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Goshen College student Emma Gerig's illustration shows her holding an injured bird in her hands during a family camping trip. Her illustration is one of many comics that will be featured in "Goshen Graphix II" which will be released on Friday, April 4. (Illustration provided / Better World Books)

The "Goshen Graphix II" book includes different comics that have been written and illustrated by Goshen College students. There will be a release party for the graphic novel anthology on Friday, April 4. (Illustration provided / Better World Books)

Goshen College student Emma Gerig's illustration shows her envisioning herself as a 'tamer of wild animals' after taking care of a sick bird. Gerig's illustration is one of the comics in "Goshen Graphix II" which will be released on Friday, April 4. (Illustration provided / Better World Books)

Editor Mandy Schlabach's illustration shows the narrator for the introduction of "Goshen Graphix II". The graphic novel anthology is a collection of comics that have been written and illustrated by Goshen College students. (Illustration provided / Better World Books)
Goshen College students to release graphic novel anthology on April 4
Posted on April 2, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.

Goshen College students are framing their stories within the pages of a graphic novel anthology.

The upcoming "Goshen Graphix II" will be the third graphic novel anthology to come out of the Goshen College's Department of English, consisting of students' final projects for their Literature in Popular Culture class.

While these students may not be swinging from the rooftops of New York City dressed as a spider, they do not need to be costumed vigilantes to tell an affecting story.

One of the writers in "Goshen Graphix II" chronicles life in Goshen College through the meals she cooks in her dormitory. Another story is about a family camping trip during which the author's younger self attempts to save an injured bird.

"It's a story about childhood, learning about death and life and growing up. A lot of them turn out to be stories about growing up." said Jessica Baldanzi, associate professor of English at Goshen College. Baldanzi began teaching her students about American graphic novels in 2008.

Baldanzi said that comic are more than just words.  Even the framing of a scene or the thickness of the lines can convey different meanings to the reader.

“It’s not only how to say things but how to visualize things. They have to think creatively about different ways to tell a story.” Baldanzi said.

Her students will talk about the artistic and narrative decisions behind their comics at a release party Friday, April 4, at Better World Books in Goshen.

You can also purchase "Goshen Graphix II" at Better World Books in the coming weeks or contact Goshen College's Department of English at english@goshen.edu.