Get to Know Us

The "Graphic Novel Advisory Board" is a group of IC students who get together to review children's and teens graphic novels. They share their findings with rural librarians and discuss ways for them to enhance their collections of graphic novels.

Kelly Hallisy


Kelly Hallisy is the Social Sciences librarian at Ithaca College. Her interests include information literacy, collection development, and women’s and gender studies. She became involved with the Graphic Novel Advisory via Katharine.

Andy Yzaguirre (Founder)

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I’m Andy Yzaguirre, a senior English major with a minor in Writing. When I’m not reading graphic novels I pursue my dreams as amateur pie maker and card game enthusiast. I picked up my first graphic novel in grade school, but it wasn’t until high school that I realized how much I loved them. The range of stories, art style and age range is really exciting to me. As of right now my favorite is Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, I adore any shape shifting girl with big ambitions.

Angelina Randazzo (Founder)

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I’m Angelina (Nina) Randazzo, and I’m studying English and education at Ithaca College. I love fantasy, fairy tales, children and YA literature, and graphic novels! I only read a couple graphic novels when I was younger, but I got really into them once I came to college. I like graphic novels because they have a lot of educational value and are a great method for story-telling. My favorites are Shannon Hale’s Real Friends and Cece Bell’s El Deafo.

Patrick Pinney

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Patrick Pinney is a senior student at Ithaca College majoring in Cinema and Photography. He is passionate about storytelling whether it be in the form of novels, movies, TV, theater, or graphic novels. He got into graphic novels during his teenage years, when he discovered that his local library held them. A major fan of the works of Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and Grant Morison, his favorites Graphic Novels include Watchmen, Persepolis, and Sandman.

Abby McGuire

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Abby McGuire is a first-year student at Ithaca College majoring in English education with minors in Theatre and Deaf Studies. She loves performing and listening to music as well as rock climbing, yoga, and ramen noodles. Abby has been enthralled by books since she learned how to read them. She’s excited to add graphic novels to the list of literature she enjoys & to help others do the same! If you’re looking for a beautiful, moving read, Abby suggests her current favorite graphic novel: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. Happy reading!

Nicholas Lapinig

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Nicholas Lapinig is a freshman student at Ithaca College studying, Film, Photography, and Visual Arts. He loves discussing and watching classic films from Alfred Hitchcock to Steven Spielberg to Christopher Nolan. His life was changed when he watched The Dark Knight in 2008. The film was the beginning of his path to reading and loving graphic novels. His favorite artist and writer is Alex Ross. His favorite stories include Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern run and Alan Moore’s Watchmen.

Thomas Pettitt

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Thomas Pettitt is a senior writing major who is slowly learning more about the world of graphic novels. As of now, his favorite graphic novel is Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau. He enjoys stories with strong queer characters, miscommunication, and lots of slow-burning romance.

Cassie Leon


Cassandra (Cassie) Leon is a senior Applied Psychology major and Education Studies minor at Ithaca College. Her interest in comics first started in elementary school when she discovered her mom's old comic book collection consisting of DC and Archie comics. While she has gone in and out of the world of comics since middle school, her love of them has remained strong and she’s ready to once again dive back in. She is especially committed to discovering hidden gems and learning of ways she can possibly use graphic novels in the classroom for when she’s a teacher. Cassie’s study abroad experience in Japan has also opened the world of manga to her from reading titles such as Naruto and Erased.  Some of her favorite graphic novels include: Bone, Orange (manga), Saga, and (pretty much) anything from the Archie universe.

Isabel Murray


Isabel Murray is a senior writing major who loves everything and anything middle grade – including graphic novels. Her current favorite is The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang. When she’s not reading middle grade, she loves catching up on Rachel Smythe’s webcomic Lore Olympus and flipping through Chip Zdarsky’s Jughead trilogy.


Alex Paul (Founder)

Lila Kwederis (Founder)

 Ian Emmanuel

Jalen Lisbon

Harleigh Myerovich

Lola Oretade

Eden Dodge

Edward Willshire

Christopher Tenore-Nortrup

Tyler Jennes