IDW
Nivea Serrao
March 28, 2017 at 12:54 PM EDT

Love Is Love was organized to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting last year, and now the IDW comic has raised more than $165,000 in proceeds that have since been donated to assist the victims and their families.

The best-selling book was the idea of Marc Andreyko, who not only curated the anthology but also organized the contributing artists and writers, each of varying degrees of comic-creating experience, into teams for the many submissions. Included in the collection are pieces by J.K. Rowling, Brian Michael Bendis, Gail Simone, Grant Morrison, Scott Snyder, Jim Lee, Brad Meltzer, Patton Oswalt, Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennet, Matt Bomer, and more.

“I am overwhelmed by the response to Love Is Love,” said Andreyko in a statement. “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.”

Added Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, “Words cannot express how grateful we are for the outpouring of generosity out community has received. 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.”

The book, which is in its fourth printing, will go into a fifth with all proceeds from future editions being donated to LGBTQIA charities. Remaining copies from the current printing will be donated to Equality Florida and sold as donation items.

“Equality Florida is so grateful for this project — it has been such an inspiring and powerful way to respond in the face of tragedy,” said CEO of Equality Florida Nadine Smith. “We must uproot the hatred that breeds discrimination and violence and having top storytellers and illustrators combine their talents makes Love Is Love a potent and accessible tool.”

Love Is Love is currently available for purchase. Order it here.

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