Image Comics today announced the Where We Live anthology. All proceeds from the anthology will be donated to a GoFundMe benefitting the survivors of the Las Vegas mass shooting that claimed 59 lives and left over 500 injured. The anthology is being curated by JH Williams III, Wendy Wright-Williams, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart and Eric Stephenson, a publisher at Image Comics.
Image's press release included a statement from Williams, who spearheaded the project:
“On October 1, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada suffered the worst mass shooting in modern American history, resulting in 58 deaths and over 500 injured. It broke my heart. Las Vegas is my home. I felt like something needed to be done to help in a unique way. A week passed before the shock cleared enough to decide I wanted to help create a benefit book project for the survivors, along with oversight from Eric Stephenson, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart and Wendy Wright-Williams. I’m thankful for them and Image Comics offering so quickly to do this. With this book, titled Where We Live, our hope is to not only help those in need after this tragic event, but to also somehow start a real conversation on avenues for preventing this sort of violence from happening again in the future.”
The anthology will include a variety of artwork meant to start an ongoing conversation about compassion in society, mental health stigmatization, gun violence and the importance of fostering conversations about the above issues. The anthology will also touch on the history of the 2nd Amendment that allows American citizens to own firearms, as well as its impact on gun owners and the role of the NRA in the United States.
The Las Vegas shooting left 59 people dead and over 500 injured when a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting committed by an individual in the history of the United States. At least one researcher has estimated that the combined costs of the victims’ medical bills could exceed $600 million. This comes at a time when the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced a reduced 2018 enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, as well as a 90 percent funding reduction to the marketing budget for the ACA.
This is the first announced comic book work from former Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie since he was announced as leaving that publisher in late September. In October 2015, Allie became embroiled in controversy regarding a reported history of misconduct.
Information on the where to donate and how to send submissions for the Where We Live anthology will be announced soon.