It is not hard to forget the horrific hate crime that took place on June 12th of 2016. The Orlando nightclub shooting took the lives of 49 people, with 53 more injured.
From this atrocious act sparked the ‘Love is Love’ comic by DC and IDW:
The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics—DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.
Harry Potter’s Contribution to Orlando
Just yesterday, Jim Lee made an unexpected announcement that he and “Harry Potter” author, JK Rowling, teamed up to add a magical piece. Lee posted his illustration onto his Instagram page—featuring the main trio and Dumbledore with wands raised strongly above them. Ahead, is the famed rainbow flag drawn in by Mark Chiarello in a delightful watercolor design.
Check out @georgegustines lovely article in the @nytimes in which my "Love is love" contribution is revealed. This first of a kind illustration was done with #jkrowling's blessing, inspired by her quote: “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” –The Goblet of Fire #harrypotter #Loveislove is an amazing anthology and collaboration among so many of comicdom's finest talents with all proceeds going to the victims, survivors, and their families of the Orlando shooting tragedy via EQUALITY FLORIDA. I want to thank @idwpublishing editor #SarahGaydos and @dccomics Vertigo group editor @jamie_s_rich for their tireless work in making this book a reality. The full uncropped image available in the book in stores 12/28. Colors by the magnificent @markchidc!
This illustration was inspired by JK Rowling’s quote from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. The said quote is featured at the bottom of the drawing, “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open”.
This incredibly moving contribution is just one of many artworks to be featured. We can also expect to see work from the following individuals:
Jason Aaron, Rafael Albuquerque, Brian Michael Bendis, Marguerite Bennett, Matt Bomer, Mike Carey, Olivier Coipel, Ming Doyle, Kieron Dwyer, Phil Jimenez, Damon Lindelof, Steve Orlando, Patton Oswalt, Brandon Peterson, Taki Soma, Morgan Spurlock, James Tynion IV and Matt Wagner.
If you would love to contribute to this movement, you can pre-order the comic here. Since it is released December 28th, you can get it just in time for Christmas! There are currently 144 pages in this giant book, and is going for only $10. Don’t forget, all of the proceeds go to the families and victims of the Orlando Shooting earlier this year.