ABO is a collective of activists who smashed together their love of comics and hate of prisons in order to keep queer prisoners connected to community outside prison walls and help them get paid for their creative labor. We work to amplify the voices of LGBTQ and HIV+ prisoners through the comix medium with 100% of profits going back to incarcerated artists and organizations working towards prison abolition and queer advocacy. Our mission is to take a sledgehammer to the culture that treats humans as disposable, criminalizes the poor, and boasts a sense of justice at the expense of oppressed and vulnerable populations. Through the art form we love the most, we hope to proliferate the idea that a better world means redefining our concepts of justice and accountability without relying on cops, the state, or its sycophants to solve our interpersonal and societal issues by locking people in cages.
Using the DIY ideology of punk-zine culture, our own experiences working in the comic book industry for over a decade and the philosophy of mutual support, we started ABO to stand in solidarity with and give material aid to the most marginalized amongst us. We work with queer and trans prisoners across the United States, developing friendships and encouraging folks to express themselves through creative energy. We have collected 26 stories unlike any comic anthology you have read before, both from accomplished cartoonists and first time doodlers. The ABO Comix anthology is a raw, authentic look into prison life from a queer perspective that you need to read.
We hope these stories have inspired you to get involved in the fight for prison abolition. Whether it be writing someone on the inside, linking up with an abolitionist organization,
or running a bulldozer into your local penitentiary, we always need more people on board. Here are some ways you can get involved. And remember kids: accomplices not allies.
Come celebrate the release of the first edition of "ABO: a queer prisoners comix anthology" with all $$$ from the comic benefiting the artist's commissary fund
Peep some art from incarcerated comrades, make a comic, write a holiday card to a new pen pal, & listen to some jamz by...
HEARTILLERY LIL DEBBIE AND THE CRUSADERS $5-10$ suggested donation Fundraiser for Black & Pink and the next edition of ABO NOTAFLOFClose Project