Love Is Love: a comic book anthology to benefit the survivors of the Orlando Pulse shooting

Love Is Love: a comic book anthology to benefit the survivors of the Orlando Pulse shooting

The comic industry comes together in honor of those killed in Orlando. Co-published by two of the premiere publishers in comics—DC and IDW, this oversize comic contains moving and heartfelt material from some of the greatest talent in comics, mourning the victims, supporting the survivors, celebrating the LGBTQ community, and examining love in today’s world. All material h...

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Title:Love Is Love: a comic book anthology to benefit the survivors of the Orlando Pulse shooting
Author:Marc Andreyko
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ISBN:1631409395
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:144 pages

Love Is Love: a comic book anthology to benefit the survivors of the Orlando Pulse shooting Reviews

  • Natalie
    Jan 06, 2017

    is a collection of one- to two-page stories about the tragedy that took place on June 12, when 49 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. It includes stories that mourn the victims, examine love and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

    To say that I was anticipating this would be understatement –

    had incredible potential to become a complete game-changer. But I quickly found that instead of targeting its focus on highlighting #ownvoi

    is a collection of one- to two-page stories about the tragedy that took place on June 12, when 49 people were killed when a gunman opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. It includes stories that mourn the victims, examine love and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

    To say that I was anticipating this would be understatement –

    had incredible potential to become a complete game-changer. But I quickly found that instead of targeting its focus on highlighting #ownvoices, this anthology decides to voice a lot of straight white men feeling sad and not really using their privilege to speak up in their immediate communities. To paraphrase one of the contributors, I felt like they were inserting themselves into a story that wasn’t about them… the people who can actually contribute something to

    were being overshadowed quite heavily.

    I'm just flummoxed over the fact that they would ask multiple straight white men to contribute to this collection when you could have featured #ownvoices who know what they’re talking about compared to this:

    (Just one example out of quite a few.)

    If you know this isn’t your story to tell, why are you still telling it?? It just really bothered me that these supposed allies put the main focus on themselves rather than on the people that actually got hurt and affected.

    So in order to take my mind over how worked up this made me, I’m instead going to feature the 1 page stories that actually did contribute something more than “I don’t know what to say because I’m privileged as hell.” If I sound bitter, it’s because I am still a little bitter.

    That last one knocked the breath out of me.

    was for the most part a heartrending and hopeful tribute to the LGBTQIA+ community. And I'm more than appreciative of the contributors that participated in this collection.

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  • Arya Stark
    Jan 06, 2017

    Brilliant an excellent tribute to the awful event of last year, was nearly in tears at some of the panels.

    They handled this very well and I highly recommend this.

  • Yuuhy
    Dec 30, 2016

    Boy, am I tired after reading this anthology. I gotta say, when I read that this book would "mourn the victims [of the Pulse shooting], examine love and celebrate the LGBTQ community," this is not what I imagined.

    Based on the joyful and optimistic cover image, I expected an emphasis on joyful and optimistic stories about LGBTQ indivuals, or else honest and insightful stories reflecting the range of LGBTQ experience, with some reference to the shooting. I knew that many of the contributing creato

    Boy, am I tired after reading this anthology. I gotta say, when I read that this book would "mourn the victims [of the Pulse shooting], examine love and celebrate the LGBTQ community," this is not what I imagined.

    Based on the joyful and optimistic cover image, I expected an emphasis on joyful and optimistic stories about LGBTQ indivuals, or else honest and insightful stories reflecting the range of LGBTQ experience, with some reference to the shooting. I knew that many of the contributing creators would be cishet (non-LGBTQ), but I expected that the anthology as a whole would be for an LGBTQ audience, or at least not alienating to that audience.

    The collection does contain a handful of joyful, optimistic stories about LGBTQ individuals and honest, insightful stories reflecting the range of LGBTQ experience, but the vast majority are specifically about the Pulse shooting, which was a shock, if only because I was seeking solace about being LGBTQ in an unwelcome world when I picked up the book. But that was my bad for judging it by its cover; I adjusted my expectations and moved on.

    My main issue with the anthology is that a LOT of it is dedicated to cishet perspectives on the Pulse shooting, allyship, LGBTQ issues, and LGBTQ spaces. Recurring themes include "how do I, a cishet ally, explain this tragedy to my child," "that time someone came out to me," and the platitude of love being stronger than hate, offered by those not affected by the hate sanctioned by our laws and ingrained in our culture. LOVE IS LOVE reads like a book about the LGBTQ community—but by and for cishet allies, who at best cannot contribute anything as true and nuanced as LGBTQ creators can and at worst are straight-up offensive. I found myself sighing in relief when my favorite cishet creators' contributions were completely unremarkable.

    Which is not to diminish the contributions of LGBTQ creators, whose personal narratives I am immensely grateful to have read. The story by James Tynion IV and Molly Ostertag, in particular, was the kind of honest LGBTQ narrative I was looking for when I picked up the book.

    My favorite pieces in the anthology are the following:

    - "Harley & Ivy" Paul Dini, Bill Morrison, Robert Stanley, Sal Cipriano

    - Kaare Andrews

    - Steve Foxe, Isaac Goodhart, K Michael Russell, Taylor Esposito

    - Matthew Rosenberg, Amancay Nahuelpan, Tyler Boss, Ryan Ferrier

    - "Pride" James Tynion IV & Molly Knox Ostertag

    - Marguerite Bennett, Aneke, Travis Lanham

    - Chuck Kim, Phil Jimenez, Jordan Boyd, Jared K. Fletcher

    - Jason Aaron & Jason Latour

    What's that? "Quite a list of mostly men," you say? There weren't. Very many. Women.

    So, buy it because it's for charity and it's $10, but. 2 stars: It was ok.

  • Laura
    Jan 01, 2017

    I would love to rate this higher, but like all anthologies, and collections where people are contributing, there are some ups and downs. This anthology is for a very good cause, the victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando. Just because I am rating it only three stars does not mean that I didn't rush out and buy it. It is important to support this sort of thing.

    But...there is something off about this. It is almost as though the contributors weren't sure what statement they wanted to make, be

    I would love to rate this higher, but like all anthologies, and collections where people are contributing, there are some ups and downs. This anthology is for a very good cause, the victims of the nightclub shooting in Orlando. Just because I am rating it only three stars does not mean that I didn't rush out and buy it. It is important to support this sort of thing.

    But...there is something off about this. It is almost as though the contributors weren't sure what statement they wanted to make, beyond love is love. There is a lot of use of Batman and Superman in this, and that seems to not be quite it. As much as superheroes are the "other" they are not adding an unique voice here. As another reviewer

    pointed out, a lot of the stories in this anthology are written by what appears to be straight allies explaining lgbt love to their children. This is not to say there aren't gay artists here. I did spot a few, but the stories are not inspiriting. They are just statements of shock.

    Perhaps the call for contributors came too soon after the shooting, so there was not time to reflect? Many of the stories are raw, and hurting.

    So, I would recommend this to people who want to support survivors of the Pulse shooting, but it is not a fun read (not that it would be), and I doubt I will be rereading it any time in the future.

    But, I did love Poison Ivy telling a flirting gay couple to "Flirt Louder, There isn't enough time"

  • James DeSantis
    Jan 29, 2017

    Let me be clear, as what this graphic novel stands for and the donations towards it all this is a 10/5. This is special. This is something only goodhearted people can create.

    Now the stories.

    Some of them just didn't connect. Some felt a bit repetitve. I get that, it's supposed to be the writers own views on it, but some just didn't gel well with me. I didn't feel like they had the right mindset. Also some didn't connect on the level of the events and what happened for me.

    On the flipside the go

    Let me be clear, as what this graphic novel stands for and the donations towards it all this is a 10/5. This is special. This is something only goodhearted people can create.

    Now the stories.

    Some of them just didn't connect. Some felt a bit repetitve. I get that, it's supposed to be the writers own views on it, but some just didn't gel well with me. I didn't feel like they had the right mindset. Also some didn't connect on the level of the events and what happened for me.

    On the flipside the good is the art for the most part is amazing. I really loved a lot of the stories here, especially the "white angry writer who doesn't know what to write" because it's similar to my view points, also the dog one killed me, I loved the one about mom and son, and even the Batman one was great when he visited the crime scene.

    Listen this is worth buying for the fact of where your money is going to a good cause AND the meaning behind it. It's not perfect but it's a wonderful tribute for the most part. Please do buy it and see which stories connect for you.

  • Leah
    Jan 28, 2017

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    I wanted to love this anthology. It's a great idea to show love and solidarity in the aftermath of such hateful terror attacks, and to be quite honest, I was hoping it would be a light in the dark hellscape we're currently living in.

    But it's not. This whole collection is chock full of issues, which I'll list and expand upon below:

    1. The title is aphobic. The anthology has been advertised as depicting stories of romantic love, a

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    I wanted to love this anthology. It's a great idea to show love and solidarity in the aftermath of such hateful terror attacks, and to be quite honest, I was hoping it would be a light in the dark hellscape we're currently living in.

    But it's not. This whole collection is chock full of issues, which I'll list and expand upon below:

    1. The title is aphobic. The anthology has been advertised as depicting stories of romantic love, and in doing so, they've neglected aromantic members of the queer community. Upon reading the collection, you can see that it's not only panels expressing romantic love, but that initial impression is still there and incredibly harmful. I know of people who passed on the antho completely, because of the title.

    2. "Or maybe they are only axesuals pretending, joking about having sex..." -- First, let's discuss the spelling error. "Axesuals" is not a word, and it's certainly not how you spell "asexuals." This is an error that could have very easily been fixed, but who cares about asexual people, amirite? Second, this sentence inaccurately represents the asexual spectrum, and it perpetuates the harmful stereotype that all ace people aren't interested in sex and are generally sex-repulsed. It's called the asexual spectrum for a reason. Maybe do some research before you toss our sexualities in, off-handedly, and add to the harm we already face within and without the queer community.

    3. On the same page as the "axesuals" usage above, the word "transexual" is used. Anyone who identifies on the queer spectrum knows not to use this term unless a trans person uses it themselves. Also, it's again misspelled.

    4. There is a whole page that romanticizes Zeus as the "ultimate lover" and erases his history as a rapist. The instances illustrated on that page are moments in which he raped people. There's nothing about that that equates to love.

    5. There are nearly no pieces with transgender/nonbinary people, and in one of the few that does have a trans person, that person is deadnamed.

    6. The phrase "a disturbed man" is used to describe the shooter, which is ableist and perpetuates the harmful stereotype that only mentally ill people could commit such a heinous crime.

    7. Blatant biphobia! Firstly, there are no people that are expressly identified as bisexual/pansexual. In fact, the words are both used only once. Second, there's one page that almost tries to define bisexuality, but it fails hard. The characters go from straight to gay and back to straight. That's not how bisexuality works. This page and explanation of bisexuality is like jumping off the diving board over a pool, expecting to hit the water, but instead you backflip backwards onto the concrete. It leaves you bruised, battered, and nursing your wounds, wondering how long it'll take for them to heal. I resent being made to feel that way, and I worry for my fellow bisexuals who may read this and be harmed as well.

    8. This antho also perpetuates the Bury Your Gays trope, in that it contains multiple (at times graphic) images of the Pulse victims lying dead on the ground. These images are gratuitous and unnecessary. There certainly has to be better ways to honor these people than to depict them bleeding and dying.

    9. The monosexuality is strong with this one. As I mentioned up on #7, bisexual and pansexual people are never explicitly depicted. Polyamorous relationships are never depicted. Aromantic people are never depicted. The only letters who get any face time are the L and the G, which isn't surprising but it still stings. (And before anyone says anything, yes the T is represented too, but considering the lackluster, offensive representation they receive, it would almost be better for it not to be there at all.)

    10. Cishet points-of-view are way too prominent in this collection. To be quite fucking frank, non-queer people had no right to be included in this antho. Their voices are heard every hour of every day. The voices of queer people should have populated this book (and would have resulted in better representation), but instead the feelings of non-queer, cisgender, heterosexual people are centered. It's just another tally to add to the list of times our voices have been pushed to the wayside for the sake of cishet feelings.

    The only reason I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 star is because some of the art pieces were really beautiful.

    But this anthology is not for queer people. It's for cishets who want to feel like they're allies but don't realize that true allies uplift the voices of those they are supposed to be supporting instead of speaking over the marginalized and centering themselves.

  • Mason
    Jan 29, 2017

    Love is Love means well, but is the definition of misguided. From excluding entire identities to focusing on so many straight cisgender (or cishet) stories, as well as making 'jokes' that insult people and including only a handful of queer superhero stories while giving Batman and Superman 3-4 stories a piece.

    Like it made me so mad that I decided to use Goodreads one last time just to talk about it.

  • Neil (or bleed)
    Feb 04, 2017

    Love wins!

    But this graphic novel. Not so much.

  • Kaylin
    Feb 06, 2017

    I didn't mean to read this.

    Or I guess I should say that I didn't know this existed.

    Or that I didn't meant to read it

    My library informed me all the proceeds from borrows of this (via Hoopla app) go to Equality Florida. I very quickly downloaded it and encourage others whose library's use Hoopla to do this same.

    The overall message behind this anthology is one of unity, and one I believe is extremely important. Some of the comics capture this very well and were very beautiful.

    Others, I felt we

    I didn't mean to read this.

    Or I guess I should say that I didn't know this existed.

    Or that I didn't meant to read it

    My library informed me all the proceeds from borrows of this (via Hoopla app) go to Equality Florida. I very quickly downloaded it and encourage others whose library's use Hoopla to do this same.

    The overall message behind this anthology is one of unity, and one I believe is extremely important. Some of the comics capture this very well and were very beautiful.

    Others, I felt were a little misguided:

    - Bodies of victims of the Pulse Shooting were depicted several times in fairly gory ways. This felt insensitive.

    - The only time the term "asexual" is used, it's actually misspelled.

    - Bisexuality is not portrayed very well. Few of the comics mention it, and one strip is devoted solely to someone switching identities. The message of this was that everyone is valid and should be loved, despite this identity-- but it ends up resembling the "bisexuals can decide" stereotype

    Some of these comics brought tears to my eyes, both with the power behind them and the fact that this

    I wish we lived in a world where there was a never a need for such a collection.

    While some of these miss the mark, it's a very personal and important anthology.

  • Liam
    Feb 22, 2017

    Even though there were some stories better than others in here I just couldn't give this anything less than 5 stars!

    It was so powerful and it really did have an effect on me when reading. At times, I could only read a few pages a day because it had such a hard impact on me and was really emotional!

    The stories were beautifully drawn and beautifully told and it was awesome to see some familiar faces in the stories too, such as dc characters and even the riverdale group!

    This book will never leav

    Even though there were some stories better than others in here I just couldn't give this anything less than 5 stars!

    It was so powerful and it really did have an effect on me when reading. At times, I could only read a few pages a day because it had such a hard impact on me and was really emotional!

    The stories were beautifully drawn and beautifully told and it was awesome to see some familiar faces in the stories too, such as dc characters and even the riverdale group!

    This book will never leave me and I really encourage you all to go out and buy this! I am so blessed and thankful for the existence of this comic, what an empowering creation. Thank you too DC and all those that came together to write this, the world needs more people like you!