Creators include Christa Cassano, Lalo Alcaraz, Keith Knight, Dean Haspiel, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Gary Phillips, Jerry Craft, Sofia Samatar, Ashley A. Woods and Mondo we Langa, and edited by Bill Campbell, John Jennings and Jason Rodriguez.
Welcome to APB: Artists Against Police Brutalty, a new comic anthology that brings to mind the similarly cleverly acronymed comic anthology, AARGH, in that case Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia.
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.