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Part of the P.I.C.S. PROJECTS Initiative
Where the Project is now:
Tracts BY Inmates, FOR Inmates
Where the Project began:
A Special Tract FOR Inmates

COMIX35 launched this project in 2008 to develop personal testimony tracts (mini-comics) written and drawn BY inmates, FOR inmates, in their own authentic cultural voice, as an outreach to the "captive audience" of their fellow prisoners, to juvenile offenders, and to at-risk youth on the outside.

To date, four original tracts have been produced in English, and one of those tracts has also been printed in Spanish.

In addition to addressing the concerns listed below, we want all prison wardens, chaplains, and ministry workers to know that we use only Christian inmates to produce the scripts and pencil artwork for these tracts.

We continue to seek The Lord's guidance as well as advice and counsel from our partnering ministries in OSL (Operation Starting Line) and COPE (Coalition of Prison Evangelists) on the subject selection, production and distribution of all tracts.


Tracts written and drawn BY inmates, FOR inmates


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Our visits to various facilities have shown us there are issues that need to be addressed in order to place these comics into the widest possible number of prisons, jails, and correctional institutions across the country:

Expressed Concern from Institution
Our Solution
Staples COMIX35 tracts are produced without staples.
Color printing ink used for tattooing COMIX35 tracts are printed in b&w to prevent inmates from scraping off the color ink to create tattoo ink.
Thinner, uncoated paper stocks used to roll illegal cigarettes COMIX35 tracts are printed on enamel (coated) paper stocks.
Hidden or coded messages in the dialogue and/or captions of the scripts COMIX35 edits all scripts in a way that preserves the authentic tone of the inmate's writing but greatly reduces the possibility of such messages.
Concealed messages within the detail of the artwork Inmates submit their work in pencil so that a Christian comics professional can do the finished inking (going over the pencil lines using a pen or brush.) Not only does this make them camera-ready before printing, it also eliminates the possibility of concealed messages in the art detail.

Where the Project is now: Tracts BY Inmates, FOR Inmates
Cover of "U-Turn: The Bobby McGee Story"

(Finished cover/page 1 artwork for
"U-TURN: The Bobby McGee Story"
© COMIX35 and ChristSong Prison Ministry)



Cover of "Face the Music: The Manny Mill Story"

(Finished cover/page 1 artwork for
"FACE THE MUSIC: The Manny Mill Story"
© COMIX35 and Koinonia House® National Ministries, Inc.)



Cover of "Face the Music: The Manny Mill Story"

(Finished cover/page 1 artwork
(without text) for
"FROM BEAUTY TO ASHES:
The Story of Annie"
© COMIX35 and Daughters of Destiny)

Inmate tracts produced
UPDATE on all tracts

How to receive individual tracts
Inmate submissions

Several personal testimony mini-comics (tracts) have been produced by selected Christian inmates.

Plans for additional tracts are being discussed. Please see the
Inmate submissions section for more information.



Inmate tracts produced

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 described above.
(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 is no longer forwarding our mail from this address. Our new mailing address is below.)

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, and finished inking by professional Bruce Bezaire. This is our first prison tract designed for women.



UPDATE on all tracts

Currently we have depleted almost our entire printed stock-on-hand of the above tract titles.

Due to the terms of our original contractual agreement with Moody Publishers, we will not be reprinting FACE THE MUSIC: THE MANNY MILL STORY at this time.

Also, HEART OF STONE: THE BILL CORUM STORY will not be reprinted.

We hope to reprint U-TURN: THE BOBBY McGEE STORY, after updates are made, and the FROM ASHES TO BEAUTY: THE STORY OF ANNIE, possibly sometime later in 2016.

Some of these tracts may be available directly from the ministry of the evangelist featured in each story. If you want to purchase more copies, please contact that ministry directly:


Bobby McGee
ChristSong Prison Ministry
PO BOX 2454
Boone, NC 28607 USA

Manny Mill
Koinonia House® National Ministries, Inc.
PO Box 1415
Wheaton, IL 60187 USA

Annie Goebel
Daughters of Destiny
10020 Coconut Rd, Suite 138-212
Bonita Springs, FL 34135 USA

How to receive individual tracts

Chaplains and inmates are eligible to receive one free sample printed mini-comics by postal mail, if we have them available. 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 can request or order additional copies of the tract for distribution within their prison or local community from the ministries listed above.

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.


Inmate submissions

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.)

Please note: Currently COMIX35 is seeking an African-American inmate artist to adapt the testimony of an African-American Prison Evangelist into a tract. Please contact us right away if you are able to help with this need.

Inmates should 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 1 copy each of several different Christian comic tracts, books, and/or graphic novels (again, if rules permit it).

Upon request, the recommending chaplain may receive up to 1000 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 who were part of the Operation Starting Line collaboration and COPE (Coalition of Prison Evangelists).



You can support The LORD's work through COMIX35 in US prisons!
Please send us a donation now using GiveDirect:

Give with confidence. GiveDirect.

Thank you for your partnership with us in this ministry to US prison inmates!

(When you give, please be sure to let us know your donation is
being designated for this specific purpose. Thank you!)


Where the Project began: A Special Tract FOR Inmates
To launch this project, COMIX35 teamed with Crosswind Comics to produce a special 7-page, black & white mini-comic entitled HEART OF STONE: THE BILL CORUM STORY, based on the life of an ex-offender who currently works in prisons.

The artwork was produced by professional Frank Fosco, a Christian comics veteran.

This printed mini-comic served as a guide (size and format) for the first inmates to produce the new comics featured above.

Chaplains were eligible to receive free copies of this mini-comic for distribution within their prison or local community.

All copies of this tract have been distributed, and this tract will not be reprinted.

(Please note that the address on the back of this tract, "PO Box 4458, Albuquerque, NM 87196-4458" is no longer a current or correct address for COMIX35, and mail is no longer being forwarded to us from this address. Our new mailing address is below.

Cover & interior page of "Heart of Stone" tract

(Cover and interior page 6 artwork for the
Bill Corum "Heart of Stone" mini-comic
© COMIX35 and Crosswind Comics)

Crosswind Comics
www.crosswindcomics.com

Questions/requests may be submitted by

E-mail:

or

Postal mail:

COMIX35
Attn: Prison Project
PO Box 73706
Houston, TX
77273-3706





You can support The LORD's work through COMIX35 in US prisons!
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Give with confidence. GiveDirect.

Thank you for your partnership with us in this ministry to US prison inmates!

(When you give, please be sure to let us know your donation is
being designated for this specific purpose. Thank you!)



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