Comics Pros Come Together To Benefit Las Vegas Shooting Victims In Image Book
by Olly MacNamee
No word on contributors yet, but well worth sharing this news with you all, I think.
Image Comics will be producing a benefit book to help the victims of the recent horrendous Las Vegas shootings. The Where We Live anthology will be curated by JH Williams III, Wendy Wright-Williams, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, and Image Comics’ Publisher, Eric Stephenson. Proceeds for the anthology will be donated to an existing GoFundMe for the survivors in Vegas, to be announced.
J.H. Williams says:
On October 1, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada suffered the worst mass shooting in modern American history, resulting in 58 deaths and over 500 injured. It broke my heart. Las Vegas is my home. I felt like something needed to be done to help in a unique way. A week passed before the shock cleared enough to decide I wanted to help create a benefit book project for the survivors, along with oversight from Eric Stephenson, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, and Wendy Wright-Williams.
I’m thankful for them and Image Comics offering so quickly to do this. With this book, titled Where We Live, our hope is to not only help those in need after this tragic event, but to also somehow start a real conversation on avenues for preventing this sort of violence from happening again in the future. We ask that you join us in this effort.
The book will include a variety of perspectives with key themes to be explored, including:
The value of a compassionate society, the need for communication/conversations, mental health stigmatization, access to healthcare, gun violence, common sense gun control, history of the 2nd Amendment, why the 2nd Amendment is important to gun owners, role of the NRA in national & local politics, balance of safety & privacy/freedoms, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals & communities persevere, role of the media in tragedies, ongoing need for survivor support, and appreciation of Las Vegas as a community.
We’ll inform you of more when we hear more about this significant new anthology.