By all accounts, “Love is Love” — the recent comics collaboration between DC Comics and IDW Publishing celebrating the lives and loves of those affected by the 2016 mass shooting at The Pulse, a gay bar and nightclub in Orlando, Florida — has been an incredible success.
According to the Washington Post, not only has the book, which consists of a series of one- and two-page strips from a wealth of top comics talent, claimed a spot atop the New York Times’ best-sellers list, it has now raised over $165,000 for the OneOrlando Fund. All of this will now benefit those affected by the attack, which resulted in 49 people being killed and a further 53 being injured.
“I am overwhelmed by the response to ‘Love is Love,’” Marc Andreyko, the project’s curator, told the newspaper. “I never would have imagined that this project would not only raise so much money, but touch so many lives.”
The book, which has also received a GLAAD Award nomination for outstanding comic, features the work of Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, Gail Simone, Scott Snyder and Paul Dini, among many others. It also features contributions from “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling and comedian Patton Oswalt, as well as a foreword by “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins.
The OneOrlando fund will be administered by the charity Equality Florida, whose chief executive Nadine Smith described the project as an “inspiring and powerful way to respond in the face of tragedy,” adding in a statement that “we must uproot the hatred that breeds discrimination and violence, and having top storytellers and illustrators combine their talents makes ‘Love Is Love’ a potent and accessible tool.”