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Where We Live: Las Vegas Shooting Benefit Anthology

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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 & Curating Editor

This "unique way" was the genesis of the Where We Live anthology -- a rivetin
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Paperback, 331 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Image Comics (first published May 2018)
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Chad
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Better than most anthologies. Quite a few stories were first hand accounts of the night the Las Vegas massacre happened. There's a nice balance of stories that tackle the gun issue from multiple angles.
Brian Michael Bendis's story really connected me with how powerless I feel about this issue. For years, a majority of Americans have championed common sense gun laws and yet, our lawmakers choose to do nothing. Now we're relying on teenagers to carry the torch. Every time one of these shootings
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Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A heartbreaking anthology that has a little something for everyone. Even in so few pages, comic authors and artists manage to break, and maybe help heal, your heart. I also appreciated the essays that were sprinkled throughout. Overall, a very good read.
Rod Brown
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This collection of short works is stronger than the average benefit graphic anthology due to a large percentage of the stories being based on interviews with people who were at the actual music festival or living in Vegas and dealing with the fallout of the horrible massacre. It was good to see nurses and other support workers represented.

I wholly support the messages calling for gun control and the end of gun violence. Good points were made about the connections to domestic violence, mental hea
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L. McCoy
Warning: This review is gonna be political and my opinion on the subject is one that might not be popular on this site however if you do continue to read the review and want to discuss this topic after reading feel free even if you don’t agree with me but pretty much don’t be a d****ebag please. Also, I am covering a lot of the stories in this book but can’t do all of them (hell, there were so many that I forgot a few of them).

First, my thoughts on gun control:
It’s a big debate and a sensitive s
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Aubrey
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is challenging to want to sit down and spend one's free time reading of an aspect of our troubling reality. If I'm honest, while still kept abreast of our world's tragic unfoldings, for my mental health, I've spent this past two years seeking less dark and more entertaining art forms. I've given myself permanent space from our so often glorified and unsubstantiated traditional 'news' sources, as well as certain severely biased and overtly advertised social media outlets.

I first heard of this
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D.M.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
First things first: this book is not by Mike Allred. In fact, he only contributes a puzzling one-page 'pin-up.' If there is a name that should be first on the author list of this tribute anthology, it clearly should be that of project organiser and contributor J.H. Williams III.
This book would probably have completely slipped past me had it not been for Gary Spencer Millidge, who kept his fans (myself included) abreast of the beautiful piece he was contributing to this unfortunately necessary co
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David
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful, heartbreaking collection of short stories about the Las Vegas shooting specifically and America's gun fetish generally. Some of the comic book industry's best writers, artists, colorists, letterers and editors came together to create this breathtaking work, a work I dearly wish wasn't necessary.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this book are being donated to victims of the Vegas shooting. Again, something I wish wasn't necessary, but this is our sad reality.
Pamela
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, painful, inspiring, and heart-wrenching. It a thoughtfully curated collection of art, stories, poems, and essays that together create a sense that we are all together in this. I learned, I cried and thankfully I smiled just a little at the human responses to these events that radiated with strength and kindness. It is a book that I truly wish had never needed to be written.
Cale
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a massive anthology dedicated to the Las Vegas shooting, with a lot of big name authors and illustrators involved, and guided by J.H. Williams and his wife. Like any anthology, the quality varies, but I was impressed overall with the content here. While it's definitely driven by liberal viewpoints, it offers a lot of nuance - while there are stories that are all about how guns are bad, more dig into what guns mean to Americans and why getting rid of them may not be the best solution. I a ...more
Melissa Hernandez
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, physical
One thing to remember and note IMMEDIATELY that the writers, artists, people who worked on this book have either dealt with or know someone who has dealt with gun violence. We read from survivors of Las Vegas to other incidents as well. One shouldn't be surprised that there was going to be gun control advocacy. They want to prevent something like this happening, so, of course, they're going to be advocating gun control, mental health awareness, and whatnot. People argue that they're trying to ta ...more
Peacegal
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hadn't even heard about what happened in Las Vegas when I walked into work that morning in October and overheard the construction guys using words like "conspiracy" and "false flag." I guess it's a grim commentary on our times that immediately knew there had been another mass shooting.

This comic benefit anthology memorializes the victims of what has become our new normal. As with any anthology, the quality and impact of each short comic varies. There are illustrations that look like rough ske
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Paul Allard
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Comic collection after the Las Vegas shooting – excellent

Here you have a large amount of comics and essays following the Mandalay Bay shooting in Las Vegas. A large amount of writers and artists contribute to this benefit book, all condemning gun practice in the USA and praising those who helped in the hour of need. Obviously the contributions vary a lot and we will all have favourites. There's a lot to like and the presentation is professional, interesting, often heartfelt and eminently worthwh
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Ross Bauer
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A plethora of pain, doubt, uncertainty, anger, and most of all hope in the light of yet another senseless gun tragedy. It encapsulates the complex contradictions of what some may see as a simple cut and dried black and white subject. A beautiful, diverse compendium that I am proud to have obtained. May my few dollars provide some measure of comfort for those affected who must know they are not alone, not now, not ever.
Khepre
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
it was interesting and informative. However, I felt as though that the message started to repeat it self in alot of story, and the comic book could've been reduce to 120 pages or less. It was captivating to hear about the Last Vegas tradegy from some of the victims themselves, and to get an outsiders. view point of it as well
David Perez
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully relatable, cathartic, and overall cool piece of writing. Using the graphic novel medium and the anthological style truly made the important messages and chronicling of events that much more stellar.
Michael
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, thoughtful, moving collection of stories. Buy it and read it now!
Sarah Luchins
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started off my Tisha B'av reading with this book. Heartbreaking.
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James H. "Jim" Williams III, usually credited as J. H. Williams III, is a comic book artist and penciller. He is known for his work on titles such as Chase, Promethea and Desolation Jones.