|Currently, selected Christian inmates are being assisted in the creation of personal testimony mini-comics. These new tracts are in various stages of development.
U-TURN: THE BOBBY McGEE STORY, produced in partnership with ChristSong Prison Ministry (see left)
The story adaptation and pencil artwork are by Robert V., a prison inmate. Finished inking is by professional Bruce Bezaire, the artist for the Dan Red Eagle Christian comics series.
FACE THE MUSIC: THE MANNY MILL STORY, created with special permission of Moody Publishers from Radical Redemption: The Real Story of Manny Mill by Manny Mill of Koinonia House® National Ministries, Inc. (see below, left)
The story adaptation and pencil layouts are by Robert V., a prison inmate. Finished inking is by professional political cartoonist and comic book artist Montos from Cuba.
PASO AL FRENTE: LA HISTORIA DE MANNY MILL
The Spanish version of Manny Mill's tract above.
FROM ASHES TO BEAUTY: THE STORY OF ANNIE, produced in partnership with Daughters of Destiny (see left, below)
The story adaptation and pencil artwork are by Thomas S., a prison inmate, with text supplied by Nicole D., also a prison inmate. Finished inking is by professional Bruce Bezaire. This is our first prison tract designed for women.
(Please note that the address on the back of some of these tracts, "PO Box 94706, Albuquerque, NM, 87199-4706" is not a current or correct address for COMIX35, and the Post Office has not been forwarding our mail from this address. Our new mailing address is below.)
How to get these tracts
All chaplains and inmates are eligible to receive a free sample of these printed mini-comic by postal mail. Please send your request to us by postal mail or electronically. (Chaplains: If you send your request via e-mail, please be sure to identify yourself as a Chaplain and include the name and address of the prison where you work.)
After receiving and reviewing the samples, chaplains may request additional copies of the tract for distribution within their prison or local community. We will try to honor all such requests to the best of our ability.
If you are not a chaplain or inmate and you would like to receive one free sample mini-comic, please send a stamped, self-addressed #10 envelope to our postal address below.
After reviewing the sample mini-comics, chaplains are invited to recommend Christian inmates and submit examples of their drawing and storytelling abilities either by postal mail or electronically. (Other prison ministry workers or family members may also help identify Christian inmates who are good artists and storytellers, but inmate submissions accompanied by a recommendation letter from a chaplain will receive first consideration.)
Christian comics professionals will review all inmate samples and recommendations. If an inmate is selected, one or more volunteer comics consultants may offer advice and instruction on producing or refining their own 7-page mini-comic. When and where possible, arrangements may be made with the chaplain for a volunteer comics consultant to meet with selected inmates in-person. Otherwise the inmate may be assisted via correspondence.
Selected inmates will produce all finished comic pages in pencil only. A Christian comics professional will ink and letter the comic to prepare it for reproduction, just like the comics featured above. COMIX35 will print the finished mini-comics.
If their facility's rules permit it, the selected inmates will receive at least 1 copy of their printed mini-comic (more, if rules permit it). They will also receive a special Christian Comics Collection containing 1 copy each of 12 different Christian comic books and graphic novels (again, if rules permit it).
Upon request, the recommending chaplain may receive up to 2000 copies of the printed mini-comic for distribution within their facility and/or the local community.
Additional copies of the selected inmates' mini-comics may be distributed in prisons across the US, to families of prisoners, and/or to at-risk youth, through other channels including partnering ministries in the Operation Starting Line collaboration and COPE (Coalition of Prison Evangelists).