Friday, November 21, 2014

Community blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir,” which delves into a middle school girl’s struggles with learning how to be an outsider and navigating gender roles.

Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.
 A scan of the cover of

Commons Comics blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews the new Marvel series about a Pakistani-American teen superhero from New Jersey.

Posted on Nov. 5, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

Community blogger Jessica Baldanzi puts on 3D glasses to review “The Joyners,” a surprisingly retro vision of a family in the future.

Posted on Oct. 16, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.
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 The cover of The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew.
Posted on Oct. 3, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.

Commons Comics blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “The Shadow Hero,” a prequel to a short-lived series originally created by a Chinese-American cartoonist during World War II.

Posted on Sept. 15, 2014 at 10:04 a.m.

Many people still think that comics discourage kids from reading, but not Jessica Baldanzi. In her latest blog post, she reviews two books that were designed to encourage kids to practice reading, thinking, and communicating in a visually complex society.

 Cover of Sunny, Vol. 1, by Taiyo Matsumoto.
Posted on Aug. 28, 2014 at 1:21 p.m.

Community blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “Sunny,” a manga series by Taiyo Matsumoto and a crossover success for readers of all types of comics and graphic novels.

 The cover of
Posted on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.

Blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “The Fifth Beatle,” a graphic novel about Brian Epstein – a visionary businessman who managed the band and wore himself out trying to hide that he was gay in a time when he could have been jailed for it.

 This picture was scanned from the cover of Building Stories, by Chris Ware.
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.

In her first community blog post, Jessica Baldanzi discusses comics and graphic novels’ importance in art and literature, as well as why this could very well be the genre’s golden age.



Jessica Baldanzi
Jessica Baldanzi
Jessica Baldanzi grew up in New Jersey near New York City, but has been gradually transforming into a Hoosier since 1995, when she began graduate school at IU Bloomington. She’s been teaching English at Goshen College since 2006 and spends her spare time wrangling her two toddler sidekicks, as well as writing, running and of course, reading. (Photo above by Kyle Schlabach.)