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Artists Against Police Brutality, a comics anthology for charity, announces call for submissions

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

ARTISTS AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY, A COMIC BOOK ANTHOLOGY FOR CHARITY, ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

 

We’ve all seen the pictures. A six-year-old Ruby Bridges being escorted by U.S. marshals on her first day at an all-white, New Orleans school in 1960. A police dog attacking a demonstrator in Birmingham. Fire hoses turned on protesters. Martin Luther King Jr. addressing a crowd on the National Mall. These pictures were printed in papers, flashed across television screens, and helped to change the laws of this Nation…but not all of the attitudes.

We’ve all seen the pictures. Michael Brown lying face down in a pool of his own blood for hours. Protesters with their hands up, facing down militarized policemen. We’ve also seen the videos. Eric Garner choked to death. John Crawford III shot down in Walmart for carrying a toy gun. Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice gunned down in broad daylight for the same reason.

This time, the pictures and videos aren’t doing much to change things; if anything, they are a repeated reminder of how worthless black and brown lives are to the justice system. So we need conversations to go along with the pictures, and we’re sending out an APB to artists and writers to help jump start those conversations.

APB: Artists against Police Brutality is a comic book anthology with one primary goal: show pictures and tell stories that get people talking. We are looking for artists across the disciplines to lend their talents and critical eye for this artistic examination of the US justice system and its treatment of communities of color. We are looking for personal stories, biographies, sociopolitical and historical analysis that shed a light on shared experiences across these communities, not just to act as an echo chamber, but to be used to change minds outside of these communities.

APB will be a black and white book that collects these stories. While primarily a comic book project, we will also consider following:

One- and two-row comic strips
Pin-ups and spot illustrations
Prose stories 
(whatever the genre; up to 1,500 words) and analytical essays (personal, sociopolitical, historical; up to 2,000 words)

The main goal is to encourage people to talk about the persistent problems facing this country in terms of race and the justice system in an accessible and powerful medium.

APB: Artists against Police Brutality will be edited by Bill Campbell (Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond), John Jennings (The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of a Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art), and Jason Rodriguez (Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750) and will be published by Rosarium Publishing. The proceeds for this project will be donated to the Innocence Project.

For more information, go to www.rosariumpublishing.com/apb; join the Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/apbcomicanthology/; or email artistsagainstpolicebrutality@gmail.com.

 

“Comic Critique” reviews “Kid Code”

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Check out the review of “Kid Code” here!

Excerpt from the review: “It’s that rare master-of-the-universe narrative where the personified meets the personalized, and it’s all political, the on-high stakes and the street level in call-and-response. Each individual matters and no one can go it alone, even gods, and in the mutant DNA of hip-hop adaptation Kid Code finds its model of menaces and mysteries met and mended and then taken on another level.” – Adam McGovern

Q&A with Rosarium Publishing head Bill Campbell

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Click here for ComicDC’s Q&A with Bill Campbell, head of Rosarium Publishing!

Excerpt from the interview: Rosarium Publishing is a relatively new publisher in Washington, D.C., that delivers mostly science-fiction stories in array of formats. Its hallmark is diversity, both among its talent and content. So far, Rosarium has focused on anthologies and short novels, but publisher Bill Campbell has picked up several comics for its catalogue. Below, we chat with Bill about Rosarium, its current books and what’s in store to come in 2015.”

“Kid Code: Channel Zero” Review

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Check out this fantastic review of “Kid Code: Channel Zero”, available from Rosarium Publishing!

Excerpt from the review: “And Kid Code is, indeed, full of action. Your first view of the book is that amazing, colorful cover, emblazoned with “Presented by Tan Lee and Black Kirby“–and the art style is, indeed, reminiscent of a Lee/Kirby tale: full of bombast and high adventure, backed by art that draws you in (!) and doesn’t let you leave.” – Troy L. Wiggins

Review: Bill Campbell’s Sunshine Patriots

Click here for a review of Bill Campbell’s “Sunshine Patriots“. Check out some quotes of the review below!

  • ““Afro-Caribbean space opera” and “Jamaican cyberpunk””
  • “The most interesting thing about this book is the language, though.  I haven’t read a book where I wanted to roll around in the words like I do with this one since Catcher in the Rye….”
  • “It’s beautiful.  I wish I could write dialogue like this.”

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“Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism and Beyond” discussion

Click here to listen to a discussion between UK African American Studies professor DaMaris Hill and her student Nathan Moore about “Mothership: Tales Of Afrofuturism“.