A new comic book titled Love is Love, made up of a variety of illustrations and benefiting victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting, has one very notable and surprising contributor: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Comic book author Marc Andreyko put the project together over the past few months, originally calling for submissions via Facebook. When one illustration came in from DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee depicting Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore holding their wands to the sky, they went to Rowling for permission to add a quote from the fourth book in her wizarding series.
As The New York Times reports:
One of the most unusual contributions comes by way of J. K. Rowling, who allowed the use of a quote from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It serves as a caption to an image of Harry and his friends drawn by Jim Lee, a co-publisher of DC Comics. The pairing seemed only natural, Mr. Andreyko said.
“If we get the biggest-selling author on the planet, we need the biggest artist,” Mr. Andreyko said. Mark Chiarello, a senior vice president of art and design at DC, added a watercolor rainbow flag to the drawing.
The quote is by Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Harry’s school, who Ms. Rowling has said is gay, and drives home the point of the anthology: “Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.”
Rowling tweeted about the Orlando shooting several times, as one of the victims was a huge Potter fan who worked at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. She even sent flowers to his funeral.
Take a look at the gorgeous illustration below:
Love is Love will be released this month and can be pre-ordered here for $9.99. Additional contributors to the comic include Phil Jimenez, Steve Sadowski, Paul Jenkins, Mike Carey, Matt Wagner, Marguerite Bennett, Aneke, Damon Lindelof, Patton Oswalt, Steven Orlando, Rafael Albuquerque, Jason Aaron, Jason Latour, James Asmus, Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Cecil Castellucci, Brandon Peterson, Jesus Saiz, Olivier Coipel, Leinil Yu, and Elsa Charretier.
The Pulse Nightclub shooting left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded.