“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.” — JH WILLIAMS III, Artist and Curating Editor
This “unique way” was the genesis of the WHERE WE LIVE anthology—a riveting collection of both fictional stories and actual eye-witness accounts told by an all-star line-up of the top talent working in comics today. All the creators have graciously volunteered their time and talent to help bring some sense to this senseless act and, in the process, raise money for the survivors and their families.
The book will include a variety of perspectives with key themes exploring gun violence, common sense gun control, value of a compassionate society, mental health stigmatization, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals and communities persevere and an appreciation of Las Vegas as a vibrant community.
100% of the proceeds for the WHERE WE LIVE anthology will be donated to Route 91 Strong, a non-profit organization.
Including 95 comics by nearly 200 creators, this massive, powerful volume documents a wide array of voices and stories raised in protest against gun violence, created as a response to the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. Eyewitness Lee Schoeppner's memories of the tragedy are single frames: a bloody cowboy hat, a gunshot, his wife running. "When I think back, I see static images. I guess that's my mind's way of coping," says Schoeppner, whose story is captured panel by panel in "Lee Haunted." Some entries feel raw and furious, such as "Untitled," a rant from Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers): "Every time we go on goddamn Twitter or Facebook, the world reminds us it's gone to shit! But! None of us know what to do." Other pieces paint historical contexts for Americans' relationship with guns, including "Reconstruction" by Malachi Ward (Expansion), about how African-Americans used guns to defend against white supremacist mobs. But, often, few words are necessary: a heart-stopping page by Mike Mignola (Hellboy) shows a person destroying a machine gun in front of a pile of blood-red skeletons. The figure shouts only one word: "Enough!" The crowd of creators in this packed volume shouts along enough with its rallying call to action.