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In her graphic novel “Fatherland: A Family History,” Nina Bunjevac intertwines the history of her family with that of the country that shaped their fate. It’s a difficult yet hopeful memoir, community blogger Jessica Baldanzi says.

 


Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:33 p.m.

Community Blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “March: Book Two,” the second book in a graphic memoir trilogy by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.


Posted on March 17, 2015 at 12:20 p.m.
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A “Hansel and Gretel” graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti features rich, dizzying illustrations that mark a return to the dark topics once broached by classic fairytales, community blogger Jessica Baldanzi says. 


Posted on Feb. 24, 2015 at 1:50 p.m.
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Community blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “Kid Code” and “Malice in Ovenland,” two new digital comics from Rosarium Publishing. 

 

Posted on Jan. 13, 2015 at 11:38 a.m.

Community blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor,” a playful book of drawings, memoir and illustrated lesson plans by comics veteran Lynda Barry.

Posted on Dec. 24, 2014 at 6:19 p.m.

Community blogger Jessica Baldanzi invokes the holiday spirit to review the graphic novels “Radical Jesus: A Graphic History of Faith” and “Punk Rock Jesus,” which preach social justice.

Posted on Dec. 10, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

Community blogger Jessica Baldanzi reviews “The Love Bunglers,” a gritty, romantic graphic novel by comics veteran Jaime Hernandez.

Posted on Nov. 20, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

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. 5, 2014 at 2:25 p.m.

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

Posted on Oct. 16, 2014 at 1:29 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. 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.

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.

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.)


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Posted on Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:58 a.m.
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Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.