Melbourne Queer Comic Club & Love is Love



‘Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open’ – Albus Dumbledore,Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  by J.K Rowling

Sonja Hammer is in the studio for this special podcast with Haydn Klemm one of the organisers of the Melbourne Queer Comic Club :’An inclusive and friendly group for LGBT people and allies who love comics. Come along to our monthly meetings to talk comics and meet new friends!’ 

Haydn helps us catch up on the last meet up where ‘Love is Love’ the : ” response to the tragic summer shooting, ( June 2016),at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, IDW PUBLISHING collaborated with writers, artists and creators from across the world to build LOVE IS LOVE, an anthology of stories celebrating love in all its forms. With support from DC ENTERTAINMENT and some of the greatest talents in entertainment, the anthology presents tales of no more than 1 to 2 pages each, spread across a 144-page oversized love-letter to the LGBTQ community honoring the victims, survivors and families of the tragedy. All materials have been donated, with all proceeds from sales of the comic going to EQUALITY FLORIDA, a 501(c)4 organization dedicated to securing justice and equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.”

The project is curated by writer Marc Andreyko (BATWOMAN, WONDER WOMAN ’77) with collaborators from all walks of life.

‘Andreyko described the book further, saying “It’s called “Love is Love” — the tagline I’m using, that I stole from someone else on the Internet, is, “It doesn’t matter who you love, just love somebody.” Some of the stories are very powerful and very specific to Orlando, a couple people who lost friends and family have done pieces for the book; people that live in Orlando have done pieces for the book. Some people have done pieces that aren’t Orlando-specific, but they’re about love; there are one and two-page stories, there are pin-ups, there are illustrated poems. DC is letting us use their characters in the book.” from an article found here 

List of creative contributors here  

This Months meet up is on Monday Feb 27th at Hares & Hyenas in Melbourne:

Our book this month is Vision vol 1: Little Worse Than a Man (2015, w: Tom King a: Gabriel Hernandez Walta, #1–6).

Vision, a synthetic man and member of the Avengers, decides to build himself a synthetic nuclear family. Like all nuclear families, it’s intense, creepy and not a great idea. King’s writing makes the title part Blue Velvet, with a splash of Watchmen.

This title was a brave direction at a time when the character hit the mainstream thanks to the Marvel Avengers 2 film.
We will follow this book with volume 2 in March.
Entry by donation.

Below: Hayn Klemm from the Melbourne Queer Comic Club 

We dedicate this podcast to the families and loved ones who lost someone due to the Orlando tragedy.

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