MK Czerwiec’s (pronounced sir-wick) new book Taking Turns (Penn State University Press) shares the story of Unit 371, a shining example of excellence in the treatment and care of patients. Unit 371 was a community for thousands of patients and families affected by HIV and AIDS and the people …
32p, b&w, 5.5"x8.5"
Ferrick's strange comic of an ex-bird Lumpy and a visiting arachnid friend is sad and spooky and unlike any other comic I can think of. Panel images are framed in the architecture of the house that Lumpy has been sequestered away in, depressed and casting off bird-hood, and it takes a minute for the drawings of a beakless bird to become legible. The friendship between the odd-looking creatures is melancholic and it grows in organic, mossy ways: dealing with grief, depression and assisted suicide - not a lighthearted story in any way, but eloquent in its construction. -EF