz, Olivier Coipel, Leinil Yu, Elsa Charretier, and many more to be announced.
IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall and Group Editor Sarah Gaydos also released statements on the project.
“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 this project has inspired everyone involved in LOVE IS LOVE,” explains 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 contributors have put forth, and can only imagine the profound impact the book will have on readers, as well.”