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MK Czerwiec’s critically acclaimed graphic novels join Graphic Mundi


Graphic Mundi, the recently launched graphic novel imprint of Penn State University Press, is the new home for Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 and Menopause: A Comic Treatment, both by Graphic Medicine luminary MK Czerwiec. The Graphic Mundi edition of Taking Turns, with a new cover and updated foreword by Czerwiec, and the new edition of the Eisner-winning anthology Menopause will both be released in November. Both titles will be distributed exclusively by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371, originally published as part of Penn State University Press’s Graphic Medicine series in 2017, is a firsthand account of caregiving in Illinois Masonic Medical Center’s HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 in the 1990s—a pivotal time in the history of AIDS. It received rave reviews in Publishers WeeklyLibrary JournalBooklistThe Advocate, and other publications and was cited by Rebecca Makkai as source material for The Great Believers, her award-winning novel. Menopause: A Comic Treatment, published in 2020, was awarded the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Anthology, and Mimi Pond’s “When the Menopausal Carnival Comes to Town,” one of the comics contained in the anthology, was awarded Best Short Story. It was also named a Best Graphic Novel of 2020 by the New York Times, whose columnist Hillary Chute called it “eclectic and often humorous,” and listed among the 2020 Top Ten Best Graphic Novels for Adults by Booklist.

Additional Fall 2021 releases from Graphic Mundi are Hakim’s Odyssey, Book 1: From Syria to Turkey by Fabien Toulmé (November); A Chance by Cristina Durán and Miguel Giner Bou (November); Iranian Love Stories by Jane Deuxard and Deloupy (December); and BrainComix by Jean-François Marmion and Monsieur B (December).

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