Kevin Pyle

Kevin Pyle

Kevin C. Pyle attended the University of Kansas where he received a B.F.A. in illustration, studying under illustrator Thomas B. Allen. He moved to Brooklyn N.Y. in 1988 to pursue a career as an illustrator. He has done illustrations for The New York Times Op-Ed page, The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The National Law Journal, The Progressive, Adbusters and numerous other publications. From 1990-1991 he was the director of the non-profit Minor Injury Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and was very involved in the nascent art scene there. He produced puppet shows, played in a band, and was a core member of Organism, a 1994 proto rave/art installation staged in an abandoned warehouse on Brooklyn’s waterfront.

In the early 90s he started contributing and co-editing World War 3 illustrated, America’s longest-running radical comics anthology. Much of the work done for WW3 illustrated was collected in his docu-comic, Lab U.S.A.:illuminated documents, published by Autonomedia in 2001. A non-fiction comic investigation of clandestine racist and authoritarian science, Lab U.S.A. won the Silver Medal for Sequential Art from the Society of Illustrators. He has done performance and installations based on the text that have been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mass MOCA, and numerous gallery settings. In 2007 his first graphic novel, Blindspot was published by Henry Holt. Blindspot was included in The Best American Comics 2008, edited by Lynda Barry. He is currently working on another one, Katman, also to be published by Henry Holt. He lives with his wife and son in a creaky old house somewhere just past the swamps of Jersey.

The Real Cost of Prisons Comix

The Real Cost of Prisons Comix

SKU: 9781604860344
Editor: Lois Ahrens • Written by Ellen Miller-Mack, Craig Gilmore, Lois Ahrens, Susan Willmarth, and Kevin Pyle • Illustrated by Kevin Pyle, Sabrina Jones and Susan Willmarth • Introduction by Craig Gilmore and Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604860344
Published: 9/2008
Format: Paperback
Page count: 104
Size: 7 x 10
Subjects: Comics, Social Justice, Penology


“I cannot think of a better way to arouse the public to the cruelties of the prison system than to make this book widely available.”
—Howard Zinn

“The Real Cost of Prisons comics are among the most transformative pieces of information that the youth get to read. We take it with us to detention centers, group homes, youth shelters and social justice organizing projects. Everywhere we go we see youth nodding with agreement and getting excited to see their reality validated in print. The Real Cost of Prisons helps youth know what’s up and gives them the push they need to get active in the struggle to make interpersonal and community-wide change.”
—Shira Hassan, Co-Director Young Women’s Empowerment Project, Chicago, IL

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