Pedro and Me by Judd Winick

Pedro and MeEven if you’re not as Real World obsessed as I am, you would have had to have been living under a rock to not have heard of AIDS activist and SanFran RW housemate Pedro Zamora. Pedro set out to educate people about AIDS after discovering he was HIV positive at age 17. Picked to be on the Real World, he became close friends with many of the cast members, especially cartoonist Judd Winick. His death after the end of the RW season saddened everyone who had gotten to know him through their televisions. So Judd decided to chronicle Pedro’s life in the best way he knew how–through pictures. Judd produced a beautiful, funny, full length graphic novel about the Pedro he knew on and off the Real World set. It’s a touching tribute about life and the power of friendship, and also just a really good book. Even if you’re not into the Real World, you’ll really get into Pedro and Me. I guarantee it.

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