IDW Publishing and DC Comics have joined forces to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting, as reported Tuesday by the New York Times. The publishers have teamed for "Love is Love," a 144-page anthology comic book featuring an all-star line-up of comics creators, with proceeds going to LGBT civil rights group Equality Florida. As specified by DC in a tweet, the book will be published by IDW, with the support of DC Entertainment.
The project was engineered by comics writer Marc Andreyko, known for his work on "Manhunter," "Wonder Woman '77" and more. "I grew up with 'We are the World' and Live Aid," Andreyko told the New York Times, referring to the 1985 charity single and fundraising concert that both had multiple musical artists banding together to raise money for victims of the Ethiopian famine.
"Love is Love" is scheduled for release in December with a $9.99 cover price, will feature more than 100 one-and-two page stories. Four creators were listed by the NY Times as participating: Olivier Coipel, Phil Jimenez, Patton Oswalt and Damon Lindelof (the latter two better known for their work in Hollywood but both with previous comic book credits).
The Orlando shooting was the worst mass shooting perpetrated by a lone gunman in United States history. On June 12, 49 people were killed and another 53 wounded in an attack on the gay nightclub Pulse, in what was a hate crime against the LGBT community and Latinos, as the attack took place on the club's popular Latino Night.
"Events like this shouldn't be compartmentalized," Andreyko, who is openly gay, told the New York Times. "They should hurt and we should want to change for the better." Andreyko stated that the "Love is Love" stories are "purposely" only one or two pages in order to get creators to commit.