Frames Prison Program

Frames Prison Program

Visual Storytelling in the Prison Population

During the summer and fall of 2017, TBL is teaching our first ever graphic memoir course in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Using comics as a way to battle low literacy rates in the US prison system, we will help twelve students distill a single turning point in their lives into a short graphic memoir. This program seeks to promote literacy, critical thinking, and personal development through storytelling.

Frames Collection

Once the students have succeeded in writing and storyboarding these short memoirs, we’re assembling a team of celebrity writers and comic artists to bring these stories to life.

These short comics will then be gathered into a nationally-distributed collection to give voice to this overlooked population while also raising awareness. All proceeds from the sales will be donated directly back into services that benefit the prison population, with the aim of reducing recidivism.

Frames Prison Program Video Diary

TBL would like to thank all the donors who made this program possible!

LaFawn Biddle 

Dustin Bones

Andrew Clark 

Jessica Fountain 

Cody Gilliland 

Steve & Suzanne Hickox

Cat K. Huynh

Michael Knight 

Lance Landry 

Jennifer Leong 

Angela S. Lieurance 

Joe McCabe

Craig Ormiston

Lauren Palumbo 

Louise Pumphrey 

Chris Stoglin 

Pandy Vivic

Matt Rahill

Corinne Rider

Antonio B. Ruiz 

Alison Armstrong Silver

Derigan Silver

Joe St. Veltri 

Michael Waters 

To find out more about this program, please contact Helen Maimaris.

To become a blot donor and keep this program and other TBL endeavors alive, click on the blot below.