For comic fans, Wednesday night signifies the tail of end New Comic Book Day, but this week past at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles, California, it stood for something greater. Love Is Love, the brainchild of comic book creator, Marc Andreyko, saw its charity book launch in support of the victims and survivors of the recent Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida.
Fans and creators alike flocked to the store, packing the space with both reverie and reverence for the book launch and the stories contained within. Legends and all stars of the comic book creative community that showed up to support Andreyko’s project included folks such as Paul Dini (Batman TAS), Dan Didio (Publisher, DC Comics), Bill Morrison (Co-Founder, Bongo Comics), Chuck Kim (Heroes, X-Men, JLA, Batman), and a smattering of creatives from the book itself.
With all proceeds going to charity, the book featured some of the best and brightest that the community has to offer. While some were drawn to the first appearance of Harry Potter in comic book form (and outward proclamation of Dumbledore’s sexuality) in a piece by DC Comics Publisher and legend, Jim Lee, there were some really poignant and notable entries by folks such as Ivan Reis, Mitch Gerards & Tom King, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Christian Gossett.
Despite the books anthology format, the stories and messages contained within stand as a beacon of community that brought together people from across the world and creators despite company affiliation to being hope and light back into the world after the events of the Pulse shooting. (We are currently offering a free copy as a prize for our #17daysofgiving event.)
All in all the event was in all estimations a great success for a good cause. A limited run of prints were made available for those on site, for future availability contact Golden Apple for more information.