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 …
Lower East Side Story #3
Published by Look Mom Comics
24p, b&w, 7"x9"
"Lower East Side Story is the story of the intense
bonds and strains of unlikely friendships and relationships between
several young new yorkers, set in post-bankrupt New York, 1979.
Snapshots follows a 25 year arc, as the East Village evolves from a
drug dealers battlefield to a developers gold mine. In the 1980’s
profound instability was caused by the abandonment of landlords and
city government, and the relentless onslaught of drug dealers claimming
building after building and block after block. In addition, the
community fabric was nearly rendered irrepairable by the dual invasion
of GRID, ( Gay-related immune deficiency, later known as AIDS ) and
Despite these catastrophic circumstances, Lower East Side Story follows a small ensemble of proud immigrants, native new yorkers, young students and old community activists work to retake and rebuild the war zone.
It is against this backdrop that Lower East Side Story unfolds. In addition to the main action and love story, Snapshots reveals the political and economic machinations of the collapse and rehabilitation of a neighborhood and it’s people."