Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Judd Remembers

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Judd Remembers

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In his powerful new graphic memoir Pedro and Me, Judd Winick captures life on The Real World--and his unforgettable friendship with AIDS activist Pedro Zamora

This book began when I met Pedro. But I couldn't start writing until my voice caught up with my memories.

A few months before Pedro died, he was to begin a lecture tour but was too sick. I stepped in for him. After he passed away I kept lecturing. I did "AIDS 101" and spoke about who Pedro was and what it was like to lose him. I was on the road for almost a year and a half before it became too difficult to get up in front of people and relive his illness and his death.

I went back to being a full-time cartoonist and began to live out my life's dream of being a nationally syndicated comic-strip artist--but Pedro was still with me. I began to dislike doing daily cartoons: four panels and a joke. It didn't feel like I was accomplishing anything. …

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