'Love Is Love' Comic Anthology Honors, Mourns Pulse Nightclub Victims

There’s no real answer as to why someone would walk into a gay nightclub and viciously slaughter 49 innocent people. There is an answer, however, as to how to react to such visceral violence: love.

That’s what Love Is Love, a new comic anthology released Dec. 28 and put together by indie comic publisher IDW in collaboration with DC Comics, sets out to remind readers.

The anthology, an ambitious undertaking that includes more than 300 writers and illustrators, is both a tribute to the victims of last year’s Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida ― the worst mass shooting in U.S. history ― and a therapeutic outlet for those living in its aftermath.

The 144-page comic offers vignettes ranging from personal essays and poems sharing grief, to more lighthearted strips reminding readers that being in the LGBTQ community is something worth celebrating. In one comic, writer Teddy Tenebaum makes the case that LGBTQ love is in fact different from straight love ― not because it’s less than it ― but because despite hatred that the LGBTQ community faces, their love endures. It’s “super-love.” 

Mark Andreyko, who came up with the initial idea for Love Is Love, said his first instinct after the shooting was to make a comic.

“My body just clenched and I was ill,” Andreyko told The Guardian last September. “I knew I had to do something, anything.”

The author said most of the writers and artists he reached out to said yes before he could finish asking.

“It has been profoundly moving to see such a diverse, and often really busy, group take the time to be a part of this,” he told the publication.

Superheroes must also find a way to cope with the tragedy in Love Is Love. In a comic written by Marc Guggenheim, Batman goes to investigate the scene of the shooting, searching for answers. He finds none.

In another, written by Taran Killam, Deathstroke reacts to the news by doing away with his guns. 

The anthology touches on subjects including gun control, acceptance of different lifestyles, and the enduring love that lets humans keep going in the face of unspeakable tragedy. The inside front cover of the anthology is perhaps the most touching page of all ― it gives the names and ages of all 49 victims who lost their lives that night. 

All proceeds will go to Equality Florida, an advocacy group for Florida’s LGBTQ community. You can pick up a copy at your local comic book store for $9.99.

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This Teen Brought Her Stepdad To Tears With Surprise Christmas Gift

A story that’s gone viral since the holidays is a beautiful reminder that family is about who you choose to love, not simply biological ties.

On Friday, the Facebook page Love What Matters shared a post about Long Island teen Alexus Ortiz and her stepdad Matias Cardozo: After nine years as his stepdaughter, the 17-year-old decided to hyphenate her last name to include Cardozo.

Alexus’ mom, Jennifer Cardozo, filmed Matias’ stunned reaction to receiving the legal docs on Christmas Day:   

A Forever Family

"My daughter is taking on her stepfather's last name. He has been in her life since she was 8 years old and she is now 17. From the moment they met it was an instant bond and it has only gotten stronger throughout the years." ❤️

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“My daughter is taking on her stepfather’s last name,” Jennifer wrote on the post. “He has been in her life since she was eight years old and she is now 17. From the moment they met it was an instant bond and it has only gotten stronger throughout the years.”

The sweet gift was the last present opened by the family on Christmas Day. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Alexus said her stepdad was initially in disbelief.

“He shook his head ‘no’ in tears and then just kept repeating ‘thank you so much, I love you,” she said. “We’re no different than a biological father and his daughter. No matter where we go, he is introduced as my father.”

People on Facebook applauded the family and Matias especially for putting so much effort into making it work. 

“Anyone can be a father, it takes someone special to be a dad,” one person wrote

Alexus’ mom said she isn’t surprised by her daughter’s decision to go by Ortiz-Cardozo. 

“[Matias] has been her dad for the last eight years. Every hospital visit, school event, broken heart, he has been there to pick up the pieces,” said Jennifer, who also has a 6-year-old son with Matias.

The proud mom said the bond is best summed up by a remark her husband once made.

“Matias said ‘My daughter was born eight years before I even met her mother,’” she said. “They’re really a dynamic duo.”

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'OITNB' Star Samira Wiley's Proposal Story Will Hit You Right In The Feels

In October, “Orange Is the New Black” actress Samira Wiley and writer-producer Lauren Morelli announced their engagement with this super cute Instagram post. 

Yes.

A photo posted by Samira Wiley (@whododatlikedat) on Oct 4, 2016 at 9:08am PDT

Now Wiley, who played Poussey on the Netflix series, and Morelli are spilling the proposal details in the February 2017 issue of Out magazine. 

It all went down at the couple’s home before they were leaving for a weekend trip to Palm Springs last fall. 

“[Lauren] asked me to sit next to her,” Wiley told Out. “Then she got me up, and we started dancing together, and she pulled a ring from behind the couch. Lauren has been married before, so I wanted her to tell me she was ready, her to be the one to propose. I didn’t know she was as ready as she was.”

The proposal came as a total surprise to Wiley. 

“I was crying uncontrollably and kept backing away from her,” Wiley added. “I asked her after, ‘Who knows about this?’ and she said, ‘Oh, everyone. Your parents know.’ We didn’t tell anyone else for a few days. That was really important to us — to have some time where it was just ours.” 

A photo posted by Samira Wiley (@whododatlikedat) on Jan 2, 2017 at 2:22pm PST

Morelli told the magazine that while planning the proposal, she worried that Wiley knew it was coming. In reality, Wiley was clueless. 

“I was so nervous and terrified she knew it was coming, but she was so shocked that I couldn’t get her to stop crying,” Morelli said. “She was hyperventilating. I thought, Oh, this is not good. This has gone too far. She was very clear she’d wait for me to be ready, so to give her something I knew she wanted so much was incredible. It was the most magical day of my life.”

LGBT visibility. Don't ever sleep on how utterly essential this is. Thank you, @outmagazine. #meandmylady

A photo posted by Samira Wiley (@whododatlikedat) on Jan 1, 2017 at 11:56am PST

The couple first met on the set of “OITNB” in December 2012. At the time, Morelli was married to a man but began to question her sexuality while working on the show. She told Out that she had a crush on Wiley ever since she saw her audition tape. 

The pair were pals and confidants first, but over time, the friendship blossomed into something more. After Morelli amicably divorced her husband in 2014, she and Wiley began dating. 

For more on Wiley and Morelli’s love story, head over to Out

H/T Cosmopolitan

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