Deeply moved by the horror of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last June, writer and illustrator Marc Andreyko posted a Facebook status asking artists if they would like to create an anthology comic to pay homage to the victims.
Six months later, the 148-page gem entitled Love is Love will be released in the United States today, on December 28 (and can be pre-ordered here). The profits will go directly to the Orlando victims and their families.
Among the artists who participated in the project, we find Matt Bomer, who created a page on Batman, and Patton Oswalt gracing the pages, but the most surprising page portrays Harry Potter and friends.
The New York Times explains that the drawing by Jim Lee, star of the comic book industry, depicts Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley and Albus Dumbledore. Why is this important? Besides the overall message of the work, we find the four characters standing under a rainbow flag, famous symbol of the LGBTQ community.
While we've known for awhile now that the wizard was homosexual, this is probably the first time that the fact has been clearly represented on paper. The drawing is accompanied by a Dumbledore quote, validated by J.K. Rowling herself, taken from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
"Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open."
As for Matt Bomer's page, it centers on Batman and was unveiled in Entertainment Weekly.
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