Summer Read

Just posting my latest review of fellow graphic novelist MK Czerwiec’s important work about the 90s AIDS epidemic. And just finished a working vacation where I took new author photos. Not my favorite thing to do, but we got a few shots I can live with.

Also, we finalized the cover and description for my forthcoming novel House of Rougeaux. See those here. If you are eager for this new book, I believe it will be available for preorder by the end of October, for an April 2018 delivery. Stay tuned.

 

 

Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Graphic Medicine)Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 by Mk Czerwiec
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another graphic memoir captures the heart and soul of a piece of history. Taking Turns follows MK, a nurse in an unorthodox care unit, Unit 317, of a hospital in Chicago in the 1990’s, the height of the North American AIDS epidemic. In simple, straightforward drawings and prose, MK creates a portrait of this devastating time, during which a community came together with great bravery and compassion to respond to the epidemic. A very personal, yet universal, meditation on life and death, sometimes funny and sometimes profound. MK does not paint herself as a hero, but she certainly is one.

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For the Love of Meat ~ Proof

Meat_Front_3_small copyThe first proof of For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories has just been ordered. I can’t wait to see it in print for the first time. Many thanks to Josué Menjivar of Fresh Brewed Illustration for his inspired cover design. My publisher informs me that it the publication date will be in August of 2016. Time enough for copy editing and submitting to all the major reviewers. Advance copies will be available for review by bloggers and media. If you are interested, please see my publisher: Raincloud Press. Stay tuned for a description of this collection of stories, my first foray into fiction.

Currently, I’m working on a companion piece to Meat. I’ve taken one of the stories and turned it into a novella. It is also illustrated and for adults. I’m doing a rewrite now, and deciding where the illios are going to go in the text. Stay tuned for more on this, titled “Waking Star.”

 

See the dedicated page for For the Love of Meat.