I've been back at school, in my senior year at Ithaca College, for about a month, and classes are now totally in full swing. Besides quickly learning that whoever told me that senior year was a breeze was a liar, I've been using the year to intimately explore specific class subjects that I've never even thought about.
One of my journalism classes, for example, is a course about the art of graphic nonfiction - using comic books to tell nonfiction, journalistic stories. We've already read the powerful Holocaust story Maus, by Art Spiegelman, and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and the book list further includes Charles Bowden's Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez, Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir, Joshu Neufeld's AD: New Orleans After the Deluge, and Joe Sacco's Palestine.
By the end of the semester, we have to analyze a work of graphic nonfiction of our choice, and I want to use the opportunity to explore a book focused on an LGBT-themed story. We're already assigned Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, but I'm sure there are other excellent true stories told in comic form out there.
I tried to compile a list earlier this week, but, after accidentally typing "Gay Graphic Novel" into Google and coming up with little more than gay comic book erotica, I've only been able to find one that sounds like a good fit for the project: Pedro & Me, the book by Judd Winick of The Real World about the life and activism of Pedro Zamora, who played out his struggle with AIDS on The Real World in 1993. The book looks promising, but I'd love to hear whether it's a good read worth analyzing.
That's why I've decided to turn to Projectors for some help. Have you read Pedro & Me? Or do you have any recommendations for LGBT-themed works of graphic nonfiction?