Guest review by Dr. Devlyn McCreight MK Czerwiec’s graphic memoir Taking Turns is one of the latest entries in the Graphic Medicine series published by Penn State University Press. The book chronicles Czerwiec’s seven years serving as a nurse on the dedicated HIV/AIDS Care Unit at Illinois Masonic Hospital. While it could be reasonably assumed that Czerwiec serves as the de facto “main character” of the story due to the autobiographical threads woven into the narrative, this does not actually seem to be the case. The care that Czerwiec takes in gathering and sharing the stories of the doctors, nurses,… Read More
George McBean has been producing work for UNICEF for over 36 years, using his skill in the popularising of scientifically proven health information to produce graphic art to be used in the prevention of disease. He has spoken widely about the use of comics and graphics in health education. It is clear that George was involved in the work that we have, latterly, called Graphic Medicine, for many years, way before this website was launched and it was marvellous to hear from him when he got in touch after reading the recent BBC article. George was kind enough to write the… Read More
‘ I can’t abstract my own dying any longer. I am a stranger to others and to myself and I refuse to pretend that I am familiar or that I have history attached to my heels. I am glass clear empty glass. I see the world spinning behind me and through me. I am a stranger’ Thanks to Maria Vaccarella for flagging this up. David Wojnarowicz was a writer, painter, photographer, film maker and performance artist. He died of AIDS in 1992. Seven Miles a Second is a self portrait, a collaboration between Wojnarowicz and his friend, James Romberger, begun… Read More
Awaiting review. Want to write a review for us? An article by Karen Green on Strip AIDS is here.
I am a hard-bitten, cynical doctor, but this one nearly had me in tears! Not sure why… the sheer tragedy maybe, the charm of the central character, the love of those around him expressed with sincerity? Pedro is a young Cuban émigré, living in America. Attractive, gay and seeking excitement he becomes sexually active at a young age and contracts HIV. Devastated, he decides to spread the word to other vulnerable young people by public speaking. He tours the States, educating others about safe sex and how to avoid AIDS. Judd Winick is a cartoonist. After graduating from art college… Read More