This holiday season, the comic book community will follow the example of its fictional heroes by standing against bigotry with the publication of Love Is Love, an anthology created to support LGBT nonprofit and advocacy organization Equality Florida.
The 144-page special issue, to be co-published by DC Entertainment and IDW Publishing, is the brainchild of Wonder Woman '77 writer Marc Andreyko, who told the New York Times that it came about in the wake of the June attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla.
"I'm a child of the '80s; I grew up with 'We Are the World' and Live Aid," he explained. "Events like this shouldn't be compartmentalized. They should hurt and we should want to change for the better."
Love Is Love will feature more than 100 stories from the likes of Superwoman's Phil Jimenez and Detective Comics writer James Tynion IV, with a handful of non-comic creators - including Damon Lindelof and Patton Oswalt - contributing, with each story running two pages maximum. "I purposely said it would be a one-page thing to get people to commit," Andreyko told the Times.
This kind of "benefit book" is far from a new thing for comics. While the most high-profile previous projects are the titles offered by multiple publishers in the wake of the 9/11 attacks - which included 9/11: Artists Respond and Marvel Entertainment's Heroes and A Moment of Silence - it's a practice that has existed for decades, dating back to the 1980s, which saw Heroes Against Hunger and Heroes for Hope titles supporting Ethiopian relief efforts and beyond.
Love Is Love will be released in December for $9.99.