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 necessarily all of the attitudes. Similarly, we’ve seen the pictures of Michael Brown lying face down in a pool of his own blood for hours; protesters with their hands up, facing down militarized policemen. There are videos of Eric Garner choked to death, John Crawford III shot down in Walmart for carrying a toy gun, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice gunned down in broad daylight for the same reason. APB: Artists Against Police Brutality is a benefit comic book anthology that focuses on hot-button issues including police brutality, the justice system, and civil rights, with one primary goal: show pictures and tell stories that get people talking. The proceeds will go to the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people.
Bill Campbell is the founder of Rosarium Publishing and the author the novels Koontown Killing Kaper, My Booty Novel, and Sunshine Patriots as well as the essay collection, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and “Poohbutt” from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad. He is the coeditor of the anthologies Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. He lives in Washington, DC.
Jason Rodriguez is an Eisner and Harvey Award–nominated writer and editor. He is the author of Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened and Try Looking Ahead, and his work has been published by Dark Horse Comics, Random House, and several small publishers. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
John Jennings is an associate professor of visual studies at the State University of New York–Buffalo. He is an award-winning graphic novelist and the author of Pitch Black Rainbow: The Art of John Jennings.
Pin-Up, “Family Portrait” - Ashley Woods
Shame - David Brame
Innocent Bystanders - Jennifer Marie Brissett
Pin-Up, “Attack of the 14 Yr. Old Black Girl” - Lalo Alcaraz
A Spirit in New Orleans - Ytasha L. Womack
Pin-Up, “Stop” - Dean Haspiel
Two Cartoons - Keith Knight
License to Kill - MGRivas and Phill R. Williams Jr.
Pin-Up - Christa Cassano
The Pikesman’s Patrol - Gary Phillips, Illustration by Rafael Desquitado, Jr.
“Boyz in a Hood” - Jerry Craft
Two Cartoons - Tak Toyoshima and Steve Artley
“Unlawful” and “Media Shots” - Barbara Brandon-Croft
No Time For Innocence - Andaiye Reeves, Illustration by Darius Reeves
Pin-Up - Gregory Garay
The Problematic White Liberal - Aaron Rand Freeman and J. Andrew World
The Walker - Melanie Stevens
For My Future Child - Takeia Marie
Pull It Up from the Roots - Avy Jetter
\White Supremecy: Fergusen and a New Message to the Grassroots - Reynaldo Anderson
Two Cartoons - Steve Artley
Split - Brandon L. Hankins
Scared Straight - Jerome Walford
No Black Child Left Behind: Schools Policing Students of Color - Bettina L. Love
Code 288 - Jason A. Quest
Violation: A Birth Story - Jason Harris and Seshat’s Brush
Heroes & Monsters - Sean “Smack!” Mack
Caught In The Lover’s War: James Baldwin and the Legacy of Queer Art-Making in the Anti-Police Brutality Movement - Joshua Plencner
Dear Brother - Ka Yan Cheung
Broken Glass, or They’re Killing Our Artists - Sofia Samatar
On Mumia’s Corner - Lance Tooks
Profile - Damian Duffy, Robert Love, and John Jennings
Alternatives to Policing and the Superhero Model - Walida Imarisha, Illustation by Stacey Robinson
Pin-up - Tommy Nguyensmith
Brutality - David White
Lockup - Matthew Fisher and Bizhan Khodabandeh
Apathy - T. Fox Dunham
KickNigga - Gallo Fino
Floater - Keith A. Miller and Chuck Collins
Motor City - Cynthia Scott Blues Joel Hilliard, Kevin Nieves, and Andrew Nieves
Bullet Proof Black - Jason Scott Jones
“Black & Blue” - Jerry Craft
Pin-Up - KEEF CROSS
Rioting: As American As Apple Pie - P. Djeli Clark
Pin-Up - Charles Fetherolf
Dream - Shomari Harrington
When It Gets To This - Mondo we Langa
"The bodies and violence on display in the book are a visceral attempt at showing you the impact of this violence on individuals and communities, but again, if you look deeper, you will see that APB is also a love letter–to the victims of said violence, of course, but it’s also a direct attempt at convincing oppressive systems that victims and potential victims are worthy of love, respect, and compassion."
—Troy Wiggins, panels.net