Graphic Mundi, a brand of Penn State University Press, published two graphic novels during its first year of listing on national “best of” lists. “COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology” was named one of the best graphic novels of 2021 by the Washington Post and “Crude: A Memoir” was ranked by the New York Public Library as one of the best books in the world. year.
“COVID Chronicles,” edited by Kendra Boileau and Rich Johnson, is a collection of comics about the COVID-19 pandemic. The book launched the Graphic Mundi imprint in February 2021. “Crude” is a non-fiction graphic novel written by Ecuadorian lawyer and activist Pablo Fajardo about the devastation Texaco inflicted on the Amazon and the region’s people. .
“It’s gratifying to see these two books selected as the best titles for 2021,” says Kendra Boileau, publisher of Graphic Mundi. ” Crude ‘Highlights Unresolved Fight Against Big Oil by Indigenous Amazonian Groups Seeking Redress, While’ COVID Chronicles’ Short Comics Document a Different Kind of Battle – Not Against a Supermajor like Chevron, but against a submicroscopic virus that continues to plague us on a global scale. These are stories worth telling that resonate strongly in the comic book world. My thanks go to the immensely talented creators of these works, as it takes a certain type of vision to see the possibility of change, even survival.
Graphic Mundi publishes books for adults and young adults that explore important and topical topics such as health and human rights, politics, the environment, science and technology. Footprint also announced this month a seven-member advisory board made up of neuroscientist and author Matteo Farinella, graphic journalist Sarah Mirk, health sciences librarian Matthew Noe, public health advocate and writer. Stephanie Nina Pitsirilos, pioneer of graphic medicine Susan Squier, educator and cartoonist Whit Taylor and founder of PositiveNegatives Benjamin Worku-Dix. To learn more about Graphic Mundi, visit https://www.graphicmundi.org/.