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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Love Is Love

The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Love Is Love

This week on The Wednesday Club, hosts Amy Dallen, Taliesin Jaffe, and Matt Key were joined by Marc Andreyko to discuss Love Is Love and other works by LGBTQ writers and artists in celebration of Pride month. Marc is a veteran comic book writer who’s written for both DC Comics and Marvel Comics, and created the character of Manhunter (Kate Spencer) for DC.

Marc is also the organizer for the Love Is Love anthology that was created and published as a fundraiser for the victims of the Orlando Pulse tragedy.

Love is Love

Love is Love is an anthology graphic novel, 144 pages with over 350 creators,” said Marc. “It was designed to raise money, it was designed mostly as catharsis for my grief after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando last June.”

After reaching out to industry friends with the idea to do the anthology, Marc quickly gained the help of comics creators, editors, and two large publishers, IDW Comics, and DC Comics.

Love is Love

The book features short stories centered around the idea of love and the victims of the shooting, including the only time Harry Potter has been officially printed in comic book form with the blessing of J.K. Rowling and the artistry of Jim Lee. Patty Jenkins, director of the Wonder Woman movie, wrote the introduction.

“I wanted to do a book about celebrating love, because forty-nine people died because they were just living their lives honestly,” Marc said. All proceeds go directly to victims’ families, and so far the book has raised over $200,000.

“It is such a remarkable artistic accomplishment,” said Taliesin.

Note: The ComiXology digital edition contains exclusive bonus material.

(IDW Comics/DC Comics, various writers and artists)

The Authority

A team book along the same lines as the Justice League or the Avengers, The Authority even has Superman and Batman analogues in the forms of Apollo and Midnighter respectively. They’re also in a healthy relationship together. “They examine all of the [superhero] tropes in a new context,” described Amy.

“This is a groundbreaking book. This is a book that set the stage, for better or for worse, for comics for fifteen years afterward,” Marc said.

“It’s a very fascinating book,” said Taliesin. “I highly recommend you pick it up.”

(Wildstorm/DC Comics, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, and more)

Fun Home

Alison Bechdel is the artist and writer of Dykes to Watch Out For, a comic strip that has run in gay and lesbian newspapers for over 20 years. Fun Home is a “family tragicomic” that chronicles her childhood and life with her erratic father.

“She is one of my all-time favorite cartoonists,” said Amy. “You can get an education in a lot of modern and social issues just by reading that [comic] strip as it carries on over the years. She’s incredible.”

(Alison Bechdel)

Manhunter

Kate Spencer is a Los Angeles-based prosecutor by day and a vigilante by night. “I wanted to do a book that was set in a real city but in the DC universe,” said Marc. “We needed to have a gay presence in the book, it’s Los Angeles. I want to make [Kate’s] law partner gay, and I would love for him to have a boyfriend who is in the superhero community.”

Kate Spencer

Rather than force a character into the role, Marc researched books like Infinity Inc. and noticed Obsidian, the original Green Lantern’s son, already had a long history that alluded to his sexuality. DC Comics approved the use of the character, and Marc was happily surprised that Manhunter never received backlash about it.

“I love [Obsidian] as a character,” Marc said.

(DC Comics, Marc Andreyko, Jae Lee, and Jesús Saíz)

The hosts and guest also mentioned titles like Love and Rockets, Strangers in Paradise, Young Avengers, Batwoman, Enigma, and more that feature LGBTQ characters.

Take a look at Amy Dallen’s Twitter thread celebrating LGBTQ creators and characters for even more comics to add to your reading list.

Hang out on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel every Wednesday afternoon to catch the next amazing episode of The Wednesday Club.

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