Comic book to benefit victims of Orlando shooting

NEW YORK • Comic-book author and screenwriter Marc Andreyko felt unfathomable horror when he heard the news of the June 12 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Feeling compelled to help, he posted on Facebook a suggestion to create a comic book that would benefit the victims.

The result is Love Is Love, a 144- page anthology filled with original work by contributors both familiar and unexpected. The book, which will be available on Dec 28, includes pages from documentarian Morgan Spurlock, actor Matt Bomer, comedians Patton Oswalt and Taran Killam, and other entertainers.

"I went through my Rolodex - to use a word for something that doesn't even exist anymore - and looked for people who I'm friends with and had name value," Andreyko said. "I want this book to be in as many hands as possible."


A Batwoman pin-up by Rafael Albuquerque from the Love Is Love comic. PHOTO: NYTIMES

Proceeds from the book, which will cost US$9.99 (S$14) and be available in comic stores and for download online (with additional pages), will benefit Equality Florida, which has set up a fund for the victims of the Pulse shooting and their families.

Andreyko, 46, said the inspiration for the book could be traced to his childhood.

He fondly recalled the musical acts that came together for benefit concerts such as Band Aid and Live Aid and the song We Are The World. He noted that the format of the book - no story is more than two pages long - had been chosen to help lure contributors who had tight schedules.

But he found the biggest motivator was the act of expression. "It was therapeutic," he said. "By doing the art, it was purging for us."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 20, 2016, with the headline 'Comic book to benefit victims of Orlando shooting'. Print Edition | Subscribe