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Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss and What I Learned

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Told entirely in sequential art, here is the story of the life-changing friendship between the author, a cartoonist from Long Island, and Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive AIDS activist, which was filmed day by day on MTV's Real World San Francisco.As a speaker and educator, a guest on many talk shows (including Oprah), and when his tragic death received front-page coverage in ...more
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Published January 1st 2000 by Turtleback Books
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Julie Ehlers
The San Francisco season of The Real World was the best of all time. Hyperbole? Just look at the facts. Sure, the first New York season was good, but it was short and unleashed Eric Nies onto the world. The L.A. season was good, but the people were all annoying, and not in an entertaining way. And obviously, the whole franchise started to go downhill after the third season.

But it all came together with the San Francisco cast, which featured mostly intelligent people who could carry on a conversa
Jubilation Lee
Friends, I have a terrible thing to admit to you.

Are you ready?

Are you braced for this?

I… have never seen Real World. Not a single episode. I realize this show is still ongoing, and while I do not in fact have a working television I could certainly watch it online, so there’s really no excuse for it. But nope, I am Real-World-less.

I certainly have not seen season three—around which the events of this graphic novel take place—due to the fact that we didn’t have cable and anyway I wouldn’t have
Brendon Schrodinger
I know this looks like the cover to an after school special, and it is actually like an after school special. But don't judge me.

I first came across Judd's work with the hilarious "Barry Ween" series which I do adore (I should write reviews for them). But I did not enjoy his collection of "Frumpy the Clown", which was unfunny newspaper type strips. So I picked this up a few years ago with no idea what it was about.

Turns out it's an autobiographical comic on the author's relationship with his fri
I always find it important that when it comes to our identity, we need to learn about the history of the generations before you in order to learn the struggles and dilemma they suffered so that way our generation and future generations do not have to follow the same hardships. Sadly most people nowadays do not care about the past or do not bother learning whereas I found this comic book refreshing and important.

Ever since I realized who I am truly am in my sexual orientation, it became my primar
Jun 05, 2015 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned about this book from a Nerdy Book Club blog post.

This is a true story. It's about a man who is HIV +. The author meets him when they make it through the auditions for an MTV series and become roommates in the house where the show is filmed. The story talks about prejudisms and misunderstandings around the disease.

I knew someone that died of HIV/AIDs about the same time. When I think of the sadness and the shame around that time, it breaks my heart. Society, in general, was not willing
A poignant, loving tribute to a friend whose courage and strength in dying was evident from day one. Judd Winick met Pedro Zamora on MTV's The Real World, a voyeuristic reality show which chronicled the lives of six roommates thrown together for six months. Pedro, HIV positive was Judd's roommate and eventually became a trusted friend along with another cast member, Pam Ling, a med student.

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned is much more than words, it is part education, part mem
Apr 05, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MTV's The Real World: San Francisco is the only season I ever watched (with Pedro, Judd, et al). At the time, it was a great escape and yet I appreciated it for its ability to give us a glimpse into life's struggles much more realistically than what "reality tv" consists of today. I remember thinking back then about what an amazing guy Pedro Zamora must have been, and was touched early on by his story.

I am grateful to have learned more about him through this book. It's a candid look at friendsh
Christine Jensen
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Junior High/High School

Format: Graphic Novel

Awards: ALA Notable Books for Children (2001), ALA Best Books for Young Adults (2001), Robert F. Sibert Information Book Honor (2001)

Reliving the experience from MTVs Real World San Francisco, cartoonist and author Judd Winick relates of his experience living with and losing his friend Pedro Zamora, AIDS activist, to AIDS in graphic novel format.

I remember watching Pedro and Judd on the MTV Real World San Fran
This graphic novel, for upper junior high and high school students, is the emotional, educational story of Pedro Zamora. Winick describes his and Pedro’s childhood and the experiences that brought them to apply for the MTV show – The Real World. He talks about their fears about moving into the house as someone with HIV and someone with no real knowledge about the disease. For people who are not familiar with the real world, they may not understand the importance of the information about how sick ...more
Myrka Solis
Dec 07, 2014 Myrka Solis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the book was good at first i didn't want to read it then i got really into it
May 21, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in love with Pedro Zamora.

Oh, I never met him. I just watched (and obsessively re-watched) season 3 of The Real World. Pedro was sweet and smart and funny and brave and he had a laugh exactly like my own boyfriend's. It's funny now to remember how starved we were then for honest representation. Pedro was that, but also more than that. He was was fantastic. I don't think I'm crazy, but I really felt like he was my friend.

Naturally, I bought this book when it came out, but then I let it sit
Laura Noto
Pedro and Me is a graphic novel for older readers in jr. high and high school. It is about the lives of Judd and Pedro. The book talked about their different childhoods and their shared experience in the Real World 3 house in San Francisco. Pedro was HIV positive and he spent his time educating others about HIV and prevention. He taught Judd a lot about HIV and his outlook on life. Even though Pedro knew that he was going to die, he still worked hard to educate others and he fell in love
Mar 09, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, lgbt
I remember watching Pedro Zamora on The Real World in real time, back when I was an impressionable teenager, and I think that has something to do with why I never felt particularly drawn to this book. I clearly remember Pedro’s time as a proto-celebrity of reality television, his mission of AIDS education in a time where it was still a new and frightening disease, and his untimely death. I read this book as part of a comic book club at a local high school, alongside teens who weren’t yet born wh ...more
Mar 07, 2009 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MTV’s The Real World was barely on my radar back in the 90s. While The Real World: San Francisco was being filmed and broadcast starting in 1994, not only was I finishing up my BA at the UW, but I also jumped ship after graduating when I high-tailed it to Europe for several months. All before jump-starting my own reality back here in the States. (Ah, the memories.) So for this very reason, I never become a fan of The Real World – or any mid-90s TV show, for that matter. But now, fifteen years af ...more
L-Crystal Wlodek
Pedro and Me is a Sibert Honor book (2001) and is recommended for students ages 14 and up. This book is a cartoon memoir that tells the story of Pedro Zamora, a Cuban immigrant, aids educator, and star of MTV The Real World San Francisco. The author, who was Pedro’s roommate on the Real World, tells the story of their friendship, Pedro’s life, and the affect he had on many people around the world. This book is visually creative and appealing and serves as a vivid memorial of Pedro Zamora’s life. ...more
Federiken Masters
Aug 14, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Prejuiciosos y demás
Recommended to Federiken by: Su fama
Un muy buen non-fiction comic pensado para conmover el corazón y educar la cabeza que logra con bastante éxito ambas cosas. Tanto la parte que cubre la amistad entre Pedro y el autor hasta las últimas horas de aquel como toda la historia de vida de ambos (más interesante en el caso de Pedro que en el de Judd) van siempre entre lo tierno, lo cotidiano y lo triste. Claro que (de nuevo especialmente en la historia de Pedro) hay ciertas escenas "históricas" contadas con ciertas limitaciones, se narr ...more
Ms. D
Mar 08, 2010 Ms. D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, before The Hills and Jersey Shore, there was quality reality TV. (Seems like an oxymoron now.) For instance, The Real World, San Francisco. (And no, Sade, the show wasn't in black and white, but it did air before you were born, in 1994.) This graphic novel is written by one of the "seven strangers" on that show, about his roommate and friend Pedro Zamora. Pedro was an AIDS activist and educator who probably did more to raise awareness than anyone at his time or since. As Presid ...more
Naomi Yaddof
Great book about friendship, love, and AIDS education.
Mar 20, 2013 Hayley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most inspiring book i have ever read. Pedro wasn't someone who was sick and felt bad for himself. He realized he was sick, and wanted to make a difference. I truly think we can all learn from him. When something goes wrong in our life we need to learn not to morn constantly. Instead think of the positives that can come out of it.Pedro did not only have aids, he educated about his aids. Letting people know the facts and the lies. Yes Aids is an illness, and usually does lead to death ...more
Apr 23, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The early days and years of MTV were endlessly entertaining, and the evolution of the network's programming was no less so. It's hard to imagine today that music videos, unplugged performances, and reality shows were ground-breaking, but they absolutely were, and I still have a soft spot for Take On Me by ah-ha =^) Subsequent generations also aren't likely to imagine the fear culture surrounding the AIDS crisis, which brings me to The Real World San Francisco and Pedro and Me. This graphic novel ...more
Pedro and Me is an autobiography written and explained by Judd Winick. Judd was a cast member on the show called, Real World. This autobiography is not your typical read due to the fact that it is organized as a comic book. Judd Winick describes his experience on the show and how close he became with one of the cast members, Pedro. Although the seriousness of the book is about human health concerns that are still being dealt with today, young adults who are not aware of the critical issues of hu ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful little graphic novel. It's sad and sweet and, although I wasn't sure I could connect with a book that started with cast member of "The Real World" since I don't normally appreciate reality TV for its depth but this is a story about friendship the deals with the issue of AIDS and HIV heads on. Pedro's friendship with his cast mates was anything but shallow and it was beautiful to read about. His family's support and acceptance, at a time when this was less common, was refreshing, ...more
Aug 21, 2014 EvelioandZgroup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words can't describe how amazing this story is. Instead of a typical summary of his life, we get more than that, and it gives us more than we ever thought we would get. Pedro and Me is an excellent piece of work, with humor and drama mixing perfectlty, as it captures real life in its moment, by our author and artist, Judd, and he breathes life into this book, even with the outcome clear, you will still feel the pain for Pedro as if you really did meet and experience—which delievers us from a fir ...more
Haley Bisesi-adkins
This is only my second experience reading in the graphic novel genre so I don't have a lot of experience with it but I do have some. Although graphic novels are not my favorite types of books this story was very interesting. I do know about the Real World series on MTV and I did watch a few seasons but I did not watch this season. I enjoyed learning about these two characters. I think it was interesting to hear the back story on how they got selected for the show because I do know someone who wa ...more
Kellie Murphy
Feb 11, 2014 Kellie Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. What to say about this book. So unexpected. I originally just decided to read this book because I was intrigued by the aspect of it taking place through MTV's reality tv show The Real World. I've watched a few seasons but I never got the chance to see that one, nor had I heard of Pedro's story.

After reading Ellen Hopkin's Crank, I wasn't sure I wanted to read another story on such an intense, taboo subject, but I'm glad I did. The syle that this story is written compared to Hopkin's is lik
I picked up this book after last week's news that Sean Sasser had died. When Real World San Fran was on TV, I was still in high school. I was newly out, and Pedro Zamora was so freaking cute and gay and HIV+. He was my hero - except for the HIV, he was everything I wanted to be - yes, I wanted to be Cuban.

I'm happy to see that Winick is still working in his desired field - comics. Though I wish he'd do something as thoughtful and heartfelt as Pedro and Me.

Beautifully drawn.

Thank you, Pedro.
Sep 14, 2014 Kellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my wish list for as long as I've been keeping a book wish list. I finally checked it out from my library, and easily read it in one sitting.

The Real World: San Francisco was the first season of the MTV show that I actually watched from start to finish. I was watching as Judd and Pam and Pedro became friends, and Pedro and Sean fell in love. You really do feel like you know someone, even just a small part of them, when you watch them on a show like this. That's why I cried w
Aug 09, 2011 Noah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little simple in its telling, and a little message-oriented, but I still liked it. It made me cry (which isn't saying much, as I recently cried over an episode of Restaurant: Impossible); there's always something about a death that is written honestly in some way or another, where the characters face it and the author shares it. I suppose, for me, it helps me connect with the characters as well as myself, and there's a relief in connecting with something rather than avoiding it.
Stephanie Costa
Aug 04, 2009 Stephanie Costa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I pretty much cried my way through this book. For fans of the 1993 San Francisco season of the Real World this is a sweet reminder of reality TV at its best. Not that we don't remember the awful moments, but you're not going to find them recounted here. Winick sticks to his purpose of keeping Pedro's light alive. It's a reminder that AIDS education is still important and a tribute to a wonderful friendship. An enjoyable and inspiring read from start to finish.
Apr 10, 2014 Stefanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
This was a re-read for me. I think I bought the book pretty soon after it was published so it must be 10 years or more since I read it the first time. I had forgotten most of the story and when I relocated some of our books last week I was pretty surprised I even owned it. Which says a lot about me and nothing about the quality of the book. Which is pretty good. It's a classic, combining pop culture and (recent) history. Just think about how much has changed in those 20 years since the story pla ...more
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Born February 12th, 1970 and raised on Long Island in New York, Judd began cartooning professionally at 16 with a single-paneled strip called Nuts & Bolts. This ran weekly through Anton Publications, a newspaper publisher that produced town papers in the Tri state area. He was paid 10 dollars a week.

In August of 1988, Judd began attending the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor bringing Nuts &am
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