Where We Live is an important new anthology from Image Comics to benefit the victims and survivors of the Las Vegas massacre on 1st October 2017.
The brainchild of Las Vegas resident and writer/artist extraordinaire J H Williams III, it’s a 256-page full colour trade paperback featuring over 150 creators, and I’m extremely proud to be counted among the contributors.
Some of the phenomenal talents enlisted include Mike Allred, Brian Michael Bendis, Kurt Busiek, Amy Chu, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Neil Gaiman, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Mike Mignola, Mark Millar, James Robinson, Gail Simone, Brandon Graham, Rob Williams, Geof Darrow, Tess Fowler, Joelle Jones, Jeff Lemire. Sean Phillips, Bill Sienkiewicz, JH Williams III himself and way too many more to mention here.
I’ve always had a morbid fascination with the apparent American obsession with guns, the NRA and the gun lobby, the Second Amendment and all the statistics, and I was particularly moved by the Las Vegas shooting last October.
A gunman opened fire from a hotel room on to the audience at the Route 91 Harvest music festival taking place on the famous Las Vegas Strip. The casualties from the single shooter’s actions numbered fifty-eight dead and 851 injured (422 by gunfire), which to be frank, are numbers more comparable to a warzone.
So, when J H Williams III invited me to contribute to this noble project, I didn’t hesitate. My own humble contribution is a six-page strip called “The Watershed” which I’ve written, illustrated, coloured and lettered. Not easy subject matter to tackle for sure, and it’s a tragedy that this book needs to exist at all, but I’m sure like everyone else involved, I poured my heart into it.
My grateful thanks go to JHW3 for giving me this opportunity and for all his valuable advice, as well as the inestimable Will Dennis for his editorial skills and my conduit to Image central, Michael Perlman.
Here’s a glimpse of my art process for one of the panels in my story.
Where We Live is released on 30 May, but I’d highly recommend that you pre-order it from your local comics retailer right now to secure your copy. You can quote them the Diamond distributor code: MAR180600.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to an existing GoFundMe campaign for the survivors in Las Vegas.
The full list of contributors: Michael Allred & Laura Allred Henry Barajas, Isaac Goodhart & Kelly Fitzpatrick Jennifer Battisti, Geof Darrow, Dave Stewart & Bernardo Brice Jennifer Battisti & J.H. Williams III Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Oeming, Taki Soma & Bernardo Brice Haden Blackman & Richard Pace Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III & Todd Klein Jeff Boison & Tyler Boss Ivan Brandon, Paul Azaceta & Bernardo Brice Ryan Burton, Tony Parker, Dee Cunniffe & Bernardo Brice Kurt Busiek, Andrew Maclean, Lee Loughridge & JG Roshell (at Comicraft) Amy Chu, Gabriel Hernandez Walta & Alexander Chang Rachel Crosby, J.H. Williams III & Bernardo Brice Al Davison Kelly Sue DeConnick, Joelle Jones, Dave Stewart & Bernardo Brice J.M. DeMatteis & Mike Cavallaro Gustavo Duarte Aaron Duran, Joe Mulvey, Jules Rivera & Bernardo Brice Joshua Dysart, Pere Perez & Bernardo Brice Pierce Elliott & Monica Gallagher Joshua Ellis, Jeff Lemire & Bernardo Brice Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler & Bernardo Brice Ray Fawkes Joshua Hale Fialkov, Noel Tuazon & Bernardo Brice Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III & Todd Klein Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Dee Cunniffe & Clayton Cowles Brandon Graham Justin Gray & John Broglia Lela Gwenn & Matthew Dow Smith Matt Hawkins, Aaron Campbell, Dee Cunniffe & Bernardo Brice Daniel Hernandez, Moritat & Casey Silver Talia Hershewe, Jock & Bernardo Brice David Hine, Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Joe Illidge, Ray-Anthony Height, Andrew Dalhouse & Deron Bennet Van Jensen, Eric Kim, Chris O’Halloran & Bernardo Brice Scott David Johnson, Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Mark Englert & Bernardo Brice Justin Jordan, Tom Fowler & Taylor Esposito Jarret Keene, Craig Cermak, Marissa Louise & Taylor Esposito Neil Kleid & Nick Pitarra Greg Lockard, Tim Fish, Michael J DiMotta & Sal Cipriano Ollie Masters, Jason Harris, Sina Grace & Shaun Steven Struble Mariah McCourt, Ariela Kristantina, Bryan Valenza & Bernardo Brice Mike Mignola & Dave Stewart Mark Millar, Alex Sheikman, Marissa Louise & Bernardo Brice Gary Spencer Millidge Fabio Moon B. Clay Moore, Kelly Williams & Chas! Pangburn Greg Pak, Triona Farrell & Simon Bowland Alex Paknadel, Chris Wildgoose, Triona Farrell & Aditya Bidikar Curt Pires, Matt Lesniewski & Alex Petretich Christina Rice, Richard Pace & Bernardo Brice Darick Robertson, R. Eric Lieb & Christopher Crank James Robinson, Dean Kotz, Stefano Gaudiano & Casey Silver Robert Rose & Matt Strackbein Chris Ryall, Gabriel Rodriguez, Nelson Daniel & Bernardo Brice Rafael Scavone, Rafael Albuquerque, Patricia Mulvihill & Bernardo Brice Erica Schultz, Liana Kangas & Cardinal Rae Alex Segura, Marco Finnegan, Kelsey Shannon & Janice Chiang Gail Simone, Ryan Kelly, Giulia Brusco & Bernardo Brice Matthew Dow Smith & Michael Gaydos Matt Sorvillo & Sean Phillips Jason Starr, Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov & Bernardo Brice Cameron Stewart Larime Taylor & Sylv Taylor Paul Tobin, Dustin Weaver & Bernardo Brice David Walker, Damon Smith & Motherboxx Studios Malachi Ward Rob Williams & Javier Pulido Scott Bryan Wilson & Cliff Chiang Chris Wisnia, Bill Sienkiewicz & Jeromy Cox Wendy Wright-Williams, J.H. Williams III & Todd Klein Warren Wucinich