Last January, we told you about Love is Love, the comic book anthology released in tribute to the Orlando shooting victims at the Pulse nightclub. All proceeds of the book go to Equality Florida’s OneOrlando Fund — and we’ve got the total (so far): over $165,000.
Love is Love has proven both commercially and critically successful. The New York Times best seller is currently in its fourth printing — with a fifth coming soon. When the book originally came out, the buzz was so high around it that retailers could hardly keep it in stock. Shortly after it came out, copies could be found for $40 on eBay.
As for the critics, they were ecstatic about the book. Bleeding Cool called it a “triumph,” and Comic Book Review said it was “a moving tribute.” NPR’s Glen Weldon gushed about it in his “non-review”:
That dogged attempt is Love is Love‘s true subject: These pages are filled with rage, and sadness, and frustrated helplessness, and sympathetic concern, and a defiant determination to take action. It’s real and it’s raw-throated and it always risks going too far, and spiraling into maudlin kitsch.
But again: so what? If it didn’t take that risk, it would be safe, and tasteful, and not remotely worth doing.
Love is Love, a co-production between IDW Publishing and DC Comics, featured many of the best the comics industry has to offer — across all companies and universes. The list of talent included in the book is mindblowing. Comics luminaries like Gail Simone, Paul Dini and Amanda Conner are mixed with famous comic book fans like comedian Patton Oswalt and Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost.
Understandably, everyone involved is thrilled. In a statement from IDW, project organizer Mark Andreyko said:
I am overwhelmed by the response to LOVE IS LOVE. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that this project would not only raise so much money, but touch so many lives around the globe. In these divisive and difficult times, seeing the outpouring of love and support for victims of hate by people of every race, creed, orientation and nationality shows me that there is much good in the world. We just need to keep fighting the good fight and love will win.
Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida, said “Equality Florida is so grateful for this project – it has been such an inspiring and powerful way to respond in the face of tragedy.” Buddy Dyer, Orlando Mayor, said “Words cannot express how grateful we are for the outpouring of generosity our community has received.”
The remaining copies of the fourth printing of the book will be donated to Equality Florida to be sold as fundraising items. The book isn’t going out of print, though — and all future proceeds will go to a variety of LGBTQ charities.