‘Love Is Love' comic pays tribute to Pulse victims with illustrations of grief and resilience
The most jarring page in the Love Is Love comic contains no comics at all. It's a white page marked only by a small, circular rainbow illustration.
And a list of 49 names.
The names belong to those killed in June at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, dubbed the worst modern mass shooting in U.S. history.
The comic world responded the way it knows best — with art.
Love Is Love was created by Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Manhunter), who reached out to writers, artists and celebrities to contribute work that would speak to the tragedy.
The content is a mix of memoir, poetry and fiction alongside stunning illustrations. Writers and artists inside and outside the comic book industry used the one-time publication to put their thoughts and feelings to paper.
The anthology is published by IDW with help from DC Comics, who allowed artists to use some of their characters like Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Batman.
The book's 144 pages are splashed with vivid illustrations of grief, rage and defiance in the face of prejudice.
Some pages are filled with words and symbols and letters of hope.
Others are simple, yet powerful illustrations showing that when words fail, art speaks.
There's a short strip of parents attempting to explain the shooting to their child. The young girl responds with "It would be okay, because there's probably more people who cared than people who hated."
There are verses from the Bible and the Quran illustrated by colorful and surreal panels.
A quote from Albus Dumbledore, the beloved headmaster in the Harry Potter books and who author J.K. Rowling revealed to be gay, adorns the bottom of a sketched illustration. He and Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley hold up their wands in tribute to the rainbow flag and the victims.
All proceeds from the book's sale go to support the victims and their families through Equality Florida.
The Love Is Love publication on Dec. 29 may have been overshadowed by the holidays, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful things to come out of 2016.
Physical copies of the book have been sold out, but digital copies can be purchased through idwpublishing.com, comixology.com and Amazon.
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