Art from gaol

GRAPHIC NOVEL>>AIDS • The US

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

imageMen in a South Carolina prison for juveniles and professors of library science from the University of South Carolina have joined hands to fight AIDS with a graphic novel. AIDS in the End Zone has drawings by a professional illustrator, but the plotline and dialogues are by incarcerated youths, between 15 and 19. One character, Brad Timmerman, a spoiled, rich teenager, loses his starting quarterback spot on the Marina High football team to a newcomer and conspires revenge. At the centre of his plan is HIV-infected Maria. AIDS is a big problem in South Carolina. Libraries need an easy-to-read book explaining AIDS to the young, said Kendra Albright and Karen Gavigan, two academics at the University.

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