IDW Publishing/DC Comics 2016
Written by Too Many to Mention
Illustrated by Too Many to Mention
Spearheaded by Marc Andreyko
The comic book industry comes together to honor those killed in Orlando this year. From IDW Publishing, with assistance from DC Entertainment, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talents in comics - - mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today's world.
It takes a tragedy to bring people together we’ve seen it thousands of times in our world’s history. The tragedy that happened at Pulse Nightclub hit home for a lot of people from all walks of life for various reasons and it still resonates even now. Had we been more advanced in our thinking or accepting of those different would there have been a Stonewall comic? We don’t know but what this single issue represents is love in it’s purest form, love for our freedom, for being who we are, for the people in our lives and of expression.
Story after story here reminds you that we are so diverse, so different and yet so alike at the same time. There are stories here that will hit you from an unexpected place out of the blue and can represent so much more than the from context of what we’re seeing. Universal in it’s message of love and acceptance that needs to triumph over fear and hate this is something you can’t walk away from unchanged no matter who you are.
For many of us we don’t know how to help those people suffering. Buying this book is one way to help. While I want to say buy multiple copies give them to your friends and loved ones for them to display on coffee tables in their homes it may be financially feasible but if you can than you should. Why because no matter who you are these stories will touch you in ways that are both subtle and overt. No matter if you are a comics lover or not these are the kinds of stories that remind everyone that we need to love care for each other regardless of gender, ethnicity or religion.
Never preachy just an honest outpouring of love and feelings sometimes brutally honest and raw.
Maybe someday we won’t need books like this to remind people that we’re all in this life together, and as un-pc as this it reminds of the old Virginia Slims ads “you’ve come a long way baby..” and we still have so much further to go. In the meantime love yourself, love your friends and neighbors don’t be afraid to let your own light shine you never know who’ll need to see it.