Once again, DC Comics has given us another reason to respect them. Alongside IDW Publishing, comic book artists and writers have united to create Love Is Love — a 144-page anthology comprised of emotional and empowering short stories that celebrate the #LGBT community. All of its proceeds will go to the nonprofit organization, Equality Florida. Writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Wonder Woman '77) is the mastermind behind this tremendous project. In the book's official press release, he comments:
When tragedy happens, art responds. And after the Pulse massacre, the comics community responded quickly, decisively, and with open hearts. I could not be more proud of this book, or to be a member of the comics community. The talent and emotion on every page is staggering. 'Love Is Love' mourns the 49 lost, honors the survivors, and celebrates love in all forms.
2016 has been an astounding year for LGBT-inclusive comics, and this anthology will take that a step further on December 28. Let's look at how this comic aims to make a difference, with artwork featuring some of DC's most well-known characters.
Remembering The Tragedy
While the novel will be emotional for readers, it might be the writers who were most affected. In an interview with CBR, Andreyko stated that the writing process was equivalent to repeatedly biting your lip. People who lost friends and family in the Orlando tragedy, as well as residents of the city, contributed to the novel.
Andreyko expressed the importance of remembering the victims:
Some random person said on Facebook, 'The book’s coming out six months later, are people going to care?' I said to myself, 'First of all, you’re a horrible person. Second of all, that’s why we’re doing it.' For me, I grew up a child of 'We Are the World,' and Live Aid, and all that stuff, where, if you have a skill set in the arts, and you can do something and create something, not only is it helping us do our own therapy, it’s giving people something to remember, and their donation is being seen as a tangible thing... It would have been easy to write a check to the Red Cross and compartmentalize it and move on. But a tragedy of this magnitude is something we need to remember.
Love Always Outshines Hate
The anthology will feature one of the most popular LGBT relationships in the DC Universe — #HarleyQuinn and Poison Ivy. As they are my favorite characters, I was elated when I found out the two would be featured in the anthology. Paul Dini, Harley's creator, wrote a short, adorable comic of the couple (pictured below):
A Vital Message
This graphic novel will provide its readers with a meaningful message: Love unfailingly conquers hate, even when the world appears to be cruel. We need to unite and continue being ourselves. Everyone is valid and worth living a beautiful existence. When life gets tough, do not consume yourself with fear. Be proud of who you are and live freely, because no matter what, love is love.
We can expect that more of DC's characters will be featured in the graphic novel upon its release. What is your favorite artwork revealed so far?
Learn more about gay characters in the DC universe below: