Pedro and Me by Judd Winick

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The graphic novel, Pedro and Me by Judd Winick, is a tribute to his friend Pedro Zamora, as well as his own story of personal growth. It is an inspiring story that shows the true meaning of friendship and love. It also displays information about HIV/AIDS and how to truly protect oneself against it. Pedro was a young, gay, HIV-positive Cuban American who spent his time educating people about the disease. They both appeared on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco and chance put Judd and Pedro in the same bedroom, where they became good friends. The book chronicles their friendship. Pedro Zamora changed lives as he taught millions of viewers about being gay, living with AIDS, and how to overcome it. “The format is enticing, with images that are effusive and alive on the page…[while] teaching some urgent lessons.” (Kirkus Reviews). Judd Winick’s Pedro and Me, conveys information about being gay, living with HIV/AIDS, and how to prevent it, more effectively than other narrative forms through strong visuals, compelling language, and historical accuracy.
Pedro and Me is historically accurate because it displays information about AIDS and the characters that can be historically proven. AIDS is portrayed accurately in this graphic novel through actions that back-up possible experiences and shed light of the common truth. HIV and AIDS are diseases that affect a person’s immune system. This graphic novel allows the reader to see how AIDS truly affects a person’s body and gives the reader an idea of what a person with AIDS would look like. AIDS is caused by HIV. A person can have HIV for many years before realizing it. As a person lives with HIV, the immune system gets weaker and weaker, until the person eventually gets AIDS. Pedro suffered fr...

... middle of paper ... and supports my thesis that graphic novels can convey information to readers just as well as, if not better than, other forms of literature. “The graphic novel is also an excellent way to teach complex concepts to higher-level students and to introduce them to an important postmodern genre. ” (Cohen). Overall Pedro and Me by Judd Winick effectively conveys the important information of HIV/AIDS and the fight against them. Visuals allow the reader to truly understand what the author was trying to convey. Through historical accuracy, strong visuals, and compelling language, Judd Winick depicted a great story of friendship, love, and triumph. The point that Pedro and Me was a graphic novel made it that much better. The visuals added a whole other aspect to the story. If it was a written novel, the reader would not fully get to “experience” what he/she was reading.
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