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MK Czerwiec, RN, MA is a nurse who uses comics to reflect on the complexities of illness and caregiving. Czerwiec is co-founder of the field of Graphic Medicine. She is the creator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press, 2017) and a co-author of Graphic Medicine Manifesto (PSU Press, 2014). She co-manages the website, podcast, annual conferences, and online community of GraphicMedicine.org.
In 1992, Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus— which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents' survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. In 2011, Spiegelman won the Grand Prix at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, marking only the third time an American has received the honor (the other two were Will Eisner and Robert Crumb).