‘Love is Love’ raises $165,000 for victims of Orlando Pulse nightclub attack

The benefit anthology Love is Love has raised more than $165,000 thus far through print and digital sales, according to the Washington Post and a press release from co-publisher IDW.

Through Equality Florida, the proceeds have been donated to the OneOrlando Fund to assist the victims and families impacted by the deadly attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.

“I am overwhelmed by the response to Love is Love,” said Marc Andreyko, who conceived and curated the anthology. “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.”

Published in December, Love is Love retails for $9.99 and includes one- and two-page comics by Grant Morrison, Gail Simone, Jim Lee, Paul Dini, Amanda Conner, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Damon Lindelof, Patton Oswalt, Phil Jimenez, Olivier Coipel, Paige Braddock, Steve Orlando, James Tynion IV, Robin Riggs, Liam Sharp, Matt Wagner, Dave Justus, Frank Tieri, Cat Staggs, Shannon Eric Denton, Ben Raab, Tristan Jones, Chris Miskiewicz, Simon Fraser, Kieron Gillen, Mark Millar, Morgan Spurlock and many others. IDW Publishing’s Sarah Gaydos and DC Entertainment’s Jamie S. Rich served as editors. The digital edition includes extra, exclusive material.

According to the release, the graphic novel is currently in its fourth printing, and the remaining copies will be donated to Equality Florida and sold as fundraising items. It has also been nominated for a GLAAD award.

“Words cannot express how grateful we are for the outpouring of generosity our community has received,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “People from around the globe continue to contribute funds to OneOrlando to deliver the critical help and healing the victims’ families and survivors need to aid in their recovery.”

IDW says a fifth printing is forthcoming, with plans to donate proceeds to LGBTQA charities.

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