J.K. Rowling once said that she'd never do comics, but in Love Is Love — a 144-page comic anthology created in response to the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida — the Harry Potter author teams up with prolific artist Jim Lee for an emotional tribute to the victims.
Rowling allowed the use of one of Albus Dumbledore's most famous quotes, as well as the likenesses of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore himself, for an original drawing by Lee, a co-publisher of DC Comics. Mark Chiarello, a senior vice president of art and design at DC, also added a watercolor rainbow flag to the inspiring illustration.
The quote, from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, celebrates diversity, as Dumbledore, whom Rowling has since confirmed is gay, reminds Harry and his Hogwarts classmates to judge people by their actions and nothing more. "Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open," he says. In many ways, this also evokes the message of Love Is Love.
The result is nothing short of magical.
The book, which will be available December 28, includes contributions from the best in the biz, including Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, documentarian Morgan Spurlock, actor Matt Bomer, and Batwoman scribe Marc Andreyko, as well as artists Phil Jimenez, Olivier Coipe, and so many more. LGBTQ characters like Archie's Kevin Keller, DC's Batwoman, and Wonder Woman will all appear in the anthology.
All proceeds will benefit Equality Florida, which has set up a fund for the survivors and families devastated by the Pulse shooting.