Former longtime Vertigo editor Will Dennis has joined Image Comics' Where We Live anthology in place of controversial former Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, the publisher announced Tuesday. The anthology is a benefit for the victims of the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that left 58 dead and 546 injured.
Dennis will serve as volunteer editor, "curating and coordinating the project," according to Image's press release. The original announcement of Where We Live on Oct. 31 left many fans and observers conflicted on whether or not to support a charitable cause that had Allie, who has a reported history of misconduct, closely involved. Allie's involvement drew heightened criticism due to current increased scrutiny on harassment in the entertainment industry, including comic books. CBR has confirmed with Image that Allie is no longer involved with Where We Live.
"When [Image Comics Publisher] Eric [Stephenson] asked me to join the team, I was really overcome with emotion," Dennis said in a statement. "The magnitude of this tragedy is incomprehensible and if i can help in any way to bring some small measure of relief to the survivors, I’m there without hesitation. There’s already been an amazing outpouring from creators and I’m certain the end result will be extremely powerful."
Along with Dennis, the book will be curated by JH Williams III, Wendy Wright-Williams, Dave Stewart and Stephenson. The full proceeds from Where We Live will be donated to a to-be-named existing GoFundMe benefiting the survivors of the shooting, the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in United States history.
Additionally, Image revealed the cover to Where We Live, illustrated by JH Williams III and with a logo by Todd Klein:
Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola, Kurt Busiek and James Robinson have all been announced as contributing to Where We Live, with more creators set to be named. Page count, price and release date have not yet been announced.
The comic is set to explore the themes of: "value of a compassionate society, need for communication/conversations, mental health stigmatization, access to healthcare, gun violence, common sense gun control, history of the 2nd Amendment, why the 2nd Amendment is important to gun owners, role of the NRA in national & local politics, balance of safety & privacy/freedoms, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals & communities persevere, role of the media in tragedies, ongoing need for survivor support, and appreciation of Las Vegas as a community."
Will Dennis worked for years at DC Comics' Vertigo imprint on some of its highest-profile and most acclaimed comics, including 100 Bullets and Scalped. His most recent credit is Image Comics' Moonshine, from the 100 Bullets team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso.
In October 2015, Scott Allie became embroiled in controversy following the revelations of a reported history of misconduct, with one event at Comic-Con International in San Diego 2015 coming to light in detail. Allie served as Editor-in-Chief at Dark Horse Comics from 2012 to 2015, when his title shifted to Executive Senior Editor. He left the publisher as a full-time employee in Oct. 2017, and was said to be pursuing a career as a freelance editor and writer, and would continue to work with Dark Horse on select projects. Where We Live was the first new project for Allie announced since his departure from Dark Horse.