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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 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 has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.


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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 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 has been kindly donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. Be a part of an historic comics event! It doesn’t matter who you love. All that matters is you love.

30 review for Love Is Love: A Comic Book Anthology to Benefit the Survivors of the Orlando Pulse Shooting

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    TW: aphobia, transphobia, biphobia, rape apologism, ableism --------- 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 TW: aphobia, transphobia, biphobia, rape apologism, ableism --------- 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    Love Is Love 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 – Love Is Love had incredible potential to become a complete game-changer. But I quickly found that instead of targeting its focus on highlighting #ownvoi Love Is Love 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 – Love Is Love 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 Love Is Love 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. Love Is Love 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. *Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Love Is Love, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with http://Ko-fi.com/bookspoils

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aydin

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    Read this in tribute to the Orlando victims, in protest of legislation removing hard won rights for LGBT people, for love that is revolution. But keep a box of tissues handy, as in more than one.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I thought this was an amazing tribute. There is a lot of love in this book. This is a collection of 1 and 2 page stories to support people hurting from the Orlando Pulse Shooting. Writers from everywhere contributed, all in love. I'm going to start with my complaint. The stories were too short. I wanted to stick with a story for a few pages. There should have been a story or two that was the anchor for the other short stories. Ok, that is my only complaint. The rest - amazing. So many emotions ra I thought this was an amazing tribute. There is a lot of love in this book. This is a collection of 1 and 2 page stories to support people hurting from the Orlando Pulse Shooting. Writers from everywhere contributed, all in love. I'm going to start with my complaint. The stories were too short. I wanted to stick with a story for a few pages. There should have been a story or two that was the anchor for the other short stories. Ok, that is my only complaint. The rest - amazing. So many emotions ran with this. So many stories of bravery and this book as a collective shows how important it is to be yourself. It also celebrates being yourself, being brave in the face of fear and not allowing fear to stop you from Loving who you should. Love is Love. Thank you so much for putting this out. I was so moved!

  6. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    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 pretty 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 nev 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 pretty 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 to DC and all those that came together to write this, the world needs more people like you!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Neil (or bleed)

    Love wins! But this graphic novel. Not so much.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mir

    It probably goes without saying that this is a tear-jerker. I don't recommend it for reading on your commute, coffee-break, or at time when you are likely to be repeatedly interrupted by someone asking technical questions. The entries are all short, one or two page spreads. Of course the quality varies, but I thought it was generally high, remarkably so given that the contributors apparently whipped it out in a matter of days. Clearly there wasn't a lot of time to try to coordinate or make sure e It probably goes without saying that this is a tear-jerker. I don't recommend it for reading on your commute, coffee-break, or at time when you are likely to be repeatedly interrupted by someone asking technical questions. The entries are all short, one or two page spreads. Of course the quality varies, but I thought it was generally high, remarkably so given that the contributors apparently whipped it out in a matter of days. Clearly there wasn't a lot of time to try to coordinate or make sure everyone was on the same page. Thus, some are literal stories about the shooting or someone reaction to the news, some are metaphors, some are superhero investigations, etc. A few I didn't get, but that may be due to lack of familiarity with a specific extant graphic series that is being referenced. Some are even poems! My favorite of the last was Pedro Villora's rewrite "Furious Orlando". My favorite image was probably Carla Speed Mcneil's depiction of text messages, which I'll try to add later. I'll definitely check out more of her work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BrokenTune

    This is a collection of poetry, stories, and graphic artwork rather than one story. While all of the works included are expressing reactions to the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the overarching theme of the collection is love. Love in various forms. The artwork in this collection is fantastic, and really made me stop to think about it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This was such a powerful, heart wrenching story. There are no other words I could use to describe this. Please, just read this. It's so important.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)

    2.5*- 3*..? Ummm....well this collection had IMMENSE potential, but it fell somewhat flat for me. Don't get me wrong, many of the one-to-two page spreads were beautiful and spot on but there are SO MANY crucial components of the LGBTQIA+ community missing. It focuses too much on romantic type of love only and there are some spreads that shouldn't be there, like the cis-het man trying to think of what to say while realizing he has nothing TO say because he's inserting himself in something that is 2.5*- 3*..? Ummm....well this collection had IMMENSE potential, but it fell somewhat flat for me. Don't get me wrong, many of the one-to-two page spreads were beautiful and spot on but there are SO MANY crucial components of the LGBTQIA+ community missing. It focuses too much on romantic type of love only and there are some spreads that shouldn't be there, like the cis-het man trying to think of what to say while realizing he has nothing TO say because he's inserting himself in something that isn't about him. So why is he there then?! That was a spread you could have given to someone ace, bi, trans, etc.! Some of the art is beyond beautiful, no denying. Overall, it was ok. It had great intentions but we know at the end of the day that not really what fully counts. Also, ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING NEED FOR SOME OF THOSE SPREADS TO SHOW PULSE VICTIMS IN THE WAY IT DOES. Be aware some spreads can be VERY triggering because of how the depict the victims on the floor of the club, post-attack.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    With every turn of the page, I cried. I also smiled. Deep in my core I felt all my emotions running amok. Each page a different story, each one just as powerful. Heartbreaking tales, beautiful tales. My heart goes out to those who's light was stolen from them. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones. My heart goes out to those who survived that night. My heart goes out to those who have to hide. My heart goes out to those who live in fear. I hope for a day like in the Superboy strip, a day w With every turn of the page, I cried. I also smiled. Deep in my core I felt all my emotions running amok. Each page a different story, each one just as powerful. Heartbreaking tales, beautiful tales. My heart goes out to those who's light was stolen from them. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones. My heart goes out to those who survived that night. My heart goes out to those who have to hide. My heart goes out to those who live in fear. I hope for a day like in the Superboy strip, a day when we all can finally live and love. We need to end hate and fear. Love is love, love is love, love is love, love is love is love.... Hate is taught....we are not born evil.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sascha

    missed the mark completely. lots of focus on cishets and their feelings and not near enough about, y'know, LGBT people. the book also felt alarmingly white given that the shooting was purposely done during a Latinx night. too many str8 superheroes crying and honestly? too many depictions of dead bodies. it felt extremely disrespectful and only gets two stars for a handful of decent LGBT stories

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    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 Yuuhy 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"

  16. 5 out of 5

    natalia

    I was crying when I found out about the shooting & I'm crying right now. I was crying when I found out about the shooting & I'm crying right now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    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 now 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 now 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 exists. 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Effie

    10/10 That's all I can say for now. So many feelings. Read it ASAP!! EDIT: Το Love Is Love είναι ένα graphic novel που δημιουργήθηκε για να τιμήσει τα θύματα του Ορλάντο (12/6/2016) . Περιλαμβάνει ιστορίες 1-2 σελίδων και κάνουν guest εμφανίσεις πολλοί γνωστοί υπερήρωες όπως ο Batman, η Wonderwoman, η Supergirl, η Catwoman, η Poison Ivy και η Harley Queen. Οι πραγματικοί ήρωες των ιστοριών όμως είναι οι απλοί άνθρωποι, μέλη της LGBTQAI+ κοινότητας, που χωρίς υπερδυνάμεις προσπαθούν να ξεπεράσουν τ 10/10 That's all I can say for now. So many feelings. Read it ASAP!! EDIT: Το Love Is Love είναι ένα graphic novel που δημιουργήθηκε για να τιμήσει τα θύματα του Ορλάντο (12/6/2016) . Περιλαμβάνει ιστορίες 1-2 σελίδων και κάνουν guest εμφανίσεις πολλοί γνωστοί υπερήρωες όπως ο Batman, η Wonderwoman, η Supergirl, η Catwoman, η Poison Ivy και η Harley Queen. Οι πραγματικοί ήρωες των ιστοριών όμως είναι οι απλοί άνθρωποι, μέλη της LGBTQAI+ κοινότητας, που χωρίς υπερδυνάμεις προσπαθούν να ξεπεράσουν το τραγικό συμβάν και να ξανασταθούν στα πόδια τους. Αυτοί είναι και θα είναι πάντα οι πραγματικοί ήρωες. Κάποιες ιστορίες ίσως τα καταφέρνουν καλύτερα από άλλες να περάσουν το μήνυμα, αλλά αυτό δεν είμαι σε θέση να το κρίνω. Το σημαντικό είναι ότι δύο από τους μεγαλύτερους εκδοτικούς οίκους comic, η DC και η IDW, συνεργάστηκαν για να βγάλουν αυτό το αποτέλεσμα. Όλοι οι καλλιτέχνες δούλεψαν εθελοντικά για αυτό το graphic novel και τα κέρδη πηγαίνουν στα θύματα του Ορλάντο και στις οικογένειές τους.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I feel kind of bad giving this a 2.5 star because it is such an important anthology, but I honestly ended up skimming half of it because it was very repetitive. I don't think there were enough differentiating types of stories and art forms to keep this interesting enough to read all the way through. I read this on the 2 year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, and it felt incredibly impactful as I read it. These were stories about the families, the shooter, the government, the LGBTQ+ community, e I feel kind of bad giving this a 2.5 star because it is such an important anthology, but I honestly ended up skimming half of it because it was very repetitive. I don't think there were enough differentiating types of stories and art forms to keep this interesting enough to read all the way through. I read this on the 2 year anniversary of the Pulse shooting, and it felt incredibly impactful as I read it. These were stories about the families, the shooter, the government, the LGBTQ+ community, each filling about 2 pages. I loved that they choose this format for the anthology, especially because graphic novels are, sadly, one of the few formats that include a lot of diversity. I just wish there had been a few more different kinds of outlooks on the situation or on the community.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kaethe Douglas

    I can only read a tiny bit at a time because of all the crying. People are horrible and also capable of empathy and compassion and grace. Ineffable.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bianca (theperksofbeingbianca)

    I struggled a bit to finish this. In the end, it was okay; some strips were amazing, the art beautiful, the mini-plot on point, etc. Others not so much, but the intention behind them all is the same. Dozens of artists came together in the name of love, created their own stories and put them all in one book to support all the survivors of the horrible Orlando shooting of 2016, where 49 people were killed in a gay club because they were not afraid to love who they loved. I don't really know what to I struggled a bit to finish this. In the end, it was okay; some strips were amazing, the art beautiful, the mini-plot on point, etc. Others not so much, but the intention behind them all is the same. Dozens of artists came together in the name of love, created their own stories and put them all in one book to support all the survivors of the horrible Orlando shooting of 2016, where 49 people were killed in a gay club because they were not afraid to love who they loved. I don't really know what to say about it, because nothing will be enough. Just stop the hate and embrace everyone as they are, and make love win. *EDIT ON JUNE 2019* Now that I read my review from 2017, I see that my opinion has changed regarding this collection of comics. I don't really remember the specifics and I doubt I will read it again, but even though I gave it an average 3-star rating, I give it a 2-star one now, just for the title. I came to dislike that catchphrase more and more (explained in detail on a recent Instagram post of mine here https://www.instagram.com/p/Byf0dP7gZOD/). The only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 is because its profits were donated to a good cause.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    Wow. I'm so happy I bought a copy of this comic anthology honoring the people who were injured and killed in the Orlando Massacre in 2016. Such an amazing tribute to these brave souls from the comic community. Beautiful, diverse, and from the heart. As it should always be. This is a true keepsake.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    This is a little lengthy. Please skip to the end and check out some of the amazing story selections I included in here. I just want more people to read this or at least look at the stories I include at the end of my review. Wow. I loved this so much. Words can't really describe it. I sent pictures of a few stories in here to my other queer friends and even some to my straight sister and mother. They were just so powerful that I had to share it with people who would appreciate it. And somethin This is a little lengthy. Please skip to the end and check out some of the amazing story selections I included in here. I just want more people to read this or at least look at the stories I include at the end of my review. Wow. I loved this so much. Words can't really describe it. I sent pictures of a few stories in here to my other queer friends and even some to my straight sister and mother. They were just so powerful that I had to share it with people who would appreciate it. And something that genuinely surprised me about this was how deeply it affected me. Most of the stories were only one page long but they packed a brutal punch. I cry so rarely that I don't remember the last thing I cried over or when, but almost all of these pieces made me tear up so badly in public that I had to take half a minute to regain composure. I have seen reviews where people say that they didn't understand why this comic had to be so sad. It's sad because the Pulse shooting is absolutely devastating. To honor the victims, people have to be made to feel some of the pain of this tragedy, made to realize everything that is wrong about what happened. And any books about queer people that live in an accepting environment with limited to no homophobia, their characters are ridiculously (perhaps unbelievably...?) lucky. But there are also some very uplifting stories here too. I'm glad it included both sides. On a more technical note, most of these pieces don't have to do with the superheroes. Just because it is a DC/IDW comic, their characters are not the point of the book. The purpose is to highlight and honor the Pulse shooting victims and support the gay rights movement. But there were some stories that had superheroes in them, mostly just being shattered and confused at the hatred that drives people to commit acts of violence and hate like this. And of course there's a brief Harley/Ivy piece. There were a few pieces in here that were just artwork and a few that were prose or poetry pieces with some art. Overall, I found that most of the stories made sense and were great. Some of the stories were just alright and a few made little sense to me. But I got over that easily because of the sheer number of brief but powerful pieces in this anthology. This comic was amazing not just because of its support of queer issues but also its inclusiveness. There were people from all different economic, racial, sexual, gender, ability, and even a few religious backgrounds. It really shows how invested in equality something or someone is when they make the effort to be inclusive and representative. And as a queer comic reader, I just want to say thank you to everyone who worked on this book and everyone who enjoyed reading it. Being reminded that there are people out there who support us and stand with us in times of trouble makes me feel like there is some hope. And having this representation, especially from such big companies like DC and IDW, means so much. Reading stuff like this helps me gain strength and courage. This book is helping build me up to come out to the rest of my family. I just wanted to include some of the stories from the beginning of the book that I shared with my friends and family. I apologize for the blurriness, so I'll include the hyperlinks too. Hopefully this piques someone's interest. The first one shows the darker side of this comic and the second shows the uplifting side. The second, uplifting story changed me. Hand Me Down by Daniel Beals ...by Teddy Tenenbaum

  25. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    This is the comics industry's heartfelt response to the 2016 Pulse mass shooting in Orlando. It's comprised entirely of 1-2 page microstories, essays, testimonials, poems, and textless art. All proceeds are donated annually to LGBT causes and charities. There's no narrative, it's all about feels: expressions of support, relief, grief, determination, love, heartache. Many of them landed for me, which exceeded my expectations. A few left me confused. A couple even made me think. And I can see this This is the comics industry's heartfelt response to the 2016 Pulse mass shooting in Orlando. It's comprised entirely of 1-2 page microstories, essays, testimonials, poems, and textless art. All proceeds are donated annually to LGBT causes and charities. There's no narrative, it's all about feels: expressions of support, relief, grief, determination, love, heartache. Many of them landed for me, which exceeded my expectations. A few left me confused. A couple even made me think. And I can see this being a somewhat comforting read after the inevitable next American mass shooting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Very moving graphic novel, with contributions from multiple artists expressing their fear, sadness, loss, hope, and bravery (plus so much more) following The Pulse nightclub shooting. Definitely worth checking out, but bring your tissues with you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    While there's some gorgeous art and pieces in her, the stories are a bit iffy. It doesn't really acknowledge the full queer spectrum and the few nods trans people and ace people and aro people and bi people and pan people get are sloppily handled. This was well meaning, but probably a better comfort read for straights, gays, and lesbians and not so much for the rest of the queer community.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    While I applaud the sentiment behind this effort, the book was a real mixed bag for me. Some of the strips moved me to tears, while others bored me to tears. It's hard to get emotionally invested when each comic is only one to two pages. The artwork is uniformly terrific, however. And how many mass shootings have there been since June 16th, 2016? Sigh . . .

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gary Butler

    20th book read in 2017. Number 347 out of 585 on my all time book list.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bogi Takács

    I might write a more detailed review later? Some of this was great, some was kind of cis- and/or heteronormative and flattening. (The same kind as 'colorblindness', that everyone is the same. Um no.) It was great to see many queer creators talking about their personal experiences, but some of the 'straight people talking about their experiences' would have been better skipped. All in all, I'm glad this anthology exists, but the particulars were sometimes annoying, and it also seemed to me some p I might write a more detailed review later? Some of this was great, some was kind of cis- and/or heteronormative and flattening. (The same kind as 'colorblindness', that everyone is the same. Um no.) It was great to see many queer creators talking about their personal experiences, but some of the 'straight people talking about their experiences' would have been better skipped. All in all, I'm glad this anthology exists, but the particulars were sometimes annoying, and it also seemed to me some people kind of misunderstood the concept. But since all the comics were max. 2 pages long, I could just read on. (It was great to see so many approaches to very short comics, on a craft level.) Negative cookies for the comic which presented deadnaming trans people as a touching moment.

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